Archive for May 2013

What's Wrong With This Picturehouse?

Yesterday I went to see “The Great Gatsby” in the theatre. As a filmmaker I am always a little bit ashamed to admit how rarely I go to the movie theatre. Actually, I should amend that: I rarely pay to see a movie in the movie theatre: I went to a movie theatre in March for a... Read more »

Why Other Peoples' Success Makes Me Feel Bad About Myself

Here’s one: did you hear about the student film that just won the Cinefondation short film award at Cannes? The film is called “The Needle”. The filmmaker is called Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, a student at the School of the Art Institute. (No? Here is the article:,0,1986199.column) The green-eyed monster in the corner preparing to indulge in... Read more »

Are You Movie Literate?

Are You Movie Literate?
“Watching a lot of movies won’t make you movie literate.” Thus began the argument between my sister, a writer, and myself, a filmmaker. “If you really want to train yourself to understand movies you should read a lot of screenplays.” Her argument was sound: reading more screenplays would train my inner eye to interpret words on... Read more »