Archive for the ‘Someone I Know Is Awesome’ Category

Remember When This Video Blew Your Mind

June 26, 2012

Almost ten years ago, Mo and I made a music video together (she produced; I directed). Then it won a College Arts and Television Award (student emmy, yo). I’ve worked with Mo many times since then and see her almost every weekend because we’re friends!

But not until last night when we attended an event for the CTA and their other programs did I know SHE HAD NEVER SEEN THIS MUSIC VIDEO.

This one’s for you, Mo.

On Vacation I Took This Picture of My Friend

March 10, 2012

Sunscreen reapply stop! We are getting our sunny workout in! (Taken with instagram)

Todd’s making a great short with one of my favorite actresses, Abby Miller. Support it with a few bucks you were gonna blow on booze, tacos or drugs.

March 2, 2012

Kickstarter – Exposure

POV on Soulless Hipsters

August 10, 2011

A new addition to the viral video series featuring irrelevant subtitles against footage from the 2004 film Downfall was created in response to AFI’s #1 ranking on THR‘s list of top film schools on the planet. I’ve enjoyed most of the videos in this spoof viral series (the one in which Hitler finds out he wasn’t accepted into Hogwarts has 77,300 views), but this edition (haha, only 2,300 views) was extra special since the subject matter was personal. The video made me laugh because I am on of those/love those “soulless hipsters” causing Hitler’s rage.  And it’s easy to laugh when you’re number 1 on the list.

But for the record:

1. I have yet to make a film about horse sex. Not yet. Never will. Not this “fellow.”

2. They definitely got something right — I’ll talk to you about POV all day long.

In News of Radness of My Friends

August 2, 2011

On Sunday at Upright Citizens Brigade, I saw HIGH ROAD, the feature that my friend Josh Weiner co-wrote with Matt Walsh. The movie’s cast boasts a slew of funny, talented actors that you know you can count on to make you laugh — Joe Lo Truglio, Rob Riggle, Ed Helms, Abby Elliot, Lizzy Caplan, whose character and performance as “Sheila” were hilarious. I particularly loved Matt Jones‘s performance and discovering Dylan O’Brien without his TEEN WOLF paws. Congrats, Josh! (PS – Follow Josh on Twitter. I guarantee he’ll crack you up).

And…

CONGRATULATIONS TO JUSTIN RHODES for selling his sci-fi spec script to Warner Brothers!! Justin and I studied in the AFI directing program together and have remained friends and supporters of each other even after graduation. He’s a tremendously talented director and writer — so much so that when we met I didn’t know if I wanted to be friends with him at first. 🙂 I came around. Boo-yah, Justin!

AFI Now Needs a Fight Song

July 28, 2011

AFI (the American Film Institute) is my alma mater — Directing Class’05, baby! Woo-whoop!

I have big love for the school and the Directing Program. I learned an incredible amount about my craft in the classroom and on the zillions of AFI sets (mine and other AFI fellows’) that I worked on. I also met of some of my best friends and best collaborators during that harrowing/beautiful two years.

Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter ranked AFI as the #1 Film School in the world.

Repeat: IN THE WORLD. Congratulations, AFI!

We even graded higher than Bejing’s Film Academy, which at number three does sound like a pretty dang cinematic institution considering this byte: “if one film school anywhere in the world has shaped a whole nation, it’s the Beijing Film Academy.” And I thought getting into AFI was tought? Beijing only takes 500 out of their 100,000 applicants.

We also ranked about NYU which is a personal sweetness to me because though I really enjoy much of the work its alumni create and am fans/friends of many of its graduates, I had the worst interrogation experience of my life when they asked me to come into interview as a prospective grad student.

The Hollywood Reporter describes AFI as an unrivaled stomping ground for auteurs. It’s quite a compliment, and I agree with it whole-heartedly. It’s one of the many reasons AFI has always been #1 on my list.

True Luchese – Sunday at 9

July 8, 2011

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Check out Michelle Luchese on TRUE BLOOD this Sunday at 9!

I love working with Michelle when I directed Bonnie Gillespie’s Cricket Feet Actor’s Showcase, and later when I cast her in a reoccurring role in LilyDidIt. Michelle is a talented comedic and dramatic actress that brings so much professionalism and energy to her work. I’m always looking for the next opportunity to work with her.

But in the meantime, I will watch her this Sunday in what’s already proving to be a great season!

Who’s Your V-Correspondent?

May 4, 2011

Alison Haislip was on my TV last night looking gorgeous and rocking it as “The Voice’s” backstage online and social media correspondent!

Why do I care?

Because Alison is one of my original LilyDidIt cast members! I remember her audition tape fondly and I bet Bonnie, my casting director, does too! I was so impressed by her audition that I created a role for her. She played “Alison,” Lily’s best friend, and appears in almost as many of the LDI vids as Lily does.

Now, Alison is the V-correspondent for NBC’s new musical competition show, “The Voice,” which is already my new favorite show; I cried twice during the first episode.  As the V-correspondent, Alison has a sweet gig:

She takes viewers behind-the-scenes with interviews, videos, photos, and news about the coaches, host, and artists. She’s also your direct digital connection to everything that’s going on with the show and loves to stay in touch with fans via this blog, twitter, and Facebook.

Big congrats Alison! I’m excited to follow your behind-the-scenes inside scoop on “The Voice” from the interwebs!

Formerly Known as Arian Moayed

May 3, 2011

Now, I’ll insist on calling him “Tony-Nominated” Arian Moayed!

I’ve known Arian for about ten years through a wonderful mutual friend. He and I were both smart enough to claim her as a super pal early on!

Professionally, I’ve been a fan of his since the first time I saw him on itsy-bitsy college stage during a spring break jaunt to Indiana. I think there were 16 people in the audience.

In the last years, our mutual friend, who is not in the entertainment industry, has been an invaluable supporter of mine and Arian’s. I remember low days of wondering if I was a delusional lunatic for thinking I could make it in movie world, and she would be there with a heartfelt pep talk, never wavering in her belief that “It will happen.” She would say she felt the same way about Arian. So, though he and I aren’t close, I felt a kinship with him as he climbed the ladder, refused to get knocked down, and continued to dedicate himself to his craft and creativity  no matter what. Never letting that talent go to waste.

A few months ago, I had the joy of seeing him give an incredible performance – powerful, funny, nuanced, heartbreaking – in the equally profound Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. This was before Robin Williams took on the Tiger role.

Today, Arian was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a play! YES!!!!!!!!

I have complete faith that Arian is going to continue to wow us in countless amazing performances in the future productions of unforgettable projects both on stage and on film. Quite frankly, I’m so excited to see what he does next. I also can’t wait to look back on today and remember the sweetness of the first time he was recognized at such a grand level… and how it triggered so much more inspiring work and art from him.

Besides rooting for Arian to win at the Tony’s, check out and support Waterwell, the NYC-based theater company he co-founded in 2002.

Mr. Millionaire Man

February 8, 2011

“Pug Attack,” the Dorito’s Super Bowl commercial that my friend and Moovision editor JR Burningham created, received enough online votes that it aired in the first quarter of the big game!

But that’s not the OMG news…“Pug Attack” tied for FIRST PLACE in USA Today’s Ad Meter.

This means that JR wins $1 million!!!

Next time he and I are in the edit room together, he’s buying lunch. And dinner.

Congratulations to JR and his producer, Tess!  Plus, I want to send out a HUGE thanks to anyone who read my post about JR and “Pug Attack” and voted for it to support these great filmmakers.

Here’s JR’s life-changing masterpiece if you didn’t catch it on Sunday:


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