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“140” Project is now on Vimeo

February 17, 2012

“140” is now free to view and download on Vimeo.


Taco Cinema

September 10, 2010

This Saturday (9/11) come and enjoy Los Angeles’s Downtown Film Festival‘s “Taco Cinema,” which includes gourmet food trucks, a beer garden, a live DJ and an outdoor screening of “140,” a feature length film that includes a segment I directed! The fun rocks and rolls from 1 – 9pm at the Medallion loft complex (4th & Main), and “140” screens at 8:30pm.  Buy tickets here!

THREE other films in the fest were made by some of my very talented friends, Brian McGuire and Jason Oldak.  Congrats, gentlemen!

Coincidentally, all of our films screen the same night, which means that if you’re attending the fest on Saturday, your chances are extremely high to see good stuff. Here’s the skinny on their films:

Brian McGuire’s films “On Holiday” and “Everything Will Happen Before You Die” (the Centerpiece Gala film!) screen at 5:30pm and 7:30pm respectively at the Civic Center Theater.

Jason’s film “Sissy” screens at 10pm in the same theater (Civic Center Theater) in the Shorts Program III.

My One Hundred and Forty Seconds in 2009

July 13, 2010

Last summer, I was asked to be one of the directors to contribute to Frank Kelly’s groundbreaking project “140.”  Inspired by mass communication’s newest crush Twitter, “140” was made when 140 people in 140 locations around the world shoot 140 seconds of what connects them to their home. The result – a feature length documentary of poignant moments captured around the world at the same time.

On the date we all simultaneously filmed, I was inspired by my horoscope(s) for the day.  My 140 seconds is now available for viewing here!

As you’d suspect (and as the conceit behind “140” suggests), this all seems so connected… I’m in the midst of directing three awesome branded webseries and just yesterday Twittered about Kickstarter’s film fest of web-financed films it has subsided.  The creator/curator of “140”, Frank Kelly, whom I met and befriended at a film festival three years ago, wrote a piece for Moving Picture magazine in May. An excerpt from that article sums up what I’m getting at: “This kind of Web 2.0 community filmmaking is a new way to make films, and perhaps we will see a different kind of film emerge. I think this is what lies at the heart of Web 2.0. We can find collaborators. We can develop ideas 1,000 miles apart.”

It is a difficult time to be a filmmaker for a the gobs of reasons my colleagues love to remind each other of, but let’s admit it, it’s an exciting time too.  Considering how many and how much I love the films created in the U.S. in the 1970’s as well as the plethora of renowned directors who emerged during (and possibly because of) that revolutionary time (in cinema history),  I have often wondered with awe what it must have been like to be a filmmaker then.  Perhaps one day, filmmakers will look back on these days and wonder the same thing.

140 DVD

June 22, 2010

Looks like the “140” DVD must be coming out soon if the DVD jacket has been made! I look forward to seeing how the segment I directed worked into the film as a whole.  So far I like how an image from my contribution made it on the poster and now on the jacket! Check it out bottom left; it’s the shell with a fortune cookie fortune.

“140” Poster

March 3, 2010

I'm the shell with the fortune.

Check out “140‘s” new poster! What’s even cooler is that an image from the segment I directed made it onto the design. The shell with the fortune reading “but you’ll need to put on a happy face” on the bottom left is from the 140 seconds I contributed to the project.

“140” is a feature length film conceived by Frank Kelly, who I met at a film festival many years ago. Last spring, he organized 140 filmmakers to film 140 seconds that show the connection between the filmmakers and what they call home. Frank edited together the 140 segments from around the world into a cohesive film. I can’t wait to see the final film.

“140” Trailer

November 8, 2009

Frank released a trailer for the “140” project.  My footage isn’t in the trailer. Boo.

The trailer is a little long and monotonous for my taste.  I wanted to see a wild cacophony of moments from the 140 films to feel the breadth and brevity of this particular project.  I’m so curious about how the final film is going to feel and look.

“140” Premieres

October 6, 2009

140_logo_FK“140” had a special preview screening this week at Hatchfest in Bozeman, MT.  I believe this has something to do with Frank (the organizer of the project) being married to a Bozeman-ian. (BTW – I was there when these two sweethearts met at Heartland Film Fest ’06!)

Frank edited 140 and is close to a final-final-final cut.  There’s murmurs of officially premiering in as innovative manner as we shoot — 140 screenings on the same day, possibly in late November.  From red carpet affairs to in fireside viewings in the coziness of our own homes.

Totally confused because you don’t remember wtf “140” is? I understand.  Here’s its crib sheet:

  • On June 21, 2009, 140 filmmakers in 140 different locations simultaneously shot 140 seconds of footage.
  • The objective: to demonstrate the connections between the filmmakers and the places they call home.
  • Inspired by the micro-blogging site (and its 140 character limit for its messages),
  • 140 is an experimental documentary that brings together the talents of these 140 filmmakers in 30 countries on 5 continents.
  • The range of filmmakers is diverse, ranging from students to seasoned industry professionals, from bare-bones indie filmmakers to successful Hollywood directors.
  • The unique footage that tells their stories has been assembled into a eature length (85 min)montage of poignant visual moments – the exact same moments captured all across our planet.

To keep up with the progress of “140,” check out Frank’s blog.

140 Seconds in My House

July 8, 2009

A few weeks ago I filmed my 140 seconds at the designated time (8pm gmt on June 21) for the 140 PROJECT. Frank Kelly, the project’s overseer, has instructed all 140 filmmakers NOT to publish/post/exhibit their segments before the film’s release.  Fair enough.

But I’m really happy with my concept and with what I shot to actualize the idea!  I think it’s okay to describe what I shot, right?  As we all know, there is a big difference in discussing a film and seeing a film.  Plus, I’m going to omit the MAJOR thread (heck, let’s go with ‘rope’) that tied my whole segment together.  Though you may be able to figure the rope out if you check out my previous posts on this topic…

Here were Frank’s instructions to us filmmakers:

You must capture what it is that connects you to you home in 140 seconds. What is special about where you live, that lifts you, inspires you, connects you to that place.

stairs – climb every day.
pics frineds – still but alive. moments make the whole
hidden in trees – behind me always the foundation
skylight – looking up for divine inspiration or escaping in frustration
shell – the places we will go but always come home
buddha  – looking over me, knowing calmness in me.
message board – life. the messages in the mess.
the view – present, now, staticc, always changing, thing the same

I started with my stairs. They lead from my bedroom to the top floor where my office and ‘daytime’ world is. I climb these stairs every day and they take me to the places that I my work. Climb, climb, climb. Always.

Next, we passed a wall of photos of my friends and family.  The pictures are frozen moments yet they are so alive in my memory and heart.  These photos of good times combine to make the whole: I have a lot of amazing people in my life that love me.

We venture into my office where a mural of beechwood trees silently presides behind my desk.  My mom painted the mural.  She’s always got my back.

Look up to the skylight. I do it all the time when battling writer’s block, procrastination, and too few hours in the day.  One day I’d like a personal assistant to drop through that skylight.  Or divine inspiration.

We glide over to the shell on the bookcase.  It was given to me by someone special and reminds me of all the places we went and that we could’ve gone, but in the end there’s no place like home.

Hey Buddha!  He’s hanging by the fountain on the patio.  He watches over me.  So calm and knowing.  Reminds me that I can be that way too.  Especially if I don’t have too many Diet Cokes.

There’s the kitchen message board full of wedding invites, snapshots from last weekend, coupons, a grocery list, a magazine cutout of Marlon Brando, a funny post-it note left by my friend Tarik, and many other random things.  This is a mess but this is life… and there is a message in the mess.

Finally, the view from my kitchen sink.  Every day I look out this window. It opens up to Glendale and the mountains beyond.  Every morning the view is slightly different – different sun, different clouds, different cars, different energy.  The only constant is that the view is ALWAYS in the present.  It’s about right now and right here.

And then my 140 seconds were over. The only thing left to do was to cut the tape.

WIRED covers 140

July 6, 2009
stairs – climb every day.
pics frineds – still but alive. moments make the whole
hidden in trees – behind me always the foundation
skylight – looking up for divine inspiration or escaping in frustration
shell – the places we will go but always come home
buddha  – looking over me, knowing calmness in me.
message board – life. the messages in the mess.
the view – present, now, staticc, always changing, thing the same

wiredCheck out more press in WIRED about the Twitter-inspired 140 PROJECT that I directed a segment of on June 21.

New Member of the Family

June 23, 2009


Welcome to Anna Christopher headquarters shiny, new iMac!  Aren’t you pretty and so useful. For heaven’s sake, take off your sunglasses!  I purchased 3 years of Apple Care. You’re big ol’ 24 inch face isn’t going anywhere, Mister!

Who was that nice girl that helped carry you in? That’s Talya; she’s the APPOINTMENT IN VANCOUVER intern.  She researched you and assisted in picking you out yesterday. Thanks Tayla!

Meet your older sibling: PowerBook G4 laptop.  She’s a little cranky because she’s five years old. She’s still sharp but prefers to keep her activities to Word Processing or (brilliant) screenwriting. She’s been complaining of shortness of battery life, so we’re visiting Dr. Genius Bar next week.  My friends have warned me that bringing a new computer into the home can create jealousy in the first computer.  I believe friendliness and respect will do you wonders with Powerbook and, hopefully, we can avoid the green-eyed monster.

Here’s your room! It’s the guest room and, therefore, is usually clean and quiet with a great view — the perfect place for you and I to get to know each other better over exciting edit sessions. Get ready to meet Casey Pucket, LilyDidIt and 140 Project and many more unforgettable friends.

Alright, I’ll let you get freshened up.  There is a fresh power outlet behind the desk and plenty of internet access in the pantry!

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