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August 5, 2014


As most of you know, my last short film, Happy Endings, took place in the world of sex trafficking. Now another Las Vegas project is highlighting the issue. The Track is a feature film currently in it’s last hours of raising money on Indiegogo. You can check out their campaign here.   Many friends and colleagues I have are working on this film and would greatly appreciate any support you could give them. Anything that raises awareness and highlights the issue of sex trafficking is a worthy cause to support and this team is more than capable of delivering a film that will be seen around the country which can only help the cause. Take a moment to check out what they have to say. Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-track-feature-film        


June 7, 2014


(Let me preface by saying this: I’ve recently finished a film about sex trafficking. Much of my work has involved speaking to and reading about victims of sexual abuse and rape. I understand I am a man talking about subjects that are sensitive, particularly to women. However, this post is to illustrate how Maleficent fails on a story level, and actually hinders it’s own messages.) Maleficent. A movie I had much hope for. A darker Disney movie with a great actress and great looking story. Out of those hopes, it turns out the only thing it actually delivered on was the great actress. Angelina Jolie is brilliant. She plays the evil Maleficent fantastically and even outdoes Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen in Snow White and the Huntsman. Sadly, Maleficent is evil for only about 20-30 minutes. And by evil, I mean a shade of...


April 25, 2014


I’d first like to start off by saying thank you to everyone who helped out on the film. It has been an amazing experience and I can not tell you in words how much I appreciate the time and effort that you put into a project. I hope that this film can open up the eyes of at least one person to the horrific reality that is human trafficking. We will be having a screening of the movie in late May in which all cast, crew, and family members will be invited to. I look forward to everyone seeing the film as it is something I am proud of and extremely grateful for the opportunity to make. Credits: Cast Tanya – Jessie Watson James – Stephen Manley Tracy – Reagan...


August 15, 2013


Michael Neel is a friend that I lost recently that I’ve known him since middle school. Mike was in the first short film I ever made. Michael was the type of person who got along with everyone. Mike rode the bus to school with me (whenever he would wake up). We hung out at Scandia way back in the day and caused chaos on the mini golf course with our other friends. In college, Mike went into theater and I went into film. We got involved in those respective communities and made different circles of friends. We would still occasionally see each other at the occasional party and birthday bash. Listening to everybody talk at Mike’s memorial service tell stories about their college adventures made me miss my own adventures...


July 17, 2013


Today I get to sit down with a future AFI producing fellow and the producer the Las Vegas indie film Liars, Fires, and Bears, Constanza Castro. So Constanza, you’ve done directing, acting, and producing. You are about to attend the American Film Institute for producing so I assume this is what you have decided what you want to do in the industry? Yes. It was really hard to figure out. For a long time I thought, “I want to direct, I want to direct, I want to direct.” I wasn’t able to do it as much because I was constantly producing. I LOVE producing and it’s something that comes off easy for me. I also love directing though. I remember taking Wolfgang Muchow’s class and he wanted us to choose...


June 13, 2013


Today I sit down with Drew Mixon and speak with him about his grad school experiences at the American Film Institute Conservatory, his undergrad experiences at UNLV, and what influences him as an editor.  You are about to graduate from AFI. If you had to do it all over again would you still choose to go to grad school? Yeah, I would definitely go to grad school. It’s helped me to be better technically and I have met a lot of people who are better than me. It’s made me a better editor and a better person. I’ve worked on how to communicate with people and how to get things done. It’s been a great experience. What would you say is the most difficult aspect of attending grad school? The...


I keep getting the question from people, family, friends, complete strangers,  about what I’m up to. The answer? Plotting. And a bit of writing, that too. My feature has gone around to a few people and I have had some excellent notes. I’m working to implement them now. However, my writing efforts have been spread out a little bit of late. I’m writing two short films that I intend to make this summer. One is about human trafficking and the other…will hopefully give me street cred with my target audience for my feature. (If you have any contacts with anyone involved with human trafficking I would greatly appreciate it!) I’ve been meeting a lot of people who are interested in helping me with my feature. That’s great, but until these...


The Black and Blue is an excellent film resource and is this week’s film resource of the week. If you want to be a camera assistant or in the camera department, then this is the blog for you. But heck, why should I be restating what’s already been said. Here is Evan Luzi, telling you about the Black and Blue in his own words: Evan Luzi is the founder and editor of the site and has had his writing featured on websites such as nofilmschool and indiewire just to name a few. Evan posts articles that are industry related on numerous different topics. His article on females working in the film industry has garnered both praise and criticism but nonetheless is worth a read as Evan touches upon many of the realities a woman has to face...


May 30, 2013


Free Pie by Caleb Slain. Dark. Humorous. Definitely worth a watch. A traumatic comedy about life, death, pie, and death. Without further adieu! [vimeo 62629251 w=600] From the Vimeo page: [Because the 10-minute film takes place in real-time, the entire team was able to experience the actors performing the script from start to finish as though they were watching a play. Given the short shooting schedule to execute the ambitious deep-focus look (the film was shot exclusively on a 18mm and 25mm Master Primes), the live performance of the film proved to be an invaluable way of creating a unified vision for the cast and crew.] The cinematography is gorgeous and the performances impeccable. What did you guys think? Leave a comment down below! Also remember to share if you liked it! I’ve...


May 29, 2013


Today I sit down with Mike Wurst, a local Las Vegas actor, and pick his mind about what it’s like to be an actor in Las Vegas.  So Mike, how long have you been acting and what made you want to act? Right now, about five years. I retired from being an air traffic controller in 2008. I was into acting a long time ago back in Chicago, which is where I grew up. I studied at Second City after the Belushis and Murrays were there. Jim Belushi was on the main stage. Dani Castellaneta and his wife were in my class so it was pretty cool. I met a woman I wanted to marry and she wouldn’t marry me unless I had a real job so I gave it...

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