My New Animation for the NY Times: Allergy to Originality

In honor of the recent Jonah Lehrer resignation from the New Yorker amid allegations
of self plagiarism and quote invention, The New York Times has published my new piece
on originality, unoriginality and plagiarism. It features two characters who look a lot like
AndreiTarkovsky and Sergei Eisenstein. Watch and read it here.


Hi! I’m a Nutria now on Hulu!

Hi! I’m a Nutria will be streaming along with 4 other New York Times Op-Docs on Hulu, check it out here. The screening and panel we had last week at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village went very well and was a lot of fun.  To read more about the Op-Docs initiative, check out this article from Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab and here is an article about the screening.


Come see me in NYC!

I will be at the air conditioned IFC Center in New York this Wednesday for the:

Special Op-Docs evening — Wed July 11 at 8:00pm (click on the showtime to purchase tickets)

Screening and discussion with guests from the New York Times editorial staff and filmmakers from the Op-Docs initiative — Drew Christie, Heidi Ewing, The Gregory Brothers, Alison Klayman, & Casey Neistat — in person!

A 12-week series of short documentaries from The Times’s new video initiative, playing before our regular features. Begun in November 2011, The New York Times’s Op-Docs series invites both renowned and emerging filmmakers to contribute new short opinion documentaries reflecting a wide range of styles and subject matter, including current affairs, contemporary life and historical subjects.

Come enjoy the air conditioning!


Check out my Guide to De-Stressing for the Huffington Post* It involves Brian Eno

Check it out here.

For anyone who has ever had the misfortune of riding in my car with me while driving through Capitol Hill at 5:00 pm, it may seem like a ridiculous idea for me to give advice to anyone on relaxation and de-stressing.  But with the help of Brian Eno and a reckless use of asterisks*, I achieved relaxation while making this thing, and I guess that’s all that counts.

Asterisk is Greek for little star.


Film Festivals and Stranger Thing


Song of the Spindle just played at the Maui Film Festival and the Provincetown International Film Festival and is currently playing at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Nantucket Film Festival.  So anyone in LA or Massachusetts can go see SOTS on the big screen!  Also, here is the Stranger story on the Genius Awards shortlist for film. But why do I look so rotund in the picture? I am reminded of the scene in Willy Wonka when Violet becomes a blueberry and her father shrieks, “Violet, you’re turning violet, Violet!”


Artwork for Harry Smith Conference in London!

I recently created this logo for the America Changed Through Music Conference on Harry Smith which will be taking place, ironically, in London, England.  Go check out their page here! Looks really cool and I believe they will be screening my animation, Some Crazy Magic: Meeting Harry Smith.

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