Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"My Friend Hugo" Screens At F3, The Frederick Film Festival

I'd like to announce that my new short film, My Friend Hugo, has been selected for screening at the 6th annual  F3, The Frederick Film Festival . Many thanks go out to Walter Chalkley and all the festival staff involved. Getting selected is simply... groovy. Given there were 900 submissions this year from around the world, and under 60 will be shown, I'm more than overjoyed by the news.

The festival will take place over three days, June 27 through June 29, at two venues, the Weinberg Center and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center . My Friend Hugo has been placed in the "experimental" category and will be shown among a group of similar genre films. Showtime is 12:00 P.M. on Saturday at the Delaplaine.

My Friend Hugo is a tale about Tinta and her fond memories of a great friend.  

So, if you are into film and looking for something fun to do, come on out and have good time absorbing an array of eye and ear candy.


For more information, check out the F3 website:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snowed In With The Flow

I'm sitting here drinking a new batch of black gold. It's snowing. While looking out the window, a fond memory flashed in on me and said hello. That memory has made me smile and laugh many times.

It all began during the fall/winter of 2010. I had been meeting weekly with Frederick, Maryland artist, Charles Forsythe, to make a film about him and his art. Months later, I premiered it in Frederick. You can read more about that time in my past posts, but for now, I'd like to share the film with everyone who didn't have a chance to see.

So, grab your favorite snacks and beverages, get all cozy, and tune in to the "Flow":

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A New 5-Pounder Brew Arrives!

Back in August  I posted about my purchase of a David Lynch 5-pounder bag of brew. That's been long gone. This morning I received a new batch that was roasted on November 8. There's a pot brewing now. I'm sure a second one will be in the works. The day will be fine and that's such a beautiful thing.

Monday, August 19, 2013

"Nadine" Rumbles Around The Web

On June 29, 2013, I premiered my short film, Nadine, at the Frederick Film Festival in Frederick, Maryland (See July 2, 2013 posting). I'd like to share the film with you. Hope you enjoy the ride:

Music was composed and performed by Jamie Garonzik.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Starting My Day The Right Way!

Oh yes. Inhale. Hold...ahh. That's right, it's a David Lynch 5-pounder. I'm diggin' in for another sniff. This morning was fine. I can't wait for tomorrow's brew. Hold on. Hell with tomorrow, what am I thinking...I'm brewing one now!

Friday, July 19, 2013

"My Friend Hugo"

Photo by Nancy Chester

In the midst of promoting my newest short film, Nadine, I have also been working on another short film, My Friend Hugo. This film, however, has a longer history. I wanted to fill you in on the latest and provide a little background about how the film came about.

It was the summer of 2007. I had just purchased my new camera, a Sony PD170. Hungry to begin a new project, I was actively searching for subject matter. By chance, I ended up going to a Polo match not far from my home, held nearby in Harford County, Maryland.  I had never been to a Polo match , nor had I been around that many horses. Once there, I found the experience exhilarating.

Everything about the game of polo was new to me. It was a world I had never given my attention, other than maybe seeing a still picture or two, or catching a quick glimpse on television. As I sat there watching the game that day, thrilled by the action, one player caught my attention. His name is Hugo Pasten, a semi-professional polo player from Chile, who was at that time playing for a local team.

Hugo was mesmerizing to watch. For me, he clearly stood out among all the fine players that day, and by game's end, I had found my subject matter for a new film. Convinced I had nothing to lose, I walked over to where Hugo was resting and introduced myself. I explained to him  that I was inspired by his performance that day and asked if I could make a documentary about him. Hugo only paused a few seconds before saying yes. Though we didn't know each other, it was a very quick and easy agreement. All felt right. We talked for a while before Hugo resumed playing. As he rode onto the field, I stood their watching and thinking about my next move. I was off and running.

Throughout the the summer and Fall of 2008, I followed Hugo around to his games and visited him at his home on the farm where he trained and groomed the horses. But after months of filming, I had decided to shelve the project. Unexpectedly, my course changed.  I began diving into a feature-length documentary, The Skeptics In A World Of Their Own, about a garage band from my home town in Frederick, Maryland. This was something I didn't want to pass up.  It was a chance opportunity that fell into place and I was very excited about the project (See my early Blog entries, beginning on February 14, 2011 . The Skeptics In A World Of Their Own was followed by The Flow Of Forsythe (2012) and Nadine (2013), all of which I had the fortune to premiere at the Frederick Film Festival.

Now back to My Friend Hugo. Soon after beginning the documentary about The Skeptics, I lost interest in the film about Hugo. Then in the summer of 2012, I changed the film's direction. It was no longer going to be a documentary. I then began shooting some new scenes.

I'm very pleased about the film's direction and how it's turning out. Currently, it runs around 22 minutes and I'm fine tuning the edit, plus awaiting some music for the soundtrack from a friend, Brian Forsythe. Brian composed the music for the documentary about his father, The Flow Of Forsythe. If all goes as planned, I should have my first cut this summer.

Until my next posting, keep the coffee flowing, my friends.