LR103104: Capturing Truth (Is Hard)

Shooting this “challenge” documentary has been a real experience: it’s a good mental challenge to work on non-fiction and find a compelling narrative; it’s great to be shooting something; and, again, it is a real eye-opener to how difficult it is to shoot the truth. Over and over again (pretty much every day I can …

Documenting Reality

Pointing a camera at real-life action changes the action.  I grow sort of bored with academic discussions about whether cinema verité is fact or fictionalized-fact; I understand the quandary – yet I take it for granted that the camera changes the reality it documents, and I can live with that.  I liked LA CHAGRIN ET …

Be Aware of the Ides of July, or, CINEFORUM Starring Reg Hartt in 3-D

Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And, you can’t always get what you want, and I really wanted to make a fiction project in 2013. If you try sometimes, you might get what you need. I’ve been turning over a documentary idea for a while now, about Reg Hartt, Toronto’s notorious …

(Not) Writing TAKE 28 (Yet)

I know I could get some local producers to read this script, if I only had a script.  I could get producers I have no connection to yet to look at it.  I feel I could talk my way into directing it, too.  It’s a great concept for a production (concept courtesy of Jamie Nash). …