the incredible adventures of the Death Merchant. Found in the tornado damaged area near Mayflower, Arkansas.
"Are you gonna finish that?"
I am honored that my latest documentary, "Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper" was chosen as Best Documentary at the ClujShorts International Short Film Festival, in Cluj Romania. You can see a list of the other winners and the reason for the jury's decision at this link. I really wish I could have been there for the festival. I have traveled to Romania twice in the past and it is truly one of my favorite countries.
In addition to playing in Romania, Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper also screen here in DC at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. The film was screened in a track of 4 other excellent film and the audience was excellent. It is always so pleasing to see something you have made on the big screen. I want to thank both festivals for their hard work and organization. Also, another well-deserved "Thank You" to all of the Kickstarter Backers who made the film possible.
"Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper" will be available for viewing on YouTube in the near future. Keep your eyes open for it.
Scene from a NYC Bagel Shop
Wrench and Bolt. Los Angeles, California.
Red Carpet. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles.
Gotta Catch 'Em All. Old Town Alexandria, VA.
Narcotics Anonymous keychain. East Pittsburgh
So looks the strand whereon the imperious flood...
Here are 9 notable blog posts from 2013, in chronological order:
1. Everything You Have
In early 2013 Joy Ike released her new album "All or Nothing" and her first single "Everything You Have" for which I directed the music video. Any shoot that involves throwing cupcakes is a good time.
2. Photo Blog #149: Secret Service
A photo taken at Obama's second inauguration as the parade down Pennsylvania began. These secret service guys were on the car just before Obama's limousine. Police from every state lined the parade route and you can see two from Florida on the sides of the frame.
3. Black Skinhead Goat Remix
I really enjoyed Kanye's new album "Yeezus" but when I heard the track black skinhead I was compelled to make a Goat Remix of it. If you are not aware of the phenomenon of Goat Remixes do yourself a favor and search for them on Youtube.
4. Intervalometry: Washington D.C. Fireworks
The view from my Mom's apartment probably has the best view of the 4th of July fireworks in the city. I couldn't resist making a time lapse.
5. Photo Blog #154: Nude Descending a Staircase
My first photo blog entry that I made since moving to Washington D.C. This was shot in the Russell Senate Office Buidling
6. Photo Blog #155: Indestructible Self-Portrait
Man Ray is one of my favorite artists, so when I saw his famous work "Indestructible Object" in the Smithosonia American Art Museum, I was compelled to take a selfie of sorts.
7. Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper Premiere
On October 26th, I premiered my short documentary "Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper" at CMU in Pittsburgh. Keep an eye out for the public release of this film this year.
8. Intervalometry: Sunrise Partial Eclipse
On November 3rd, there was a partial eclipse of the sun visible just at sunrise. On a whim, I decided to film a time lapse of it. There were many clouds in the way which obscured the sun for the most part, but that lead to this dramatic imagery. This video turned out to be the most viewed video I have on my Youtube account.
9. 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Occasionally, I like to wander the tunnels of the various congressional buildings. One day in December while doing this, I ran into a group of protesters occupying the hallway outside of John Boehner's office. They were protesting his refusal to allow a vote in the House of an Immigration Reform bill which passed the senate with bipartisan support. Since the speaker is traditionally responsible for lighting the Capitol Christmas tree, they took it as an opportunity for a holiday themed protest.
Plastic party hat. Alexandria, VA.
Presidential Conspiracy. Found in front of the U.S. Treasury Department. Washington D.C.