Short Story Published in JMWW Journal

by Eric on July 21, 2014

My very short story Hunger was published in jmww journal.

Hunger was written a decade ago and originally conceived as a monologue.

You can read it here.

Japan’s Disposable Workers by Shiho Fukada

by Eric on May 26, 2014

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I’m pleased to announce the release my latest project. From the MediaStorm blog:

Japan’s Disposable Workers [is] produced in collaboration the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Based on Shiho Fukada’s portrait series, the film explores the labor issues affecting Japan in three sections, to illustrate the larger global labor crisis at work.

Two Items of Note

by Eric on May 11, 2014

1. I wrote a piece on limitations for the MediaStorm blog. I really like the way it came out.

2. If you just can’t get enough of me talking about fear and creativity, check out this interview I did with Andrea Wise.

MediaStorm Wins Webby Award For 2013 ICP Infinity Awards Series

by Eric on May 4, 2014

I am thrilled to announce that MediaStorm has won a 2014 Webby Award in the Documentary: Series category for our work on the 2013 ICP Infinity Awards.

Congratulations to the whole team.

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Fade to Black—Is the Feature Film Dying?

by Eric on May 4, 2014

A great short piece on the demise of the feature film.

Why are you trying to make a feature film? If you’re doing it because you think it’s the dominant story medium of our time, or because you believe it’s the way to a mass audience or because you think you’ll get rich, you need a healthy dose of artistic and personal self-examination. Telling stories through media of some form, yes. But buying into the conventional feature-film format and all its legacy business practices… that is no longer something you do by rote. —Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

What I Learned at the The Image Deconstructed Workshop

by Eric on April 13, 2014

I am far more compassionate towards a stranger’s uncertainty and fear than I am to my own.

Fuck the Fear, circa London, 1977

by Eric on January 19, 2014

They [The Clash] were afraid to play until they saw the Ramones. I mean, Paul [Simonon] and Mick [Jones] told the Ramones, “Now that we’ve seen you, we’re gonna be a band.”

The Ramones said, “You gotta play, guys. You know, come out of the basement and play. That’s what we did.”

Basically the Ramones said to them, which they said to countless other bands, “You don’t have to be better, just get out there, you’re as good as you are. Don’t wait until you’re better, how are you gonna ever know? Just go out there and do it.”

That’s what the Ramones got from The New York Dolls, you know, “What are we waiting for?”

To me that’s the important part of it, what bands pass along to other bands by way of confidence.”

—Danny Fields, manager of the Ramones. Quoted in Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

20 Feet From Stardom

by Eric on January 19, 2014

20 Feet From Stardom is a compelling look at the challenges faced by some of rock ‘n roll’s greatest backup singers, including the legendary Darlene Love.

The Filth and The Fury

by Eric on January 11, 2014

The Filth and The Fury is a messy, chaotic and brilliant documentary about the Sex Pistols.

As it should be.

Blackfish

by Eric on December 25, 2013

If there was ever a doubt that keeping killer whales in captivity for entertainment purposes was cruel and inhumane, this documentary closes that question.