DIRECTOR, PRODUCER & FOUNDER, CREATIVE ARSON PRODUCTIONS
(2001 – present)
Producing, directing, filming and editing video content for clients of all shapes and sizes.
Partial client and collaborator list:
Wired Magazine Central Park Summerstage WNYC.org (NY Public Radio) Livestream River to River Miranda July Rolling Stone Celebrate Brooklyn Sufjan Stevens Thirteen/WNET New York Public Library Gloria Estefan MuchMusic Times Square Alliance Tracy Chapman Manhattan School of Music Lladro PEN American Center Village Voice Brooklyn Public Library Maison Martin Margiela Food Network HBO
FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS (director, producer, camera, editor)
Last Summer at Coney Island (93 min, 2010 – Feature-length documentary about Coney Island’s roller coaster relationship with redevelopment. Aired on PBS stations in 2011. Nominated for a NY Emmy Award. (distributor: IndiePix Films)
Up on the Roof (58 min, 2008) – Urban wildlife film about the transformation of Brooklyn, as seen thru the experiences of neighborhood pigeon keepers. Aired on PBS stations in 2012. (distributor: IndiePix Film)
Danielson: a Family Movie (105 min, 2006) – Award-winning documentary about five siblings from New Jersey & their psychedelic-gospel-folk-rock group. In theaters across the country December 2006. (distributor: HomeVision/Image)
Punk Rock/Heavy Metal Karaoke (74 min, 2001) – Rock doc on musical ambitions, nostalgia, and wish-fulfillment.
INDEPENDENT CAMERA / CREW / PRODUCTION credits include:
> Video Producer-at-large for the Time Square Alliance (2009 – present)
> Coordinating Producer + cameraman: “HBO Taxicab Confessions” (2009)
> Producer / Director / Editor of The Pontani Pages podcast (2010 – present)
> Fieldwork filmmaker for Global Nomads Group in Haiti (2010)
> Video Producer for RollingStone.com (2006-2008)
> MUSIC CHOICE (broadband and digital cable TV network) Director, Editor, Cameraman (2004 – 2007) producing & shooting interviews & performances with artists including Sarah MacLaughlin, Slipknot, Trail of Dead, Ludakris, 3 Doors Down, Sean Lennon, Flaming Lips
University of California Santa Cruz, New York University, Parsons School of Design, Randolph-Macon College, SUNY Purchase
CMJ Media (April – Nov. 2000)
> Writer, Editor, Publications Coordinator for music festivals and conferences
KNITTING FACTORY (1997 – 1999)
> Marketing and Media Relations Director for the world-renowned music club and festival production house. Also responsible for writing and editing a bi-monthly program guide.
EDUCATION UC Santa Cruz — B.A., Political Science and Media Studies (1996)
Grants: New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) regrants through Brooklyn Arts Council; Puffin Foundation
Film Festivals: Chicago Underground Film Festival, Northampton Independent Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, Coney Island Film Festival, ACE Film Festival
> Software (partial list): Final Cut Pro HD, Mac and Windows platforms, Avid Express, Photoshop, Office, DVD Studio Pro, After Effects (a little), Compressor
> Camera experience: wide and varied; if it has a lens and a record button, I can work with it.
> Languages Studied: Mandarin, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, French
I love libraries. I love Brooklyn. So it was my great pleasure to get this recent commission and, in the process, learn more about a venerable institution I thought I already knew. Check out the results:
music by the one and only Kaki King.
Check out my latest collabo with Livestream and the Times Square Alliance.
Since 2oo2, Times Square has been hosting a giant, all-day, free outdoor yoga festival on the summer solstice as a counterpoint to the New Years celebrations that take place 10 days after the winter solstice. This year, 16,000 people pre-registered for five different classes. I feel quite fortunate to have been involved, even if it was just editing together all the footage. Though I have to say, there’s nothing like sitting in a darkened room, hunched over a computer, editing 15 hours of yoga classes to make you feel like a knotted snarl of linguine that was left in the pot over night.
Big thanks to Aradhna for supplying the music.
It was an honor to produce this video for a wonderful social service organization based in Kingston, NY. Click to watch and find out how they help all kinds of people overcome their challenges and live fulfilling lives.
Special thanks to David McNamara of Collective NY Productions for use of the Epic RED camera and his skilled lensing.
I love the Future Bible Heroes. (As a matter of fact, I’m quite fond of all Stephin Merritt’s musical endeavors.) So I was pleased as punch when Merge Records recently asked me to hang out with Mr. Merritt and his heroic collaborators (on my birthday, no less) to help introduce their latest endeavors to the world. This video is the result.
I just made this video for the Times Square Alliance about a new initiative that introduces solar powered trash compactors and recycling bins to Times Square. If people use them, the city will install these massive receptacles all over town.