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(This is part of an on-going series of articles, essays & interviews on the changing face of films & filmmaking. When I first got into the indie film & film festival scene, it was a...

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(Okay, I’ll admit it–I can be slow to get on the bus at first. I don’t  catch on to some things–or many things–that, as my wife Bonnie has just told me, EVERYBODY already knows about. But...

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What does state worker Jarrett Heather at the California Department of Food and Agriculture do in his spare time? Single-handedly create Weird Al Yankovic’s #1 music video “Word Crimes” on Youtube. In the first week...

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This is a film that I thought was lost. Gone. I had a digital file of it on one of my external hard drives that crashed. Since I had it on a hard drive I’d...

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Claude Lelouch – A Man And A Canon C500

May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since I was an early teenager I have been in love with the films and filmmaking of French auteur Claude Lelouch when I first saw A Man And A Woman. His work inspired me to become a TV...

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I’m working on my new indie filmmaking book following up on Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 – $6,000 – Or Less. The first book dealt...

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The 14th annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival gets underway at the Crest Theater. This is a a news story that I photographed, reported and edited for KCRA-3 TV News. A year and a half...

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Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2013 Around 3 o’clock the phone rang. I was in an edit bay at KCRA having just uploaded my story for the 6 o’clock news. It was Laurie Pederson with the...

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BILLY WILDER: The Directing “King of Cool”

September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are very few writer-directors who became living legends not only for the films they made, but also for being themselves and their storytelling quotability. Steve McQueen has often been dubbed “The King of Cool,”...

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Chris King has a new short film, Happiness, playing in the Sacramento Film & Music Festival at The Crest Theater on Saturday, September 14 at 4 PM. Happiness has already screened at VisionFest in New York...

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Our Greyhounds on KCRA TV

August 13, 2013 | 1 Comments

Okay, yes – this is a home movie. But it’s a home movie that was shot as a professional test. Hand held Canon 7D footage, shot in 1080 24p using a Canon 70-200mm F4 L-series...

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A year and a half ago actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine came to Sacramento promoting his new short film Jesus Was A Commie. Just prior to that I had already been put in touch with Matthew to...

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Studio, No — Distribution, Yes!

June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is a follow-up to my earlier blog about the Dixon movie studio. In that I mentioned that everywhere that I’ve lived there have been people who have been very vocal about wanting to build...

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Ever since the first inklings of the new American Independent Film Movement started evolving back in the 1980s, everywhere I’ve lived there’s always been somebody getting their names in the press and is discussed as...

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I first discovered Anthony Hontoir shortly after I’d purchased my Éclair Cameflex CM3 35mm movie camera last year. I was Googling for information on the camera and came across Anthony’s website downwoodfilms.com with images of...

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Every now and then a film organization reaches out to me to help spread the word about their film. This one sounds interesting. And it’s from a new website that’s geared to independent filmmakers. This...

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Thinking about making a new film

April 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Over the past few weeks, as I’ve been wrapping up the final tweaks and layouts for the newly revised Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000-$6,000 Or Less...

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“I calculated that I could make a feature film for about $10,000. By projecting about the amount of film I’d shoot, figuring that I could get actors to work for practically nothing. You know, at...

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