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film & photography

this is a little space i've created to call attention to visual arts projects i've done and am doing. like what you see? please feel free to email me.

conversion :: people look at me funny when i tell them that dom and i made a movie. i think a lot of them believe i'm telling them that we made a sex tape and are probably wondering why i want to share that information, but that's not it at all. i mean that we made a goddamned movie. technology being what it is, it's become much easier for amateurs to enter the world of film-making without looking like amateurs. so yes, with the help of a lot of friends and kindly strangers, but no funding whatsoever, we made a feature film.

you can stream or download it here and watch it in the privacy of your own home.

you can read about the process of making the film [including my shooting diary] on this blog.

here's the trailer:



short films :: after shooting conversion and watching dom create his own short pieces like magic [you can see his page on vimeo here], i decided to give it a try myself. i'm not terribly prolific with this, but it is something i turn to when trying to write proves too frustrating. there is something about being able to watch something come together that appeals to me when i get frustrated with just see words unravel before me. you can always see all of them on the official more like space vimeo page, or you can watch them from the safety of the blog:

a sense of longing [oblivious]
coming storm
guilty guilty guilty
they were dancers in their dreams


photography :: i'm also an extremely amateur photographer and sometimes do blog posts of shots i take. i'll update the links below as more posts are added.

in search of halloween, part 6
in search of halloween, part 5
in search of halloween, part 4
in search of halloween, part 3
in search of halloween, part 2
in search of halloween, part 1

resting places [graveyard photography]
resting places 2

the montreal metro project, part 1 
the montreal metro project, part 2
the montreal metro project, part 3
the montreal metro project, part 4 
the montreal metro project, part 5
the montreal metro project, part 6
the montreal metro project, part 7 
the montreal metro project, part 8


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making faces :: chanel's velvet realm

who doesn't love velvet? i know when i was younger, i used to, as george costanza longed to, "drape myself in velvet" and although that phase passed with time, i still think that the plush fabric has to be one of the high points of human achievement, up there with interior heating, advanced medicine and vodka. so to me, it's no surprise that one of the most hotly anticipated launches in the cosmetic world is chanel's new "rouge allure velvet" lipstick line, because even the name immediately makes me want to put it on my lips.

on a more concrete level, chanel describes these lipsticks as "luminous matte", which is sort of like the holy grail for lipstick lovers. we all want those intense, come-hither film noir lips, the sort where young men and sunlight are lost and never heard from again, but historically [including during the making of those films], applying a matte lipstick felt sort of like colouring in your lips with an old crayon that had…

i agree, smedley [or, smokers totally saved our planet in 1983]

so this conversation happened [via text, so i have evidence and possibly so does the canadian government and the nsa].

dom and i were trying to settle our mutual nerves about tomorrow night's conversion screening, remembering that we've made a fine little film that people should see. which is just about exactly what dom had said when i responded thusly:

me :: i agree smedley. [pauses for a moment] did you get that here?

dom :: no?

me :: the aliens who were looking at earth and then decided it wasn't worth bothering with because people smoked even though it was bad for them?
come to think of it, that might mean that smokers prevented an alien invasion in the seventies.

dom :: what ?!?!?

me :: i've had wine and very little food. [pause] but the alien thing was real. [pause.] well, real on tv.

dom :: please eat something.

of course, i was wrong. the ad in question ran in 1983. this is the part where i would triumphantly embed the ad from youtube, except that the governmen…

mental health mondays :: separate and not equal

given the ubiquitousness of racial disparities in the united states, there's no reason why we should be surprised that they exist in mental health care. unlike a lot of other areas, the people in power have acknowledged the problem for decades. but the situation isn't getting any better. 
the united states surgeon general documented the differences between white and non-white mental health care back in 2001 so we can assume that it was already a known problem at that point. two years later, a presidential commission said the same damn thing and groups like the national association for mental health seized on this to develop guidelines on how to bridge the ethnic gap. from the turn of the century through 2007, the number of papers and publications talking about the mental health care gap spiked. the issue was viewed as being on par with obesity when it came to urgent problems.

starting in 2004, researchers undertook a massive project that involved the records of nearly a quart…