Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

This past Saturday, October 25 I participated in Rising Sun Theaters 24-hour Mash Up. It works like this: A theme is chosen, in this case “Children are Terrifying“. Then at 6pm on Friday, October 24, all the Playwrights, Directors and Actors gather to meet and choose a prompt, director and cast. The Playwright picks the prompt and the Director out of a hat and the … Continue reading Where the Dead Things Are – October 25, 2014

Theater Mash Up This Weekend

This Friday thru Saturday (10.24-10.25) I am participating in the Rising Sun Theater Company’s Theater Mash Up. So what is a “Theater Mash Up”? Well, up until Monday it was called a 24 Hour Play Festival…until Rising Sun learned someone held a copyright on the phrase “24 Hour Play Festival”.  Basically it is this…playwrights, directors and actors convene on Friday night. At said meeting they … Continue reading Theater Mash Up This Weekend

Leadership and Zombies 101

Business academics and film theorists have often cited The Godfather as the definitive film exemplifying the best business practices. And in some cases they are right. There is a strong caste system within the Corleone crime family, much like there is in corporate America, there is a defined hierarchical structure with direct reports and there is little tolerance for any new idea or perspective. In … Continue reading Leadership and Zombies 101

…and if so, who answers? We do.

In a little over two weeks Pearl Jam will release their tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt and the publicity juggernaut has begun. I suppose by sheer nature of timing, this would be part of that. The first release from Lightning Bolt was “Mind Your Manners” which I thought was a little forced and empty. After a couple more listens, I feared the band was going … Continue reading …and if so, who answers? We do.

Jumping the Shark – Part 2

“Jumping the shark is an idiom created by Jon Hein that is used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality that is beyond recovery, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of ‘gimmick’ in a desperate attempt to keep viewers’ interest.”(1) The … Continue reading Jumping the Shark – Part 2

Brooklyn Film Festival Review #4

Dragon Girls According to Inigo Westmeier’s bio, the director of Dragon Girls, he has some serious cinematic chops. He studied at the Film Academy in Moscow, did his graduate studies at Baden-Wuttemberg Film Academy and even had a scholarship to study at the UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies Department. That’s not too shabby of a background in film studies. Dragon Girls is his first feature film. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #4

Brooklyn Film Festival Review #3

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes Movies are about suspension of reality, well the best ones are. I can’t say that Francesca Gregorini’s film Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes is one of the best ones but it is pretty damn good. Here’s the synopsis: Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #3

Brooklyn Film Festival Review #2

A Series of Shorts: A different lens through which to see the world. Now more than ever, we must look to artists to see the world through their eyes because it is often the artists who hold the mirror up to society and provide us with a different lens through which to see the world. And for those artists who choose to work in the … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #2

Brooklyn Film Festival Review #1

Three-pack screening of Bye, Freckle, and Hank and Asha at Windmill Studios The Brooklyn Film Festival is in full swing at indieScreen Cinema and Windmill Studios, both on Kent Avenue. With over 106 films from 24 countries spanning every genre, you are certain to find something you will enjoy. Saturday, I went to the three-pack screening of Bye, Freckle, and Hank and Asha at Windmill Studios. … Continue reading Brooklyn Film Festival Review #1

Circle Jerkin’

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” — Ken Kesey The annual broadcast network, advertising and media buying circle jerk known as the upfront is underway. Yesterday saw both NBC and Fox release their fall 2013 schedules.  Today, ABC releases their schedule and tomorrow it is current network king … Continue reading Circle Jerkin’

Simple Things

JOHN LENNON “Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” “Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.” “As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.” “If everyone demanded peace instead of another … Continue reading Simple Things

Digital Pet Rocks

“The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures.“ – Tim Berners Lee The Internet was developed to communicate. It was not created to be a media tool. When we speak of “new media” that is not the Internet or the Web. That refers to the companies that populate the Web. And many … Continue reading Digital Pet Rocks

The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese

The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese by Keith R. Higgons Comedy is as much a part of the DNA of Brooklyn as country music is of Nashville. The list of comedians who have called Brooklyn home reads like a history lesson of the hysterical: Mel Brooks, Larry David, Woody Allen, Jackie Gleason, and current late night warriors Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, … Continue reading The Lowdown on an Upright Citizen: Comedian Anthony Apruzzese

2013 Goals

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle Recently, I had my 2012 performance review with my supervisor and it went strikingly well. I mean I’m not shocked, they usually go pretty well. However, despite the accolades and praise, the fact that my “merit increase” is less than any sort of applicable cost of living increase really negates any sort of verbal … Continue reading 2013 Goals

Can a corporation be insane?

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein Like any kid growing up in the Midwest, I had big dreams. And while my brother had dreams of being a cop or a stuntman or hockey player, I always knew I wanted to be something different. Something BIGGER. In no particular order I wanted to be: A rock … Continue reading Can a corporation be insane?

The New Economy

The “The surest what to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” – Friederich Nietzsche In the New Economy, there are about 14,000 REGISTERED lobbyists in Washington, DC and only 535 elected officials. In the New Economy, income disparity and its growth shows all indications of being a government sanctioned process. … Continue reading The New Economy

Where there is art, there is no hell.

“Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But, since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” – Andre Gide Yesterday, I watched a documentary. And while that, in and of itself, is about as interesting as peanut butter, what I watched was interesting, Born Into This, a documentary about Charles Bukowski. I first discovered Charles Bukowski from the script he … Continue reading Where there is art, there is no hell.

The Principled World According to Dick Cheney

“From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools, and I know that they are a key to being sure that every child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.” – Dick Cheney In high school, I had a tutor, and she was a nice enough lady, even if she was narrow minded, conservative and a tad too religious for my … Continue reading The Principled World According to Dick Cheney

What time is it? It is now.

“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use — of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” – Robert Kennedy It’s hard to write about class distinctions on a personal blog without sounding like either a lunatic or an entitled and spoiled twit. Admittedly, I probably … Continue reading What time is it? It is now.

Broadcast Television & The Future of Storytelling

The big four networks, CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox have been spiraling downwards, not only in ratings but also in content, for about ten years now. This is not to say they haven’t produced good content, they have. Overall, a healthy argument could be made that each of these networks programming and development departments are basing decisions based on…well, to be fair, I don’t know … Continue reading Broadcast Television & The Future of Storytelling

Create like you’re dead.

I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. Bill Hicks For those who read this with any sort of regularity I realize the last two posts have been kind of serious. Don’t worry, I’m returning to the penis and fart jokes now. South African Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer said “A serious person should try to write posthumously.” … Continue reading Create like you’re dead.

Jakarta is Coming

“So, if consumers are like roaches, then marketers must forever be dreaming up new concoctions for industrial-strength Raid.” Naomi Klein BRIEF HISTORY You may be asking what does “Jakarta is Coming” mean. Well, here is the Coors Lite history. Prior to the the military coup in Chile in the early 1970’s, this phrase started being posted around Santiago, Chile. The message was meant to alert … Continue reading Jakarta is Coming