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Ghost World director Terry Zwigoff
Ghost World director Terry Zwigoff

The List of 9

current list posted on December 2, 2016:

Nine Directors Who Disappeared

It's a bummer to watch a talented filmmaker's career stall out. Someone comes along, directs a few noteworthy movies, then poof! You never hear about them anymore. What happens? Some retire without fanfare. A lot give up on features and move to TV (Keith Gordon, Carl Franklin, Agnieszka Holland). A handful keep working, but not on anything you've ever heard of. And then you have these "whatever… read more!

Browse through over 300 Lists of 9 here!
The Eyes of My Mother
The Eyes of My Mother

Movie Reviews

Newest review posted on December 1, 2016:

The Eyes of My Mother

other current reviews:

Browse through over 850 movie reviews here!
Anchorage International Film Festival
Anchorage International Film Festival

Development Updates

last updated November 28, 2016:

“20 Matches” in Alaska… and on Alaska?

As we wrap up 2016 – a year that most people I know would call an awful one – I am grateful, at least, for the film festival exposure that 20 Matches has received. It's not over 'til it's over, but my current assumption is that the Anchorage International Film Festival, which I'm attending December 7-10 (20 Matches screens on both dates), will be this film's final… read more!

20 Matches
20 Matches

The Films

Last updated September 22, 2015:

20 Matches

This is a trailer for my latest film, a story about a serial killer in Vienna, Austria, told by a woman (Nina Rausch) sitting in a pitch black room, illuminated only by the matches she holds in her hand. I will replace this trailer with the actual film sometime in 2017, once 20 Matches finishes its run on the festival circuit. Here is a more expansive page on the film.… read more!