Howdy. I’m a radical filmmaker based in Los Angeles, my favorite city. I have a wife, Erin, and a daughter, Adva—they are both super-frigging awesome. I also have three cats and a street chihuahua. They are not always super-frigging awesome but I love them anyway.
I make tiny, hand-crafted films. I do almost everything myself not because I’m a control-freak, but because I’m poor. I actually think it helps the movies though, in the end.
My most popular film is called An Injury to One. I made it about the town where I (partly) grew up—Butte, Montana. It just came out on home DVD, so you can track it down if you want. It’s also on iTunes.
Before that, I made a film about a Cuban agit-prop-ist named Santiago Alvarez. It’s called, Accelerated Under-Development. That one is currently sold on a 2-disc set (with 8 classics by Alvarez himself) by Other Cinema so you can find that one too. I think they also put it up on Fandor.
After Injury, I made a narrative feature about Butte called Who Killed Cock Robin? It premiered in comp at Sundance at got some recognition but I’m afraid it’s presently unavailable, though I’m still quite fond of it. I’m definitely pretty pleased (and surprised!) that I shot a film in 2003 that pre-figured the length and scale of the disastrous wars, the economic crisis, and even aspects of “mumblecore” though more akin to “shoutcore.” which is cooler anyhow.
After that, I worked on a performance for a while. It was called Proving Ground and it was about the history of using planes to bomb people. I think it was quite unusual but ultimately too abusive to be effective. I had a blast though.
My next film was a documentary about how my father came to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam. That’s the name too, DFC. It’s the most divisive film yet. It won Jury prizes at du reel in Paris and Yamagata in Japan, the biggest honors of my career, but has yet to screen in the US.
These days I’m working on Far From Afghanistan, with John Gianvito et al. My section, which I just finished, is called Fragments of Dissolution. It’s incredibly sad but I love it.