"Mr. Moore, without permission from Disney, filmed “Escape From Tomorrow” inside its theme parks and hotels in Florida and California. If that wasn’t gutsy enough, his film is a horror fantasy that harshly critiques Disney’s style of mass entertainment. It’s not the Happiest Place on Earth in his movie. Not by a long shot."

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It’s a Grim World After All - NY Times 

One of the movies premiering at Sundance this year pulled a guerrilla operation in a theme park that has its own jail.  I can’t even shoot in Rockefeller Center without promptly getting kicked out. 

21 January 2013 ·

storyboard:

Inside the New York Times “Lively Morgue”

Print archives that were once the heart of many newspapers have gone the way of the floppy disk. But at the New York Times, home to the Lively Morgue Tumblr, the technology that’s threatened to kill the morgue may also save it. We went inside the morgue to find out what all the fuss was about. Read the accompanying feature.

I’m so excited to have two videos featured at the launch of Tumblr’s new Storyboard site.  This one about The New York Times photo and clippings morgue was amazing and endlessly fascinating.  We probably had enough material to do a 15 minute video, but alas, unless you’re hunting Kony, the internets beg for brevity.  Enjoy, and be sure to check out Storyboard!

7 May 2012 ·

This is so flattering for me!  Big thanks to President Obama and the New York TImes! Here’s an excerpt from the actual, really real article published today:

"Look," President Obama said, "these are the facts: within days of Ryan Jones leaving the country to work in the Horn of Africa, our nation has been besieged with misfortune.  I can’t overlook such an obvious connection."  It is undisputed that after Mr. Jones departed for Kenya, the DOW fell hundreds of points, and in the proceeding weeks an earthquake shook the east coast, Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO, and now an apocalyptic hurricane is about to make landfall.  
The President met with top advisors yesterday to create an incentive package to entice Mr. Jones’s early return.  Though details of what is being offered are unclear, deliveries of certain items to the White House have been noted: large quantities of sour cream and onion baked Lays, chocolate Teddy Grahams, a deed to the Woodford Reserve distillery, Natalie Portman, and an eternal life potion for Mr. Jones’s dog Archie.
President Obama understands why Mr. Jones would want to finish his work in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, but made a final plea for the expat to return home.  ”I get it, okay?  I know there’s a crisis over there, what with the famine in Somalia and all, but seriously, bro, we’ve got crises of our own back here at home.”  The President took a drag from a cigarette he’d been hiding underneath his desk, then, realizing his mistake, quickly hid it again and tried to pass it off as incense.  ”Just come back, Ryan,” President Obama said, “I think it’s rad that you’re out there in the country of my birth…er…can we scratch that and try again?” [Editor’s note: there wasn’t enough space to print all of President Obama’s second take, but here’s the last sentence of his statement] "It’s called patriotism, dude!"

This is so flattering for me!  Big thanks to President Obama and the New York TImes! Here’s an excerpt from the actual, really real article published today:

"Look," President Obama said, "these are the facts: within days of Ryan Jones leaving the country to work in the Horn of Africa, our nation has been besieged with misfortune.  I can’t overlook such an obvious connection."  It is undisputed that after Mr. Jones departed for Kenya, the DOW fell hundreds of points, and in the proceeding weeks an earthquake shook the east coast, Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO, and now an apocalyptic hurricane is about to make landfall.  

The President met with top advisors yesterday to create an incentive package to entice Mr. Jones’s early return.  Though details of what is being offered are unclear, deliveries of certain items to the White House have been noted: large quantities of sour cream and onion baked Lays, chocolate Teddy Grahams, a deed to the Woodford Reserve distillery, Natalie Portman, and an eternal life potion for Mr. Jones’s dog Archie.

President Obama understands why Mr. Jones would want to finish his work in Dadaab, the largest refugee camp in the world, but made a final plea for the expat to return home.  ”I get it, okay?  I know there’s a crisis over there, what with the famine in Somalia and all, but seriously, bro, we’ve got crises of our own back here at home.”  The President took a drag from a cigarette he’d been hiding underneath his desk, then, realizing his mistake, quickly hid it again and tried to pass it off as incense.  ”Just come back, Ryan,” President Obama said, “I think it’s rad that you’re out there in the country of my birth…er…can we scratch that and try again?” [Editor’s note: there wasn’t enough space to print all of President Obama’s second take, but here’s the last sentence of his statement] "It’s called patriotism, dude!"

26 August 2011 ·

"He can recite Shakespeare from memory - he wrapped up his birthday remarks with a flawless rendition of the ‘band of brothers’ soliloquy from Henry V - and lectures at U.S.C. in disciplines as varied as architecture, medicine and law. ‘I’m a smash in the school of gerontology,’ he likes to say. Once, Michael Kahn, the artistic director of the Shakespeare Theater Company, asked Mr. Harman to tell his life story on videotape. It took five hours."

~ NYT on Newsweek’s new owner Sidney Harman. Frankly, anyone that can recite the St. Crispin’s Day speech (please note that it is not, in fact, a ‘soliloquy’), especially at age 92, has my vote of confidence.

16 August 2010 ·

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