Wednesday, May 23, 2007

What is up with Seattle?

I just got back from doing a work shop and a screening in Seattle and boy am I pissed! Who do those people think they are up there? I tried getting some one to write about the screening and

I pretty much got nothing! A mention in a calendar or two! I sent emails with material a couple weeks ahead of time and only one writer contacted me and that was just to get a bit more information so it could be listed as a weekend event!

Now maybe it is because I am from Portland, but the Seattle media and the film groups in general have this feeling that they are superior or something! Well I have seen your work and you're not! The Seattle Film Festival is just okay. It is not that great. And like so many film festivals they just show Sundance retreads! That is really edgy...

I did a Sound Design Work shop at 911 Media Arts, which is a great space run by really terrific people. Apparently they even got on the phone and let people know individually that I was coming to town to do a work shop. And still the turn out was tiny! Trust me, the crap I have seen come out of Seattle could use some instruction in Sound! And where was the local IFP? I contacted them and gave them information, I heard nothing from any one in that group!

It must be nice to have so many talented and skilled film and video makers in Seattle who know everything! I am sure they couldn't have learned anything from some guy from Portland!

And someone needs to tell Washington Drivers that the left lane on the Freeway is for PASSING! It's always cars with Washington Plates that tie up the left lane for miles, driving exactly the speed limit! If there are a bunch of cars behind you, GET THE FUCK OVER TO THE RIGHT LANE! It doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure that one out!
I fucking hate Seattle!!!!

But since I have my own problems with self esteem and all, I'll probably go back for more abuse. I am my own worst enemy...

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

May Schedule...

Hey Everybody,
It is May, I am home, and just because I am home doesn't mean I am not working...
Here is a list of my work shops and screenings for this month. If you are around please come out and see me.
May 9th - - Kicking Bird screening @ The Columbian Theater in Astoria, Oregon
May 10th - - Kicking Bird screening @ The Coaster Theater in Cannon Beach, Oregon
May 15th - - Guest Lecture @ Portland State University
May 15th - - Market & Self Distribution Workshop @ The Art Institute of Portland
May 18th - - Kicking Bird Screening @ 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, WA
May 19th - - Sound Design Work shop @ 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, WA
May 24th & 25th - - Workshops & screening @ Oregon State University
For more info on the Seattle events please go to
As usual I am booking work shops and screenings for the Fall US and Europe Tours starting now. So if you want me in your city, or your country, let me know. I promise I'll be lots of fun, and not like your gross Uncle that won't leave.
Don't forget to go to my web site and check out the New Projects link, and Buy My Stuff! The price of gas is obscene and I have to pay the bills somehow...
Take care and we'll talk later.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

This didn't post earlier. Was it a plot...

April 27, 2007

I hate Wyoming!

I drove from Chicago back to Portland in three days and the second day driving thru Wyoming was a bitch! I had rain, hail, snow, rain, wind, rain, really strong wind, pouring rain, and a bit of sunshine mixed in. By the time I hit Salt Lake to see friends I was wiped out. I know it is beautiful, but I hate driving thru it! Isn't that where they kill gay people and where Cheney says he is from... You can keep Wyoming!

I am home and trying to recover. I am still not sure what time zone my brain is in. Ah, the joys of touring.

I will right more about the tour in another entry. When I am more recovered...

On another note, and another sign that we are all in trouble... I am predicting a huge amount of home foreclosures in the next 2 years! I don't want to be a doom sayer, and I really think I am not. I am pissed off at Mortgage Brokers, Realtors, and banks in general! I don't like them and find most of them to be sleazy! (A generalization, sure. But I am also writing based on my own experience.)

You all know that I sold my house to pay off IRS debts, and credit cards and all that. I was left with hardly anything! Part of the problem was that as we were getting pay outs from my various creditors a company here in Portland run by mortgage brokers, had done a loan for me a few years earlier. When it came time for pay out I owed them $40,000 more than I had borrowed! I had been making payments for 5 years, and yes I was behind and missed a few payments, but I was trying. Anyway, apparently I hadn't read the contract real well and it wasn't really explained to me, (probably on purpose...)! My lawyer looked at it and said it was all legal! I had to pay these bastards an extra $40,000! That totally wiped me out as far as any profit on my home of 20 years! Too bad for me! I learned my lesson...

Now a lot more people are going to learn lessons as well! All of these slimy folks have been selling consumers on montages that are adjustable, or that you pay only interest for the first couple years. They tell people that when it comes time for you to start paying on the principal you can just refinance. The same when your Adjustable Rate goes up! Some people will be able to, many will not! Some will have to pay fees to refinance. Some will have to pay very large ones...

The Real Estate market is on the fast track to Hell, and don't be surprised if these greedy bastards, (Mortgage bankers, realtors, and the big companies that buy the debt), ask the government to help them out! And knowing our government they will help them out. But they won't help out the home owners who are losing everything.

A friend of mine just told me that rents here in Portland are predicted to rise because so many people are going to be losing their homes and needing to rent. So the apartment owners are preparing to gouge all of us.

As Kurt Vonnegut used to say... And so it goes.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


May 1st 2007


We are going down! I repeat we are going down! Thanks to our leaders in Washington we are going to be all going under soon. Let's hear it for $4 per gallon gas! It is really a bitch being poor in this country. It is worse being part of the working poor!

You have to love a company that makes Billions of dollars in profit every QUARTER!

I am finally waking up after my last tour. I was driving around Portland earlier and saw gas is running around $3.35 per gallon here. That makes me sick.

I am afraid that I am going to have to raise my prices for next Fall's Tour. I don't want to do it, but since I am not a trust fund kid...

I did have a good tour this Spring, except for the cold weather. I an glad I finally made it to Knoxville, Boston, Bowling Green, Boone & Pembroke, NC, Grand Rapids, and of course Chicago.
My last night in Chicago was great! I showed a bunch of my short films in a wine shop where we had wine tasting and great appetizers. After a great Q&A (and I sold some DVD's and shirts), we went next door to a great restaurant. I want to thank Bob Bowman for putting on my last event of the tour. I had a great time. And that wine was good. Next time you are in the Chicago area, check out House Red. It is a great little wine shop run by a bunch of Artists. And you know that real Artists really know how to drink! Although we usually buy really cheap wine... Anyway, this place is great!

Hopefully I'll see you all out on the road soon.