Santuario: Timelessness and Transformation

June 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Careers are always strange and unpredictable things. When I went to film school at UCLA, I never imagined that I would someday be writing scripts for videogames; it was, after all, the era of Pac-Man and Centipede. Power pellets and poisoned mushrooms aside, neither game was a media experience heavy on narrative.

The Santuario - in glorious daylight.

The Santuario – in glorious daylight.

The first time I came to Santa Fe as a Visiting Professor of Screenwriting, more than a decade ago, I (like nearly every tourist) visited the City Different’s beloved Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (typically known as the Santuario), the ancient Catholic church set along the Santa Fe River. Built at about the time the Declaration of Independence was being signed, the chapel served Santa Fe’s poor farmers alongside the river bank just west of downtown, and was devoted specifically to Our Lady of Guadalupe — whose own semiotics knits together Indian, Spanish, and Mexican cultural identities and puts a distinctly New World stamp on Catholicism.

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From London With Love

June 11, 2015 Leave a comment
BUGS Writing Staff - Fall 1997

Americans in London: writing partner Frank De Palma on the far left, and Terry Borst (in plaid shirt) third from the left. Producer Stuart Doughty immediately to the right of Borst, along with the other UK staffers. Bugs writing staff, Fall 1997, London.

From the vaults on #tbt: a photo of me in the Bugs writers’ room in the offices of Carnival Films: London, Fall 1997. (it’s amazing what you stumble across in cleaning out the garage.)

Bugs was something of a cross between the old TV series Mission Impossible and The Avengers. You can get the full story on my participation in Bugs here.

Clearly, diversity in the writers’ room wasn’t the highest priority on Bugs, but hey! — at least we were multi-national. I’m very proud of the work we did on the show: within its genre confines, it was known for being witty and brainy. (Those are adjectives I can live with.)

Though airing only briefly in the States in the early days of the Starz channel, the show was a BBC staple in the late ’90s and was syndicated in dozens of countries: it continues to play to this day…

Behind The Scenes – The Academic Year

May 27, 2015 Leave a comment

“So what do you do when you’re not in the classroom during the academic year?” is a question I’m sometimes asked. This “behind the scenes” video offers a glimpse into some of the more creative work I get to do (as opposed to participating in intradepartmental and interdepartmental meetings).

You’ll see a few seconds of me on camera, and as with all the in-house videos (directed, shot and edited by students) we create at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, I served as the story consultant and story editor for this particular spot promoting our Shoot the Stars! initiative. And it’s easy to find more Shoot the Stars!™ videos and Outdoor Vision Fest™ videos on Vimeo.

Outdoor Vision Fest™ 2015 a Wrap

May 9, 2015 Leave a comment

ovf_logoOur 5th outing of Outdoor Vision Fest™ attracted its biggest crowd to date (see the handy-dandy chart at the bottom of this post), and despite a few glitches, garnered essentially universal acclaim on Twitter and Instagram.

One of the best aspects of having co-created and then shepherded OVF these past years has been working with up&comers like The Maya Spectra and VJ Buran; alumni who are already making an impact on Santa Fe’s media and cultural affairs scenes (Keith Ryan Riggs, Katelyn Peer, and Seth Fuller, to name a few); talented guest artists like choreographer Jocelyne Danchick; and faculty colleagues Brad Wolfley and Tom Miller.

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Joining “ArtBeat” to Talk OVF, Thursday 4/30, 1pm MDT

April 30, 2015 Leave a comment

“Cinema Scope” Archived Broadcast From April 24, 2015

April 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Podcast iconIn case you missed last week’s “Cinema Scope” broadcast on KSFR-FM, you can download the podcast version and get 15 minutes of great Outdoor Vision Fest™ talk with Professor Tom Miller, Studio Arts major Victoria Medina, and myself. We talk about many of the upcoming installations, including the Make Santa Fe makerspace pop-up that Victoria and student artist Victor Rojas are contributing to. Get a filmic perspective on OVF 2015 with affable host Stu Goswick.

“Richard Eeds Show” – Archived April 28 Broadcast

April 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Missed my appearance on “The Richard Eeds Show” this morning? You’re in luck: the broadcast has been archived, and you can find myself along with Studio Arts Professor Tom Miller discussing all things Outdoor Vision Fest with the affable radio host (first time either of us had been on Eeds’ show).  We’re on the 10am segment and occupy most of the hour: an unusually lengthy time to discuss some of the installations and some of the night’s ambience.

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