Category Archives: Politics

2017 TCFF Panel: One great movie lover can change the world

The following is a panel I moderated at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival about the impact that social issue documentaries can have on society, as well as the responsibilities that come with it. The panelists were Pamela Yates, Paco de … Continue reading

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Is “Fake News” Legitimized by “Quality TV?”

In yesterday’s New York Times, the showrunners of several current political TV dramas discuss how the outrageousness of current political reality has affected the plotlines of their shows. Some of them talk about how they had to change the direction … Continue reading

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Equality Now Panel at TCFF

Among the many panels and Q&As that I participated in at this year’s Traverse City Film Festival was one entitled, “Equality Now.” It was meant to be both a celebration of the Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage and … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (Final Chapter)

This is the final post of a series. You can find the other parts at Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Conclusion: It was with a combination of hope and fear that we approached the George Washington Bridge. The first sign … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (part 4)

This is Part 4 of a series. You can find the other parts at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Day Four: Friday September 14, 2001 Bright and early, we piled back into the car for the next leg … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (part 3)

Part 1 of this article can be found here, and part 2 can be found here. Day Three: Thursday September 13, 2001 When I awoke the next morning, Beth was already out and about. I went off to deliver the 35mm … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago…A Family Odyssey (part 2)

Part 1 of this article can be found here. Day Two: Wednesday September 12, 2001 When morning arrived, the apartment started to empty out. Subway service had been partially restored, and there was now a way for everyone to get home. … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago (now 19)…A Family Odyssey

Day One: Tuesday September 11, 2001 It was one of those glorious mornings that the weathermen on TV refer to as “one of the top 10 days of the year.” There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and there was a … Continue reading

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A Proud Dad

I’m ecstatic to report that my son Jeff’s feature documentary “11/4/08” will have its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March. The film is what he calls a participatory documentary, in that many people contributed footage from around … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Senator Lieberman

I wanted share with everyone a note that my wife posted on Lieberman’s web site. I urge everyone to bombard him with your own thoughts on the matter.. Dear Sen. Lieberman, I wish I were a constituent of yours.  Then, … Continue reading

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