Independent filmmaking

Bone Tomahawk set

The making of ‘Bone Tomahawk’ at all costs

EXT. Blue Cloud Movie Ranch – Sunday, October 26th – Early Morning My producing partner Jack Heller and I have been watching Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson battle cannibalistic troglodytes for the past 12 hours on sets that were originally […]

Dear White People

‘Dear White People,’ thanks for everything

I drove into work nervous, but determined. It was early March of 2013 and the previous night, I had experienced a revelation. It was time to quit my job and make my dreams a priority. That morning, I was going […]

Outside Sales

Selling your house to finance a movie is a bad idea… But it worked for me

An agent once told me this business is all about hills and valleys, ups and downs. Without a doubt, the lowest I have ever been was the year after finishing my first film. It was 2007 and I was working […]


The making of ‘Uggs for Gaza’

When I was nineteen and a theater student, I ushered for a play starring Morgan Freeman. Cheeky, I told Freeman I was a fan, and after graciously thanking me, he asked, “What do you want to be when you grow […]


Growing with ‘Tiny Furniture’ producer Alicia Van Couvering

Between film screenings and checking my twitter feed to see where Joe Manganiello has been recently spotted, I attend a packed independent film panel at the YouTube lounge. The topic is “How to Make Your Movie Pop,” led by a […]

Michael Maren directing

‘A Short History of Decay’

It was a low point. I had watched my last few film projects crash and burn in ways I couldn’t possibly have foreseen. I had begun to chase the marketplace, and was starting to feel like a hack. (Political dramas […]

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