Category Archives: video

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wow, it has been an atypically long while since I posted here! I apologize to anyone who’s been missing it (hi Mom). Travel, lots of work and illness have all contributed, but I love being busy so I will just have to get better at lining up the queue!

I am sad to be on the opposite coast from my mom this Sunday, but in honor of her unrelenting support I want to post this video that I was so thrilled to make for La Cocina. They are an amazing organization that strives to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses and their participants are clearly wonderful mothers as well as chefs.

Chloé Fleury at La Boutique

My very talented friend Chloé is having a show of her work at La Boutique and I was thrilled to make a little teaser video to spread the word. She creates wonderful, whimsical, colorful pieces with paper that are so worth seeing in person. Get yourself there on the 27th!

On repeat

‘Wetsuit’ by The Vaccines has been in ridiculous overplay for me this week (your fault, Songza!) It’s one of those songs that makes you want to run around in the sun and say fuck it all. (After looking for a video through which to share it here, seems I’m obviously not alone in feeling that way!)

Put a wetsuit on, come on come. Grow your hair out long, come on come. Put a t-shirt on, do me wrong do me wrong do me wrong.

Into the Sun

Stylist Lisa Moir and photographer Chelsea Millunchick are both very talented professionals and wonderful women and I jump at the chance to work with them. So it was a no-brainer to join them on the beach in Montara for a shoot of the studly Jayce (w/ Ford) and stunning Lauren (w/ Stars).

Given the freedom of shooting as I wished, I was excited to try a departure from the behind-the-scenes work of late for a short video based solely on the models. And I found myself working with the idea of what it feels like to remember a relationship in its ideal existence, or hope for one as you wish it could be. I hope it’s as enjoyable to watch as it was for me to make!

And don’t miss Chelsea’s gorgeous photographs from the shoot, featured in M Magazine!

I also have to give a shout-out to my brilliant friend Buzzy Cohen, who keeps humoring me when I beg him for help with music and suggested this perfect Stone Darling song, who were awesome enough to give me the “ok” to use it. Thank you!

 

Peek behind the scenes

Terry Heffernan, master photographer and man behind Dogpatch Studios, asked me to create a behind-the-scenes video of his shoot recently. A two day extravaganza of shooting, hand-modeling and cooking, with the indispensable food stylist Ann Belden, it was such a pleasure to be on set with these talented creatives.

“Can’t make no vows to a herd of cows”

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a movie from the 1950s about 1850s Oregon and a what happens when a backwoodsman finds a wife on a day-trip to town and brings her home to his six brothers, who decide they want to get married too.

It is also, I’m now pretty sure, the reason I think a real man should be able to dance as well as he can wield an axe.

If you watched this in your youth, I expect you’d have the same nostalgic, smiling jaw-drop that I did upon revisiting it. Without those wistful memories, your reaction will probably be more along the lines of ‘this shit is crazy’. Mostly because, in their attempt to find wives and inspired by the Roman capture of the Sabine women, the brothers essentially kidnap and hold six women hostage through the winter (but deep down they have good hearts, and really, does it sound so bad to be off the grid in the Oregon woods with a bunch of burly, ginger-haired men? I can think of worse things).

Never an A-list videocassette in our house, like Sound of Music or Mary Martin’s Peter Pan, but a solid B and got enough screen time for me to distinctly remember the costumes, lyrics to all of the songs and which brothers I thought were the cutest (we would identify them by their shirt colors in this scene below, surely as the costume designer intended).

Goodnight, Texas

Last night I was reminded how essential and mesmerizing it is to see music performed live when I went to see a buddy perform with his band Goodnight, Texas. Haunting and folkie and beautiful songs- I can’t wait to see them again soon.

Wholeheartedness and vulnerability

“Vulnerability is the core…of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness. But it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.”

– Dr. Brené Brown

Thank you Alitza for sharing this! Just like she says, worth every second.

St. Frankenstein

Last week I was walking through my neighborhood, past a corner I see many times a day, except on this happy afternoon, there was music streaming from it, thanks to Gary and his homemade pianobike, St. Frankenstein. I love the things people do here to make themselves and others smile.