I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city! I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city!

I was in Seattle for the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) 2014 Conference and snapped a few photos.  Not in the same league as Portland, but a beautiful city!

Great news - Everything Went Down has won another award!  The Black Earth Film Festival has awarded the film “Best of the Festival”!

Great news - Everything Went Down has won another award!  The Black Earth Film Festival has awarded the film “Best of the Festival”!

I’m excited to announce that Everything Went Down has been named an official selection of the Canada International Film Festival, which has also given the film a Royal Reel Award.  The Royal Reel designates that the movie is one of the ten best films submitted to the festival this year (out of more than 3000 submissions). Congrats to the Everything Went Down cast and crew!

On Friday night the Black Earth Film Festival will host a screening of Everything Went Down.  After the screening I will do a Q&A with the audience on the big screen via Skype!  The screening program starts at 6:30, with Everything Went Down beginning at roughly 7:15.

On Friday night the Black Earth Film Festival will host a screening of Everything Went Down.  After the screening I will do a Q&A with the audience on the big screen via Skype!  The screening program starts at 6:30, with Everything Went Down beginning at roughly 7:15.

Next weekend I will be giving a lecture at the Mid-Valley Video Festival in Salem, Or.  

From their website (http://mvvfest.org/):  

Filmmaker and author Dustin Morrow conducts a free, hour-long workshop, “The Romance of Film Editing” , 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 22 at CCTV Studio 1, 575 Trade St SE. Prof. Morrow explores the history and the psychology of editing, and seeks to answer such questions as “How does the brain process an edit?”, “What makes a cut work?”, and “How does an effective edit engage a viewer’s imagination?”  He will also discuss the relationship between time and editing, and the inherent romance and beauty of this mysterious art form.

My film Everything Went Down is an official selection of the 10th annual Black Earth Film Festival.  The film will screen at the festival in Galesburg, IL, on Friday, Feb. 28, in the 6:30pm program. We’re very honored to be the only feature programmed by the festival this year.  For the full schedule:  http://www.blackearthfilmfestival.org/p/schedule.html 

My film Ground London is an official selection of one of the oldest film festivals in the country, the Big Muddy Film Festival in Southern Illinois.  For anyone who is going: the film screens in the 10:30am screening on Friday, February 21st.  And don’t miss the block of films screening the evening before by my friend and colleague Julie Perini! 

More info here: http://bigmuddyfilm.com/

Great news! Everything Went Down is an official selection of the 2014 Green Bay Film Festival!  

Find festival and screening information here: http://www.gbfilmfestival.org/gbff-2014/schedule/everything-went-down/

For the second year in a row, I have been named to the jury of the Doc Challenge, one of the world’s largest nonfiction filmmaking competitions.  The event is co-sponsored by POV and HotDocs.


For a brief interview with myself and the other jurors, go here: http://www.docchallenge.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=228:judges&catid=14:about&Itemid=3.  

To learn more about the Doc Challenge and how you can participate in late February, go here: http://www.docchallenge.org/
For the second year in a row, I have been named to the jury of the Doc Challenge, one of the world’s largest nonfiction filmmaking competitions.  The event is co-sponsored by POV and HotDocs.
To learn more about the Doc Challenge and how you can participate in late February, go here: http://www.docchallenge.org/

My film Ground London is an official selection of the 10th Annual OpenLens Festival.  The film will screen in Eugene, Oregon, at 7:30pm this Saturday. More information is available at the festival website: http://openlens.proscenia.net/.

Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger) Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.
This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger)

Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con, where I gave a lecture on Crowdfunding with my friend, Portland film producer and POWFest Director Tara Johnson-Medinger.

This was my first Comic Con ever, and I gotta say, I’m sold. Superfun. The grade-B celebrities (Elvira! Freddy! Capt Kirk! The Walking Dead cast!) were fun to spot, the Q&A’s were predictably insane (some dude asked Billy Dee Williams to describe the comfort level of the seats in the Millenium Falcon), and the vintage Star Wars and GI Joe toys of my youth were cool to check out. But 99% of what makes this event is the people-watching: thousands and thousands (and thousands!) of people in the most insane costumes you’ve ever seen. And everyone is completely un-self-conscious and supportive of each other. It’s a big, welcoming community where anything goes. Despite the onslaught of sensory overload, going to one of these is kind of a moving experience. It’s a big ol’ love-in. Even if you have zero interest in sci-fi, fantasy, or comics, you should go at least once in your life. I can’t wait for 2015’s.

*(last two photos courtesy of Tara Johnson-Medinger)

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Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con.

Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con. Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con.

Images from the 2014 Portland Comic Con.

Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.   Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.   Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.   Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.   Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.   Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.  

Some images from the December screening of my film Everything Went Down at the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines.  The Fleur is one of the loveliest indie/art house cinemas in the United States.  

On Saturday, January 25th, at 1:00pm, I will be teaching a workshop on Crowdfunding alongside my friend, esteemed indie film producer and director of POWFest, Tara Johnson-Medinger.
The workshop will be held at the 2014 Portland Comic-Con, as part of their Wizard World Film Festival.  I will also be a member of the jury for the film festival this year.
More info, including how to purchase tickets for Comic-Con, is available here:  http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-portland.html

On Saturday, January 25th, at 1:00pm, I will be teaching a workshop on Crowdfunding alongside my friend, esteemed indie film producer and director of POWFest, Tara Johnson-Medinger.

The workshop will be held at the 2014 Portland Comic-Con, as part of their Wizard World Film Festival.  I will also be a member of the jury for the film festival this year.

More info, including how to purchase tickets for Comic-Con, is available here:  http://www.wizardworld.com/programming-portland.html