I’m thrilled to be an artist in residence at the Wexner Center this year. I’ve been a fan of the Wex since 1996 when they invited me to come online my first film The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 there. That was in the old days of videotape when getting access to editing equipment was a big challenge! I’ve been back to the Wexner Center many times since over the years, to screen films and also to work in the Art and Tech lab. It’s a big honor and also a huge boost that they are supporting my new live cinema project with the Kronos Quartet.
We look forward to screening the piece there in 2018.
I had breakfast with Terry Riley recently in Milan. He was in town doing a concert. It was a huge pleasure to spend time with him and also super helpful in my Kronos Quartet research. Terry Riley is central to the story of Kronos – they’ve collaborated for more than 35 years. Working on this project I’ve gone thru his music closely and have been knocked out by how good it is as well as what an interesting career he’s had.
I’m in Venice, doing a residency with the Emily Harvey Foundation. Using the opportunity to work intensely on a number of projects, including my Kronos Quartet live documentary, the VR piece I am making with Gary Hustwit about Buckminster Fuller domes, my upcoming live show with Brent Green at BAM, and a little cine poem about a pet cemetery in Columbus, Ohio. I’m also deeply enjoying this fantastic city.
I am working on a new VR short film about Buckminster Fuller domes with my old friend Gary Hustwit (Helvetica, Urbanized). It’s really interesting to work in a format that scrambles most of the rules of traditional filmmaking. I’m excited about this new piece.
Stay tuned for more details.
I’m currently deep in production on my new documentary about the Kronos Quartet. Here’s a frame from our recent interview with legendary composer Philip Glass.
I’m honored to be part of the upcoming 2016 BAM Next Wave Festival. This December, Brent Green and I will be presenting our Live Cinema performance for four nights at the BAM Fisher Fishman Space. Tickets and more information available here.
This is a short video from a recent performance I did at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, part of my Live Cinema show with Brent Green. Above is an excerpt from Love Letter to the Fog.
A great photo from my recent performance of “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” at the Teatro de la Ciudad, Mexico City, April 15, 2016.
Brent Green and I are continuing to tour with a joint program of our short live cinema pieces. In May we’ll be at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. With this show, Brent and I take turns narrating short films and share a fantastic band featuring Brendan Canty (Fugazi), James Canty (Nation of Ulysses), Becky Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Kate Ryan. The program is a lot looser than my normal work and fun to perform.
Stay tuned for details – we’ll be doing several nights at an illustrious NYC performance venue at the end of this year.
Four years after the premiere of The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, Yo La Tengo and I continue to screen the piece. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the continued interest in it. We recently did a terrific screening at SUNY Oswego and in a few weeks will screen the piece at one of my favorite venues in the world: Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City.
That’s the theater where I saw Guy Madden do a live version of his fantastic film Brand Upon the Brain way back in 2005 – the show included live narration by Isabella Rosellini, live soundtrack, and live foley and was a huge inspiration for me in developing my own form of live cinema. Looks like we’ll finally be screening LSRBF in Los Angeles in the fall. Stay tuned for details.