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On Filmmaking

I’ve been reflecting a lot about filmmaking this past year (2017) and my (sometimes tenuous relationship) to the process. After a protracted lost weekend in Hollywood (2000-2005), where I made limited but interesting forays into screenwriting (with occasional bouts directing shorts and music videos), I worked at a media start-up in Sonoma, CA, where my crew and I produced 40+ narrative short films. Financial demands led to creating industrials and, eventually, a slow fade from the medium.

Now, I’m returning to film as a purely artistic pursuit, which I’ve written about here and hope to share more as I wade ever closer into the deep end of my cinematic unconscious.

First on the docket…

Pill Head

An Irreverent “Art House Psychodrama”

College student Theda is a pill addict who elects to undergo an experimental sleep treatment. When she’s finally awakened, she discovers that her treatment has left her on the verge of a psychic breakthrough… or a psychotic breakdown.

If the forking paths of your future unfolded before you, would you know which one to take? Would you have analysis paralysis? Would you question your sanity? Does it even matter? These and other dorm room debates lurk in the heart of the independent feature film Pill Head, an irreverent “art house psychodrama,” that confronts addiction, psychoactive drugs, and a quantum quandary as a young heroine asks “Is this real or is it Memorex?”

An expansion of the darkly comic universe of writer-director Daedalus Howell’s “Lumaville” novels (Quantum Deadline; The Late Projectionist), our locally-set feature film boasts an award-winning creative crew eager to add a dab of noir and a dash of the French New Wave to this stridently independent exploration of art and cult cinema.

Pill Head makes a unique and personal statement on a universal theme — redemption — while interrogating the very concept with questions like “Does it count toward my major?” and “Is it habit-forming?” Our motivation to make this film is not merely to scratch a collective aesthetic itch — we hope to galvanize our local film community, employ local artists, and add fuel to Petaluma’s creative economy while capturing this particular moment in its history. To this end, your support is vital to Pill Head — with your participation, we have a prescription to make something special.

From the Archive:

Music Videos

You see, kids, there used to be this thing called MTV. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Is there a documentary in the house? Yes, here’s a playlist of at least five.

Short Films Made Cheap

This is a collection of short film often made with collaborator Raymond Scott Daigle. Clearly we had a little too much fun.