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A few days ago I posted a polaroid of Hans & Andre for my “Flashback Friday” post. I mentioned that the polaroid was taken on the set of a frisbee shopping cart adventure film starring Hans and Andre. Well, I found the film and here it is.

After watching this for the first time in probably seven years today here are my thoughts…

1. I was into two very different types of music at the time.

2. I’m not sure what was going on with my hair. 

3. I can’t believe I wore that shirt. I love bowling and always have.

4. I used to be in much better shape than I am now. If I were to try any of those stunts today my old man knees would let me have it.


Around seven years ago I got a sweet video camera and my main man Nick instantly drove over to my place so we could give it a “test drive”. Anyway, instead of just testing it out we decided to drive to the local Safeway parking lot at midnight and shoot a “short film” of sorts. Please note that I use the term “film” loosely as I doubt much narrative structure was going on. Anyway, all I can remember is that the film involved two guys named “Hans” and “Andre” doing something with a frisbee and shopping carts. I’m pretty sure I have it on my computer somewhere and maybe I’ll post it later today.  

Also, pay attention to the frisbee in this polaroid. It was a big part of my life a few years back and hopefully in the coming weeks you will all get to see why. This polaroid is the first documentation of the “Goomba Frisbee”. Yes, that is indeed a Goomba on that frisbee.

And finally, speaking of “Madness” and “Goombas”, does anyone remember the Nintendo game Marble Madness? I never had it but I remember playing it at my friend Tim’s house when I was a kid. It was soooooo hard!!! But awesome at the same time.


Oh sweet student films…

Back in my college days my best friend Nick shot a black and white film by the name L’Invitation. It tells the tale of a love triangle involving a Gypsy, a Cannibal, and a Bearded Lady. Of course what carnival love triangle story would be complete without a few supporting characters, such as a Strong Man and a Dog Boy in a cage. 

What’s crazy is that I showed up to set on the first shoot night with a full head of hair. Somehow I was bamboozled into letting my friend Gage shave my entire head with a Bic Razor so that he could tattoo my head with a Sharpie. Needless to say my folks were not too pleased.

For anyone who may be curious the liquid dripping down my body is Hershey’s syrup, the go-to blood of choice when shooting black and white. 

On a personal note this photo really bums me out because I realize that I’ve gained at least 40 pounds since this photo was taken. What the hell happened to me, I gotta get back in shape, it’s embarrassing. Damn you metabolism!

 Anyway, if you’d like to see the film, it’s on Nick’s Vimeo. Here’s the link.


I took this behind-the-scenes polaroid of my dad and best friend Nick as I was shooting one of my student films back in college. The film was called “Nomar No. 3” and here is my best attempt at a coherent synopsis…

1. Nomar is the son of Papa Nemo and Nora.

2. Papa Nemo has the amazing ability to jump off a diving board and catch a beach ball before he lands in the water. Because of this amazing ability he is a bit of a legend in the local community.

3. One day, after years of never dropping a beach ball, Papa Nemo misses. Full of shame he decides to sink to the bottom of the pool and drown rather than resurface for air.

4. Nora, Nomar’s mom (played by my mom, obviously) immediately demands that Nomar take over where his father had left off. Unfortunately Nomar is afraid of swimming, much less jumping off high dives and catching beach balls.

5. Now this is where it starts to gets weird. For some reason Nomar’s fear of swimming has to do with a party that took place in his backyard some years earlier. Nomar’s parents had invited Bruce (Nomar’s best friend) and Life Guard Geoff (Nomar’s nemesis) over to celebrate something (I can’t recall what), and during the course of the party they hoist a children’s kitchen playset up into the air via a tree and start beating it like a pinata with a whiffle ball bat. Suddenly the playset erupts and fried chicken comes flying out and everyone starts crawling around on the ground devouring the chicken. Somehow this incident led to Nomar not ever being able to swim. Go with it.

6. Nora starts drinking dangerous amounts of cough syrup because Nomar refuses to take over where his father had left off.

7. Nomar’s best friend Bruce helps Nomar train to be a beach-ball-catching champion just as his father had been. His methods involve a “tight” moped and a mannequin with a mustache.

This all leads up to some sort of epic conclusion involving Nomar and Bruce getting sent to the “Time Out” bench by Life Guard Geoff. I shot the whole damn movie on 16mm film and I remember at one point being in the middle of a swimming pool treading water while shooting with a heavy Bolex camera. To this day I still can’t believe that I didn’t drop that camera below the water, my arm was literally like jello after about a minute of shooting.

Anyway, I’d say that’s a pretty good inaugural “Flashback Friday” post. Maybe one day I’ll post the film here…

Past Christmas Classics: SANTA SHAKEDOWN

In this scene The Santas can be seen initiating young Rudy into the gang. The initiation process involves forcing Rudy to eat lots of cookies and drink lots of milk while Uncle Santa films the whole thing.

As I look at this freeze frame I can’t help but think that it looks like some sort of scene from some underground “snuff” film. I literally feel “dirty” for having had anything to do with this.

Past Christmas Classics: “THREE BUDWEISMEN”

Pros: The weight bar with the milk jugs is a nice touch.

Cons: Whatever naked Ken & Barbie thing is happening on my friend Geoff

Past Christmas Classics: SANTA SHAKEDOWN (film stills)

A few years back I was home for the holidays in Maryland and decided to make an “in camera edited” movie with my friends Nick and Geoff.  By “in camera” I mean there were no second takes or editing allowed. Anyway, we spent an entire night shooting an epic film about two cops, DuPre and McTannen, attempting to bring down “The Santas”, a cheerful gang that was dealing illegal “cane”.

We shot the film on the worst VHS camera we could find and the three of us play every character in the film. The film ends with an intense cap gun shootout between the cops and the Santas where pretty much everyone dies except for DuPre and Uncle Santa. Fortunately McTannen returns as a half-robot in the sequel, Dirty Bunny. Yes, you read right, there is a sequel and it involves the Easter Bunny.

One day if you are all lucky I will post Santa Shakedown here in it’s entirety.

Past Christmas Classics: 2004 CHRISTMAS CARD


So we ended up going with this one. Aside from having the best formal composition, it simply screams “GET YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOES ON AND LET’S DO THIS THING!!!”

Not that this needs explaining, but the lasso is meant to represent the hoops Rudolph had to jump through to prove himself, and the salute is an obvious ode to my childhood hero, the legendary Yukon Cornelius. Bumbles Bounce!!!

Past Christmas Classics: 2004 CHRISTMAS CARD REJECT PHOTOS


An okay photo but damn if it isn’t just another big ol’ Debbie Downer. Why did I have to look so down trodden? Probably because I was wearing a tie.

Damn you neck ties!!! Why you gotta go and down my trodden!!!

Past Christmas Classics: 2004 CHRISTMAS CARD REJECT PHOTOS


Just your typical Christmas tale…

1. Cowboy is jealous of Astronaut’s double eggnogs.

2. Astronaut shares his eggnog with Cowboy.

3. Cowboy and Astronaut toast to the “island of misfit toys”.

4. Astronaut spills eggnog on Cowboy.

5. Cowboy gets mad and makes Astronaut clean up using his nice J.C. Penny tie.

6. Cowboy wags finger at Astronaut and calls him names.

7. Astronaut tries to win back Cowboy’s heart by offering his little red drum.

8. Cowboy feels bad and eats his hat.

This card was obviously rejected for its complete lack of originality. Pretty much every card on your grandma’s mantle probably tells the same tale.

Oh, and the big ol’ Chinese Lantern smack in the middle of each frame didn’t exactly help things either.