Tuesday, January 30, 2018

"NO PLACE OF EXILE" PREMIERES ON ARTE FEBRUARY 4TH

Pleased to announce that my new film, No Place of Exile, will have its ARTE premiere on Sunday, February 4th, at 11:05pm.


Producer Álvaro Fernández, DoP Michael Pessah, pianist Markus Pawlik, editor Marc Cohen, and I spent 18 months chasing the very complicated life of Artur Schnabel (musician, modernist, refugee) through some five different countries and half a dozen different narrative, documentary, and concert shoots. Mostly, we're grateful to ARTE and RBB for commissioning and seeing through what is essentially a multi-format experimental film about a multi-faceted musical experimenter. As Leon Fleisher so aptly observes in the film: "music [is about] the cosmic."

A BUSY END TO 2017 + NEW PROJECTS FOR 2018

What a busy end to 2017 it was.

Thank you to everybody who made it out to an unforgettable first screening of No Place of Exile at the Waldhaus Sils in the Swiss Engadin and to a memorable screening of Absent in Zürich, co-presented by Likrat Moldova and the Living Stones Foundation.

The year ended (and 2018 began) in Jerusalem, with ten days of script workshops and meetings for a new film: the narrative feature Goldberg Variations, a collaboration with writer Golan Friedman. We are grateful to the Saidoff Foresight Foundation for supporting development on the project.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

UPDATED FILM & TV REEL

Newly updated film & TV reel: an excuse to reflect on so many thrilling collaborations with so many wonderful people in so many fascinating places.




SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING OF "NO PLACE OF EXILE" AT WALDHAUS SILS

Occasionally a physical location is so crucial, so impressive and specific and haunted, that it becomes a character in the film. That was the case with the Waldhaus Sils, and I'm excited to announce that, prior to its television premiere on Arte/RBB, No Place of Exile will be screened in the Swiss Engadin where we filmed it. If you're in the area in early September, I hope you'll join us for this special event.


"NO PLACE OF EXILE" TRAILER RELEASED; "DELPHINIUM" AT THE TATE BRITAIN

Coming soon to RBB / Arte in Germany and France; worldwide TV outlets TBA soon. Thrilled to share the trailer.





It was an honor to have my 2009 film about Derek Jarman, Delphinium, presented at the Tate Britain in London on June 24th, in collaboration with the BFI. Thanks to curator Simon McCallum for introducing the program.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY UNDERWAY ON NEW TELEVISION FILM "WITTGENSTEIN'S REPERTOIRE"

Principal photography is underway on "Wittgenstein's Repertoire", the new television film I am directing for KPS Productions and Monolithic Films. I recently returned from shoots in London, Boston, Charlottesville, and Baltimore. Production will continue in Vienna and take us through to the end of 2017. A few set stills:






Thursday, March 30, 2017

"NO PLACE OF EXILE" COMPLETE, SET FOR ARTE / RBB PREMIERE

No Place of Exile is now complete and set for French and German television premieres on ARTE and RBB later this year. I will be in attendance, along with the producers and cast, for a special Swiss premiere in Sils Maria in September. Pianist Markus Pawlik is set to perform Robert Schumann's Fantasie Op. 17. Follow the film on Facebook for updates and air times.


In recent months, I also directed new national commercial campaigns for August Home and TCL.