I haven't updated in a while. Much to share.
First, Some Goodness In The World
One year after hitting our fundraising goal, I was able to present the first annual Kavi Shekhar Pandey Arts Writer Scholarship on April 23, at the Michigan Daily's annual commencement ceremony in Ann Arbor. Shekhar's family was there with me, and I gave a brief speech.
You can read more about the event and scholarship efforts here. And, if you are feeling generous, you can donate here.
Sign O' The Times
I made my New York Times debut in two pieces for its streaming-guide website Watching. First, a rundown of every recent Best Documentary Oscar winner available online; and second, a guide to Arrival.
During the month of March I served as a substitute daily news writer for IndieWire. This was not my first gig with the site, but it was my most extended period with them, and I produced several cool features, including:
On the Radio
While I was at IndieWire, I wrote a piece (3/7/17) on the then-looming WGA negotiations and whether it seemed likely the writers would strike over a new contract. The disputes were resolved before a strike could happen. But in the interim I appeared on the March 13 episode of The Frame, an entertainment news program out of KPCC in Southern California, to discuss the story.
Into the Political Storm
Steve Bannon used to be a filmmaker, and two of the documentaries he executive-produced were made for public TV. One actually aired on PBS. When President Trump's federal budget request proposed to zero out all funding to public broadcasting, Current assigned me to investigate his chief strategist's public TV history and see how his past could connect to the White House's present. (4/19/17)
Catching up on the last five months of my film reviews for NPR. Surprisingly for the first leg of the year, there was quite a lot worth discussing: