what have you been up to, lapin?
I've been busy for the last three months. In addition to my work with the Chicago International Film Festival, I've been churning out stories for several places: some old haunts of mine, some brand-new. Consider this my most up-to-date work portfolio.
national geographic doc talks
I've started a new regular series for NatGeo where I interview documentary filmmakers. Below, Q&As with:
A mandolin at the minnesota state fair
For Current, I profiled Chris Thile, the bluegrass prodigy and new host of A Prairie Home Companion, as he made his pilgrimage to the Land of the Butter Queen to assure Minnesotans he would do right by their public radio institution. (9/13/16)
Truly inconvenient truths
For Oscilloscope Musings, I take a deep dive into Jon Shenk's 2011 climate-change documentary The Island President and consider the most effective way to make an "issue doc." (8/3/16)
In August I was inducted into the Chicago Film Critics Association, a tremendous honor. I hope to make my fellow critics proud. Below, I keep up with the current culture:
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