My brain tells me we’re now straddling a tectonic power shift in the film industry. Sustained technological innovation has dramatically driven down the price of the basic tools of film-making. The highest of high-tech cameras, lights, mics, editing software, etc. are all now exceedingly affordable and accessible. And the vast entrepreneurial stew of the web […]
(Originally posted at the Moving Picture Institute blog.) The release of Juche Strong, my debut documentary on the North Korean propaganda apparatus, coincided nicely with an acute uptick in public fascination with the country. The film premiered in mid-March, right at the apex of the media swirl generated by a new round of bellicose rhetoric […]
Head over to Indiegogo.com/Juchestrong. Digital copy available until March 1.
…then the political rhetoric that is enabling the Kim family to maintain control might share some similarities with the political rhetoric regularly deployed by American politicians.” A morsel from my new interview with podcaster Colin Marshall. Bump that in your system. (I have mixed thoughts about the sound of my own voice.)
The New Republic launched a massive redesign this week. I interviewed the magazine’s new editor Franklin Foer for Juche Strong. Short highlight video, covering soccer, the World Cup, and the historical relationship between authoritarian regimes and the beautiful game.
This is a 60 second snippet I shot of the in-flight safety video run on North Korea’s airline. It will not be featured in my doc.
There are hours and hours of fascinating interview footage that aren’t going to make it into the final cut of the film. Some clips deserve to be saved from digital oblivion. Here’s one. It’s 60 seconds. USC Professor David Kang explains one of the under-appreciated ironies behind North Korea’s founding.
My least favorite holiday tradition is being dragged into mindless screaming matches about politics with distant relatives. I know I’m not alone. Why are these “debates” almost always fruitless? And, more specifically, why are our cousins/uncles/grandparents all-too-willing to demonize people on the other side of the political divide? World-renowned evolutionary psychologist Jonathan Haidt proffers an explanation in […]