March 7, 2017

30 years ago, one concert changed my life

30 years ago tonight, four bands played in the Hotel San Diego, and it changed my life. I’d already been kicked out of college twice at that point, and I was scraping by. I was working crappy jobs, surfing a lot, and managing my friends’ band The Charms. I … Read More

March 2, 2017

Buckminster Fuller VR Doc Premieres at True/False

This Is What the Future Looked Like, a new VR documentary created by filmmakers Sam Green and Gary Hustwit, will have its World Premiere at the True/False Documentary Film Festival, March 2-5. Produced by Scenic, the eight-minute piece is a rumination on the work of architect and futurist R. Read More

March 2, 2017

Helvetica 10th Anniversary Screening at SxSW

Believe it or not, it’s been 10 years since Helvetica had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March of 2007. The first design documentary ever to be released in theaters, Helvetica helped kickoff a wave of dozens of design docs and TV series the have … Read More

February 1, 2017

New VR Art Installation by Michael Joo and Gary Hustwit

Palinopsia is the term for a visual disturbance that causes images to persist even after their corresponding stimulus is gone. In the new virtual reality artwork Palinopsia (What’s Up with Eagle and Serpent?) artist Michael Joo and filmmaker Gary Hustwit have shifted time and immersed the viewer in a past … Read More

September 19, 2016

Workplace at ADFF

Hey New Yorkers: we’ll be screening Workplace at the 2016 Architecture and Design Film Festival in NYC! Two screenings: Friday September 30th, and Saturday October 1st. Gary Hustwit will be on hand for Q&A’s after both screenings, along with Primo Orpilla, Julia Goldberg, and Amanda Carroll on Friday … Read More

April 7, 2016

Introducing Scenic!

Big news: I’ve launched a new Virtual Reality content studio focusing on non-fiction VR films. Scenic will fund and produce original VR documentary shorts and series made by a collective of renowned independent filmmakers. The films will be released on the company’s website and app and through exclusive … Read More

March 10, 2016

New Film Project: Workplace

I’m excited to announce a new film project I’m working on for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Workplace is a documentary about the future of the office. It looks at the thinking, innovation, and experimentation involved in trying to create the next evolution of what the office … Read More

February 10, 2016

Mavis! premiere on HBO

Last year I had the pleasure of serving as Executive Producer on Jessica Edwards’ incredible music documentary about Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers. So I’m excited to announce that Mavis! will have its US television premiere Monday, February 29th on HBO. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and … Read More

August 13, 2015

T-shirts! Get Your T-Shirts!

By some stroke of blind luck, we’ve got Helvetica, Objectified, and Urbanized T-shirts all in stock in our shop at the same time! Even in kids sizes and baby onesies. This has never actually happened before, and may never again. Quantities are limited (of course) so get ’em … Read More

July 10, 2015

A Poem is a Naked Person

The re-release of Les Blank’s “lost” 1974 documentary about musician Leon Russell really blew me away, so a wrote a piece about the film for Talkhouse. Here’s an excerpt: While I watched “A Poem…,” I kept thinking, what the hell has happened to documentary filmmaking in the past forty … Read More