I knew when I found out Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin was creating a surreal short about Nikola Tesla that I would be picking his fertile brain, about a brainiac who was way ahead of his time. It didn’t take long before we were over at Cartoon Brew discussing free energy, bird love, and why dystopians are ascendant in the sixth mass extinction.
My latest piece for Civil Eats chronicles the victory of sanity over nonsense, Earth over concrete, regeneration over regression. It was an honor to write, and even more brilliant to witness in person.
Today, I sit here stunned, sifting through press releases telling me what Chris, and Soundgarden, and Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, and every other artist that Cornell’s widening influence deeply touched have been doing for the last several years.
The debut trailer of Cartoon Saloon’s newest animated exploration has come at last.
An international collaboration directed by the gifted Nora Twomey, who I’ll interview later this year, and co-produced by Angelina Jolie, whom you may have heard of, The Breadwinner examines the terror and terraformation of Afghanistan through a gender-fluid prism quite rare for animation.
One of the great things about writing for Civil Eats is that I get a chance to explore several existential concerns at once. For my second piece, I was lucky enough to analyze and evangelize solarization, decarbonization and an agricultural infrastructure with a future.
From director Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated masterpieces The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, to director Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner and beyond into the great unknown, the indie studio that was once international animation’s best-kept secret is a secret no longer.
I am honored to explore the entire University of California system’s sustainable food efforts for my first piece at Civil Eats. Greening these influential universities will upgrade our state’s profile and power, especially if we can reach full sustainability in the short term, which is no easy feat.
It’s always a surreal blast when the past arrives in the present, especially if it’s my interview with the defiantly principled punk pioneer, Jello Biafra.
It was a pleasure to dive into the data of corporate solar and wind adoption for The Guardian. Corporations are stepping up their renewable energy investment and infrastructure, and there’s no going back, no matter who wins what election.
Although he is one of the most immediately recognizable directors in film history, David Lynch originally wanted to be an artist.
a contract to replace a so-called natural gas nightmare we can see from a space
It was just a matter of time before Tesla Motors and SolarCity synergized.
From the phenomenal GKIDS and makers of A Cat in Paris.
Fort McMurray is predictably swallowed by a sprawling inferno.
Look who popped up, from the beyond.
I finished my run as associate editor with a thinker on Herzog, an interview with stop-mo innovators The Quay Brothers, and more.
I shuttered 2015 with a dive into virtual reality, Oscar upstarts, and more.
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is one of 2015’s most compelling films, but it also happens to be one of the historical highlights of anthology animation.
Extraordinary Tales brings Poe’s harrowing stories to the screen for newer generations raised on boundless technologies and influences.
My continuing bow to The Iron Giant, Brad Bird’s timeless masterpiece of war and peace.
From Banksy’s tragicomic Dismaland to Studio Ghibli’s vault, my birthday month was an arty head trip.