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About rivetingpictures

I am a documentary filmmaker living in Chicago. I was the series producer of Y’ALL VERSUS US: HEAD 2 HEAD, an episodic documentary series shot over four months in rural Mississippi. A co-production between Young & Rubicam and Moxie Pictures, it aired nationwide on Fox Sports in 2010. I produced and directed TOWN AND COUNTRY (Milwaukee International Film Festival premiere 2009), co-producer and co-director of ALMOST HOME, which was part of the 2006 ITVS Independent Lens series; producer, director and editor of the documentary ORACLE OF OMAHA and producer/director of a series of web shorts entitled KILL IT AND COOK IT WITH LARRY. I serve on the Board of Directors for IFP Chicago and as committee chair for the IFP Producers Series, dedicated to enriching the professional experiences of Midwestern filmmakers. I have produced and filmed in Tanzania, Haiti, Australia, New Zealand, the former Yugoslavia and throughout America and Western Europe. I was one of 12 international filmmakers accepted in the HotDocs Film Festival’s DocLab in 2009 and is currently in Italy shooting a series of three documentary shorts exploring the artistry and craftsmanship of Venice’s chefs, painters and gondoliers.

Pina Bausch, an art film

I’m sitting in my hotel at midnight in Berlin and compelled to write a brief review of PINA, Wim Wender’s (the man who made me sigh over angels and want to be a trapeze artist) new 3D film about the dancer, Pina Bausch. … Continue reading

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Equal pay happened 40 years ago, in case you didn’t know.

I’ve had a pretty great week of watching women in films in positive roles. Last night I watched MADE IN DAGENHAM, the story of Rita O’Grady, the British woman we can thank for allowing us to (theoretically) be paid the same … Continue reading

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A Finnish Christmas Tale.

I spent 90 minutes of my holidays at the Music Box theater in Chicago watching a Finnish Christmas movie called RARE EXPORTS. The Santa legend takes on nefarious undertones as grizzled Finnish men snarl, “you better watch out,” and a little Bjork-faced boy … Continue reading

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Shooting a Chicken is Hard Work.

Over Christmas, I gave my 9 year old niece my Flipcam and asked her to film a message to send to her aunt & uncle in Alaska. This clip may or may not be a budding documentary filmmaker, but my … Continue reading

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Back to the Real World … via Awful Airplane Movies.

Ah, what a way to enter back into the real world. After a week of watching mostly great – or at least intellectually provoking – documentaries, it’s EAT PRAY LOVE on the airplane. Is there a worse, more insulting, 1950s-era … Continue reading

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Am I the only one who still likes watching movies?

I think I might be a dinosaur. I was one of the few people who went to IDFA to actually watch movies. I met a lot of people who came for the Forum, the pitches, the master classes, the new media … Continue reading

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Longing, Breathing, Remembering.

Another film by Finnish director, Pirjo Honkasalo, 3 ROOMS OF MELANCHOLIA is nothing short of amazing. (Released in 2005, but a stunning piece of work that I’d never seen before). The documentary opens on a graphic: ROOM 1 – Longing. Then, … Continue reading

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El Bulli: The Best Chemistry Experiment in the World

Don’t know if you want to watch a film about molecular gastronomical cooking? Here’s a test: Three Spaniards laboriously debate over the sweet potato. Can you extract the best flavor through baking, frying, freeze-drying, pressure cooking, sous vide vacuumizing or juicing … Continue reading

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Estonia Centuries Ago

As I sat watching MYSTERION, Pirjo Honkasalo’s documentary about a convent in northern Estonia, the flicker of actual film stock as well as the timeless faces and garb of the nuns convinced me that it must have been shot in … Continue reading

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Tito’s Yugoslavia

For me, the most exciting thing about a film festival is the unknown. Amazing story or wretched trainwreck? No one knows because no one has seen most of these! If there’s a gap in the day, I will pick something … Continue reading

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