December 18, 2019

This is my list of the top 10 movies of the 2010s. I didn't see every movie - certainly not every good movie - that was released. But here is a selection of movies that I was entertained by, learned from, was moved by and would recommend, year by year, of the past deca...

September 6, 2019

I met original MTV VJs Martha Quinn, Alan Hunter and Mark Goodman on Sept. 5, 2019, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The VJs' panel discussion with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Chief Curator Karen Herman about the '80s golden era of MTV was part of the museum'...

March 19, 2019

The documentary "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring" will screen in New York City on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image. For tickets and more information, click here.

The 82-minute documen...

March 12, 2019

The documentary "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring" tells the little-known story of courageous African-American women like Ethel Johnson, Babs Wingo, Marva Scott and Ramona Isbell who braved racism and sexism in the 1950s an...

February 19, 2019

At a recent gala for a prestigious arts organization, I showed up in black-tie attire. Because this arts organization has so many high-end donors and I knew there would be a lot of movers and shakers there, I assumed that wearing a tuxedo was the proper dress.


February 12, 2019

Being successful in more than one discipline requires discipline itself. It is very important to be supremely organized - or at least functionally organized - in order to be a successful “jack of all trades.”  

I’m a writer and a filmmaker and in order to balance writin...

January 20, 2019

Being an effective “jack of all trades” - i.e., excelling in more than one field – isn’t an easy or conventional path, especially when it comes to the arts. But with a few tools at your disposal, you can indeed become like a Swiss Army knife that is useful for a variet...

January 10, 2019

There are pros and cons to being considered a jack of all trades. In fact, the punchline that immediately follows when someone describes himself or herself as a jack of all trades is, of course, “master of none.“

A major upside of being a jack of all trades is that you...

September 18, 2018

I once approached a best-selling author at a book signing and asked what her advice was for aspiring authors like myself.

Her pearls of wisdom?

"Write a good book."

Duh! Why didn't I think of that?!

Why is that successful people can't or won't give good advice?

To cite a we...

August 28, 2018

For independent filmmakers, applying to film festivals can be a daunting task. After spending years raising money, working long hours filming and editing, and sacrificing time with family and friends - not to mention sleep - to finish your film, the last thing you want...

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