I wrote an oral history of an oral sex anthem, because of course. My first piece for Vice is an oral history of the 1996 song “Put It In Your Mouth” by Akinyele and Kia Jeffries. You can read the absurd, very vulgar piece here.

I had the pleasure of covering the New York Film Film again for Filmmaker Magazine this fall. My pieces included:

An interview with Manny Kirchheimer on his new documentary, Free Time.

An interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne on the divisive Young Ahmed.

A review round-up with some thoughts on Bacurau, Varda by Agnès, and The Irishman.

In my world, the first half of 2019 was dominated by film festival work. I managed the Second Annual Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival in March. We screened 12 adaptations of Cornell Woolrich’s fiction, with many films presented in 35mm. In May I helped manage the 32nd annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF). We screened 34 MFA thesis shorts at Lincoln Center, held our annual Screenwriting Night, and hosted an awards screening and ceremony at the DGA Theater. Festival season ended for me in June with CUFF LA, the Los Angeles sidebar of CUFF, where we organized meetings, panels, and screenings. Here’s to doing it all again in 2020.

For the winter issue of Filmmaker Magazine, I spoke with Frederick Wiseman’s cinematographer for the past 40 years: John Davey. This was Davey’s first major interview about his long-time collaboration with Wiseman. The piece was an absolute thrill to write. It’s available to Filmmaker subscribers and anyone who can get their hands on the winter 2018 issue (Roma‘s on the cover). Subscribers can read the piece here.

For the fourth year in a row, I reviewed the year in film as a list of 10 potential double features for Filmmaker Magazine. You can read my piece here and follow the links for my previous year-end wrap-ups from 2017, 2016, and 2015. On to the next one.

I recently had the huge pleasure of interviewing visual artist, director, and fellow Iranian Shirin Neshat at the Seattle International Film Festival. Our interview has just run at The Film Stage (check it here). Her new film, Looking for Oum Kulthum, is playing in New York now as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s The Future of Film Is Female series.

Has there ever been a medium so antithetical to intimacy as electronic mail? I spend a pathetic amount of my weekdays pondering my inbox: writing, responding, deleting. It turns me into a robot of sorts. I wrote a humor piece of sorts about the dehumanizing qualities of email. It’s a series of one-sided emails from Chad, a hopelessly thirsty white collar lifer. You can read “Romance via Email” at Medium here.