Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Alleged" playing at the LA Comedy Fest

See "Alleged" at:

LA Comedy Festival
Friday Nov 2
Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027


word to your mother 


Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Master: Review

Finally!  A film for the whole family to enjoy!!

If your family is made up of yuppie scum.
Do not see this with parents or children.

It was a masterfully made film.  Absolutely capable and fantastic and bold as hell in that it purposefully pushed the audience away.  In its exploration of madness and mental illness, it creates an experience of feeling this mental illness and being misunderstood.
There's plenty of things I still don't understand - even composition wise - I'm confused about all these out-of-focus shot choices - that don't fit in a poetic way -when clearly a $40mil movie can be spot on with focus when it wants to.  And why does the party boat look so bad when it moves like it's a rookie camera mistake, when in this 70mm glory, it can't be?  Is it a part of the mental illness experience of the film?
However I understood the character and situation.  There's so many scenes that were unfucking believable, which I can mention without being spoilers:
- the first interview scene btwn PS Hoffman and Phoenix - my jaw was dropping from how incredibly it was crafted - a rare reason to be in shock
- the jail scene - for its truth and raw realness, the characters at their true height, so physical and open
PHENOMENAL jaw droppingly phenomenal

The film is concerned with characters that we socially instinctually want distance from - that we don't really want to know.  The fucking insane, the cult.  Those that we want to look at in a cage like in a zoo and be distant from with a glass between us and not be forced to have to actually be inside and know and see and be intimate with.  We take the time to be with those who we might otherwise fear and be repulsed by.
It's fascinated with the body and uses nudity in a new way than I've seen in most films.  I'm surprised it's not NC17 and I think if this can get an R rating, how unfair to all those NC17 movies!
I also find Joaquin's body and physicality one of the best parts about his performance - he really uses his whole body at all times while acting.
The performances of the entire cast are extremely bold and incredible.  Amy Adams in the bathroom scene -  Yep.  Oscar time stuff.

This is a painful movie to watch.  It's not fun, it's difficult.  It's one of the most difficult movies I've seen, it makes you work for it, it doesn't let you in, you have to work to find your way in and that's what's so bold about it.  This will get oscar nominations, but it's really not for mom n dad unless mom n dad are hoity toity and my parents like the movies Beaches and Under the Tuscan Sun - I will not be recommending The Master to them.

Bonus -  I saw this at the Arclight Hollywood which is easily the nicest most amazing movie theatre I've ever been in (well aside from the Cannes one but that's not even a normal movie theatre) AND Quentin fucking Tarantino was watching the movie there too and yes I did enjoy looking the man in the eye even though it meant nothing to him.

so looking forward.

Goodnight y'all.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My upcoming feature film

I suppose it's worth mentioning here:

I'm currently in development on my 1st feature film, which will shoot in NYC/Montauk/Hamptons in summer 2013.

It's a Sci-Fi Comedy journey - working title "http 404"

right now:
- seeking investors
- casting

This project may be especially interesting to:
- female engineers and scientists
- web companies
- science foundations
- the comedy community
- the film society of the Hamptons, and the Montauk and Long Island communities

email me: for all CASTING inquiries - no exceptions no facebook notes no emails to other addresses please! for all investment and PRODUCTION inquires - thanks!

"Heart Break" showing at the SAG Foundation Showcase

Dear SAG/AFTRA members,

"Heart Break"
will be shown:

Sept 30

The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center on the
corner of 24th Street and Lexington Ave

In the SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase.

featuring the amazing talents of Ann Carr, Zach Cregger, GL Douglas, Hannibal Buress, and Trevor Williams!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trailer for "Alleged" !

VO by Steven Ogg
Edited by Steve Pristin

Showing at the LA Shorts Festival
Weds Sept 12 at 10pm @ the Laemmle
 NoHo 7 Theaters at 5240 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA 91601

woo hoo!

Monday, July 30, 2012


I've lived in the lower east side/east village area for about 6 years now.  AND I'M LEAVING!!!
Cause I'm gonna go to LA for a bit.  I'll be back in time for turkey and gravy'd up potaters.


Favorite best restaurant:
on Orchard St
- flawless service, food, drinks, fresh ingredients, atmosphere

Favorite best lunch:
- lunch box special at Soba-Ya  w cold soba
on 9th btwn 2nd and 3rd

honorable mention:  Soba Koh's dinner special - wasabi cold soba with uni on top HOLY CRAP mmmm

Favorite best affordable dinner:
Cafe Himalaya on 1st and 1st - it's BYOB, cash only, and crowded, the soup and momo dumplings are MMMMM but DON'T DRINK THE BUTTER TEA.  I thought butter tea would be interesting.  You're not gonna like it unless you like drinking warm cups of salted butter liquid.

Also - Tsampa Himalayan food on 9th btwn 2nd and 3rd.  More delicious Himalayan/Tibetan food, which is incredibly flavorful and healthy, in a spacious restaurant that takes credit card and serves drinks.  Great for groups.

Favorite best dish:
Meskel  - etheopian restaurant
Ave B and 3rd Street
- timatim salad
MMM so TANGY so Fresh so TASTY
also recommended - collard greens, combo plates
this place is the best etheopian in NYC south of harlem
(best etheopian in USA is in northern VA and washington DC)
MESKEL TIMATIM = num num yummy

Do you like sandwiches?
- Sunny and Annie's Deli - looks like an ordinary bodega
on 6th st and Ave B
Imperial sandwiches with magical tasty powers are inside of this place anticipating your arrival, wanting to be put in your mouth.  It's a fact.

Also good:  Edi and the Wolf (super cute atmosphere), Kafana (yummy Albanians), Wasan (fancy sushi), Robata-ya (fun FUN fancy)

- Elsa - classy, you can bring a special someone to this place for pleasant lighting and atmosphere
- Umi No En - somewhat hidden japanese surf bar.  I like sitting on the floor but tall men don't.  great place for me to have fun sitting on floor while hurting the tall man's knees, but that's what he gets for being a woman oppressor.  And the food and drinks are good.
- Satsko - on 7th btwn B and C, cozy, comfy, friendly

There once was a time once upon a time when I loved to be and party on the lower east side.
But it is not as it once was.
Though I still love my Cake Shop, and the intersection of Orchard and Broome.

That's all I'm gonna say about that.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Inside things

Here's new things I'm in:

- I acted in this short film:
Party on the 49th Floor
(I'm in the 3rd scene)

- I acted AND recorded sound in this ATT commercial
You Will

- I recorded sound for this video with Kate Bosworth
Kate Bosworth for Gilt

- and I'm performing standup comedy tonight, June 26 at 9:30pm on this show:
Camp Sunshine

How about them apples.

with a brief interruption from
apple spoon
that's so unnatural
now I'm angry

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Truck Yeah

Hey everybody - enjoy this spec commercial I shot for Chevy Trucks.
(I recommend clicking to watch them on youtube or vimeo for better image quality)

editor Ray Tintori

editor Adam Weiss

Director/Concept by Heather Fink
DP Brian Lannin
Music Frank Cogliano

Truckers:  Tim Harrington and Bobby Tisdale
Dancers: Leonora Lonsdale, Ashley Wallace, Jacqueline Joyner, Marissa
Piloto, Heather Fink

Art/Choreography - Ashley Wallace, AD - Jess Dela Merced, NJ Producer -
Jacqueline Joyner, UPM - Leonora Lonsdale , Gaffer - Jonas Carpignano, Grip - John Ryan Johnson, AC - Aileen Taylor, 2nd AC - Bella Wing-Davey, 3rd AC - Sarah-Violet Bliss, HMU - Dhyana Forte, Stunt Driver - Bobby Harvey
SHOT at Alstede Farms in Chester NJ
Truck courtesy of AYERS CHEVY in Dover NJ

Fun fact - did you notice the snow on the ground?  We shot that on November 1st 2011 after the freak Oct 30th snowstorm that created major damage throughout NJ and the tri-state area.  It was a MAJOR BUMMER to have to work around.  Grrr.


PS -
Here's a very special video which I edited with my friend Jeff Bliss. I am in this video along with my wonderful classmates.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

HEART BREAK (short film screening)
starring Ann Carr, Zach Cregger, GL Douglas, Hannibal Buress, and Trevor Williams!
Cantor Film Center, Theater 200
36 E 8th St., NYU Cantor Film Center; Between University Place and Greene St
March 29, 8:30 pm
(it would be great if you could see the film and vote for it in the Audience awards!)


this is art meets weirdness
and there's some improv
I'll be involved, performance lasts less than an hour. If you want to hang out after the show, come on Friday, cuz Saturday I have to run elsewhere when it's done.

March 9th
Time: 7PM
Name: Fountain Art Fair
Venue: The Armory,69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street
Hosted by: Artlog
Ticket: $10

March 10th
Time: 7PM
Venue: OLD SCHOOL, 233 Mott Street, New York NY 10012
Hosted by: Artlog
Ticket: $5


a short comedy thriller
based on a real court case against Steven Seagal
Friday March 23rd
@NYU building, 721 Broadway, room 1027

There will be another screening/party for friends and family when it's totally finished (It might not have its final sound mix, score, credits and color done at this time)

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Predator is one of my favorite movies.

I'm a very serious fan of Arnold Shwarzenegger's movies from the 80s and 90s. There's never been another actor quite like him and I'm not sure if there ever will be one again. He totally MADE some of the movies he was in. Unfortunately, it seems the man's politics and treatment of women are downright repulsive. However - his performances have been so fun, exciting, and thrilling, that I'm one of the biggest fans there is. He's also chosen some of the best scripts EVER.

my favorite Arnold:
Total Recall
Kindergarten Cop
True Lies

I've gotta say I also really LOVE STALLONE!
He won my heart in CopLand, and the man also wrote and directed the iconic Rocky. He's also THE Rambo, and Demolition Man - where his comic abilities stole my heart again!

Aside from Arnold and Stallone, the 80s/90s had some other fantastic action heroes like Van Damme (who gave the performance of his lifetime as him self in 2008's JCVD), Dolph Lundgren and Steven Seagal - but none of them hold a candle to Stallone and Arnold, sorry. Bruce Willis isn't the same because, aside from Die Hard, he's more of an actor than an action star. I really loved young Bruce Willis' comic abilities in Moonlighting and from the same era, young Tom Hanks in Busom Buddies. Man, young Tom Hanks was a comic genius. That doesn't have anything to do with this topic. But this does: I don't think modern day action stars hold a candle to the Terminator or Rambo either. As a filmmaker I dream of finding the next Arnold. I'm thinking maybe Tilda Swinton? But she's already Tilda Swinton. Could be amazing if she ripped out some bad guys' aortas.

I also really love the aliens and bad guys of 80s action movies.

ALIEN with Sigourney Weaver? I mean come on?! Fuggetabout it - that's awesome times a million!
And the Predator from Predator? He's sooo cool! Of course they made AVP! It makes so much sense.

So far the best female action stars ever have been Linda Hamilton as T2's Sarah Connor, and Sigourney as Alien's Ripley.

The best character/story that I'd love to make is The Punisher as written by Garth Ennis - The Punisher has been made many times but nobody has gotten it right. What would be way more amazing is if I could adapt this genre for a female lead.

I just wrote about all of these things because they give me deep inner joy.

Peace out.

Friday, February 24, 2012

That's so Schizo

People are always romanticizing schizophrenia and it seems they mostly don't know what it is.
I just saw the haunting Take Shelter which got me thinking about Schizophrenia again.

Take Shelter Review: well acted, lovely, haunting - flawed dialogue, moments of overwraught angst when it could've used a stronger dose of realism. It's about a man and his relationship with schizophrenia ... in a nut shell. (pun) Would've been great if the dialogue was more naturalistic and less M Night Shyamn. I'm not looking that up right now. But this is a good film overall in its achievements vs failures.

And then there's A Beautiful Mind which does a really good job but makes the illness seem a lot more magical than it really is.
People constantly use the word "schizophrenia" descriptively to mean dual personality - they should stop. That's not what schizophrenic means so just go ahead and wikipedia that some time.

What haunted me in Take Shelter was seeing a child witness her father's mental illness.

My grandmother had schizophrenia and she lived with us while I was in high school and college. She had 4 sons. I think I've asked my dad questions about what that was like when he was little, and he'd mostly answer that she was quiet, or off doing something, and he always left and wondered on his own. I'm never sure what to think because there's so much mystery and uncertainly on that side of the family. Those who know me know I've never had much family in America, they are mostly in the Netherlands where my mom is from.

Are you related to this other "Fink"? I never know. We are disjointed.

I can't ask my dad questions anymore because with aphasia, even if he understands my questions, he can't speak and tell me a story.

I've always felt largely confused about myself and a sense that I don't fit in. This works out well when you're a creative and ambitious type, since we are told that many of the world's greatest people are misunderstood. That provides a reassurance that some day, while you may not be understood, perhaps you'll be embraced and appreciated for your talents and skills.

So here I am at 30, still with the feeling that if I embrace the elements of myself that don't fit, perhaps I'll find something especially valuable, worth cultivating. That's my security blanket. And in the moments of doubt that surely come - that perhaps I'm just a little 'off' ... and that oddness is simply odd, with no inherent social worth ... it's scary.

I'm going to keep trying. You should only be alarmed when I'm in khakis, because then you'll know I've given up.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ehrmann Yogurt Spec Commercial

Hi everybody! Watch this new thing I made!

We shot this as one of the weekly film exercises on the NYU Cinematography Soundstage in my Lighting Class.
The actors are my gracious sexy classmates, plus my buddy Kloke who is a pretty cool guy.
The handsome mens let me put baby oil on them so as to accentuate their innate sensuality. All in all it was fun.

Later, I edited the sound in my Protools class.

I hope you like it! I had fun. Dang.

"A Separation" = A pain in the ass to watch

yo wassup an oscar nom 2012 movie review:

I like a film that can give me something new and different - and if it's going to be something conventional then I want it to be fun.

What "A Seperation" does achieve in a unique way is its sense of energy and life. It's clearly well written and shot, and always engaging. The plot is very well constructed and the filmmaker is very good at telling the story in a sophisticated way - and that's why the film is getting so much attention.

However it's an annoying experience to go through this drama. So much of the film's conflict is because of female oppression in Iranian society - much conflict caused because a woman needs a husband's permission to do things (this is a problem for many of the characters). Witnessing tempers boil and strife arise from such irritating oppressive sexist realities is annoying. It's annoying to witness a bunch of people run around like chickens with their heads cut off because they have to live in some society where women need a man's permission to do things.

Now the conflict is more complex than that - the story is definitely not about female oppression - it's about some other shit that comes up that gets really complicated - and frustrating, and stressful - so no it's not such a great experience this film, and it's been done before: complex plot with multiple flawed characters. When this happens in blockbusters like Traffic and Babel it always gets awards. People respect this. It's definitely not easy to pull off.

What I wonder as a writer and director is why write this? Why would someone want to make films that are about arguments and conflicts without any joys?

I get that it's thought provoking and that there is potentially much to be gained from watching this film. BUT I just wonder about people who spend their time making a film about a bunch of people fighting ... for what? I want to make films that touch people's hearts, or are fun, or make them laugh. I'm totally down with being moved to tears by a film as well. But I'm not that into being aggravated and angered by the arts. At the end of an angry documentary, present a movement towards hope or inspire me. If you're going to piss me off, then at least give me a laugh or a cry. Some kind of healthy release.

Once again - this film is very well made.
It's just not enjoyable.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sundance 2012 Movie Reviews

These are the films I saw at Sundance

Wuthering Heights dir Andrea Arnold
This woman directed Fish Tank - which is a fantastic movie and you need to watch it on your Netflix on demand, ok? Plus Michael Fassbinder is super hot in it (Don't even tell me you didn't see Shame yet, what's wrong with you??! See SHAME PLEASE)
Anyhow back to this adaptation of some boring old British people stuff.
Andrea did some amazing work - this film reminds me of both Tree of Life and Beasts of The Southern Wild (which I will get to in a minute) in that it's extremely SENSUAL and experiential - shots that are very concerned with sharing the sensory experience the characters have in the film. AND this film has the BEST sound design I've EVER HEARD. It's unbelievably good. The sounds of all beautiful things, ugh it's incredible.
I dug the acting and all but this film wasn't for me. Andrea Arnold is a powerful director and she's doing great things. I want to see what's next from her.

Beasts of The Southern Wild dir Benh Zeitlin
I had the privilege of knowing the people who made this movie and witnessing their dreams come true at Sundance this year - which was thrilling on its own. I finally saw the film and HOLY SHIT IT'S GOOD STUFF. Most other people say they loved it, some people say they didn't get it - which I can't understand in a million years what's not to get?!
I love the story - a little girl and her daddy and their experience with Hurricaine Katrina, and their own experience with mortality - it's a unique portrait of unique characters who live in a world that I don't know but I was made to FEEL! The beasts and nature serve to heighten emotions, grab me and make me feel what the main character, Hushpuppy, feels! The acting is fucking off the damn hook! They found non actors and real places and heightened the places with amazing design, and everything you see feels authentic and alive. Hell yes this film did it right. I believe it will take a long time for this filmmaking team to make another on this level but I believe they will do it again, and well. My suggestion for them? Try something completely the opposite and see how it goes.

Keep the Lights On dir Ira Sachs
I also had the privilege of knowing Ira Sachs as an NYU Directing professor. Seeing this work made me fall in love! I felt this was one of the best films I've ever seen, ever. It felt so good to see a filmmaker who knew exactly how to work his craft. I responded very strongly, though others around me agreed it was good but weren't as in love as I was. Why did this film stand out to me? There were so many beautiful subtle brushstrokes of authenticity. The frames, lighting, shots, actors' performances - the films way of telling me information - let me feel it and gave it to me in clever ways. It's the first film I've seen that deals with long unending on and off relationships - something I know a thing or two about. There's a lot of gay sex in the film which will get in the way of distribution knowing how hollywood is these days - they'll take plenty of Dragon Tattoo rape scenes but ohhh no no loving gay couples making sweet love ... ugh! Anyhow I just love all the choices Ira made in making this film. Thank you Ira for making it!

Smashed dir James Ponsoldt
This is a movie about a drunk girl - an alcoholic. It has great moments - Mary Elizabeth Windstead's performance is the very best part. Some moments were thrilling - and I love the way they were shot and edited (the fight scene, the crack scene) they made us afraid for her and that was exciting. However, there were some things that just didn't feel fully developed - especially the talented Aaron Paul's character as her husband. It was well acted but clearly that script wasn't finished. The character wasn't complex enough, he was too much of a sweety, and he was too simple. I wasn't surprised at all to learn they made this film so quickly. That's a cute experiment but why would they cheat themselves of the time it takes to make something right? It's a good movie, but not great, and in the indie world you have to make a great film, it's hard out there ... Anyhow it's more of a bummer considering the moments of greatness that make the story shine.

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie by Tim and Eric
Tim and Eric are in the top most treasured and most personally influential comedians on my work. I absolutely love them and I'm a HUGE fan!! I was SOOO excited to see this movie. I finally did. The first few scenes are pretty damn funny, however the majority of the movie just isn't good. Sorry - it's not :( But I'd never look at this movie and say that Tim and Eric aren't supremely talented, they are. I think they should try again and make more and more stuff. For one, there's too many white male characters, and I think if they had some more women in the mix at least, it would help the scenes (why are all the business people men?) And I gotta say the story was way too conventional considering what Tim and Eric are good at, and so that made it pretty dull/gross out movie territory - which we've all seen before. What's great about Tim and Eric is that they PLAY with all the odd yet vaguely recognizable elements of modernity/our relationship with formats and pop culture. They are good with short formats and tv. Also - John C Reilly should always be Steve Brule, not that sick kid character. I want to see what's next, and next time they better get MUCH WEIRDER with the plot and format. MUCH MUCH WEIRDER and then they will have a hit, hell maybe even a golden globe nomination. The movie is still suitable for kids who are drunk/partying etc, but not much else.

Red Hook Summer by Spike Lee
Spike has been so incredibly generous with his students this year, yes he's been one of my NYU professors, and he invited us to his screening and even hired students to work on his film. People know him as a hard ass but I'm happy to learn that's just his way, and it's very evident how much he cares about filmmaking and people. He's very passionate about what he does, no question.
But, no I don't think that Red Hook Summer is Spike's best work and that's all I'm going to say about that.
I know this much - I've seen something else he made recently- and this something else was truly fantastic and skillfully made. I don't know if it will be publicly released or not, but I do know he's still got it, and anyone who saw Red Hook Summer and thought perhaps he's lost his skill - trust me, it's there. The man is experimenting with making new things in different ways, and god bless him for doing it.
One final note, Spike said at the Q and A that he didn't feel the studios understood black people - and I feel the same way about women. I don't think the studios understand women at all, and I hope to do something about that with the films I make in the future ...

Faith, Love and Whisky by Kristina Nikolova
I saw my classmate Kristina's debut feature film at Slamdance (an independent film festival that happens alongside Sundance, also in Park City). She's well known at NYU as being an incredible DP and it was great to see her directing/writing work. She's bulgarian and this film is shot in bulgaria with bulgarian actors. It was pulsating with energy and beauty and it showed me a truly alive portrait of this country's youth culture. The actors were truly solid, especially the ridiculously hot lead actress who could easily be a star in the US. It was also funny how the actress resembled the director, who is also a major babe. Kristina did great work on this film and I'm looking forward to what she comes up with next.

Other movie talk? There were so many I missed. It's dang hard to get tickets to things at Sundance. It's actually easier to see movies at Cannes! I didn't really bother seeing many films at SXSW because I was too interested in partying there and getting free food and drinks ... whoops.

The Surrogate stars that awesome dude from Martha Marcy May and Winter's Bone, and also stars that blonde lady from the Twister movie and the thing where her back is naked and Jack Nicholson thinks she's great. And it's probably going to be a big deal this year. It sold for the most amount of money at Sundance weehooo! I didn't see it.

Instead of telling you all of my SECRETS from sundance I'll tell you this:
It's SO BEAUTIFUL THERE! The fluffly snow and dramatic mountains in the most incredible colors. This is my favorite film festival I've attended and I want to go back again and again. You should check it out some time too.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


I'm no longer that interested in photographing everything and writing about it and sharing it all of the time.

I'm especially less interested in having my photo taken.

Sometimes not so much. That depends.

Things have changed my friends.

We are literally inside the future.

I do like writing and sharing don't get me wrong. Just not everything.
If you've been reading this a long time you'll have seen this coming.

I'm not the nubile 23 year old ingenue I was in 2004 when I started blogging. I blogged so hard.
And then the blogs
the blogs






here is a photo of me on a recent trip to Vietnam, where I was working on a film shoot as a sound mixer.

I'll be attending the Sundance Film Festival next week. If you're there, say hello! To a void. Yell hello inside of the dark holes inside the computer slot where you THINK there exists a port, usb, firewire 800 or otherwise. Where you THINK there exists a port. Fools.