Archive for August, 2009

The George Bush Bankruptcy

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Did George Bush Jr. bankrupt America? Well, it’s looking more and more like it, every day.

American Nitro Re-Release DVD

Friday, August 21st, 2009

In 1979 I made a movie that was distributed widely in the United States and around the world. It started out as an attempt to document an American subculture and turned out to have commercial possibilities.

The movie was partially inspired by my early years in Anderson Valley. What I call my, “American Graffiti” years. I later worked for George Lucas, the director of “American Graffiti”, for over two decades. Nitro was my first feature length film and it got me noticed at Lucasfilm.

It is now the 30th anniversary of that original release and we have made a new digitally re-mastered DVD of the movie and it is again available after having been off the market for many years.

When it opened at Filmex in Los Angeles one reviewer summed it up best…

“It is an exercise in asphalt anthropology, capturing the rowdiness and violence of a Roman spectacle; high-speed crack-ups, men afire, semi-nude maidens in attendance, and the legions of racers and their fans who have pledged their lives to timing records and intangibles harder to define.” Filmex

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Off The Map

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

One of the things I take great pleasure in about my place in Anderson Valley is that it is not on Google Maps. Of the four billionaires I know, all are to be found on Google Maps. Not me.

So much for optical character generation. They screwed up. I now claim this adds value. Want to hide out? This property is unknown. If only Bernie Madoff had befriended me I could have helped, he could have hid out here. But alas, he didn’t.

It gets better. Zillow thinks my property is raw land. Doesn’t know there is a house, studio, guest house, etc. How cool is that?

Sir Google, here’s the deal, Live by the digit, die by the digit.

You are dead.