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Swimming with Jean-Luc Godard

Swimming with Jean-Luc Godard

My friend Andy gave me a call last night and asked if I wanted join him downtown at the Waverly to take in Jean-Luc Godard’s 2010 movie, “Film Socialisme.” I hadn’t seen Andy in a while, hadn’t even been out to the movies in a while. So I took him up on the offer. The […]

By June 18, 2011 Read More →
“You Can’t Want Anything” | Creativity and Control

“You Can’t Want Anything” | Creativity and Control

A few years before his death in 2004, Charlie Rose interviewed Henri Cartier- Bresson at his home in Paris. For years, Carier-Bresson had already been recognized as one of the greatest photographers of his time, having produced an uncanny amount of photographic masterpieces. Rose was curious as to how Cartier-Bresson went about his work. “What’s the […]

By May 16, 2011 Read More →
Does a brain quirk foster creativity?

Does a brain quirk foster creativity?

Here’s an fascinating article from Imprint magazine about the connection between synethesia and creativity.

By March 20, 2011 Read More →
Creativity and Contradiction

Creativity and Contradiction

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman explores creativity and contradiction in this recent article in huffingtonpost.com. “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” — Walt Whitman In the CNN.com article “The confusing legacy of Michael Jackson,” Todd Leopold discusses the perplexing combination of seemingly contradictory traits displayed by […]

By March 7, 2011 Read More →
Musical Improvisation, Creativity and the Brain

Musical Improvisation, Creativity and the Brain

In this fascinating talk at TED, neuroscientist Dr. Charles Limb explores the relationship between creativity, improvisation and brain function, based on examining jazz and hip-hop musicians as they create music while undergoing an fMRI scan.

By January 11, 2011 Read More →
Is peak performance just a big act?

Is peak performance just a big act?

I’ve spent a good deal of my career as director of films, both commercial and documentary, and my clients have often remarked on the quality of the performances I get, whether it’s from professional actors or just regular folks. Some have asked whether I use any particular method to get people to perform at their best. I had never really […]

By December 7, 2010 Read More →