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ROY’S WORLD wins Best Illinois Feature!

In a virtual ceremony (coincidentally, held exactly one year to the day after the film had its World Premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival) my documentary Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago was awarded Best Illinois Feature at the 2021 Beloit … Continue reading

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Final days–ROY’S WORLD at Beloit

Only two more days! If you’re reading this from Wisconsin or Illinois, you can watch the film as part of the Beloit International Film Festival—through February 28!

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ROY’S WORLD is in Wisconsin!

If you’re reading this from Wisconsin or Illinois, you can watch the film as part of the Beloit International Film Festival—now through February 28! And as part of the festival, Jason Adasiewicz (who composed the score and performs on the … Continue reading

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Rob’s Best of 2020

Not necessarily released in 2020, these were nevertheless some of the songs I listened to all year long: a personal time capsule of the past twelve months. Enjoy!

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A playlist for reading.

I created a Spotify playlist for Barry Gifford’s Roy stories, filled with many tunes he references directly in the stories as well as others from the period that vibe well with his words. Check it out!

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3 things about Spike Lee’s DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA

David Byrne’s American Utopia [2020] 1. Tracing the longitudinal fissure with his index finger. 2. Pant leg dance moves. 3. Congratulating an audience member on his age.

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3 things about the Ross Brothers’ CONTEMPORARY COLOR

Contemporary Color [2016] 1. Nighttime. Practicing in the middle of the street. 2. Catching the flag by the silk. 3. Writing the song in a day, recording the song in a day; crafting the routine in 26 weeks.

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3 things about Derek Jarman’s WAR REQUIEM

War Requiem [1989] 1. The futility of digging trenches in mud. 2. Helmet sprouting grass. 3. The soldiers form a tableau.

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Music from ROY’S WORLD.

Hard to believe that it’s been more than 3 years since a group of amazing musicians met up at Electrical Audio in Chicago to lay down some music for the soundtrack of Roy’s World: Barry Gifford’s Chicago. Hope this streaming … Continue reading

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3 things about John Pirozzi’s DON’T THINK I’VE FORGOTTEN: CAMBODIA’S LOST ROCK AND ROLL

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock & Roll [2014] 1. When two elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled. 2. One week later he was dead. 3. Emulating The Shadows. An excellent portrait of creativity’s resilience. Really nourishing. … Continue reading

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