Silverdocs

I enjoy hanging out at film festivals as a minor celebrity, going to parties with movie people, getting lots of free fruit and cheese and drinking bottomless plastic cups of red wine and champagne. I like strangers pressing their card into my hand and telling me I should write a book and that they would […]

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Sundance, From the Stage

So two nights ago, I was standing on the awards stage at the Sundance Film Festival, while Resurrect Dead, Director Jon Foy accepted the award for Best Director in the U.S. Documentary category. I was part of the tiny team that worked on the film and am one of its subjects. I keep telling people […]

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Interview With the Director/Give Me All Your Cash

That video interview was put together by the good people at Sundance to help introduce Jon Foy’s Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. I’ve worked on this project for the past 5+ years. The Sundance news came a few weeks ago and was/is a total shock. At this point we’ve got a lot […]

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Incredible News, Really, Really Incredible News

First off, I know that I haven’t been posting much of anything for a long, long time. There are a lot of reasons for this, none of them interesting. For anyone out there still subscribed to this feed, here’s something worth waiting around for. Remember that Toynbee tile documentary that I’ve been harping on about […]

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House of Hades

House of Hades tile in NYC. These tiles started in Buffalo a few years ago and are mainly centered in NY. They look nice, but don’t last long. All 3 Philly HOH tiles didn’t last a year. This one is at East 12th street and 3rd Ave.

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Shepard Fairey

So every once in a while I’m sitting around trying to attach a SQL database to a laptop when a random request comes my way. “Steve, Shepard Fairey is coming tomorrow and no one is covering it. Can you shoot it?” “Yes.” And with that I found myself covering a very small and almost completely […]

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The Idea

The following is excerpted from Arnold Toynbee’s autobiography: Experiences, pp 139–142. According to Minority Association documents, this passage was the inspiration for “the idea” in Toynbee Idea. Man’s situation is, indeed, paradoxical. Man has a mind that can comprehend infinite time and space, and he has a conscience that can pass moral judgments; yet prima […]

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The Year the Tile Broke: 2009 recap

Why haven’t I written about Toynbee tiles in a while? It’s been a great year. Actually, 2009 will go down in history as the year the tile broke. Consider this: There are no less than 4 people or groups (probably 5 or 6) out there tiling Philadelphia. They are: 1. House of Hades. The Buffalo/NYC […]

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Love Letter

If you’re from Philly, you probably know about the Mural Arts Program. You also might know about Steve Powers’  Love Letter Project. You might even know that Love Letter is a Mural Arts Program project. If you’re familiar with Mural Arts, that probably comes as a little bit of a surprise. Love Letter is very […]

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Only Reason to go to South Street Now Gone

Actually that title is a little dramatic. I still have a drunken, 2:30AM place in my heart for Lorenzos, and (upstairs!) at Tattooed Moms is still alright every now and then, but the strips draw – the 4th and South Toynbee Tile – is now history. For those that don’t know (which is pretty much […]

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