Some screenshots before I take a hiatus from the public world….I saw these things and thought: whoaaaaaaa my computer is looking very “I’m making a doc about the Southwest.” This is actually happening. (!!!) That in the middle, though slanted and blurry, is a wildfire burning on the North Rim at the moment.

Check out those blue jeans.

In the 60’s and 70’s, you could make films like this—films that asked questions—and we accepted them. Now, the majority of people like everything to be underlined. They look at a film as a puzzle to be figured out with a right answer. I didn’t want to do that. It’s fascinating that people will know what the film is about but will question themselves and won’t want to say.

Paul Haggis

We talked with the two-time Oscar winner about Third Person and challenging his audience

(via tribecafilm)

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I am starting to feel a bit like some kind of cowgirl spy, writing about people and posting pictures of them without their knowledge in a public forum—even though only friends, family, and mentors have a link to this blog. Now that I’m getting into filming, I can foresee more and more posts of this nature. It’s not good documentary practice as far as I’m concerned—it feels unprofessional and unethical among other unhappy things. Plus, do you all really want to read about my saltwater fish collection and ice cream addiction? (For my sake, don’t answer that.)

With that said, I am going to make all these posts private in the next few days and transition to something more like an official website for the film, which I’ll post here someday. I definitely won’t have that launched for a while though, as I still don’t even have a title for the thing.

I’ll still be writing about the process for my own purposes. If you are so kind as to want to read updates and more Chevron stories (you bet there will be many), that would make me happy. You can find me in the Painted Desert or at

So, signing off with the promise of a future website and a film, the note that on Sunday I will be interviewing an artist making a canyon-esque sculpture out of blue jeans in the Park Headquarters, and the first five minutes (above) of a short doc I’ll someday finish and upload in HD about the trip here. (SPOILER—we make it to AZ. ALSO NOTE—cinematography for this inspired by the Blair Witch Project which was literally (literally) filmed in my backyard. Finally—pay attention to the news, because the next thing you hear about me might be a story involving some version of Fleetwood Mac suing me for using their stuff without the rights. The song, though very “WESTWARD!” in spirit, was not planned. WHEN TRUTH IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.)

Everyone who appears above gave me permission to put this out into the public world, perhaps because they know there’s no need to worry about coming across as crazy and/or embarrassing when yours truly is also in the picture.

So many thanks to everyone who has been following me so far. It means more than I can say, and I promise to bring you Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the premiere screening.

Water Pipes Top Grand Canyon’s Maintenance List

Here we have a series of Very Important Questions:

1. How is the Canyon changing? (See also: El Tovar Renovations) How is it staying the same? Do people care? Why? Why not? Can you renovate historic trails? Can you renovate icons? Can you renovate American icons? Can you renovate rocks? How? Is that the same as erosion?

2. What gets funded there? Who gets funded there? Who is going to have problems with $200 million going to massive renovations to the “Middle of Nowhere,” USA? Will these renovations update the employee housing?

3. How scary would that be to have your water supply cut off mid-hike?


The person who sent me this article is angling to become the Flannery O’Connor of the East. I am angling to become the Flannery of O’Connor of the West. We’ll keep you updated on how this goes.

(Watch out. I may actually get that tattoo.)