38La Paz, Bolivia
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My self-summary
I'm a Midwesterner at heart (Milwaukee, Minneapolis), and I've been in the Bay Area for four years.

I am always working on creative/journalistic projects and planning the next temporary exit out of here. In general, I am a little introverted in big groups, but thrive on great, meaningful conversations. I enjoy a good party, but am just as happy with a quiet night in amongst friends.
What I’m doing with my life
By day, I am a producer at a digital marketing agency, where I help massive computer and software companies make buckets of money. But to be honest, technology and business to business marketing are not really my thing, and my real work is as a writer and documentary filmmaker/video producer.

At the moment I am in postproduction on an independent documentary about local, organic and heirloom wheat on the east coast. Earlier this year I was in Bolivia (sort of my home away from home), where I was producing videos for an NGO that actually does development right (i.e. no money or influence from USAID, true community-based planning). If you have not seen the Andes, you should. Change your life...
I’m really good at
Guessing the origins of coffees. Hipster/pretentious I know. But it's a skill...
The first things people usually notice about me
I dunno. I never asked. I'd like to assume my disarming good looks, but it is more likely my hair or my big feet.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Movies: It's a mix. Pedro Almodóvar, Jim Jarmusch, The Cohens, Guillermo del Toro, Woody Allen, Herzog, Hitchcock (particularly with Jimmy Stewart). Top films include Darwin's Nightmare, Cool Hand Luke, The French Connection, Serpico, There Will Be Blood, Brain Candy, and nothing beats the Three Amigos.

Books: David Remnick; Ryszard Kapuściński; Mike Davis; Orwell's essays; anything about the Spanish Civil War, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, the Balkan Wars, international agriculture/development, and social movements. As for fiction, James Joyce, Cormac McCarthy, Claire Davis, Henry Miller.

Shows: I don't have a TV, but I do watch A LOT of Law and Order (all versions) on Netflix, and am willing to admit a heterosexual man-crush on Vincent D'Onofrio. Also, PBS journalism (Frontline, NewsHour, POV, etc).

Music: Well, I grew up punk, so there is that. Though today it's been a lot of soul and 70's country. Some favorites include: Solomon Burke, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Arthur Conley, James Carr, Otis Redding, Bernard "Pretty" Purdy, Tammy Wynette, The Ronettes, James Booker, Bruce Springsteen, Nico Case, Karate, Slint, A Minor Forest, Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil, Andrew Bird, The Clash (yes, even the bad disco funk stuff), Tom Waits, Marc Ribot. Anything from The Very Best of Ethiopiques... the list goes on.

Food: I am generally veggie at home, but will eat anything that is local, sustainable, blah blah blah. And cheese. I love cheese.
Six things I could never do without
My family.
My camera gear.
My laptop.
Hard soul music.
My grandfather's St. Christopher medallion.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
These days, Lake Victoria.
On a typical Friday night I am
Out and about. Though lately it's been more working on video and writing projects at home. Been a busy summer.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
See my "Shows" comment in my "Favorites" section.
You should message me if
you are so inclined...

By the way, I love a nerd. If you are brainy about something, and have strong convictions, we will get along just fine.
The two of us