Thursday, December 07, 2006

Interview with Malachi (Dungeon Family)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The LAFCO Bus Posters LA in 2002: No War in Iraq!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Allison Margolin: LA's Dopest Attorney (by LAFCO)

Monday, November 27, 2006

Runaway Slave: behind the Scns w/, yng noble, lafco

Friday, October 27, 2006

Zayd "Say What" Video (LAFCO)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Outlawz: Fork in The Road Video (by LAFCO/Guerilla Epic) ruspoli

Monday, October 16, 2006

Music Video for I Believe by of dead prez

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Umi EPK (dead prez family)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Slick & Rose: Chemical Video

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Runaway Slave - (dead prez) & young noble (outlawz)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Tao Ruspoli interviews of dead prez

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Going: A film by Tao Ruspoli

Tao Ruspoli talks to Oliver Stone about art & politics LAFCO

Photojournalist Shannon Mccollum (dead prez, outkast, ect.)

Friday, September 22, 2006

Alexander Cockburn interviewed by Tao Ruspoli (LAFCO)

See part two here.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Message to Umi

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

LAFCO in Mississippi

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

LAFCO 2006 Tour: Pocket Change Trailer 2

LAFCO visits Frogville in Santa Fe

The LAFCO Bus Cleaning Ritual

The LAFCO Bus Leaves New Orleans

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The LAFCO Bus preparing to Leave Los Angeles

Friday, September 01, 2006

LAFCO 2006 Tour: Pocket Change Trailer 1

Sunday, August 20, 2006

fun with the fisheye

Pure Etc. at LAFCO

Saturday, August 19, 2006

I am posting photos on the LAFCO tour blog

and videos at

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Leaving on our cross country tour!!!

The LAFCO Bus leaves today on an incredible journey from Venice to Brooklyn.
On our trip we will be exploring the following question:
How do the politically disenfranchised use the arts to give themselves a voice and effect change. More broadly, what is the relationship between art and politics in America today.
I will be focussing more on video work than photography.
We have a wonderful photojournalist documenting the whole trip.
Visit to see his work.

Here is an interview I did with Oliver Stone as we left LA:

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Summer fun...

Monday, July 31, 2006


I'm back in LA for a week, preparing for the 2006 LAFCO Cross Country tour (we will be driving the bus from Venice to Brooklyn.) Today I took these pictures of our great friend Diana:

Lola, justifiably jealous of Paco's sudden celebrity status, insisted on having her picture taken as well:

Later in the evening, I found myself at a small party at Beau Garrett's house. The theme was "watermellon, underwear, and sandwiches."

more photos from this wonderful day can be found on my life blog.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Crossing Bridges in New York City

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Olivia in Brooklyn

Friday, July 14, 2006

Taking off from Long Beach

Going to my new home in Brooklyn!

Megalyn and Olivia in SF

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Olivia in San Francisco


Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Hello friends, today my dog is up for election to be the next Old Navy
He is in the last 6, after beating out 120,000 other really cute dogs.

He is a rescue mutt who was found starving in the back of a Uhaul truck,
after his mother was killed by animal control. Now, 2 years later, he
is kindest, coolest dog I've ever known.

Please log on to the site below and vote for Paco, the white shaggy pup (the free spirit.)

If he wins the prize money ($10,000) we are giving half of it to dog
rescues here in L.A, and the other half to training his "special"
little sister, Lola the Bulldog, who really demonstrates the benefits
of NOT buying from a breeder.

Tell your friends! Paco is the underdog, and he needs you!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Become a movie producer - for $1

Duncan Campbell
Friday 23 June, 2006
Read the real article here.

Here's the pitch: a Bay Area motel room at night. A young couple, Tao and Bella. A phone call. An urgent message. They have to get to Los Angeles to get Tao's little brother, Leo, out of custody and into a drug rehab unit before 8 o'clock the next evening - or Leo gets sent to prison for two years. It's a quest. It's an odyssey through the streets and hidden worlds of Los Angeles. It's about brothers, drugs and love. It's called The Fix.

The film-makers are also on a bit of quest. They start shooting in January and they need $250,000 to finance the film. So the director, Tao Ruspoli, has hit upon what he believes is a unique approach to film finance and is using the internet to make it a reality: invest as little as $1 and you will not only become a credited associate producer but also have a vote to decide the next film the company makes.

Tao Ruspoli - born in Thailand, brought up in Rome and LA, educated at Berkeley - is the director behind this idea. He believes it could be copied by others who want to make low-budget independent films. I first met him a few years ago in Venice, California, where the spectacularly painted bus of the Los Angeles Filmmakers' Cooperative (LAFCO), which he had founded, was parked. Then he was travelling in the bus, making documentaries - Just Say Know (about his family's drug habits), Flamenco (about a Gypsy Spanish dancer ) - and showing other people how to make them. His credo was contained in the words of Jean Cocteau painted on the side of the bus: "Film will only become art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper."

Fix will be Ruspoli's first feature narrative. He and his wife, the actor Olivia Wilde, (of Orange County fame, and most recently in Nick Cassavetes's Alpha Dog, John Stockwell's Turistas and the new television series, The Black Donnellys) will play the parts of the couple. LA will also be a main character.

Ruspoli is using the internet to ask people to invest whatever they want, which gets them an associate producer's credit. If the film makes any profits they will be ploughed back into a fund to make another one. And who chooses the next film?

Once again the internet comes into play. Anyone around the world can submit a pitch or a script. LAFCO will then choose what they reckon to be the best 10 pitches and post them on the web. Everyone who invested will get to vote, with more weight being given to the votes of those who invested more.

"We would like to keep it going far into the future," says Ruspoli. "So far the smallest donation has been $1 and we had $25 from someone in Paris." It is a slowish process, however, and Ruspoli has no objection to larger, more conventional forms of investment because filming is going ahead, come what may.

So what does the industry think of such a scheme? Colin Vaines, executive vice-president of the Weinstein Company and former editor of Screen International, says similar schemes of asking people to chip in small sums have long been used to finance films (the 1997 Scottish film The Bruce, for example, offered investors the chance to appear as extras). "What's different now is the internet, which makes it much easier to reach people, and digital filming, which makes filming much cheaper," says Vaines. "And the sidebar event is publicity - the fact that people write stories about it - like you are now."

Sunday, June 11, 2006

LA from the sky again...

Also, I have a new blog with random pictures from my life focusing on photography, just on experience:)

Thursday, May 18, 2006


3 double exposures

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Help produce my next film!

Make a contribution, even if it's $1, and get a credit on the film! Tell all your friends!
More info, including the treatment, on (please email this link to everyone you know, post a bulletin on myspace and anywhere else you can think of.)

Monday, April 24, 2006

A sign?

When I first drove by this sign, I loved what it said. I assumed I had halucinated that it said Tao at the top. The next day, I went looking for it, and, to my utter amazement, found that it was directed specifically to me!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Exploring Costa Rica