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Removed – or the Adventures of a Modern Transcendentalist

My friends and I shot this film back in 2009 at Salem Pond in Utah. It’s an adaptation of a play written by Teresa. My friend Randall McNair actually raised two ducks and built a fantastic puppet for the film. While the main edit has been done for years, rendering the project in HD turned into a nightmare of technical difficulties (I don’t even want to estimate the hours of minutia I put into it), and what with real life and all, Teresa and I have had three children before I finally got around to wrapping up this project. But I’m glad I did, because this is a fantastic little piece with a great message. And now I proudly present to you … drum roll … Removed – or the Adventures of Modern Transcendentalist.

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Real Patriotism | The Ariah Show

Over the weekend, my family and I made this quick and dirty entry for the Provo Freedom Festival’s short film contest. The submission guidelines urged participants to “think out of the box.” This is definitely a departure from the previous years’ winners, which are usually montages of inspiring images of veteran cemeteries, waving flags, and quotes by Thomas Jefferson. I wonder how the judges will respond to this.