A couple months ago, I signed with a company here in Austin, Strange Fruit, who are now repping me and my directing work. Strange Fruit is run by a couple amazing ladies, Ali and Mary, who have a lot of experience working with food-related people (chefs, restaurants and the like) and took me on as a way to expand their business and start repping filmmakers. They're handling my PR and acting as my managers as well...and they're pretty amazing.
After my food-related work from last year started getting press, a couple of the national food magazines started getting in touch with Ali and Mary, asking them if I'd like to start pitching ideas to them for their new digital editions. The cool thing about magazines going to the iPad/Kindle/Nook/etc. is that they can embed video alongside their regular print stories, so that they can give the readers some extra incentive to buy the digital edition.
As it turns out, I had some ideas and I've been working on them, shooting in Seattle, Houston and here in Austin, at some truly amazing restaurants. The first of the pitches has gone out and I'm waiting to hear back, which is crazy. If you had told me a year ago, that I would be pitching film/photo/story packages to national magazines, I never would have believed it.
Closer to home, one of my favorite restaurants in Austin, Contigo, got in touch with me a couple months ago, wanting me to direct a series of short films about the restaurant, the food, the people and the experience. Owners Ben Edgerton and Chef Andrew Wiseheart have been good friends over the past year and it was really an honor to be asked. We've been shooting a lot over the past 5-6 weeks and the first of the videos is set to premier this week. Once it's up on Contigo's site, I'll post it up here.
All of the above is why I haven't been posting much over the past couple months. I've been working on a lot of stuff that I haven't been able to talk about, but I'm hoping that a lot of it is going to land over the next month or so and I'll be able to start posting it up here.