Alex Gibney: on The First Amendment

Alex Gibney: on The First Amendment

Did Julian Assange ever watch ISHTAR? If so, he would have heard Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty lyrically forewarn: “Telling the truth can be dangerous business. Honest and popular don’t go hand in hand.” Of course, whistle-blowing is no laughing matter. While the majority of those in power deem secret-spilling an act of treason, others define it a patriotic act befitting [...]

June 14, 2013 at 11:16 am 0 comments

Trigger Unhappy

Trigger Unhappy

You could argue that guns kill people or that people kill people; it’s semantics mixed up with semi-automatics. What cannot be denied is that people kill themselves… with firearms… a lot. in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 11,078 Americans were killed by firearms, a depressing statistic, for sure. However, did you know that the same [...]

May 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm 0 comments

The Warren vs. Larry Flynt

The Warren vs. Larry Flynt

Was it Frank Sinatra or Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra who said, “You don’t need to work blue, kid?” Either way, it’s a lesson that may get blown up next week when I welcome self-proclaimed “smut peddler” Larry Flynt to The High Bar during our Season 4 shoot in Los Angeles. Will he raise the bar for free speech? Sex [...]

February 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

Getting swanky

Getting swanky

We’re raising the bar for ourselves. For the first time, The High Bar will venture outside of Washington state. Soon, we will be shooting episodes for Season 4 in Los Angeles at the world-class Hotel Bel-Air. Guests confirmed to appear thus far include: actress/filmmaker Illeana Douglas (Easy-to-Assemble), who will raise a toast to moving image media actress/activist Amy Brenneman (Private [...]

February 13, 2013 at 11:06 am 0 comments

Lev Anderson: on Fishbone

Lev Anderson: on Fishbone

Ice-T, Gwen Stefani, Tim Robbins, George Clinton and Branford Marsalis walk into a bar and go over to the jukebox. Chances are they all agree to play some Fishbone… but have trouble finding a track.   Despite industry-wide consent that Fishbone is one of the most original, influential and badass bands of the last 25 years, too few know their [...]

November 1, 2012 at 5:26 am 0 comments

Gaylen Ross: on Memory

Gaylen Ross: on Memory

Do you remember…? If you’re fortunate, you do. Memory is an indispensable tool, but one, too often, we take for granted. When Caris Corfman suffered a brain tumor, she survived yet her short-term memory did not. This would be a blow to anyone, but when your career, your passion is acting — a job dependent on the memorization of lines [...]

October 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm 0 comments

Elliott Gould: on Non-conformity

Elliott Gould: on Non-conformity

Bill Cosby warns: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” It would seem Elliott Gouldnever tried and, perhaps, that explains the unorthodox actor’s spectacular early success and enviable longevity. When the star of such critically-acclaimed hits as M*A*S*H, THE LONG GOODBYE and OCEAN’S ELEVEN and such indie gems as DORFMAN [...]

September 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm 0 comments

Melanie Lynskey: on Bad movies

Melanie Lynskey: on Bad movies

Is it more entertaining to be bad than average? When it comes to Hollywood, you bet. Mediocrity is the curse of the unimaginative. To make a truly awful film requires a certain brand of unchecked genius. Beloved actress Melanie Lynskey (HEAVENLY CREATURES; Two and a Half Men) visits me at The High Bar for a sober tribute to the best [...]

September 3, 2012 at 11:28 am 0 comments

Eric Weiner: on Finding God

Eric Weiner: on Finding God

Some folks speak with God daily. Others can’t locate God given a prayer book, a GPS device and a formal introduction. After a medical emergency (that turned out to be dramatically less than that), journalist Eric Weiner (The Geography of Bliss) was asked by a kindly nurse “Have you found your God yet?” and, consequently, tried to make peace with [...]

July 24, 2012 at 8:23 am 0 comments

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton is the next great American director, according to Deadspin. And whether you are ready to embrace the hyperbole or not, it is inarguable the Seattle-based filmmaker has carved her name on the festival circuit, and beyond, by being true to her own distinct aesthetic. Lynn has created an extended family of movie-makers who share her passion for honest, [...]

June 26, 2012 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton: on Artistic vision

Lynn Shelton is the next great American director, according to Deadspin. And whether you are ready to embrace the hyperbole or not, it is inarguable the Seattle-based filmmaker has carved her name on the festival circuit, and beyond, by being true to her own distinct aesthetic. Lynn has created an extended family of movie-makers who share her passion for honest, [...]

June 26, 2012 at 8:30 am 0 comments

Lewis Black: on Theater

Lewis Black: on Theater

Reports of Theater’s death are greatly exaggerated. That’s not to say anyone can make a living in it, but still, the theater can prove richly rewarding. Just ask beloved comedian/notorious curmudgeon Lewis Black who has returned to his first love, playwriting, after a hiatus of a few decades, with One Slight Hitch, a full-length romantic romp he has partially re-imagined [...]

June 19, 2012 at 12:49 am 7 comments

How do you *SAVE* 11 million people?

How do you *SAVE* 11 million people?

Q: How do you nurture political activism? A: By preserving critical thought. Q: How do you preserve critical thought? A: By asking how do you kill 11 million people? Q: How do you kill 11 million people? A: By failing to nurture political activism.   In his quick read, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters [...]

June 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm 0 comments

Phillip Montgomery: on Activism

Phillip Montgomery: on Activism

Kids these days. Can’t live with them, can’t change the world without them. But does today’s youth want to make a difference? Do they think they can make a difference? And if not, why not? Filmmaker Phillip Montgomery documents the era of cynics, slacktivists and the just plain indifferent in #ReGENERATION. Phillip visits The High Bar to raise a toast [...]

June 5, 2012 at 8:33 am 1 comment