Jason Bortz talks Africa in The Other Journal

Jason Bortz, whose short documentary on aid to Africa called Scratching the Surface was recently in the spotlight at Christianity Today, has written a piece for The Other Journal about his experience. Check it out here. People have asked if it was difficult to take a film crew to Kenya to film a documentary dealing with the pandemic of AIDS and the seemingly ineffectual efforts of a handful of people to stem the tide of affliction and disease. Our documentary, Scratching the Surface; A Journey … [Read more...]

Specials: Winter Solstice. Undertow. Bortz scratches. Aslan talks. Hobos bite.

I'm back from a bout with the flu, and a couple of days of recovery on beautiful Whidbey Island, surrounded by sun, surf, sand, and DEER... deer everywhere. I wanted to tell you about what I saw last week BEFORE falling ill... I rented two films on DVD that had striking similarities. They were both about men trying to cope with the deaths of their wives while raising two sons. Winter Solstice was one. Wonderful, meditative, beautifully filmed, and relatively overlooked by moviegoers, … [Read more...]

A shout-out to my friend Jason Bortz

Jason Bortz is a good friend, a driven and ambitious actor of stage and film, and a man with an enormous heart that would encompass Africa and its sufferings if it could. Bortz is in the news today ... in the Auburn Journal. … [Read more...]