Category Archives: film/video

Adam Rifkin Makes a Movie

Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry. Adam Rifkin photographed in Los Angeles by Jim Newberry.

A couple weeks ago I shot some portraits of my friend Adam Rifkin, whose documentary film “Giuseppe Makes a Movie” debuts this Saturday night at the LA Film Fest.

Jon Langford video: Drone Operator

A video for Jon Langford & Skull Orchard’s powerful song Drone Operator was recently released, which I helped shoot (hint: I didn’t film the military/drone shots). Here’s a Langford interview from a couple days ago in Vice, where Jon talks about the song, the Mekons, aboriginal music, how he came to make an album against the death penalty, and more.



This is the second Langford music video I’ve been lucky to be involved in; I also shot this one.

Mount Victoria Lookout, self portrait

Moving self portrait at Mount Victoria, Wellington, by Jim Newberry

Yesterday I hiked to the peak of Wellington’s Mount Victoria, which offers a panoramic view of the city. This little clip was inspired by Neil Young’s weirdly entertaining video for Wonderin’, and also by Bill Murray’s epic choreographed hair acrobatics in the movie Kingpin.

Puppets and primates run amok in Union Park

Gorilla and puppetChic-a-go-go and Pancake Mountain were in cahoots last weekend at the Pitchfork Music Festival, inciting mayhem for a movie they’re collaborating on.

Photography and video for Deirdre Pursel

I recently had the opportunity to work with the talented folks at Jell Creative, who created a new web site for charismatic personal style consultant Deirdre Pursel. I photographed Deirdre for the site, and also shot the video below, which was produced by Jell and directed by Nancy Bardawil.

Deirdre Pursel web site

Mucca Pazza video: Boss Taurus

Production still of Jim Newberry directing "Boss Taurus" Mucca Pazza music video.

Photo: Ania Sodziak

The music video I made for the spectacular marching band Mucca Pazza debuts today on the All Songs Considered blog.

Thanks to Cynthia Main for the sumptuous set design, and Nancy Bardawil for the gorgeous backdrop painting.

Rob Crow music video “So Way”

My friend Mike Finch directed, edited, and stars in Rob Crow‘s (Pinback) new music video, So Way; I shot it. It debuted yesterday on the Rolling Stone blog, but the resolution is better at Mike’s Vimeo (below).

The Interrupters for The Observer

I photographed violence interrupters Ameena Matthews and Cobe Williams for the cover of last Sunday’s London Observer, which also ran in its sister paper The Guardian. Steve James directed a documentary film about the Interrupters which has just recently debuted. You can watch it this month at the Gene Siskel Film Center. (UPDATE: here’s a list of upcoming screenings around the world. The film’s been getting rave reviews.)

Thanks to the friendly staff at CeaseFire for helping coordinate the photo sessions, and to the awesome people I photographed for the story: Ameena, Cobe, Tio, Dee, and Marcus.