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June 23, 2011

Steven Fischer, producer of Old School New School the movie, will be appearing on Old School New School the podcast on Thursday, July 7 2011 at 6.30pm PST. More details to come.

A Study on Genius and Success in the Arts

May 7, 2009

The experimental filmmaker Fred Worden sent me a really great video today. Malcolm Gladwell discusses success in the arts and how musicians he’s studied have come to make their masterpiece. He’s concluded that every “genius” reaches genius status my completing 10,000 hours of preparation. He notes that The Beatles performed about 12,000 times together before their big Ed Sullivan success, and that Fleetwood Mac released about 12 albums before Rumors was released.

It’s a fascinating study that, to me, touches on lot of truth. Check it out here.


Screening at UMBC

May 1, 2009

Screened for a test audience at UMBC. Good to get a visceral reaction. Students seemed overall interested in the subjects and what they had to say.

The screening was followed by a great panel continuing the discussions begun in the movie about finding your own voice, success in the arts, and overall issues on “making it” professionally in the arts. Panel: Emmy winning cinematographer Richard Chisolm, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve Yeager, choreographer Carol Hess, and the experimental filmmaker Fred Worden.

Steven Fischer (standing) with (L-R) Steve Yeager, Richard Chisolm, Carol Hess, Fred Worden. Photo John Bintz.

Steven Fischer (standing) with (L-R) Steve Yeager, Richard Chisolm, Carol Hess, Fred Worden. Photo John Bintz.

OSNS Screening for Test Audience in Baltimore, Maryland

April 9, 2009

The headline says it all.

This is the first public test screening for Old School, New School. The screening is primarily for college-aged students and those just starting out professionally in the arts. A post screening discussion will take place with special guests.

Audience reactions may help shape and re-define the final cut and direction of the finished movie.


University of Maryland Baltimore County
Thursday, April 30, 2009
ITE bldg, Lecture Hall 7

Free admission. Free parking lots 8 and 9.

Post Screening Panel:

Richard Chisolm, Emmy Award winning cinematographer (PBS, ABC, National Geographic).
Steve Yeager, documentary producer and film studies teacher (Divine Trash, Sundance Film Festvial award winner).
Carol Hess, dance artist, choreographer, and UMBC faculty member.
Fred Worden, international experimental filmmaker.

Many thanks to UMBC, Vin Grabill and Greg Simmons for hosting this test audience screening.

TED Conference Master Storytellers

March 15, 2009

Discoveries like this are so exciting! For those who don’t know about TED, it is an annual conference at which Master Storytellers (and some of the “world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers”) have 18 minutes to give the greatest motivational speech of their lives!

Click on TED and check out some of the speakers… they’re truly inspirational, and some focus, like Old School, New School on success in the arts, taping into your personal genius, and the like.