What it's about:I collected comics when I was a kid. And I had a lot. When circumstances forced me to liquidate my collection, my only question was how. Ebay: too much trouble. Throwing them out: too sad. An epic stoop sale that I could film? Just right.
On the challenges: "I think the biggest challenge I had with making Childhood Sale was balancing my desire to have a legitimate, profitable stoop sale and filming it in a compelling, non-compromising manner. My girlfriend Hannah Bos - who shot the film - and who gave me excellent advice on pricing for stoop sales - I think did a great job filming in a non-intrusive manner. I was able to focus on selling the comics in a satisfying way and the filming never seemed to scare off any customers."
What's next: "I'm about to write and produce the on-air promotion for the final season of Breaking Bad on AMC and I've got two short docs that are in the final stages of post-production. One is on Hal Douglas - the legendary voice-over artist - and the other is on my childhood home on the lower east side. My parents had to move out last year and I documented the experience and space not just because it meant a lot to me but also because it's a truly unique building I'm scared is going to be torn down. It was a synagogue then a whiskey still then a shower curtain factory so it has a lot of good history to examine."
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what they're doing next. Go HERE for all the profiles.