i just came from a memorial service for charlene olson. she was a producer and post-production supervisor on splinters. she died following a long battle with cancer.
i had only a handful of face-to-face interactions with her during the course of making the film. 
she was eulogized by her family, friends and co-workers in such a rich, multifaceted and humane way. again and again during the service i thought: that’s what a full and dignified life looks like.
she had great success as a filmmaker. and this clearly, after hearing her dearest speak, was simply one area of many in which she excelled. from the character of her children, to the palpable love of her own siblings, to the loyalty of life-long friends, obviously she left no part of the garden unnurtured.
and there was story after story about how charlene selflessly took other filmmakers under her wing, or compassionately gave them the magic bit of support or advice they needed to blossom. this was an unyielding habit of hers. the debts of gratitude expressed were ardent.
i heard from one young co-worker who said that, unbeknownst to her, charlene had been calling her boss every couple of weeks over the course of several months to gently suggest an improved, more creative position in the company. ultimately the boss listened and this woman now has a burgeoning career. 
i’ll never know what charlene was doing behind the scenes to bring splinters to fruition. i am sure that it was as spirited and beyond the call of duty as everyone else’s anecdotes described. i am grateful for her influence, seen and unseen. in all my interactions with her she was so giving and warm. she always carried herself with grace and humility. 
06.08.13 /16:12
some screen captures from the film. this was the most profound day of surfing i have experienced. i didn’t ride a wave, i just watched in awe.
a sport that spurned a multi-billion dollar apparel industry was transmuted to its essential form. i remain grateful for having been there to see it.
04.12.13 /13:55
some screen captures from the film. this was the most profound day of surfing i have experienced. i didn’t ride a wave, i just watched in awe.
a sport that spurned a multi-billion dollar apparel industry was transmuted to its essential form. i remain grateful for having been there to see it.
04.12.13 /13:54
some screen captures from the film. this was the most profound day of surfing i have experienced. i didn’t ride a wave, i just watched in awe.
a sport that spurned a multi-billion dollar apparel industry was transmuted to its essential form. i remain grateful for having been there to see it.
04.12.13 /13:54

http://www.theonion.com/articles/find-the-thing-youre-most-passionate-about-then-do,31742/

old news. the “olds.” 

when i went to melbourne for hraff i brought the trophies splinters won at the surfer poll awards and hawaii international film festival for best documentary.

i gave them to andy abel and asked that they be kept in png - to be shared in vanimo and in the sapng archive in port moresby.
03.09.13 /16:37
from the kubrick exhibit at lacma. spent hours there. and could have spent more. what an inspiration.
03.08.13 /18:32
i spoke with several strangers about surfing over the last few days. they all, independently of one another, said they were “addicted.”
10.02.12 /23:51
for me summer ended on the beach, not in the water surfing.

this was truly a memorable season. reset button was hit. corporeal attention. lots of surfing, hiking, sun and good eats. most importantly, lots of friends seen and made.

here’s to being in the body.
09.08.12 /16:32
self-imposed constraints for the content of splinters existed but never for the process. those constraints ended up being liberating. in the future, i’d like to explore “commandments” for process. amen.
07.25.12 /13:49
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