Paul O’Brien makes a reference in a footnote of this article to the Café Philosophique I used to run in Dublin, at the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield, in the early 2000s.
While still a resident of Los Angeles (Silverlake to be precise), I registered in Geneva my interactive media design firm and production company / artist studio : LEV STUDIO.
The performances took place in an old movie theatre, that had later been converted into a disco – which it is today (Club Glo), in downtown San Jose, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
I also did a live performance called «Junkyard of Dreams» with the Robby Marshall jazz quartet, combining my own handheld footage of today’s Hollywood street life with excerpts of classical Hollywood movies.
We spent 8 weeks, with other fellow directors, to work on our feature film project, meeting mostly at the Sony studios in Culver City, or at the new offices of Film Independent on Wilshire Blvd. We had the mentorship of great professionals such as Rodrigo Prieto, Rodrigo Garcia, Shane Black…
I shot a trailer for my film, as part of this lab, now visible on Vimeo.
I was invited to be a jury member for the 2006 edition of the Slamdance Games Festival, in Park City, Utah. Slamdance runs parallel to Sundance and has a part dedicated to independent gaming.
I also spoke on a panel entitled « The Indie Scene: Games as art », where we discussed the growth of an art scene around gaming, and the narratology vs. ludology debate.