Projects

Big in Bollywood (2011)

A feature documentary about a struggling American actor becoming famous in India.

In the Fall of 2009, my friends Tyler and Kenny met me for a burrito near my house and told me about our mutual friend Omi... and how he had landed a part in an upcoming Bollywood movie. The three of us ate dinner, and joked that we should go to India to accompany him at the film premiere. That night we bought the domain www.biginbollywood.com, and the concept for the documentary was born.

The Big Travel Project (2007)

A 6-Month around-the-world daily video blog. 128 episodes

In December of 2006, I was having tea with some friends in San Francisco. We went around the table, and discussed our dream projects. In about five minutes, I rattled off the parameters of what would become my life-changing trip. The ideas had all been tumbling around in my head for awhile, and I laid them all out for my friends (and myself) to consider.


Mississippi River Quest (2010)

A 30-Day journey from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to New Orleans. NatGeo TV

After my self-produced 2008 journey down the Mississippi, I was contacted by some producers at National Geographic who'd seen my videos online. They were planning a TV Show about a team of guys traveling down the river, and they wanted me to join the gang. They were looking for someone who could be both in front of, and behind the camera... someone who had already done the Mississippi River before. I was perhaps the only person in the world who fit those criteria... so they hired me.

Road Trip to Guantanamo (2009)

Two guys journey to the east end of Cuba, to see for themselves what's going on over there.

I first traveled to Cuba in 2001, just after I graduated college, and just after September 11th. It was one of my first experiences outside of the U.S. and it changed the way that I saw travel, history, culture, class, and politics. I'd been wanting to return for years, and in June of 2009, I went back for a second time.


The Big River Show (2008)

An 80-Day journey from Minneapolis to New Orleans on the Mississippi River. 50 episodes

In the winter of 2008, I was looking for a new project, and the idea came to me in the form of a magazine article. I read a story in Harpers about a self-proclaimed anarchist who attempted to float the Mississippi River back in 2006. For a variety of reasons, he didn't make it, and I figured that I could do better.

Betabrand (2007 to present)

A symbiotic relationship between filmmaker and clothing company.

Since I met Chris Lindland in 2006, he's been a constant source of zany fun in my life... and I am certainly not the only person who feels this way. Chris is an entrepenuer with a winning combination of creativity and fearlessness... a sense of daring that saw him completely change careers in 2005, and jump whole-hog into the clothing business, starting a pants company based mostly on a joke.