the last time

“I hope that the film reminds all of us that when we come together for what seems to be an impossible goal we can achieve great things.”
– Todd Miller, The Last Steps Director

On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, heart-pounding footage and audio to retrace the record-setting mission. A film by Todd Douglas Miller.

street level miracles

I am the co-creator of a film production company, Subway Token Films. We are always on the hunt for Street Level Miracles, the philosophy behind our films: these are moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something expansive is revealed to us. Kinda like catching the glimpse of a whale out in the sea.

This here is a perfect example of one. Enjoy.




I Have Learned So Much

So much from God
That I can no longer

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim,
a Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of Itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel,
Or even a pure

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And freed

Of every concept and image
my mind has ever known.

Hafiz, The Gift

barry: declined and rejected

Borack Obama Barry

In the summer of 2000, Barry landed in Los Angeles International airport and couldn’t rent a car.

His credit card was declined at the counter because in the months before he had overextended himself while trying to run for a local Congressional district.

He described his loss has a public humiliation. The race was called so fast that he barely had time to drive to the ballroom where his supporters were waiting in order to concede to his opponent.

In an effort to cheer him up, Barry’s friend persuaded him to fly out to Los Angeles, crash in his hotel room, and join him at the party’s upcoming convention.

Barry booked the cheapest flight he could find, and wound up stuck at the car rental counter, until he made a couple of embarrassing calls to finagle his way around his declined credit card situation.

Later, Barry found out at the convention that his pass didn’t allow him to access the main floor, or any of the after parties. It was only good for being in the hallway that encircled the auditorium.

Barry ended up leaving town early, even more deflated than when he arrived. He was broke, and his wife was adamantly opposed to his expensive pursuits in politics, particularly because she was pregnant with their second child and wanted more stability. But he persuaded her to give him one more chance at running for an even bigger office with higher stakes.

This time, it turned out pretty well, because four years later, Senator Barack Obama was back at his party’s convention to deliver the keynote speech.

President Obama told the story of his declined card to former advisor David Axelrod while sitting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House during his final days as president. Here is a transcript and podcast of their conversation.

no wheel inventing needed

no wheel inventing needed

A movie script is composed of the following:

1. Hero stars in Ordinary World

2. Hero receives Call to Adventure

3. Hero rejects Call

4. Hero meets Mentor, Mentor gives hero courage to accept the Call

5. Hero crosses Threshold, enters Special World

6. Hero encounters enemies and allies, undergoes ordeal that will serve as his Initiation

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2016 got us like…

It’s that GAP time. Not the boring clothing but the time between Xmas and NYE that brings much reflection.

At my film production company, Subway Token Films, we like to take a moment and reflect on what we leave behind in 2016 (ie: the president-elect) and what we want to bring into 2017.

To keep it playful, here’s an amazing 2016 poem by STF’er Santa Baskin and read by Executive Producer, Felix Solis.

May you have a reflective, fun and safe holiday,
I walked slow today