HI! I'M JOHN.

I TALK A LOT FOR A LIVING. AND SOMETIMES POINT MY CAMERA AT PEOPLE.

STUFF I'M WORKING ON

Some things I've been up to lately. Powered by Coke Zero and Cadbury's chocolate.

Best Day Ever

Best Day Ever

Quartzsite

Quartzsite

Campaign film

Campaign film

Maya’s

Maya’s

WHAT I DO

Here's why I'm always so busy.

 

TALK

My daily afternoon radio show airs in Arizona, California and online. I never run out of material.

 

FILM

I got into filmmaking because I love it, but people are trying to pay me now too.

 

WRITE

Totally time-deprived, of course. But I really like to write. Right now I'm writing a web series.

  • ALL LIFE IS AN EXPERIMENT. THE MORE EXPERIMENTS YOU MAKE THE BETTER.

    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • THERE IS ONLY ONE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT, THE RIGHT TO DO AS YOU DAMN WELL PLEASE. AND WITH IT COMES THE ONLY BASIC HUMAN DUTY, THE DUTY TO TAKE THE CONSEQUENCES.

    ― PJ O'Rourke
  • SIR, WHAT YOU HAD THERE WAS WHAT WE REFER TO AS A FOCUSED, NON-TERMINAL REPEATING PHANTASM, OR A CLASS GIVE FULL-ROAMING VAPOR. REAL NASTY ONE TOO.

    ― Ray Stantz
  • IT IS NOT TRUE THAT I HAD NOTHING ON. I HAD THE RADIO ON.

    ― Marilyn Monroe
  • THE WHOLE PROBLEM WITH THE WORLD IS THAT FOOLS AND FANATICS ARE ALWAYS SO CERTAIN OF THEMSELVES, AND WISE PEOPLE SO FULL OF DOUBTS.

    ― Bertrand Russell
  • THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN TELEKINETICS, RAISE MY HAND.

    ― Kurt Vonnegut
  • I WOULD RATHER LIVE WITH A GOOD QUESTION THAN A BAD ANSWER.

    ― Aryeh Frimer

RADIO ARCHIVE

Some bits from my daily radio show. Take a listen!

  • The Ice Water Challenge

    The Ice Water Challenge

    In this silly event, I agree to allow my colleague Josh to dump a large bucket of ice water over ...
    Defending the separation of church and state in town board meetings

    Defending the separation of church ...

    The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that public prayer at the beginning of town board meetings - eve ...
    God Hates Fred? On the impending death of Fred Phelps

    God Hates Fred? On the impending de...

    Here I respond to the news that Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church (of 'God Hates F ...
  • Why chivalry is dead and we should be glad

    Why chivalry is dead and we should ...

    Should men be opening doors for women, pulling their seats out for them and giving up their seat ...
    Why the Arizona ‘religious freedom’ bill doesn’t enhance freedom

    Why the Arizona ‘religious fr...

    Arizona has had its share of bad political publicity. Whether it's our love of guns or our crazy ...
    Did God help the Ravens win the Superbowl?

    Did God help the Ravens win the Sup...

    A dramatic Superbowl including a 35-minute power outage, and the winners had a praying linebacke ...

FILM PROJECTS

Here are a few of the things I've done, you know, film-wise.

  • The Live: Campaign

    The Live: Campaign

    My latest work as director/editor. The Live: Campaign is a multimedia public service campaign promot ...
    Goatman: Search for the Legend

    Goatman: Search for the Legend

    My 42-minute documentary film exploring a local legend. Co-directed with my partners in crime Joaqui ...
    Etsy outtakes

    Etsy outtakes

    My parody of the Etsy community (here) was partly improvised by Ariana with my direction. Watch some ...
  • Fun with Etsy

    Fun with Etsy

    Through some very good friends of mine, I know a thing or two about Etsy, the online homemade crafts ...
    Stutter Tattoo

    Stutter Tattoo

    My film profiling the work and family life of tattoo artist Al Lytle. Enjoy! ...
    The Life and Times of the Noisy Plume

    The Life and Times of the Noisy Plu...

    We've started production on a series of short films profiling the lives and work of creative and int ...

COLUMNS

I've written a bunch of articles in the past few years. Here are some.

FAQ

Frequently Asked... you know what FAQ stands for.

How do I listen to your radio show live?

Like cat videos and instructions on how to hide a corpse, my radio show can be found online. It streams daily at like 3 p.m. Pacific Time (more like 2 p.m. in the winter because of Daylight Savings Time). You can find it HERE.

Where's all the content that used to be here?

Ah, yes. This website started life as a traditional blog way back in 2003, when I was still living in Northern Ireland and had free time. You can still get to that stuff by clicking HERE.

I have a film / video / script idea I want to run by you. Can we talk about it?

Honestly I'm not the dude you're looking for. We don't have a huge production company with lots of resources; we make what we can when we can, and it's usually in association with another film group or something. The only exception to this is if you're looking for some commercial work; see below.

Do you produce commercials?

Yes, I sometimes do commercials intended for TV, web video or those movie theater ads that show before the previews. If you'd like to talk about doing one, get in touch!

Can I be on your show?

Being on the air every day means I'm always looking for interesting content. If you think you might be what I'm looking for, let me know!

How do I get into radio / film / writing / whatever?

First, careful what you wish for. Those are fields with extremely limited opportunities. If you just want to have fun and don't mind making any money - at least for the first while - then start a podcast, buy a camera and start pointing it at stuff, open your laptop and start writing. You can't beat just jumping in with both feet. If you're super-duper serious and want to commit your entire life to a single one of those endeavors to the point where you could make a living off it, go to broadcasting school or film school. But even that's not a guarantee, and there's no substitute for experience.

What's your position on sub sandwiches?

I'm for 'em.

YOU'RE IRISH?

And British. It's a Northern Ireland thing.

 

 

Born and raised in Belfast, I dodged the bombs and bullets while taking an early interest in media, using the excuse of being senior editor for a student newsletter and annual magazine to skip classes for four consecutive years, and producing and editing video and audio as part of various media-related activities at the time.

 

After a while dabbling in Belfast radio, I now host a daily radio show and live near the Colorado River in western Arizona, a stone's throw from California where I also spend a lot of time.

 

My independent film production company is Hemet Productions, via which I and my fellow hatchetmen of the New World Order make documentaries, and partner with other filmmakers on movie projects.

 

I spend the rest of my time with a collection of misfits I call friends and family, jetskiing, boating, off-roading, dining and movie-watching.

 

Where it's all going I have no idea.

GET IN TOUCH

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