Hunting The Zodiac • 2007
A time capsule of the serial-murder spree that has baffled investigators for decades. HTZ covers a major turning point in the case and includes interviews with the last two homicide detectives assigned to the file. The film also introduces a new breed of Zodiac investigator—retiree, nurse, librarian, massage therapist, baker, factory manager, pilot, interior decorator. After decades of frustration, hunting the Zodiac is barely a part-time job for the professional detectives. For the amateurs, though, it's a full-time obsession.
Rice Paper Factory • 2010
A 90-second clip I shot and posted on YouTube now has over 5 million views, and I have no idea why.
Hell's Kitchen • 2016
Four minutes of test footage I shot with a Hi-8 camera in 1994 is now a music video thanks to The Breeders and the very talented Nick Radcliffe (https://www.rootsvisuals.com/).
Chicago Diner • 2004
The regulars at White Palace Grill in Chicago's South Loop celebrate another Thanksgiving together. Produced and directed for the PBS documentary series "The Meaning Of Food." Editor: Michael Cross (crossfilms.com)
The Storyteller • 2015
For 50 years, one of the most shocking crimes in American history has lingered like a splinter just beneath the skin. The details of what happened to 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in her caretaker's Indianapolis home can be found elsewhere; this series of interviews instead focuses on three people—reporter, advocate, cop—who've helped to ensure that Sylvia is never forgotten. Each story has its own time period and perspective; together they form a coherent narrative of the city's collective response to the unspeakable. Part 1 of 3: Natty Bumppo (formerly John Dean) recalls his work as a reporter covering the trial for the morning newspaper and writing the dime-store paperback "The Indiana Torture Slaying."