Matthew Nash

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A New Film: Dysopticon! —

I hope you’ll pardon the radio silence on this blog, but I’ve been working on a new film! It’s called “Dysopticon” and it will be a fast-paced sci-fi short film. After nearly 4 years working on a dark Holocaust documentary, I wanted to try something fun and light. My friend James Manning was pushing to […]

The Absentee Blogger —

Sorry about the radio silence here for the past month. I have several excuses that might explain my lack of posts lately… Work is really busy. (This is my boring and predictable excuse.) It’s WAAAAAAAAYYYYY too cold to visit Franklin Park, much less write about it. 16 Photographs At Ohrdruf is showing on TV and out […]

2013. Hot Damn! —

This week I had to write an annual report for The Smith Foundation, who are the fiscal sponsors of 454 Productions. In cataloging the successes I’ve had this past year, I was really blown away by how much has happened and, more importantly, how many great friends I know who support creativity and independent vision. […]

Exit the Dysopticon —

Wikipedia: The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without their being able to tell whether they are being watched or not. The name is also […]

Franklin Park: More New Friends —

A while ago I wrote about my attempts to find the Lover’s Leap in Franklin Park, which turned out to be much more of a mystery than I expected. Since that post I’ve received a few emails about what I wrote, all positive. Yesterday was no exception: Greetings Mr. Nash! I have had the pleasure […]

My Own Teleprompter For Under $40 —

Recently I shot a short video which involved about 20 interviews. I do a lot of interviews for my work, and I’m consistently frustrated by the fact that people never look at the camera. Now, I know that most people are intimidated by cameras, but as a filmmaker it is necessary that they address “the […]

Level Up —

This week I got to level up my nerd cred. I am a huge fan of the historian David McCullough. Not just his writing, which is incredibly compelling and amazingly well-researched, but also his voice! As a history nerd, McCullough is the soundtrack to my life. Whether listening to the audiobook of 1776 that he […]

A Tragedy —

Today my city suffered a tragedy. It’s easy to see these things on the news and to become detached, but tonight watching TV I keep seeing the library I visit weekly, the streets I walk every day and the city skyline that I call home. I don’t know what to say except that my heart […]

Radio Silence… —

Sorry about the radio silence this past week. Things have been moving swiftly with the film and I’ve been focussed on getting everything ready for the upcoming screenings. But fear not, I have several rants saved up along with great new pictures from Franklin Park. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this picture of […]

Seven Inches. Every Day. —

I have known Jason Dean Egan for 21 years, and for all the time I’ve known him he has been obsessed with music. In 1992 we formed a punk band that eventually became our creative partnership as Harvey Loves Harvey. Throughout our collaboration, no matter what we are doing, we always make music and listen […]

Growing up with ‘Nam —

Today, my wife Nicole and I were talking about television and movies from our childhood (a popular topic; we were both born in the mid-1970s) and how pervasive the Vietnam War was in the media. It seemed that there was barely a TV show or movie in which a main character was not a veteran, […]