Counter Culture 59:24 digital video 2003
This film was my University of Iowa M.F.A. thesis film. I had never made a documentary, and I wanted to give it a try while I still had the resources and support of school. There wasn't much out there about card counting at the time, and I knew some professional players, present and past, who generously agreed to be subjects. My friend and fellow Iowa student Karen Rodriguez was the intrepid DP. Making this film was a serious education in direct cinema technique and long-form editing, though I haven’t done either since.
If you’re interested, you can read the full story of how I came to the topic and how I made the film in the written part of my M.F.A. thesis.