Behind The Scenes: Director’s Cut

On the set of Director's Cut
Adam Rifkin directs Missi Pyle
Adam Rifkin directs a scene with Missi Pyle and Harry Hamlin
Scene from Director's Cut
Harry Hamlin, Missi Pyle, and Hayes MacArthur
Dave Anthony
Scene from Director's Cut
On the set of Director's Cut
Director of Photography, Scott Winig
Director Adam Rifkin on set
Director Adam Rifkin
Director Adam Rifkin on the set of Director's Cut.
Hayes MacArthur
Penn Jillette, who acted, wrote, and produced Director's Cut
On the set of Director's Cut
Cheeseburger wired for detonation
Hayes MacArthur
Producer Peter Adam Golden with Penn Jillette

Director’s Cut—a film directed by Adam Rifkin and written by Penn Jillette, and starring Missi Pyle, Jillette, Harry Hamlin, and Hayes MacArthur—premiers at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this Friday, January 22nd. There will also be a special premiere screening in Los Angeles on February 2nd, at Arclight Cinemas.

I was booked for six days on the movie to shoot unit stills; here’s a selection of images I shot on set.

Artist Ed Moses For KPCC


West Coast artist Ed Moses at his studio in Venice, Los Angeles. Photo by Jim Newberry.


What a pleasure to meet and photograph legendary West Coast artist Ed Moses at his Venice studio; I dropped by a few weeks ago with John Horn, who interviewed Moses for his KPCC-produced public radio show, The Frame. You can listen to the interview—as well as see a bunch more of the photos I shot—at the KPCC site. LACMA is currently exhibiting a retrospective of Moses’s work, up until August 2nd, 2015.

If Everything Is Terrible, This Photo Shoot is Fabulous (pt. 1)

Everything Is Terrible
Left to right (standing): Yonder Vittles, Ghoul Skool and Commodore Gilgamesh. Writhing in black: WrongMan and Rem Lezar.

Earlier this month I had a really fun shoot in Eaton Canyon with “Internet sensation video collective” Everything is Terrible. Lucky Southwesterners will have a chance to catch EIT performing live this May and June; check their tour dates here.


Everything Is Terrible, Eaton Canyon, California

Fire Leopard for New Belgium Brewing

Fire Leopard, Steiny, Ssssnake, Chachi, New Belgium Brewing

Fire Leopard

Last January I shot rooftop portraits of the flamboyant lounge duo Fire Leopard, with their friend Chachi (not) guesting on vocals. The photos have been used to promote their alliance with New Beligum Brewing’s Tour de Fat celebration.

For you lucky North Carolinian Durhamites, you can catch Fire Leopard at Motorco on April 30th, 2015, where they will be hosting a battle of the bands. And many more upcoming gigs listed here.


Permanent Records & Record Store Day

Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi at Permanent Records in Los Angeles.Photo by Jim Newberry.


In 2006 I photographed Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi, owners of what was then a new record store in Chicago, Permanent Records. Since then their business has thrived; the flagship store remains and they’ve branched out to Los Angeles, where they have a store on Highland Park’s York Avenue, a mile away from where I just moved. Tomorrow is Record Store Day, so why don’t you give them a visit? [br]  [br]

Liz Tooley and Lance Barresi at Permanent Records in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.