Before I get into the story about the day I first saw Mercy No Mercy, it’s important to know that I am somewhat of an obsessive person. Hats, cats, spats, and all manner of things out of whack tend to make me hone in on something and not let go. I’m like a pit bull of truth, a purveyor of…

Never forget what we never remembered.



The year was 1992, I was an awkward California pre-teen who loved action and martial arts movies, almost to a fault. As a child one of the most amazing experiences of my life was watching The Karate Kid and thinking someday I would like to be bullied and then learn from an old, wise master some…

The life work of Ted Lee Sutton.




My name is Ted Lee Sutton, and this is my blog, this is my mission; to bring to the glaring light a work that was marginalized, shunned, misunderstood, and thought to be lost to the inevitable march of time and the finite lifespan of a missing master print of a film that changed my life,…

Go back to the beginning. RIP Ted Lee Sutton. The dream never dies, even when it’s a nightmare.



It can be difficult, especially for younger generations, to remember that, before she was a celebrity, Joan Rivers was one of the first major female comedians in America, at a time when people really did assume that women weren’t funny and couldn’t tell jokes. But Rivers did.

Johnny Carson served as a “mentor” for Rivers, giving her a big break and establishing her as the permanent guest host for The Tonight Show in 1983. When she left for her own late-night show, Carson shunned her publicly, and she had her moment of being down, a showbiz pariah. But she kept going. She would keep going for the rest of her life, and she would have comebacks galore, embodying a certain tenacity in Hollywood that was aggressively unpretty but still somewhat admirable in its own, uniquely American way.

What Rivers had were jokes. So many jokes. Her first topic of comedy was herself, and how she functioned in the world, as a woman railing against the expectations of the times. 

Why Joan Rivers Mattered



Last month I closed a seed round of $2M with a 5 slides presentation.

It was a 40 minutes presentation with 5 slides, 2 cups of coffee, 18 jokes, snickers, jeans, a Threadless t-shirt and no product.

It was all about philosophy, experience, age, and passion. In fact, it was a stand-up…

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