May 15, 2008

The Zen of Bobby V reviews

'The Zen of Bobby V' premiered two nights ago to great reviews! Variety, NY Times, and everything below is how the 'world' responded!

I also had the chance to do a little writing on the Huffington Post:

Also, today on ESPN2 (May 15) at 5PM I'll be in an interview.

Thank you to everyone for your support. Check it out if your bored:



Fox Business:


NY Mag:


May 10, 2008

The Zen of Bobby V

For anyone interested, my new movie 'The Zen of Bobby V' premieres on TV this Tuesday at 9PM on ESPN2.

The film is getting great reviews and was voted, by the fans, as the 13th best movie at the TriBeca Film Festival (out of 130 movies that's pretty good).

April 20, 2008

World Premiere: The Zen of Bobby V

So the blog has been empty because we have been finishing our new movie: The Zen of Bobby V. The movie premieres a week from today (Sunday, April 27th at 9:30PM) at the TriBeca Film Festival. It also plays Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. Get tickets here (only one screening isn't sold out):

February 29, 2008


I got a few emails about this thing at my high school tonight but b/c of possible snow it's been canceled for tonight. I will let you know when we're doing it!

February 27, 2008


I am going to be at my old high school Friday night for a Room 335 screening/fundraiser for Hen Hud Film Festival--if anyone lives near Westchester you're welcome to come.

I just looked through all of the comments this blog has received over the past couple of weeks. It's incredible how many hits this site gets and how many people, from around the world, comment on this blog. Thank you!

Check this out:


Only about a fourth of the variations that determine how long we live can be blamed on genetics. The other 75 percent appear to be associated with risk factors we can control. More on this:

And we'll go back to the 4 locations where people live the longest a little later on today...

February 25, 2008

Go to Hunza!

Hunza is an extremely fertile valley in northern Pakistan. It's been around for two thousand years in almost complete isolation from the rest of the world. In fact, it's nearly impossible to enter or leave. Just like the previous location in Russia, Hunza is one of the 'oldest' towns in the world. The people in this terrain typicaly live much longer than people in the rest of the world.

Food makes a big difference which makes sense since they're in the middle of nowhere. The people grow fruit, peaches, pears, etc. Most important are the apricots. They have more than 20 varities.

What is the Hunzans' secret? Author John Robbins attributes their courage and creativity. They have very little fuel so they eat a lot of their food raw. Refrigeration doesn't exist so they harvest their food just before eating. And since they don't have machines and modern labor-saving devices the world has, they are incredibly active while at work.

Anyway, I read this last week and finally got a chance to post. I'll take about the other two in great length this week. See ya!

February 20, 2008

Move to Southern Russia

I had dinner last night and learned some really interesting things.

Apparently in the early 1970’s a world-renowned physician Alexander Leaf wrote an article about the world’s healthiest and most long-living people. What he discovered is really interesting.

‘Certainly no area in the world,” Leaf wrote, ‘has the reputation for long-lived people to match that of the Caucasus in southern Russia.’ That’s right! Southern Russia. Said one author John Robbins, ‘where people are healthier at ninety than most are at middle age.’! Now why is my first question: there is obviously nothing that one can specifically point to. Some of it seems to be a simple science: because of the high altitude and the tough terrain many walk on a regular basis, thus they have an enhanced amount of oxygen reaching their hearts. The doctor also noted that there is no ‘retirement age’. In fact, you work until you physically are unable to do so! However their ‘work’ is vastly different thatn our approach: in Abkhasian work does not include deadlines and there is no sense of rush. Obviously that’s hard to conceive where we come from (especially here in NYC). This author wrote, ‘In Abkhasian people are esteemed and seen as beautiful in their old age. Silver hair and wrinkles are viewed as signs of wisdom, maturity, and long years of service. In Abkhasian it would be considered an insult to be told that you are looking young. People there compliment each other by saying ‘You are looking old today, meaning that the person is wise and beautiful in their maturity.’

Wow! There are 3 other places that I will talk about this week.