Monthly Archives: November 2003


Eric Engel, my good high school friend, recently starred in a short movie that won Best Screenplay and Best Movie in the 48 Hour Film Project in Boston (Eric plays th CTO of a failed Internet company). It is amazing what people can put together in just 2 days.

The movie might take a long time to download (it is 25MB), but it is worth viewing.

Eric writes:

As you may know, I was in a short film last month as part of the 48 Hour Film Project ( Well, we won both Best Screenplay and Best Movie!

The task was to make a movie, from scratch, in 48 hours. Each team picked a genre (ours was mockumentary) out of a hat at 7pm on a Friday, and was told to incorporate three things into their movie – a sled, a Boston landmark, and a psychic named Bill Lattell – other than that there were no rules. We then had to concept, write, cast, costume, secure locations, film, score, edit, and deliver the final cut by 7pm on Sunday. This was a test of speed and ability to make a quality piece with very limited editing, sound, effects, etc., which you just don’t have much time for in 48 hours. Normally one would take weeks to produce a film of this length!

We now go on to the finals – an international competition taking place in Austin, TX in March.

If you would like to watch the movie, it is available at Note that it is pretty big (25MB) and you may need to upgrade to the newest version of Quicktime ( to view it.

FOA: Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the FCC

I know … you’re thinking … but Reed is a Democrat (and even a big Howard Dean supporter)! But he’s also an incredible visionary on future on telecom, political systems, and technology (even when I disagree with him).

Reed is the former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the first term of Clinton/Gore (93-97). Today he is a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company, a special advisor to Blackstone Group, and is on the board of directors of Intel, Allegiance Telecom, and Polyserve.

Reed spoke to Stonebrick Group’s Silicon Forum in Palo Alto this summer on the convergence of politics and technology.

Though he works in Washington DC, he is a very frequent visitor to Silicon Valley where many depend on his advice and insights.