Arf!

Photo by Noel Olken Photography As I was passing appetizers tonight at the start of a small dinner party, a guest said something to me that I had never heard said to me before. I almost thought I misheard him at first it was so […]

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The Cremation of Sam McGee By Robert W. Service

While the nation, and especially Southern California where I live, is gripped by Freeze-Watch 2013, I thought I would read you a poem by one of my favorite poets. “The Cremation of Sam McGee” by Robert W. Service. There are strange things done in the […]

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Celebrities on Kickstarter and why I like it.

A lot of people are “upset” by celebrity filmmakers using Kickstarter to raise funds for their next films. “That’s not fair”, they say,  “they are hurting me and so many other unknowns.” To you I say, get over it. It is a trend that works, […]

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John “Juke” Logan; Players & Groovers

Hi everyone. Happy Fall! It feels good to be working on our movie again. I have been working on a documentary with my friend Juke for almost a year now. The idea to do this started about five years ago, almost as soon as I […]

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The Hollywood Fringe is on!

Last night was the opening night of the Hollywood Fringe Festival and my first of five performances of No Boundarys. The show went off very well and I am glad, after all the months of planning and rehearsing and pounding the drums about it, to […]

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Old Man and the Sea

  I recently was cast in the lead role of an adaptation of Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea. I was attracted by the treatment presented and the fact that this would be shot on 35mm film and would have some really fun stuff […]

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DGA Workshop 2012

I recently participated in a directing workshop presented by the Director’s Guild of America. Yes, I have been directing theatre and film since the late 80’s, but I jumped at the chance to be a part of this amazing event. I had the opportunity to […]

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The Noel Olken show is here!

Hi, my name is Noel Olken and I am responsible for this blog. I know, you are probably wondering, “who the fuck is noel olken?” Well this site will answer that question with a good old American answer like, “C’est moi, bien sur!” I used […]

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