The work of Mike Varley

The Quickie Crest Film Fest – Featuring Brunch: The Movie

August 4th, 2014

Thursday, August 14th is not just the final summer screening of “Brunch: The Movie” – it’s also the first ever “Quickie Crest Film Fest,” a celebration of local short short film talent at the esteemed Crest Hardware in Williamsburg.  We’ve been putting together the fest all summer – check out the trailer for all the short films:


Admission is $10 dollars with free drinks provided by Angry Orchard, Rebel IPA and El Buho Mezcal.  Check out the Facebook invite here!

Brunch: The Movie – This Saturday at Matt Torrey’s Brunch Edition

July 24th, 2014

Hey all,

This Saturday, July 26th will be the next chapter of the Brunch: Movie summer tour at Matt Torrey’s.  Join us for FREE brunch food and Mimosa’s at 2 PM in Bushwick.  Go to the facebook invite for all the details.


“Brunch” – A Movie about Hipsters

June 24th, 2014

Check out this video from the premiere of “Brunch: The Movie” back in March, in anticipation of our next screening June 27th!


Brunch: The Movie Summer Tour!

June 17th, 2014

Hey all,

This summer, Brunch: the Movie will be playing at venues all across the city.  Check out our facebook page for all the details.



Mike Varley reads “Solomon Stoddard and the Glimpse of Destiny” – The AD Reading Series

June 10th, 2014

Brendan Kiely reads from “The Gospel of Winter” – The AD Reading Series

May 27th, 2014

Jen Degregorio reads select poetry – The AD Reading Series

May 20th, 2014

Arianna Rebollini reads “Mount Defiance at Starvation Ridge” – The AD Reading Series

May 13th, 2014

Mike Varley Plain Dealer: Goals and Accomplishments, 29-30

May 6th, 2014

So it’s May 6th and it’s time for my annual birthday review…three months late.  Crazy how this newsletter has evolved since I began it eight years ago as I left college.  What started as a quarterly update turned gradually into yearly intentions, and not it’s a struggle just to keep that afloat.  Entropy is crazy persistent, but the destruction of old habits opens up space for new ones.  I have so many habits these days it’s hard to breathe straight, but all of them are well-intentioned and I hope I can keep perspective.

I’m thirty now.  I can say I’ve spent ten years pursuing creativity in earnest.  I’ve learned so much and still feel humility at my narrow scope of understanding.  I think that’s where you need to be to get somewhere good.
I wonder if this creation will continue.  I could see s way to make it stop now without leaving me devastated.  That might be the age and a changing brain, or it could just be hitting the cap of creative experience.  The momentum is too powerful to stop presently, however, and it’s impossible to forecast what form the pattern interrupt will take.
The city is not especially hospitable to awareness.  For those that don’t know, I left the nursing home to work at a video game company, and now I live here all the time.  I go from job to personal project and back again with little reflection built in.  I hope keeping the course generally positive will protect me from the dangers of such wanton auto-piloting.
Anyway, let’s do this!  A review of 29’s goals and milestones for the new decade:

Goals for 29 Review

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“Brunch: The Movie” Official Trailer

March 1st, 2014

After two years, “Brunch: The Movie” is finally here!  Check out the trailer below and for info on upcoming show times!