Honored to share The Duel with the Au Contraire Festival du film and its mission to achieve awareness of and advocacy for mental health issues. October 16th to the 19th at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montréal. More information about their special program of films at acff.ca
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Last weekend, The Duel took part in Film Consortium's San Diego Film Week. A collection of selected works from the San Diego International Film Festival, San Diego Underground Film Festival, as well as representing San Diego City College, Pacific Arts Movement & more, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles added to this cavalcade of films, partnering with Film Week to showcase SD (Heart) LA, a networking opportunity to connect filmmakers & artists from the two cities, which are closer than I think and always seem to keep forgetting! The show was capped with a fun jaunt on the red carpet with San Diego radio personality DJ Deeran Anderson-Hooper, as we both attempted to have as casual of a conversation one can hope for within a three-minute time limit. My best friend Ricky Berger snapped this picture of the two of us, my pale jacket upstaged (in the best way) by DJ's powerful color combination, deftly matching the carpet below.
I was delighted to be a part of the celebration and for the opportunities to meet new filmmakers and see their work. One of my favorites was Andy Koeger & Apple Xenos' Rosie, Oh - a virtuoso bit of magic that fluidly expressed the wonder/dread of childhood with a bravura technical feat of moving the camera's eye through space in one long uninterrupted take. I love when filmmakers make bold visual choices that imbue each image with a firm sense of place and intention, speaking to the power of pre-planning and organization. Bravo, Andy!
Cinequest has welcomed The Duel to be a part of its festival this Spring, and I couldn't ask for a better time to revisit the Bay Area. The event, "showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences." Personally, I'm looking forward to catching my Athens Film + Video Festival alum, Carys Watford's Space Girls on the big screen, and experiencing the new life Lili's story is given each time it's presented before a new audience.
From Cinequest's Chris Garcia: "DocuNation brings heartbreaking tales together with satire and comedy, beautiful images with lovely animation, tradition with experimentation. You will find an examination of everything from the Velvet Underground to bounce houses, from spoken word poetry to Moth man. These are films that examine the pain we inflict on one another, as well as the joys simple interactions can provide, and they all come together to form the DocuNation."
More info on The Duel and its showtimes in March can be found here.
Joined by six shorts from around the world, I'm honored to share The Duel with its first live audience outside the United States as a part of the International Shorts Program at the Victoria Film Festival in British Columbia. Among the dazzling offerings this year are familiar works I've screened with before, such as director Denis Côté's A Skin So Soft, (SF DocFest) along with delightful surprises such as the latest Studio Ghibli film, Mary and the Witch's Flower. (Meari To Majo No Hana)
Though the responsibilities of grad school will bind me once again to Los Angeles, I wish I could visit Canada again. The last time, I was 16-years-old, traveling as a guest of the Toronto Teen Film Festival with my mother. I remember sipping a chocolate milkshake as cold as the afternoon at a Dave & Buster's in the shopping complex of the AMC Theatre where my film was screened. I felt worldly. It's been a blessing to have this film travel across my homeland, and though I wish I could visit each new city it finds a new home in, I'm thankful for the audiences who gather to welcome it in my absence.
With finals week at USC (mercifully) behind me, at last, I have the free time to share these photographs from NewFilmmakers Los Angeles: DocuSlate. Earlier this month, I was honored to share the screen with director Ellie Wen's Single Mother Only Daughter, a lovingly-crafted portrait of her relationship with her mother. Stitching new connections between analog memories culled from a collection of VHS tapes, diaries and photographs, Wen traces the synchronous orbits of two lives circling closer together with age. The film's foundation sourced from a recorded phone conversation between the two, Wen's husband, Greg Katz, auspiciously began filming her end of the line, capturing her moments of realization & revelation with their shared past.
Naturally, I found a kinship with Wen's work, as many of my directorial efforts are traced along similar lines of connecting the past with the present, and the web of dreams/memories that form between its many points. Both The Duel and Single Mother Only Daughter attempt to reconcile childhood mysteries with an adult life that refuses to shake them free, perhaps motivated by a duty to forgive or better understand their parents. Film is one of the rare art forms in that respect, as it grants the artist the ability to fold time in on itself, summoning new strength in re-examining the power of memories and the role they continue to play in shaping their future.
I can't believe it's almost November. However, I'm proud to share that this new month on the horizon comes with it a new screening of The Duel as a part of The Seventh Annual Video Art and Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF) in New York City. From the website: "The most conceptually and aesthetically arresting, daring and provocative video art and experimental film from around the world. The festival continues with the ever-popular “Beauty, Sex & Shame” program, and is debuting the brand new “On the Margins” program as well as “Fashion Film – The New Wave,” guest curated by Niccolo Montanari, one of Fashion Film’s most prominent curators."
"In addition to the official selection, VAEFF invites a number of artists who continue to amaze the art, film, and media worlds with their exceptional portfolio of work. The resulting lineup is a captivating roster of both established and emerging artists from around the globe. Catch screenings of all the programs and more, including live artists talks, at Tribeca Film Center and DCTV this November 9th-11th." I'm excited to be a part of an eclectic galaxy of shorts that is sure to shock and dizzy the senses. For those of you in the New York area, come one out, it looks a great show!
If wishes were wings, like the pair belonging to the seagull above you, I'd fly east to attend the marvelously-curated New Hampshire Film Festival (October 12th to the 15th) next week. Taking place in the charming seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH, I'll have the honor of screening alongside a host of stunning documentary shorts, whose subject range from observing Chinese vendors to weaving together the surreal, videotaped-ephemera of Ronald Reagan. All this, plus the added treat of sharing the event (in spirit) with my friend and San Francisco State alum, Joey Izzo's new short I Was There Too, which debuted at the Aspen Shorts Fest earlier this spring. Give me wings!
My spirit returns to Ellensburg next week, eight years after having travelled up the Pacific Coast Highway under the cloak of fog with my friend Nathan in 2009, listening to Television's Marquee Moon and Paul Westerberg the whole way. Somewhere, a MiniDV tape of that trip waits under dust; Windmills, frigid fields of Washington grass and the smile of a good friend from college. I hope my best wishes find my friend and the wonderful festival staff in Yakima. Their good work does not go unnoticed or forgotten.
A month out, and I'm already creating a mixtape for the drive. I'm juggling a galaxy of songs to light the way across the desert, through the western border of New Mexico and into the Martian heart of West Texas, home of the inscrutably cool Marfa Film Festival. A destination that's been on my radar since its inception in 2007, I'm thrilled to be a part of its week-long celebration of avant-garde international cinema this year. From its website: "Our program celebrates innovation and excellence in filmmaking through meticulous curation and fostering a relaxed social space where up-and-coming filmmakers and adventurous cinephiles mix with film veterans and living legends in a captivatingly scenic, culturally rich environment." I can't wait to spend a week captured by Marfa's arid calm and the cinematic visions of artists from around the world. Until then, I must gather the songs for the drive ahead, and make room for the dreams to follow.
The Duel is heading to San Francisco this weekend for SF DocFest, an annual festival devoted to the art of documentary filmmaking in all its eclectic forms. Now in its 16th year, the two-week-long celebration promises a wide variety of non-fiction films, from a Super 8 collage of behind-the-scenes footage from the set of Blue Velvet, to the mechanical spirit of the California typewriter featuring Sam Shepard and Tom Hanks. With dozens of short films, live musical acts and the world premiere of Turn it Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, produced by Green Day and narrated by Iggy Pop, it's destined to be a blast.
However, as is the case with the plurality of festivals I've attended with so many wonderful films & events to choose from, the best one can hope for is to catch merely a fraction of what's offered. Temporal limits of my weekend trip notwithstanding, I will do my utmost to take in as much of what's sure to be a fantastic time spent in the cinematic jewel of America's west coast.
Tickets to my screening, on June 3rd and June 5th, can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/yaxdr9jh
As I bounce my right knee up and down behind my desk, thinking about the bags I have yet to pack, I'm excited to return to the city that nurtured my undergraduate studies more than a decade ago, and hope that some of my favorite haunts and cafes will still recognize me in their windows. Those who still remain, that is. Perhaps somewhere in between the shoulders of those great, yawning streets that wind downhill towards the bay, I'll find some new memories to make, new reflections, and share them all with you next week when I return.
The Duel premiered on the evening of April 8th, 2017 alongside a host of fantastic offerings from around the world at the Academy Award-qualifying 44th Athens International Film + Video Festival. 235 films representing 41 countries all shared the screen over the course of the week-long festival, and it was an honor to count my film among them. Special thanks go out to festival director David Colagiovanni, technical and hospitality staffs, and the many students from Ohio University who volunteered their time and energy to further AIFVF's reputation as one of the best independent film festivals in the country. On the closing night of the festival, clusters of headlights crawled up S. Court St. through the chill of night outside the historic Athena Cinema, while a box office attendant replaced the letters on the marquee with "Fate of the Furious." I'm grateful for photographer Wenting Deng taking a picture of me next to the deliriously clever poster created by Ohio University design students Maryam Khaleghiyazdi & Shiva Ghasemi, while the fluorescent bulbs above us hummed, waiting for the next show.