The Sand Storm 2014 (沙尘暴)
AI WEIWEI 艾未未 HU JIANING 胡珈宁 LI NING 李宁 BAI YAO 白瑶
A “low-fi sci-fi” art-house film about a mysterious smuggler navigating a dystopian city where water is as scarce as honest communication…
Made in China. In secret. Starring the dissident artist Ai Weiwei.
World Premiere: Telluride Film Festival.
One of the most successful short films in Kickstarter history and its most contentious.
or watch: the Chinese bootleg (on youtube) > >
Mister Handsome 2011
A love story between a grown-up girl and a mysterious friend from her childhood (plus a case against moving in with your parents). Starring Heather Burns, Ajay Naidu, Beth Grant, Michael Chieffo, and Miles Fisher.
While still at TED, after hours, on the side, I made a couple music videos, staged a zombie yoga flashmob and directed this.
“Creepy and hilarious” - The Atlantic
“Fun and slightly dark” - NotCot
read more: The Atlantic 2011 > >
The story of Oedipus, in 8 minutes, performed by vegetables, in the rich tradition of Ben Hur. A sword and salad epic.
CinemaScope. Featuring a Potato, a Tomato, Broccoli, Garlic, and Billy Dee Williams as the Bartender.
TRIVIA: There was a time when I couldn’t afford human actors so I held my auditions at the supermarket.
The film took two years, a volunteer crew of over 100 people, more potatoes than I’d ever expected, and post-production resources donated by Industrial Light + Magic and Skywalker Sound. One of the first stop-motion films shot on a digital still camera (the technology was so new, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride crew stopped by to study our setup). Official Selection: 80+ film festivals on nearly every continent, including Sundance (World Premiere), Seattle (Audience Award), São Paulo, Rome, and Hong Kong. Currently playing on the Sundance Channel and Virgin America Airlines.
DVDs are sold out. Signed 35mm anamorphic film prints (of a limited run) are available by inquiry only.
read more: New York Magazine 2007 > >
Behind the scenes...