I’ve also made some films, they’re short, here are three...
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) Made in China.
Right after leaving TED, I took what was meant to be a quick creative sabbatical until I drowned myself in this for a while.
Communications lines dissolve and a water smuggler navigates a tumultuous, dystopian city on the brink in this lyrical “low-fi sci-fi” tour through a bleak future setting the stage for more to come.
World Premiere: Telluride Film Festival.
One of the most successful short films in Kickstarter history and the most contentious.
or watch: the Chinese bootleg (on youtube) > >
Mister Handsome 2011
While still at TED, I took on a few light projects, after hours, on the side: a couple music videos, a documentary and something involving human actors for once.
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.
“Creepy and hilarious” - The Atlantic
“First-class acting” - Cool Hunting
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.
Way back when I couldn’t afford human actors, I cast fresh produce it made sense at the time.
CinemaScope. Featuring a Potato, a Tomato, Broccoli, Garlic, and Billy Dee Williams as the Bartender.
TRIVIA: We stayed true to the spirit of 1950s cinema through a policy of typecasting and racial profiling: green olives play soldiers, pitted black olives play slaves, the citizens are kalamata olives, Senate elders are white vegetables, and, when appropriate, Ancient Greece is played by Rome.
The film took two years, a volunteer crew of more than 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...