The Sand Storm 2014 (沙尘暴)




A low-fi sci-fi art-house film in which a mysterious smuggler navigates a dystopian city where water is as scarce as honest communication…


Made in China (starring dissident artist Ai Weiwei, while he was still under house arrest).


World Premiere: Telluride Film Festival.


One of the most successful short films in Kickstarter history – and its most contentious.

read more: Deadline Hollywood 2014 > >

Mister Handsome 2011


A love story between a grown-up girl and a mysterious friend from her childhood (plus a case against moving back 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 > >

Oedipus 2004


The story of Oedipus, in 8 minutes, performed by vegetables, in the rich tradition of Ben Hur. A sword and salad epic.


35mm 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 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 (the Audience Award), São Paulo, Rome, and Hong Kong.

read more: New York Magazine 2007 > >

Behind the scenes...  


You can watch a shot-by-shot breakdown of “Oedipus” or catch the fundraising teaser for our secret sci-fi shoot in China.