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)
Right after leaving TED, I flew to China for a creative sabbatical only to drown myself in this.
Communication 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. Made in China.
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 this.
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
“Fun and slightly dark” - NotCot
read more: The Atlantic 2011 > >
There was a time when I couldn’t afford human actors so I held my auditions at the supermarket.
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: I’ve been painted as a villain of the labor movement in a book called The Schwarzenegger Syndrome: Politics and Celebrity in the Age of Contempt because of some story I told at a film festival about how there was a supermarket strike while we were shooting Oedipus and I crossed a picket line to audition vegetables...
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...