Filmed over many years and seasons, here’s a new experimental film called The Door. What I like about something like this are the tactile elements: scratches, flecks, dust, various film transfers, distortions, and painting on the celluloid. I’ve heard this concept of feeling the materiality in a film referred to as cinematicity.
A door is a barrier, a line, and a moment of rupture in time. In our feature film, Goblin, there are many similar doors that characters pass through. Some of these doors are physical, some of them are ones of consciousness, and some of them are to other realities. Please help bring Goblin into production by visiting and supporting our Kickstarter –> HERE!
Some filmmaker friends and I made a web-series, and it is free for you to watch right now at MidnightTrucker.com!
The web series follows the midnight rides of Terry Tucker and the fun, strange, and sometimes otherworldly hitchhikers he picks up.
Oracle (2015) had a great festival run this past year, and now it’s available to watch on vimeo (below). The film is part of a trilogy of shorts that began with Home Near Water (2013); the films are linked through their connection to animal magic. Oracle builds upon themes and ideas from Home Near Water by exploring the emotional disconnection in its main character, which leads to a spiritual, fantastical, and dream-like transformation.
Official Selection: Minneapolis St. Paul International, Miami Independent, Sydney World, Charlotte, Buffalo Niagara, Chennai International, Motor City Nightmares, Blackbird, Blow-up International Arthouse, Verona International, Lilliputian, Amarcord Arthouse, Great Lakes International, Square Lake, and Athens International Film Festivals
Awards: Cinematography certificate at Rochester International; Semi-finalist at Polish International and Miami Short Film Fests; Honorable mention at Yosemite International; Creative Vision Award nominee at Altered Esthetics Film Fest; Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects at Wild Rose Independent Film Festival
Press: Filmmaker interview for the Altered Aesthetics Film Festival Blog
Short Synopsis: Haunted by visions of a past tangled in dream, a young woman must reckon with questions of love, death, and animal magic.
Writer/Director/DP: Christopher Lange
Actors: Emaline Williams, Christopher Young
Assistant Director: Neha Belvalkar
Producer: Shay Willard
Art Director: Gavin Farnsworth
You can watch it
Home Near Water (2013) had some excellent screenings during 2014-2015. The film was officially selected and screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival (longest running underground film festival in the world), Maryland Film Festival, Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, and MNTV on TPT (Twin Cities Public Television). Highlights were taking a road trip and attending the Maryland film festival, the MNTV screening at the Walker Art Center, and receiving an award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.
The film includes the acting talents of Joel Stigliano and Larissa Fedoryka, musical score from Aaron Butler, and makeup FX from Scott Sliger.
It can be viewed here:
For an award, I got this from the Chicago Underground Film Fest (a hand-made puppet!):
Road trip for a film fest! Home Near Water was selected for the 2014 Maryland Film Festival! It was a pleasure participating by presenting the film three times and answering audience questions in post screening discussions. It was great seeing a bunch of excellent short films, a screening of Putney Swope introduced by Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), seeing John Waters, attending panel discussions, meeting new friends, and exploring Baltimore!
I made a video for Hymie’s Vintage Records and it just made the Minneapolis City Pages as a part of their article “Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week.” Check out the great write-up along with other great Minnesota music videos. Read the article here and be sure to visit Hymie’s!