FacebookTwitter

Haffa’s Records

By on Apr 16, 2014

Haffa’s is an ongoing short documentary film project about Haffa’s Records in Athens. I have been filming the store on various days since November and the project is nearly finished. My process was originally to go into the store and record anything that I could, intending to shape the film in the edit. As I began to edit each day’s footage, I began to notice patterns in the types of images I was interested in recording. These first few days in the store yielded little in terms of interesting footage, but contributed a blueprint for how I wanted to shape the rest of the project. The project focuses on the specific aspects of the store that define the space, from the building’s structural idiosyncrasies to the store’s customers and employees. Through postproduction, the aim of the finished film will be to shape individual details of the record store into a...

The Water Skater

By Ian Campbell on Mar 31, 2014

The Water Skater is a short film inspired by Howard Mallison, my grandma’s uncle. The original footage was shot on Super 8, transferred to digital video, and then edited at the Create Space. It will be playing at the Athens International Film and Video Festival on Sunday, April 13, 3pm (in “Memory Games”). A sneak peek is available here, and on vimeo:     All I had to go on when reconstructing the life of Uncle Howard were the biographical fragments passed on by my grandma (in her inimitably elliptical storytelling style), a few photographs, and a bayonet Howard brought back from World War 1. This bayonet, which weaves its way through the film, is a relic: an object dislocated from its original traumatic context. In The Water Skater history is inaccessible but ever present. As the film slowly wraps itself around the take-up reel of the projector, there is the sense that...

Mother

By Stephen Blahut on Mar 28, 2014

Set in WWII Ukraine under the Nazi occupation, Mother recounts a widowed woman’s struggle for survival with her two children while remaining hidden within the confines of an old barn. Iryna Zhygalyuk (MFA Film) thoughtfully directs this harrowing tale which draws influence from the Soviet works of director Larisa Shepitko’s The Ascent (1977) and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood (1962) The film stars New York based actors Yelena Shmulenson, Stella Stark, and Zenon...

Sidekick

By on Mar 21, 2014

A fantasy take on the end of the world. The film starts with Watson (Alex Nicosia) and his best friend Jack (Casey Costello) as children discovering the Talisman that has the power to save the world. Fast forward 10 years and the apocalypse is happening and Jack has abandoned Watson in pursuit of a burger. Watson is left to track down Jack before the world ends. Written and directed by Eleanor Crews and shot by Stephen Blahut Sidekick draws inspiration from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the cult film The Warriors.

Lightwalker’s

By Mladan Jurkovic on Mar 14, 2014

Set above the city streets of New York, Lightwalker’s follows Demi, a young woman, that wakes up at the edge of a rooftop. How did she get there? The mystery begins… Mladan Jurkovic directs the whimsical tale of romance with imagery influenced by the illustrations within Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince and the specificity to color of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love.

When Skies Are Gray

By Cory Pratt on Mar 14, 2014

Inspired by the social-realist cinema of contemporary Europe (including the works of Andrea Arnold and the Dardenne brothers) my new film “When Skies Are Gray” is a stark portrait of Modern Appalachia. Having been born and raised in East Tennessee, I always saw a marked difference between the picturesque Smoky Mountains on the cover of tourists’ brochures, and the way things really were in the mountain communities where I grew up. Appalachia IS a place of great beauty, but it’s also a place of isolation where mountain folk suffer in the throes of unemployment, hunger, and prescription drug abuse. The film tells the story of Travis, an Appalachian youth who lives in a remote mountain community. Hidden away in a mobile home on the fringe of civilization, he has picked up the slack of his mostly absent mother. With both children being the product of her promiscuous...

The Waiting Room

By on Feb 5, 2014

This project was a collaboration of Theater and Film students, part of the interdepartmental directing class being taught this semester. As a film student in the class, I was assigned two actors I had never worked with before and we were asked to create and shoot a short scene from a piece of open text. We worked out the characters’ backstories and given circumstances together through several rehearsals. The scene we shot was about a Dorito-loving guy who uses his sock puppet to approach his secret crush. As expected, the resulting scene has some absurd and funny moments, but there is something human underneath it all.

Lightwalkers

By on Jan 21, 2014

Mladan Jurkovich (M.F.A. Film) began casting his thesis project, tentatively titled “Lightwalkers”, at Shetler Studios in Manhattan. Two Hundred actors and actresses applied to be a part of the five person ensemble which will continue casting through mid-January. Principle photography is set to begin March 5th – 10th in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The urban fairy tale will be the third in a series of short films exploring the conditions of love, loss, and sleeping on the rooftops of New York City.

Truth in Pursuit

By Zack Eisenfeld on Dec 16, 2013

I’m excited to announce that “Truth in Pursuit” is finished with filming! Post production has begun and will be finished within a month, meaning more updates along the way! Expect a trailer and other news. Thanks for the support and here is a Behind The Scenes video of the all of the days of shooting. Enjoy

Truth in Pursuit

By Zack Eisenfeld on Dec 5, 2013

We are wrapping up the shooting of Peculiar Pictures’ first short film “Truth in Pursuit”, the story a young man who finds himself and his sketchy pass catching up to him at a motel in the middle of rural Pennsylvania. We will be wrapping up shooting and hope to have a finished product early in January. Check out our brand new official website for updates on this project and all of our upcoming projects!  

Dancing with Fire

By on Nov 27, 2013

This is an ongoing project collaborating with photographers and dancers and involving myself as the painter. The video link below is one step in the process of creating a performance that will lead to painting on a 12 ft x 8 ft canvas. The process consists of initially collaborating with the dancers by having them improv performance that is to be filmed by myself. They are dancing to music I have composed. Ultimately the footage with be projected onto the canvas and I will paint as a 4th performer as the other 3 performers dance through the projection.

Bridges

By on Feb 20, 2013

Bridges tells the story of Julia, a shut incapable of dealing with the outside world following her husband’s death. Directed by Jon Coy and written by Angelique Gibson of the film school, “Bridges” subtly deals with the idea of loss the process of moving forward with one’s life.  

Vengeance

By on Feb 13, 2013

Vengeance is a short film written and directed by undergraduate student Eleanor Crews. The film follows the darkly comic journey of twenty something Ed Durante as he plots revenge on the college teacher that “ruined his life”. As Ed’s obsession with revenge takes hold, we see his relationship with his sister deteriorate and his disturbed killing machines take hold of both his mind and the small cave like space in which he lives. Working at OU as part of an exchange programme from London, myself and Hannah Hall have been working as production designers with the School of Film MFA programme for the past two months. Hannah and I have been working on transforming the attic space in which Ed lives into a constantly growing reflection of his disturbed and yet creative mind. The images below show the location mid way through the pre production process....

Good, Bad Not Evil

By on Feb 5, 2013

Ruthie, a young girl in the 1960′s, continuously has fantasies about a male “heartthrob”, Bo. Now Bo is not a a rock star or an athlete, but rather a serial killer of woman. After Ruthie’s fantasies deepen she ventures to the city in hopes of glimpsing the man she loves on the day of his execution. When reality fantasy collide Ruthie will be changed forever. Written and directed by second year film student Sarah Leibman; “Good, Bad Not Evil” draws inspiration from the restrained works of directors like Robert Bresson and clashes it with the styles of the modern American musical.  

But Why?

By on Dec 7, 2012

BUT WHY? is the moment by moment drama of MAN, a middle class Black male, who is trying to fulfill the innate desire of his existence which he perceives to be carnal in its nature, but finds that there are some thought/intellectual questions to his existence and discovers ultimately that (he needs to be a pillar of his community to help it grow).