Chasing Buckner tells the story of Bill Buckner, a great baseball player known unfairly for his error during the 1986 World Series between the Mets and the Red Sox. During the game, Buckner allowed a ground ball to roll through his legs and allow the winning run to score for the Mets. Up until 2004, when the Red Sox finally won a World Series after 86 years of futility, Buckner was a scapegoat for many fans.
Drawing on his own misfortunes in baseball, the filmmaker builds an understanding of Bill Buckner and the difficulties he has endured in the last 20 years. On the doorstep of Little League glory, Christoph had his dreams shattered when his mother shipped him off to summer camp in New Hampshire mere days before his team began their quest for an eventual championship. As he endured swim lessons and intramural soccer, his mother dutifully sent him newspaper clippings detailing his team’s success. Not lost on Christoph, was the minute detail that in his place the perennial benchwarmer had come through in the clutch, winning a decisive game for the team.
After years of coping with both the Red Sox championship drought and his own grudge against his self-created nemesis, the Benchwarmer, the filmmaker finds himself more open to change as the Red Sox arise victorious in the 2004 World Series. He aims to vindicate Buckner and prove that a good man and a great ballplayer have been treated unfairly because of one mistake.
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Future Gestalt, 2012
HD Video 40min
Future Gestalt is part sci-fi film, part participatory performance, and part experiential essay on the history of psychotherapeutic group encounters. Set in a now antiquated vision of the far future, five trained performers robed in vivid, diaphanous costume are subjected to open-ended performative psychotherapy techniques, such as Gestalt group therapy, developed most famously by Fritz Perls in the 1940s. Tony Smith’s ‘shape shifting’ sculpture Smoke (1967), permanently installed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, acts as the elaborate set, and carnivorous potted plants as exotic props.
The performers are physically intertwined and interact directly with the monumental sculpture, which appears to embody the immaterial presence of the encounter group leader. It is unclear whether the faceted structure is an AI, inter-dimensional entity, or numinous vessel. Equally ambiguous are the origins of the characters, as each brings a distinct style of communication to the session, such as an operatic language of shrills, clicks, and whispers, or a synchronized choreography of movement and voice. Through the process of filming, unresolved tension between the production of temporary community, individual psychodrama and the precarious authority of the incomprehensible therapist creates an alluring sense of suspense.
Director, Editor, Sound Design, Costume: Brody Condon
Players: Carmina Escobar, Jaqueline Wright, Joe Seely, Kenka Hunter, Mecca Vazie Rodgers
Psychotherapy Consultant: Dr. Tyler Waxman
Director of Photography: Jordan Levy
Costume Consultant: Feral Childe
Stitchers: Amy O’Malley, Jen Bruce, Lake Sharp
Focus: Jeremiah Pitman,
Gaffer/Grip: Nicholas Franchot
Best Boy Grip: Ryan Bradley
Camera B: Ashley Hughes
Camera C: Devon Doyle
Data Manager: Mark Evans
Audio Technician: Justin Asher
Audio Assistant: Brian Saia
Production Assistant: Ren McDonald
Special Thanks: Erin Write and Justin Edwards
Prototyped at Machine Project and filmed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Made possible with generous support by Matthew McNulty and the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition.
“Smoke” (1967) © Tony Smith Estate/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
ESP Night #3 - April 5th, 2012
Another short scene from my proof-of-concept short, The Gift. Original music by Justin Asher. High speed from Hollywood Special Ops and Photron. This non-traditional story plays more like The Tree of Life than typical narrative story telling. The goal was to create something so compelling and beautiful that it would force the viewer to relax and enjoy. Shot on Canon 5d and Photron.
Another short scene from The Gift. Original music by Justin Asher. High speed from Hollywood Special Ops and Photron. This non-traditional story plays more like The Tree of Life than typical narrative story telling. The goal was to create something so compelling and beautiful that it would force the viewer to relax and enjoy. Shot on Canon 5d and Photron.