I buy a filmmaker lunch and in trade they give me a short film made for the cost of the lunch. It started by accident – and necessity. Rules and ideas based on whatever we talked about at lunch are written on a napkin contract. While each film has its own logic, it’s all about a variety of tastes. The overall metaphor is about community. It is very easy to help a filmmaker. Buy one lunch today. All money from the VOD goes to more lunches.
In this series there are 12 free films, and 23 more films for rental.
- 20.28 4 mins
made by Sam Green
"Clear Glasses", 2008
Commissioned at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco
Sam Green is a documentary filmmaker based in San Francisco and New York. He’s made many movies including most recently The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a live cinematic collaboration with the indie rock band Yo La Tengo. His documentary The Weather Underground was nominated for an Academy Award and included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial.
- 32.37 2 mins
made by Roger Beebe
“TB TX Dance”, 2006
commissioned at Rudy's BBQ, Austin, TX.
Roger Beebe is a professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida. Beebe has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as McMurdo Station in Antarctica and the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square as well as more traditional venues such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Pacific Film Archive in addition to numerous festivals, among them Sundance, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and New York Underground. He has won dozens of awards including a 2009 Visiting Foreign Artists Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, a 2006 Individual Artist Grant from the State of Florida, and Best Experimental Film at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he is also a film programmer: he ran Flicker, a festival of small gauge film in Chapel Hill, NC, from 1997-2000 and is currently Artistic Director of FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival. He also owns Video Rodeo, an independent video store in Gainesville, FL.
- 40.89 0 mins
made by Carson Mell
commissioned at Millie's, Silverlake, CA.
Carson Mell was born in Arizona in 1980, the son of a landscape painter and a nurse. He moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to write and work in film and television. Since then, three of his short films have been Official Selections of The Sundance Film Festival and many other film festivals including The San Francisco International Film Festival, Toronto’s “Just For Laughs” Comedy Festival, and Brooklyn’s Rooftop Films. His short fiction has been published in "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern" and "Electric Literature."
He has two novels available through his website: "Saguaro" and the brand new "The Blue Bourbon Orchestra."
- 12.80 1 min
made by Bill Daniel
Commissioned at Taqueria Cancun, San Francisco.
Texas-born, San Francisco exile, and confirmed tramp, Bill Daniel continues to experiment with survivalism and bricolage in his attempts to record and report on the various social margins he often finds himself in. Working without an art or film school education, he endeavors to make work that connects with an outsider audience. His work began in 1980 as he participated in and photo documented the blossoming punk rock scene in Austin, Texas. Daniel's work has received awards from the Film Arts Foundation, The Pioneer Fund, Texas Filmmaker Production Fund, the R & B Feder Charitable Foundation, and The Western States Media Alliance. He is the current Wattis Foundation artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, where his installation "Souls Harbor" was exhibited in Dec. In 1999 he was in-residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts where he produced several multi-projection 16mm film installations, including "Trespassing Sign" in collaboration with the late Margaret Kilgallen. In 2001 his hobo campfire installation "The Girl on the Train in the Moon" was included in "Widely Unknown" at Deitch Projects in New York. A veteran of the touring scene, Daniel has programmed, booked and exhibited several mobile art shows, including the Lucky Bum Film Tour with partner Vanessa Renwick, screening his hobo graffiti feature film, Who Is Bozo Texino? all over the world.
- 74.78 0 mins
made by James Benning
2005, 1 minute, silent
a color test roll for his feature “Ten Skies.” (2004), which contains every shot of the film.
commissioned at Don Cuco, Valencia, CA
James Benning (born in 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker. He is the son of German immigrants and studied film at the University of Wisconsin (1975). He has worked as an independent filmmaker ever since. His films focus on a sense of place and are often built from long, unedited takes. He used to work in Chicago but in recent years has been based on the West Coast. In addition to his film work, he has taught at Northwestern University and joined the faculty at the California Institute of the Arts in 1987.
- 17.00 1 min
made by Eileen Maxson
“A Protected Witness: Clarkson v. Maxson”, 2006
commissioned at Casino El Camino, Austin, TX
EILEEN MAXSON is an interdisciplinary artist working at the confluence of video, performance and installation. Her works humorously and critically lament the vanishing borders between imagination and consumer coercion; technology and true personality. With that in mind, Eileen reconstitutes cultural detritus, material and fleeting, into assemblages of memory, merchandise and persona.
Eileen’s works have been seen at museums and microcinemas from Texas to Tel Aviv, including Anthology Film Archives, New York; Art in General, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City and THE INTERNET.
Lost Broadcasts a DVD compilation of Maxson’s videos, was released by Aurora Picture Show in conjunction with Microcinema International in 2008.
- 32.36 1 min
made by Chris Peters
commissioned at Rudy's BBQ, Austin, TX
Chris Peters, faculty and director of the Video facility in the School of Art, is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with video, installation, sculpture and photography. He has shown in numerous group shows and film festivals such as LAFreewaves, Words Am Nuden Da, London, Resolution 3 L.A.C.E, Torrance Art Museum, The Lifestyle Channel at the Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney, Sundance Film Festival, CINEVEGAS Film Festival, Las Vegas, Song Poems at Cohen Leslie & Brown NY, Rosamund Felsen L.A., Mario's Furniture Gallery, and Sundown Salon in Los Angeles. Co-published with Jon Wagner "Pre-post-erous" – a review of "La Jettee-Cine Roman" by Bruce Mau on the Electronic Book Review.
- 58.43 11 mins
made by Calvin Lee Reeder
"Desert Movie", 2007
Commissioned at the Marriott, Park City, UT
As a writer-director Calvin Lee Reeder made a name for himself with the short films Piledriver; Little Farm, which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and The Rambler, which appeared at the Festival the following year. His feature debut, The Oregonian, divided Sundance Film Festival audiences in 2011 just as his shorts had before it. Cinemad released it to theaters in 25 cities. His second feature THE RAMBLER, adapted from the short and starring Dermot Mulroney, played in the Midnight section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Anchor Bay released the film on DVD and VOD in June.
- 23.16 7 mins
made by Elizabeth Skadden
“LA is OK”, 2006
commissioned at Eat Well, Los Angeles.
Elizabeth Skadden is not content to take the world as it is. Her practice captures interstitial spaces, cultures, and concepts through many different mediums. She is a winner of the RISD Awards of Excellence and participated in the Saatchi-sponsored A Curriculum: A Foundation Artist Residency. Elizabeth has worked extensively with bands, including the Flaming Lips, No Age, and Chicks on Speed. She was the staff photographer for NPR's Berlin Stories and her work has been shown at venues as varied as the Marrakesh Biennial, Sundance Film Festival, and MTV.
- 35.44 3 mins
made by Kelly Sears
commissioned at Pho Cafe, Los Angeles, CA
Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Hammer Museum, Sundance, Anthology Film Archives and in galleries and film festivals internationally. Sears' collage animations parse together collected media artifacts to reveal secret histories, forgotten tales, and possible moments embedded in the images around us.
- 67.50 2 mins
made by James Graham
Commissioned at The Eating Establishment, Park City, UT
Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, James Graham attended the High School of the Performing Arts, and latter the University of Arizona earning Kodak Scholarship. He was a creator of the Toole Shed Studios Artists co-operative and later became the founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson.
He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the sculptor Julia Latané, and exhibits art, mostly photography, and teaches 5th grade science.
- 26.79 7 mins
made by Bobcat Goldthwait
"Goldthwait Family Home Movies (Anniversary Edition)", 2008
commissioned at Swinger's, Los Angeles
Bobcat Goldthwait is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, and film and television director from Syracuse, NY. He is commonly known for his energetic, rabid stage personality, his dark, acerbic humor, and his high-pitched voice. He does not do the voice anymore. He enjoyed a long standup comedy career from the age of 15 and has appeared in many films and TV shows, where he once set a chair on fire. As a filmmaker he has created the cult institutions Shakes the Clown (1992), Windy City Heat (2004), Stay (2006, released as Sleeping Dogs Lie), World's Greatest Dad (2009), God Bless America (2011) and Willow Creek (2013).
- 35.00 14 mins
made by Braden King
"Home Movie", 2009
Commissioned at Park City Grill, Utah
Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His most recent feature film, HERE, premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and has gone on to screen throughout the world. A live installation version of the project, HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010. His first feature, the lyric Aleutian Island documentary DUTCH HARBOR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK (co-directed with Laura Moya), screened in over 20 major film festivals and toured internationally with live, improvised soundtrack accompaniment by the critically-acclaimed Boxhead Ensemble. HOME MOVIE won the Lawrence Kasdan Award Best Narrative Film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
- 33.12 7 mins
made by Cam Archer
“A Look Back”, 2005
commissioned at Zachary's, Santa Cruz, CA. witnessed by Djuna Bel.
Cam Archer was born and raised, and still lives today, in Santa Cruz, California. Archer’s short films have played many film festivals, including Sundance, CineVegas, Ann Arbor, Outfest and Tribeca. His short bobbycrush was also nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2004. Archer has also directed several music videos for bands like Six Organs of Admittance, Imperial Teen and The Diamond Star Halos. His first feature film, WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and then played at New Directors/New Films and Locarno Film Festival. His second feature, SHIT YEAR, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Directors Fortnight.
- 30.40 5 mins
made by James Fotopoulos
commissioned at Thailand Cafe, New York City
Born in Norridge, IL in 1976, James Fotopoulos is a self-taught filmmaker who began production on his first feature-length film, ZERO (1997), in 1995. In 1998, he founded Fantasma for the production of his second feature film, MIGRATING FORMS (1999), and would continue to create a number of critically acclaimed feature films, such as BACK AGAINST THE WALL (2000), FAMILIES (2002), THE NEST (2003), and DIGNITY (2012).
Along with his feature film productions, Fotopoulos has built up a prolific body of over 200 video art works, which include CHRISTABEL (2001), ESOPHAGUS (2004), THE MIRROR MASK (2005), THE SKY SONG (2007) and ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010). These works range from feature length to a few seconds long and combine an exhaustive portfolio of techniques from animation to theatrical performance.
- 101.35 euros 4 mins
made by Sebastien Wolf and Ian Ritterskamp
"Do You Know Klaus Kinski?", 2006
commissioned at a Marriott in Berlin
-Sébastien Wolf (02.09.1976) lives in Berlin. studied art @ Kunstakademie Duesseldorf (MA). Schoolarship: senat für wissenschaft und kultur berlin. Works in film and claymation (with Stock'n'Wolf).
-Ian Ritterskamp (17.07.1974) lives in berlin. Studied art @ kunstakademie duesseldorf thomas ruff meisterschüler b.a (hons) napier university film, photography + tv. schoolarships: daad stipendium London. Senat für wissenschaft und kultur berlin (together with sebastien wolf/stock n wolf). Works in film and photography. ianritterskamp.com.
- 37.37 3 mins
made by Kevin Everson
“Raphaela Ring Munchen”, 2006
no subtitles on purpose
commissioned at a Marriott in Park City, UT.
With six feature-length films and more than 70 shorts, Alpert Award recipient Kevin Jerome Everson has explored the multiple facets of African American life via a variety of formal approaches. Whether through his signature long shots, collage of archival sources or the re-enactment of fictional material that echoes the lives of his performers, Everson favors a strategy that interrupts the documentary impulse, abstracting everyday actions and statements into theatrical gestures. His work plays with the ambivalent relationships between art and narrative, fact and fiction. This screening includes a selection of shorts, from the Lumière-inspired Workers Leaving the Job Site (2013), to a dark, witty, homage to Chester Himes, Early Riser (Cotton Comes to Harlem) (2012), to an exploration of the world of black cowboys, Ten Five in the Grass (2012).
- 6.00 5 mins
made by Ben Coonley
“Six-Dollar Twelve Days of Christmas Spectacular”, 2005
commissioned at The Hideout in Austin, TX
Ben Coonley is an artist whose work has been exhibited at venues including MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York: Cinema," Performa, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, The Moscow Biennale, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2010, he was named one of Film Comment’s “21 Leading Lights of Projection Performance.” ARTnews has called him a "new media prankster," adding, "Using the tools of consumer technology—PowerPoint, YouTube, Photoshop—he turns media formats and genres inside out."
- 42.19 2 mins
made by Nina Menkes
“Untitled #1”, 2006
commissioned at Chaya, Venice, CA
Menkes has produced, written, directed, shot and edited her own 35mm features, working closely with her sister and creative collaborator, Tinka Menkes. Their films have shown widely in major international film festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Locarno, London, Viennale, San Francisco, Seattle, Cairo, Toronto as well as at La Cinematheque Francaise, The British Film Institute, the ICA in London, the Beijing Film Academy in China, the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA New York, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles. Her most recent feature, DISSOLUTION, won Best Drama in Israeli Cinema at the 2010 Jerusalem International Film Festival and was released to theaters across the US by Cinemad.
- 110 zloty 9 mins
made by Azazel Jacobs
"Letters Real/Names Not", 2009
commissioned at Scandale Royal, Krakow, Poland
Azazel Jacobs has made four feature films that have played festivals and theaters around the world; Nobody Needs to Know (2003), The GoodTimesKid (2005), Momma's Man (2008) and Terri (2011).
- 43.05 3 mins
made by Brent Green
"Weird Carolers", 2009
Commissioned at Millie's, Los Angeles
Brent Green is a self-taught animated filmmaker and artist from Cressona, PA. His short films have played many festivals around the world and his first feature GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN played across the US and Europe with Green and a live band performing the narration, sound effects and soundtrack.
- 26.14 4 mins
made by The Zellner Brothers
“Pardon My Downfall”, 2000/2006
commissioned at Magnolia Cafe, Austin, TX
Austin-based filmmaker siblings David and Nathan Zellner have written, produced and directed several short films, animations, and music videos, including four features- Plastic Utopia (1998), Frontier (2002), Goliath (2008) and Kid-Thing (2012). Along with acting in their own projects, they’ve appeared in several major motion pictures, most notably as featured extras in Pasolini's coming of age drama, Salo.
- 36.59 1 min
made by klip//collective - Ricardo Rivera
commissioned at Morning Ray Cafe, Park City, UT
Klip Collective is a creative and production shop specializing in creating immersive visual experiences by combining media technology and problem solving engineering with a cinematic vision. Klip believes creative should lead all projects from conception to execution. Klip excels in invention-based production and holds multiple patents in projection mapping.
Ricardo is a visual artist, filmmaker and pioneer of video projection mapping. From his first forays into video projections as a club VJ, music has often been central to Ricardo’s creativity. He has created groundbreaking visual installations at nightclubs across the globe, tour visuals, and music videos.
- 22.07 5 mins
made by Mike Gibisser
"Springtime Wound Motor", 2009
commissioned at 24 Seven Cafe, Las Vegas, NV
Mike Gibisser is currently based in Chicago, working toward his master's in visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. FINALLY, LILLIAN AND DAN, his debut feature, premiered at CineVegas in 2008, and went on to screen at the Starz Denver, AFI, International Amsterdam, and Chicago International Film Festivals.
- 69.80 3 mins
made by Jake Mahaffy
"Motion Studies 13: The Wax Supper", 2007
Commissioned at Red Stripe, Providence, RI
Jake Mahaffy’s experimental shorts and micro-budget, feature films have screened in festivals and competitions around the world. He studied filmmaking at RISD and the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, co-founded ‘Handcranked Film Projects’ in Boston, and founded and developed two new university filmmaking programs in the US as an Associate Professor. His feature WAR premiered at Sundance and Rotterdam, and his second feature WELLNESS won Best Film at SXSW.
- 24.00 2 mins
made by Sean Conway
"Sloe Gin Nights", 2009
commissioned at the Gold Coast, Las Vegas, NV
Sean Conway was born and raised on a council estate in Batley, a small mill town in West
Yorkshire. He attended Batley Parish C of E Primary School, Batley Grammar School and
Greenhead College Huddersfield, before going on to film school at Northumbria University,
where he graduated with a 1st Class BA Honours Degree. His short films Rocco Paris (2005), Rabbit Stories (2006, Special Mention of the Jury at Clermont-Ferrand), Alex and her Arse Truck ( 2007, a Cinema Extreme film) and Kings of London (2008) have played hundreds of film festivals worldwide and on British TV. Sean has had many poems and short stories published in various publications, notably Poems for the Retired Nihilist (Fortune Teller Press 2005) and Full Moon Empty Sportsbag (2006). Winter 2008 saw the release of his debut novella Son of Steve (published by Six Gallery Press) and he is currently working on his first novel The Science of the Beautiful.
- 48.96 3 mins
made by Sarah Soquel Morhaim
"All Day All Night", 2008
Commissioned at Flore, Los Angeles
Sarah Soquel Morhaim is a Los Angeles-based artist. Her photography has appeared in publications such as Paris-LA, W, Jalouse, Capricious, Vice and New York Magazine, and her short films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Palm Springs International, AFI Fest, and the Austin Film Society, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Synchronicity Space and Family Gallery, and books/zines of her work have been published internationally. Her photographs from the set of the film ‘Beginners’ were included in a three-person exhibition with Mike Mills and Todd Cole.
- 36.07 11 mins
made by Ben Russell
"Trypps #6 (Malobi)", 2009
commissioned at Morning Ray Café, Park City, UT
Ben Russell (b.1976, USA) is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films, installations, and performances foster a deep engagement with the history and semiotics of the moving image. Formal investigations of the historical and conceptual relationships between early cinema, visual anthropology, and structuralist filmmaking result in immersive experiences concerned at once with ritual, communal spectatorship and the pursuit of a “psychedelic ethnography.”
He has had solo screenings and exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Viennale and the Museum of Modern Art NY. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient for his feature film Let Each One Go Where He May, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, was co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, IL, toured with film/video/performance programs world-wide and performed in a double-drum trio called BEAST.
- 29.51 11 mins
made by Nick McCarthy
"Chinese Box", 2009
commissioned at Flore, Los Angeles, CA
Nicholas McCarthy is a writer and director who lives in Los Angeles. Nick's work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, the CineVegas Film Festival, ScreamFest and many others. In L.A. Nick co-founded the Alpha 60 Film Collective in Echo Park, where he oversaw the production of hundreds of micro-cinema films. The poster for his first feature "The Pact" was on 2000 buses in London.
- 25.45 3 mins
made by Jim Finn
"Great Man and Cinema", 2009
commissioned at Defazio's, Troy, NY
"Steeped in the obsolete language of revolutionary art," The New York Times said Jim Finn's films "often play like unearthed artifacts from an alternate universe." His award-winning movies have been called "Utopian comedies" and "trompe l'oeil films". The trilogy of communist features is in the permanent collection of the MoMA, and he has had retrospectives in seven countries. His movies have screened widely at festivals like Sundance, Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, AFI and Edinburgh as well as museums and cinematheques. He has been making films, videos, revolutionary needlepoint pillows and photographs for over a decade. His first feature film Interkosmos was called "a retro gust of communist utopianism" by the Village Voice and "charming and fantastic, so full of rare atmospheres" by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. His second feature La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo was put on the Village Voice's Top 10 Year in Experimental Film. And Variety called The Juche Idea, his film about a North Korean art residency, "brilliant" and said all three films "upturn notions of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and restaging, and even what an 'experimental film' actually is." He is featured in a 2010 Phaidon Press book called Take 100—The Future of Film: 100 New Directors. He was born in St. Louis and teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
- 41.32 6 mins
made by Naomi Uman and Lee Lynch
"Tin Woodman's Home Movie #2", 2008, 16mm
Commissioned at the Brite Spot, Los Angeles
Naomi Uman's experimental documentary films have been exhibited widely at the Sundance and Rotterdam International Film Festivals, The New York Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film festival among others; she has also screened her work at The Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney, The Smithsonian, and Mexico City's Museo de Arte Moderno. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Guggenheim Foundation, The Mexico/U.S.A. Fund for Culture, and the Bank of Austria. She teaches at the Fine Art Museum in Mexico City, leading workshops in handmade filmmaking. She received an MFA in Filmmaking from CalArts in 1998. Her films include Leche (1998), Removed (1998), Mala Leche (2003) and the new Ukrainian Time Machine (2008), made from her recent travels there, and where she is currently screening the film to its subjects.
Lee Lynch grew up in a small town in Redding California, where he began making movies at the age of 13. He was born with a rare heart defect, which inspired both the title and the subject of his first feature film “Transposition of the Great Vessels.” He recently graduated from the California Institute for the Arts’ film/video program with a BFA degree. His past work, “The Bee Hive,” has screened at Rotterdam International Film Fest and the New York Underground Film Festival. Lee Lynch and Lee Anne Schmitt are currently shooting a documentary about America’s last free-roaming bison herd.