Originally written as a stageplay under the tutelage of theater, film, and TV legend Tom Skerritt, I adapted Free Pie for the screen and partnered with producers Gabe Berghuis, Aaron B. Smith and the Gorilla Film Community in Grand Rapids to shoot the film in two nights. With three dedicated actors and a small crew, the filming took place in a puzzling house designed by a cathedral architect shortly before his death (the present homeowner being incapable of residing at the home, due to a mysterious allergy).
Because the 10-minute film takes place in real-time, the entire team was able to experience the actors performing the script from start to finish as though they were watching a play. Given the short shooting schedule to execute the ambitious deep-focus look (the film was shot exclusively on a 18mm and 25mm Master Primes), the live performance of the film proved to be an invaluable way of creating a unified vision for the cast and crew.
The Lost & Found Shop has a special place in my heart. I was only 19 when writing/directing the film, and it was my first experience running a full scale production. Safe to say the journey altered the course of my life, and I'm infinitely grateful for everyone who joined our merry crew of dreamers and made this unusual story a reality.
103 Awards, more than 300 selections, including:
Nominated to the Spanish Academy Award 2013 (Goya)
Melies D'or 2013 (Best European Fantastic Short Film), received in Sitges International Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival, official selection
Clermont Ferrand 2013, official selection
Gijon International Film Festival, Young Jury Award
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque
New York City Short Film Festival, Best of the Fest
The Wrap Short List Film Festival, Audience Award
The Smalls Film Festival (UK), Best Foreign Film
Seattle Short Film Festival, Best Cinematography, Best Script, Best Art Direction
Manhattan Short Film Festival, Bronce Medal
Short Short Mexico Film Festival, Best Iberoamerican Film
ZINEBI, Best Basque Short Film
Elche Independent Film Festival, Best Short
Curtmiratges, Organization Award; Best Director
Alfas del Pi Film Festival, Best Short; Best Director
Zaragoza Film Festival; Best Short
San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival; Best Short
Synopsis: A French narrator jumps from one dramatic scene to another one, confused about the story that he is trying to tell and fighting with himself until he finally finds it.
Starring Jonathan D. Mellor, Feodor Atkine
Directed by Martin Rosete
Written by Luiso Berdejo
Produced by Koldo Zuazua
The Rosete Brothers
Cinematography by Jose Martin Rosete
Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.
In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions
Jarred de Beer