"bizarre, funny, Andy-Kaufman-like"
Recently I've been doing short films in one hour with friends or strangers who'd like to get together and make something.
---NOTE: Scroll down to number one if you'd like to watch them in chronological order.---
We're Animals: We're Connected!
We're Evolving: Stick Together!
This Could be You: Join the Revolution!
Outside in Underwear: You're Invited!!!
The public camera is an extension of something we've all had for a long time: memories and imaginations.
The videos lead to a workshop that lead to an idea: looping. A lot of what we did was to repeat one another but in our own way, and as those repetitions mount and the misinterpretations and reactions layer, something unexpected comes out of it, that's the magic. Like in the videos above, we invite people to join us. Some of it happens on the spot and some ahead of time. It's improvisation, play.
I think people want a chance to play again, to let ideas under the surface come out in action and movement and statements, in this case, while wearing costumes or something strange or just underwear! Performance artists performing together is like a convention of carnivores, everyone is hungry and wants to eat something. But somehow the free-for-all and chaos allow a few simple principles to shape the performance: listen and lead and do what you feel with good intentions. You're invited!!
Here's one of my short films. I shot, wrote and directed Final Request as part of a series about "Death" that a festival programmer was going to show to Spike Lee. I don't know if that happened but it screened in 2013 at Slamdance Film Festival. I don't usually try to make movies about death as there are so many real deaths that are distrubing enough. So this is my way of approaching the topic.
"I'm a filmmaker," I used to say. Now I say "performance artist" too. Times change,
Secret Door is an experience that comes out once a week.
I'll say it again, this is The Future!!!
(do I mean what Eugene Mirman means by the future?) You know what I mean.
Shared experience... is one thing that makes it easy to talk
back on track:
This is the movie that I've just finished. Here's the trailer:
Lots of people have helped make it. I've always thought of filmmaking
I LIKE YOU was funded partially by a kickstarter campaign
Multiples... have you heard of the multiple languages of love,
Who is Christina? Like you, she came to this website and
Are you friends with ... a Raymond, a Raoul, a Rachel, a Racine?
'To the Hills 2' is a collection of shorts that I present as a continuous movie.
"you might think you know a lot of people... I know more people"
Life as experiment... everybody wonders, how do you get
Before 'To the Hills 2' there must have been a To the Hills 1.
Do you want your own copy on DVD? EMAIL ME
I had a public access show in New York City,
The first 'To the Hills' focused on the idea of strange characters.
"anybody watching you?"
"How Drive the Car" is one of 24 'short films about strange characters'
That's all for now. There are many more of my movies online. Search 'fritz donnelly' or 'tothehills' or 'hichristina' or combos of those to turn up more stuff.
Slamdance Film Festival, IFC, Anthology Film Archive, Rooftop Films, The Disposable Film Festival, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and of course my favorite venue Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) have all shown my films. And my movies and shenanigans have been written up in Black Book Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, The Washington Post, as one of the faces that launched Halloween or Williamsburg, in the Huffington Post, and other places including ye old New York Times.
If you see me on the street, or waiting for a train, say hi. I make movies because I have these viewpoints or notice these little ironies that I want to share with you.
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