I just finished my second feature film, and it premiered in competition at Tallinn Black Nights (PÖFF)! Look out for it elsewhere in 2018! In the meantime, you can watch the festival trailer here 👉🏻.
NEWLY SINGLE, a meta dark comedy.
After driving his girlfriend to leave him, Astor re-enters the LA dating scene, only to find himself becoming more and more abrasive as his insecurities continue feeding his fears. A film about loneliness, bitterness, and the mad, sad desire to be loved.
NEWLY SINGLE is a movie about disillusion, self-destruction, and desperate clinging to old concepts of masculinity in order to feel like one has a place in this world. In that sense, it’s a liberal reflection on changing male/female identity, and the underlying tension, frustration, and futility behind non-acceptance of change. In a comical sense, this is being presented in front of a meditation on the current state of male/female dating in America, and more specifically in a metropolis like Los Angeles, where one interacts with millions of other single people, and where it’s likely that one will never run into someone ever again after ending a brief period of dating.
My first feature film! Directing a feature was without exaggeration a daily dream I had since I was a freshman in college. This was it, it finally happened! Making this film was beyond exciting in almost every way possible; it's a roller-coaster I'll never forget, and one of the many reasons we're still making features today. Big thank you to Adam Hendricks for seeing it through everyday with me.
CAROLINE AND JACKIE was theatrically released in New York and Los Angeles after a yearlong international festival tour.
A series of three long form documentary style commercials for AXE and Crave.
Featuring celebrity designers and stylists Waraire Boswell, April Roomet, and Michael Fisher.
Fun throwback here, The Editor was the first non-student narrative short film I ever made. I literally had no idea what I was doing, and even tried to produce it myself, which I recall being the hardest part of the whole ordeal. We made this for $800! It for sure has the flavor of a first film, and I still kind of enjoy it for that very reason.
Huge thanks to Richard Riehle, who's beyond talented and forever humble. To Ted Chu, who both shot it and constantly told me what I was doing wrong. And to Charlie LeDuff, whose sharp and honest writing I'll always love.
I AM JEFFERY DEITCH is a movie I hope to make very soon. It's a $5 million feature.
Let me know if you'd like to read it.
I AM JEFFREY DEITCH is a darkly comic sci-fi thriller set in the modern day art world. It follows Jeffrey Deitch, real-life art dealer, curator, and former head of LA's MOCA.
Against the wishes of a greater art establishment, Jeffrey is preparing to launch the world’s first Street Art exhibition, when he finds that he has a late-stage cancer that will almost certainly prevent him from living long enough to see the show to completion.
Jeffrey’s luck seemingly turns for the better when he meets Chris Cunningham, robotics artist and video director, who offers to transfer Jeffrey’s consciousness into the body of a 25-year-old girl, so that Jeffrey can complete his mission with her body.
After the successful transfer, Jeffrey soon discovers he has gotten more than he bargained for, as he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy threatening the art world at large. In the end, Jeffery must battle the conspirators to save the art world, all while adjusting to life in a brand new body.
I started directing reality TV back in undergrad, and I still today really enjoy non-scripted directing.
crazy fact: I lived in Shanghai for a year, directing China's first ever docu-soap.
Some TV shows I've directed:
• Big Brother (4 seasons)
• Fine Tuned
• Fashion Star
This was the last short film I made before Caroline and Jackie. In a lot of ways it's not as good as my first short, but it's ambitious and I fell big.
I learned more through my mistakes on this project than anything I'd ever done before or since. The biggest thing I learned is how valuable acting is. I was super cocky going into this and thought I could evenly pair trained actors with non-actors, and just through my own brilliance direct an even performance throughout. I bet wrong. That said, I'm glad I failed a bit because afterwards I completely changed my priorities in regards to acting, and that shift is what lead to Caroline and Jackie.
Big shout out to Michael Ziming Ouyang and Shu Chou (producer and DP) because without them I literally would have been nothing but another bumbling American in China. This production was so ambitious, not to mention ambiguously illegal. I literally ended this trip by smuggling cans of Kodak film across the border with a forged government certificate labeling them as dailies from a Rolex commercial. And always thank you to Ruth Surrey, for whom without none of it would be possible.
Shanghai: you crazy.