eaten by Davidson Cole

Davidson Cole is a writer/director/developer of films, fiction, board games, and video games. His films have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Chicago International FF, CineVegas, Maryland FF, Florida FF, Atlanta FF, Starz Denver FF, Bangkok International FF, Athens International FF and on Sundance Channel, WTTW/Chicago and Hulu.

commissioned at The Chicago Diner, Chicago, IL.
cinemad visa no. 66


eaten by Deborah Stratman

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Her films, rather than telling stories, pose a series of problems – and through their at times ambiguous nature, allow for a complicated reading of the questions being asked. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and the very human struggles for power and control that are played out on the land. Most recently, they have questioned elemental historical narratives about faith, freedom, sonic subterfuge, expansionism and the paranormal. Stratman works in multiple mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing and audio. She has exhibited internationally at venues including the Whitney Biennial, MoMA NY, the Pompidou, Hammer Museum, Witte de With, Walker Art Center, Yerba Buena Center, and has done site-specific projects with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Temporary Services, Mercer Union (Toronto), Blaffer Gallery (Houston), Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (Yukon) and Ballroom Gallery (Marfa). Stratman’s films have been featured at numerous international festivals including Sundance, the Viennale, Full Frame, Ann Arbor, Oberhausen and Rotterdam. She is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, a Creative Capital award, and she currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

commissioned at Artopolis, Chicago, IL.
cinemad visa no. 65.


eaten by Nathan Silver

Nathan graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. Since then, he has written and directed three feature films and four short films. Nathan’s short, ANECDOTE, premiered at Slamdance Film Festival 2008. His first feature, THE BLIND, premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2009 and had its North American premiere at Cinequest 2011. His second feature, EXIT ELENA had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012. It opened at New York’s reRun Theatre and has been praised by The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Filmmaker Magazine. His third feature, SOFT IN THE HEAD, premiered at Sarasota Film Festival and is about to have a week-long run at New York’s Cinema Village. His fourth feature, UNCERTAIN TERMS, premiered at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. He is now finishing his fifth feature, STINKING HEAVEN.

commissioned at Botega Louie, Los Angeles, CA.
cinemad visa no. 64.


eaten by Ry Russo-Young

Ry Russo-Young is a New York based filmmaker. Her most recent feature, Nobody Walks starred John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie Dewitt and was co-written with Lena Dunham. The film won a special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically in over ten cities by Magnolia Pictures.

In 2009, Russo-Young’s You Wont Miss Me premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won a Gotham Independent Film Award. The movie was released by Factory 25 on a special-edition DVD / LP set in 2011. Russo-Young’s short film Marion, a three-screen deconstruction of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, won film festival awards and has since screened at galleries, colleges and festivals around the world. Russo-Young’s first feature, Orphans, received a Jury Prize at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival and was released on DVD in 2008.

commissioned at Comet Cafe, Milwaukee, WI.
cinemad visa no. 63.


eaten by Mark Borchardt.

In 1980 at the age of fourteen, Mark Borchardt realized what he had to do.  He bought his first movie camera, a Super-8 that barley focused, for forty dollars from a friend down the street.  With this came a horror movie titled The More The Scarier, Mark’s first film, which was shot in his backyard and local cemetary.  After this, Mark went on to shoot five more shorts while erratically drinking and getting high.

Borchardt was the subject of the acclaimed documentary by Chris Smith, AMERICAN MOVIE (1999) as Mark was finishing his short horror film COVEN. He continues to write and act and direct, recently appearing in Frankie Latina's super-8 spy film MODUS OPERANDI (2009). Mark is starting a new web series in 2014 called OUT AND ABOUT.

commissioned at Millioke, Milwaukee, WI.
cinemad visa no. 62.


eaten by Michael Gitlin.

Michael Gitlin's work has been screened at numerous venues, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Full Frame Documentary Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center and the 1997 Whitney Biennial. He is the recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has also been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Gitlin received an M.F.A. from Bard College. He teaches at Hunter College in New York City.


commissioned at Grazin', Hudson, NY. cinemad visa #61.


eaten by Rodney Ascher.

Rodney Ascher is the director/editor of the film ROOM 237, a documentary exploring the signs, symbols, meanings, and metaphors five very different people have discovered within Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING. He is the winner of the 2012 Fantastic Fest Award for Best Director, Documentary and the 2012 IDA Creative Achievement Award for Best Editing.

Working with producer Vernon Chatman, he edited Andy Kaufman’s first comedy album ANDY AND HIS GRANDMOTHER.

Previous work includes numerous independent shorts (including the infamous THE S FROM HELL) as well as TV commercials,  internet quickies, and music videos (in his most recent he killed Matt & Kim and Soulja Boy and Andrew WK). Not so recently, he curated PHOTO-FICTIONS, a show of narrative photography at the Showcave Night Gallery.


Cinemad visa #60


eaten by Jackie Goss.

Jacqueline Goss makes movies and web-based works that explore how political, cultural, and scientific systems change the ways we think about ourselves. For the last few years she has used 2D digital animation techniques to work within the genre of the animated documentary. Her most recent videos are “How To Fix The World” --a look at Soviet-sponsored literacy programs in 1930’s Central Asia and “Stranger Comes To Town” –an animated documentary about the identity-tracking of immigrants and travelers coming into the United States.   
A native of New Hampshire, she attended Brown University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York. She is a 2008 Tribeca Film Institute Media Arts Fellow and the 2007 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in film and Video. Her current project is "The Observers" -- a portrait of the summit of Mount Washington, NH: home to the highest human-recorded wind speed and one of the oldest weather observatories in the western hemisphere.

commissioned at Nolita Cafe, Hudson, NY. cinemad visa #59


eaten by Tony Stone.

Tony Stone was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Bard College, studying with filmmakers Adolfas Mekas, Peggy Ahwesh, and Peter Hutton. His first feature, SEVERED WAYS: THE NORSE DISCOVERY OF AMERICA, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and went on to win the prestigious Golden Owl Award for best feature film at the Leeds International Film Festival, and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures. Stone recently made the fantasy film OUT OF OUR MINDS in collaboration with Rock musician Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole/Smashing Pumpkins). Together they now run the performance space Basilica in Hudson, NY - www.basilicahudson.com


commissioned at DA | BA, Hudson, NY. cinemad visa #58


eaten by Michael Almereyda.

film must:
-explore the ever changing textures of film and video stocks.

Almereyda’s films include Twister (1989), Another Girl Another Planet (1992), Nadja (1994), The Rocking Horse Winner (1997), Hamlet (2000), This So-Called Disaster (2002), Happy Here and Now (2003), William Eggleston in the Real World (2005), Paradise (2009), and The Ogre's Feathers (2011). He has written for the New York Times, Artforum, Bookforum, The Believer, and The Criterion Collection. He is the editor of two books: Night Wraps The Sky: Writings By and About Mayakovsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008) and William Eggleston for Now (Twin Palms, 2010).

commissioned at Veselka, New York, New York. 
cinemad visa #57


eaten by Brad Barnes.

film must:

-incorporate the beauty of an automobile.

Brad and Todd Barnes have been making movies together for 10 years. Their short film, We Todd Did, screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, followed by Choked, another short, which screened in 2005. Their first feature HOMEWRECKER won the "Best of NEXT" award at Sundance in 2010.

commissioned at Coco Roco, Brooklyn, NY. cinemad visa #56


eaten by Alex Ross Perry.

film must be a portrait of a flower.

Alex Ross Perry was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. But really, he got his education working at the legendary video store Kim’s Video in Manhattan. His first feature film, IMPOLEX, premiered at the CineVegas Film Festival in 2009, and played at nearly a dozen festivals worldwide, winning the award for Best Foreign Film and Best Foreign Actor at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in Australia. THE COLOR WHEEL is his second feature film and playing theaters across the country.

commissioned at Brite Spot, Echo Park, CA. cinemad visa #55


made by Vanessa Renwick (aka "Portland Meadows", 2013, 15 minutes)

film must:
-involve a horse track
-minimal score

An artist by nature, not by stress of research. She puts scholars to rout by solving through Nature's teaching problems that have fretted their trained minds. Working in experimental and poetic documentary forms, her iconoclastic work reflects an interest in place, relationships between bodies and landscapes, and all sorts of borders. She is a naturalist, born, not made : a true barefoot, cinematic rabblerouser, of grand physique, calm pulse and a magnetism that demands the most profound attention.


commissioned at St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, CA. cinemad visa #54


eaten by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.

film must:
-touch on the world of expectation (either high or low)

Michael Palmieri is a director, cinematographer, and editor. His first documentary feature October Country was a co-directing effort with Donal Mosher that won the grand jury prize for best US documentary at Silverdocs and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary in 2009. He has directed music videos for Beck, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian and many others, and his film and video collaborations include work with film and fine artists Christopher Doyle, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Adrian Paci and Tauba Aeurbach. He has been a guest lecturer at the Edinburgh College of Art and at the Balkan film program in Kosovo and is an adjunct professor of film at CCA in San Francisco.

Donal Mosher is a photographer, writer, and musician. His photo documentary work inspired his collaborative directing of October Country with Michael Palmieri. His visual work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and San Francisco’s SF Camerawork. His fiction and non-fiction writings have appeared in Instant City, Satellite, Frozen Tears, Still Blue – An Anthology of Working Class Writing, Life as We Show it – Writings On Film, and the Lamba Award winning Portland Queer Anthology. He is also a principle subject of Robert Arnold’s documentary film “Key of G,” which focuses on life and work with a severely disabled young man.


 commissioned at Boogaloos, San Francisco, CA. cinemad visa #53


eaten by Destin Daniel Cretton

film must:
-teach us about Hawaii

Destin Daniel Cretton was born and raised in Maui, Hawaii where he spent three summers picking pineapples in the fields near his home. He's written and directed four award-winning short films, including SHORT TERM 12. His first feature I AM NOT A HIPSTER played the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

commissioned at Brite Spot, Echo Park, CA. cinemad visa #52.


eaten by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck.

film must:
address the issue of free nachos.
find some magic realism.
film real people.

Robert Machoian, is a filmmaker. He graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2007, and is currently getting an MFA in Studio Art at UC Davis. Robert is a California based artist. His work has shown around the world including, London International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Athens International Film and Video Festival.

Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, is a filmmaker. He graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay in 2009. Rodrigo is a California based artist. His work has shown around the world including, London International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Athens International Film and Video Festival.


commissioned at Brite Spot, Echo Park, CA. cinemad visa #51.

Chicago 2011

New year! Lunchfilms coming to Block Cinema at Northwestern:

Thursday, May 5, 7:00pm

Summer 2010 (so far)

April 23: Krakow, Poland, 
at Bunkier Sztuki, part of the Off + Camera Film Festival

May 8: Providence, RI, at AS220
poster designed and screenprinted by Jean Cozzens (http://www.secretdoorprojects.org)

June 18: Rochester, NY, at The George Eastman House