PINK GRAPEFRUIT premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and recently won the jury prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. We shot in a Howard Lapham designed mid-century modern house, in Rancho Mirage, CA. It was 110 degrees outside when we shot it. The film is currently touring festivals.
THE GREAT ESCAPE is my 2nd fashion film for Kate Spade, starring Anna Kendrick and Lily Tomlin. We shot this in the penthouse suite at the Sunset Tower Hotel, and the VIP concierge in the film is the actual VIP concierge at the hotel. His name's Dimetri, and he's the most polite human being I have ever met.
SAVE THE DATE premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently released by IFC Films. It stars Lizzy Caplan, Alison Brie, and Martin Starr, and was co-written by graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown. It's streaming on Netflix if you'd like to see the whole thing.
THE WAITING GAME was my first fashion film for Kate Spade. Look closely for a quick cameo of Iris Apfel!
MONEYGRABBER was one of Fitz and the Tantrums' very first music videos. I edited this myself, sometimes using 32 tracks of video at a time (and almost went insane doing so). In addition to using Blue Note album covers for inspiration, look for a quick nod to the Rolling Stones' Hot Rocks album cover too.
THIS IS HOW YOU DIE was an incredibly silly, low budget book trailer for my friend David Malki's collection of short stories. The main musical riff for this came to me out of nowhere while I was driving one day, and so I immediately went to Guitar Center and figured it out on a moog synthesizer, recording it onto my iPhone.
EX-SEX premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and ended up on the Viewfinders list as one of the 10 best short films of the year. I am so proud of this film, but I promised the actors that we wouldn't put the film online publicly. We shot it in one of the few Eichler homes in Grenada Hills, CA.
MY TIME was one of the funnest videos I had the pleasure of working on. Many of these dancers are part of a troupe called The Beatfreaks. There are easter eggs hidden all throughout this video-- see if you can find the 5 masks.
The idea to use practical matte paintings in this ridiculous RUFFLES commercial was inspired by the Japanese horror movie Hausu. An absolute mind-bender of a movie.
I actually got to keep the mattress from this CASPER commercial, and I have to say, it's extremely comfortable.
This video for SEA WOLF was inspired by the 1969 movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They, one of the most depressing dance movies of all time.
ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS was my very first feature film, a total labor of love shot for 30K on nights and weekends over the course of two years. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and can be streamed on Hulu.
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