7:05 PM (11-Minutes)
Crown Chimp Productions is a video production boutique company comprised of filmmakers, technicians
and artists. While we are proud to be part of a long tradition of video production in Arizona (our core
collective is based in Tucson and Phoenix), we continue to provide creative video solutions across the
United States. Crown Chimp specializes in artistic storytelling approaches to web video production, sports
commercial, broadcast and branded content work.
Director: Nickolas Duarte (Tucson)
“What You Need revolves around a little boy who is half monkey, half human,
looking at his day to day life, culminating in his meeting of a homeless man
dressed as a king. Looking at the film, it is clear that Duarte continues to
improve his craft, raising the bar above his previous narrative efforts. He and
his usual collaborators from Crown Chimp, Matthew King and Adam Ray, seem
to have a great working relationship that shows on screen, as nothing is
muddled or feels like it was not thought about beforehand in some fashion.”
Independent Short Films
Saturday March 2nd 2013
6:45 PM (15-Minutes)
6:35 PM (10-Minutes)
Music & Digital Production: Dean De Benedictis (LA)
Director: Adam Ray
An ant approaches a
discarded battery in
‘The City’. The director
asks: “What are
the parallels between
a colony of ants, human
society; and what we
make of life?”
Adam Ray is an executive producer at Taxman Entertainment
Pictures where he coordinates and manages on site corporate
film and video productions. Adam independently produces,
directs and edits short films to compete in national film festivals.
Formerly on the team at Crown Chimp Productions in Tucson
where he acted in all aspects of film production including
assistant direction and Production Screenwriting.
8:10 PM - Science Fiction
David Pike has been involved in the filmmaking world for almost 10 years now. He started by
making music videos that have screened at film festivals in Australia, Germany, and cities from
Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York. He then wrote and directed his first short called Red Door,
which played at the Cannes Short Film Corner, London, and the Arizona International Film Festival
(Arizona Daily Wildcat called it Best of the Fest). Critics called Red Door a stunning debut with an
impressive directorial style, and one of the top filmmakers to watch.
In 2007 he created a film series called Strange Behavior in which he screened cult films at The Loft,
and other venues around Tucson. From that experience he decided to start a cult/genre film festival
called the Arizona Underground Film Festival, which showcases filmmakers with definitive
independent visions from around the world. Entering its 6th year, it has been called by critics as one
of the biggest and best genre/cult film festivals in the country. He noticed that Tucson has never
had a definitive outlet for just horror films on the festival circuit, and decided to create the Tucson
Terrorfest. A horror film festival that now is entering its 3rd year, and will screen the best horror
films from independent filmmakers. David Pike’s day job consists of working at Tucson’s only Indie
film distribution company, BrinkVision. Where he acquires films for distribution, works PR for films,
and is also the account manager.
NOTE: DAVID PIKE PHOTO AND BIO SOURCE FROM THE INDEPENDENT FILM ASSOC. OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA
8:30 PM (35-Minutes)
Filmmaker: Bart Santello (Arivaca)
Executive Producer: Steven Ablondi (South Africa)
Production: Psychotropic Films
MZUNGU: Loosely defined as 'stranger' in Swahili, mirrored the
filmmaker's sentiment in 2006 as he and a small exploratory team
navigated through South Africa, then Rwanda and Uganda in
east Africa; in search of wildlife while on this adventure.
Utilizing his unique and original approach to digital filmmaking,
director Bart Santello envisioned the structure of MZUNGU to
mirror stages of sleep and the corresponding imagery that inhabits
the dreaming subconscious mind. Working within this framework,
Bart crafted into the film, artistic visual elements identified from
both raw footage and audio recordings from the field.
Deeply integrated into the film is an extraordinary soundscape
provided by respected ambient/electronic musicians:
Richard Bone, Jeff Greinke and a posthumous A PRODUCE.
Director: David Pike (Tucson)
Film Synopsis: A street girl wakes up one
day thinking she has acquired superpowers
to get rid of her troubled life.
8:15 PM (10-Minutes)
Stardust and the Bandit follows the misadventures of a former mob bookkeeper
placed in the witness protection at a quirky roadside attraction, Old Tucson Studios.
He inadvertently joins the wacky cast of stunt performers, can-can girls and
employees of this famous film studio turned western theme park. The show is a
clever madcap comedy; slapstick mixed with romance.
Stardust and the Bandit is a contemporary romantic situation
comedy developed as a pilot episode envisioned for original
entertainment programming in broadcast, cable or new media
7:20 PM (30-Minutes)
1) Found: Nothing Missing uses missing pet posters to explore the larger meaning
of loss. Still images are cut together to form a loose narrative and signs are
deconstructed, using humor, in order to re-construct meaning for the viewer (3-min).
2) In/Organic Transmissions functions as a conversation
that is not taking place. In this film, elements of natural
disintegration attempt to engage with the artifical and
nan-made in a child-like dance, This piece mocks the
advances of technology, which claim to improve
connections, but often hinder our ability to interact
with one another (1-Min).
3) Open is a transformative video which investigates time, space and history. This short
piece was developed from a single still frame (1-min).
Director: Patricia McInroy (Colorado)
Patricia McInroy graduated with an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in
2007. Her video work has screened at film festivals in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, New York
and California. She taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of New Mexico and
currently teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado.
Concept: Traveling to sites around the United States with
only a laptop computer in hand, electronic music producer
Dean De Benedictis uses ambient music techniques to
create unobtrusive moods and full-blown music productions
in the most unlikely of locations.
Travels Rendered gives a
refreshing, insightful and
adventuresome take on the
mobile music revolution,
coming from the perspective
of a traveling electronic
Dean De Benedictis is an experienced American recording
artist and musician who specializes in forms of experimental
and alternative music that foster a cinematic quality. He is
most noted for his alternative electronic music under alias
Surface 10. For more info on Dean, click on his photo above.