It’s New Year’s Eve, so we’re taking some time to look back at our Top Five Favorite Moments of 2014. We want to thank our family, friends, and fans for supporting our work. From January through December, here are our top five favorite moments from 2014, enjoy!

Walley POS-86 #WalleyFilms
1. Film Release: WALLEY POS-86 Promo Video
We produced this short parody promotional video as part of our art exhibition Creation to Consumption curated by Hills Snyder for the artist-run exhibition space, Sala Diaz. The film demonstrates the WALLEY POS-86, an impossible video camera that represents a reverse trend in consumer electronics. Since we released the film it has received over 323K views with features on Vimeo Staff Picks, Gizmodo,  No Film School, PetaPixel, Fstoppers, designboom, and Laughing Squid. Watch the film.

Dinh Q. Lê: Crossing the Farther Shore #WalleyFilms
2. Film Release: Dinh Q. Lê: Crossing the Farther Shore
In April we documented the exhibition Crossing the Farther Shore by acclaimed Vietnamese American artist Dinh Q. Lê at Rice University Art Gallery. Le presented thousands of photographs of Southern Vietnam taken before and during the Vietnam War. The hand-stitched structures allude to the mosquito nets under which people sleep in Vietnam, creating what Lê calls a “sleeping, dreaming memory of Vietnam.” Watch the film.

Pluck by Jennifer Ling Datchuk #WalleyFilms
3. Pluck, a video collaboration with artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk
From artist Jennifer Ling Datchuk:”‘He loves me, he loves me not’ was a game I played as a little girl. I would pluck flowers bare of its beautiful petals in hopes the last one spoken determined my hearts desired intentions. As an adult, I have allowed not only men to define my identity but that of my mixed race ethnicity and navigating the world as an ‘other’. In this performance piece, I pluck my eyebrows bare until my identity becomes almost erased. On view as part of the exhibition Dark and Lovely September 4, 2014 – November 9, 2014 at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center.” Watch the film. Learn more about Jennifer’s work at www.JenniferLingDatchuk.com.

Portrait of Chuck courtesy of Warren Borror
4. Tia Chuck Successfully Funded
Our documentary film following the life and work of artist Chuck Ramirez was successfully funded in October. It meant so much to us to have the support of the community for this film. We are currently in production and have plans to release the film in 2015. Visit www.TiaChuck.com for updates. Portrait of Chuck courtesy of Warren Borror.

Rueben Singleterry Documentary
5. Upcoming Film: Rueben Singleterry Documentary
Rueben Singleterry, the 14-year-old son of Angela’s cousin Roxanne. The first week of his freshman year, Rueben was diagnosed with a rare illness that almost took his life. He spent the last few months beating the odds to an almost full recovery. Rueben wanted us to document his story so he can help inspire others to never give up, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Part of Rueben’s desire to recover was so he could pursue his passion for playing basketball. We’ll be following Rueben’s journey and look forward to sharing his story with you. Visit www.WalleyFilms.com/Rueben-Singleterry for updates.

Happy New Year to you, we look forward to continuing our film work in 2015!

-M&A

Behind the Scenes #TiaChuck

We’re currently in production on our documentary film Tía Chuck, following the life and work of artist Chuck Ramirez. Read our October Production Notes to learn more.

-M&A

Chuck Ramirez by Jannette Morales #TiaChuck

Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010)
Photo by Jannette Morales

We are currently in production on Tía Chuck, a documentary film following the life and work of the late artist and graphic designer Chuck Ramirez. On November 6, 2010 Chuck Ramirez died after falling off his bike less than a block from his home in Southtown. It was then that we began documenting a community deeply affected by the untimely loss of a larger-than-life artist, who many felt was the heart of the art community. Tía Chuck will utilize footage captured in the days following the artist’s death, interviews conducted with Ramirez before his passing, archive footage and photographs collected from family and friends, and newly shot footage to illustrate stories told by those closest to him. This documentary film will ensure that his legacy lives on – bringing his remarkable life and work to new audiences.

Chuck Ramirez Black Heart #TiaChuck

Chuck Ramirez
Candy Tray Series: Black Heart, 2008
Courtesy of Ruiz-Healy Art

A native San Antonian, Ramirez had a successful career in graphic design and advertising before he came unto his own as a conceptual artist in his early thirties. Primarily employing large-scale photography, Ramirez’s pieces investigate the rituals and forms of everyday life and are charged with metaphors of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and mortality. Piñatas, candy trays, brooms, a Whataburger cup – Chuck Ramirez’s work recontextualizes objects from the banal to the extraordinary. Working with materials and images that are part of his daily life – a life impacted by being HIV positive – Ramirez transformed the language and power of advertising into a call for action and compassion, expression, and self-actualization. Throughout the final fifteen years of his life, Ramirez played an active role in the community as a fundraiser and advocate for contemporary art and exhibited his work nationally and internationally.

Thanks to Hatchfund.org, you can now make a tax-deductible donation to our project. Donate at the link below, any donation amount is greatly appreciated. ¡Viva Tía Chuck!

Donate now: Tía Chuck on Hatchfund

We’ve chosen Hatchfund.org because we wanted to partner with a nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to supporting the work of artists. This service is free for the artist, provides fully tax-deductible contributions, and one-on-one support to us throughout our fundraising campaign. The additional donations (10% minimum in total) that you pay for administration of the campaign goes towards a nonprofit committed to cultural advocacy.

Interviewing Ken Little for #TiaChuck Film

Interviewing Ken Little in his studio for Tía Chuck

We have experience producing over forty short documentary films following artists and non-profit art organizations in Texas. We are building on that experience to produce this project, which will be our most ambitious film to date. We estimate the length will be between 30-45 minutes. Funding will go towards additional video equipment costs, production costs for cinematic recreation scenes, and our time filming, editing, and composing an original score for this film. We are fundraising with the hope of completing the film by the end of the year and having screenings early next year. Follow production at www.TiaChuck.com.

Thank you for your support!

-M&A