Happy New Year’s Eve! Today we’re taking a look back on 2013. This past year has been an incredible one. We celebrated 10 years together and we released eight new short films which have received over 300 thousand views online. We want to thank our family, friends, and fans for supporting our work. From January through December, here are our top ten favorite moments from 2013, enjoy!
1. Our 10th Anniversary Love Birds Print
We collaborated with our friends, artists Marisa Finos and Remy Bordas, to create this love bird print in celebration of our 10th Anniversary. The print is available on our Society6 Shop.
2. Soo Sunny Park at Rice Gallery
We’ve been working on a series of short documentary films with Rice Gallery since the beginning of 2011. Our film following artist Soo Sunny Park was our most popular film of the series and our most viewed film of 2013 with 133k plays. Sunny was an absolute delight to work with and we are so happy that her beautiful work has received all the attention it has. The film was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, tweeted by actor Jared Leto, and stills from our film have had over 95k notes on tumblr. Watch the film.
3. Walley Films at PechaKucha
Our presentation for PechaKucha San Antonio included 20 second clips from 20 of our short artist documentary films. It was a real challenge to select a 20 second clip that could represent a 5-15 minute film, but our goal was to give the audience a glimpse into the work we’ve made and encourage them to watch the complete films. Watch our presentation.
4. Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John Film Screening in Los Angeles
Our short documentary following artist Vincent Valdez took us to Los Angeles for a screening with the 2013 Texas Filmmakers Showcase. It was an honor to represent Texas Filmmaking in L.A., and to share our film throughout it’s festival run. In addition to the 51k views the film has received online, the film screened at CineFestival, Dallas VideoFest, and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. It has also just been selected as the San Antonio Current’s Best San Antonio Film of 2013. Watch the film.
5. MOSAIC Documentary
We loved working with the MOSAIC program at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. The vision and guidence of artist Alex Rubio along with the talent and dedication of the MOSAIC students is inspiring. Watch the film.
6. Walley Films on L’Oeil de Links
We were interviewed on French TV Show L’Oeil de Links discussing our film following Soo Sunny Park. As we mentioned above, we were so proud of the attention that film garnered, including this Canal + interview. Watch our interview on L’Oeil de Links.
7. Justin Boyd: Sound and Time
As part of our documentary series with Southwest School of Art we worked with Sound Artist Justin Boyd. We really enjoyed collaborating with Justin to bring his process to film. In one of our favorite scenes we filmed this year, our friend artist Karl Frey’s son Vonnegut plays a young Justin while the artist discusses an early memory of sound growing up in Fort Stockton, Texas. The film was selected as our second Vimeo Staff Pick of the year and has received over 61k views. Watch the film.
8. Gaia at Rice Gallery
We continued our series for Rice Gallery with Baltimore-based street artist Gaia as he created his installation Marshland. We absolutely loved working with Gaia and his assistant Nanook. The film was our most dynamic Rice Gallery film, including footage around the Rice University campus, downtown Houston, as well as stop-motion techniques of Gaia’s process. Watch the film.
9. “Creation to Consumption” at Sala Diaz
Sala Diaz curator Hills Snyder invited us to step outside of our comfort zone to create our installation “Creation to Consumption”. We transformed the gallery space into a product showroom to unveil and demonstrate the WALLEY POS-86, an impossible video camera that represents a reverse trend in consumer electronics. Read more.
10. Dennis Olsen Documentary
Artist and friend Gary Sweeney invited us to produce a short documentary following printmaker and musician Dennis Olsen. Dennis’ process is so unique and we really enjoyed filming his musical performances on various instruments. Watch the film.
Our favorite moments of 2013 happened when we screened our films. From SAY Sí and MOSAIC classrooms, our PechaKucha presentation, an artist’s home, to L.A. – screenings gave us a chance to experience our work alongside those who mean the most to us. There’s no way to explain the joy we feel when an artist or audience reacts to our films through laughter or tears. Thank you to everyone who has watched, shared, and given us feedback on our films. Here’s to an even more exciting 2014!