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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!