Shade (Mini Dv, 21min, Color, 2015)

Co-directed with partner, Julian Tran. We explored making a serious film with non serious equipment and non-actors. We followed nearly exactly the basic tenants of Lars Von Triers “Dogme 95 Manifesto” of filmmaking based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology. We found the “actors” at a grocery store, a restaurant and in our family. We coached them for months and then filmed for 5 days non-stop under rigorous conditions.

Mini-dv tapes, 21 min


Public Cinema

Cuyler Ballenger (b. 1985 Novato, California) is an art documentary filmmaker. His works are minimal, characterized by personal history, labor and industrial landscapes. Ballenger is interested in the materiality of memory and intergenerational collaboration. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of California San Diego.