An experimental documentary on the making of art and it's inherent emotional demands. Featuring a vivid and authentic performance by figure art model and writer, Natalia Carbullido, the film highlights the power and grace of the feminine form as well as the physical and emotional demands placed on those who lay themselves bare for artists.
Like a dancer, Natalia expresses a ‘total body awareness’. Utilizing her training in Aikido and a keen eye for classical form, she embraces movements and poses that, expressed in sculpture or in drawing appearing graceful, are often difficult to maintain and sometimes lead to injury.
Produced over eight days and unapologetically devoid of genre affectations or polemics, The Nude focuses on one exceptional model’s work, offering a direct communion between her creation of form and the viewer. The film embraces unbroken moments of time as a way to experience the work of the model and to better appreciate the mystery and power expressed by the unadorned feminine form in motion.
Details: 59 min/USA/Color/Sound/2018
Produced by Alvin Case & Natalia Carbullido//Photographed & Directed by Alvin Case// Soundtrack by Alpha Lyra//Production Team: Stewart Clements / David Marks/ Joanna Gomez/ Jannine Fonte /Ryoji Uyehara//Cast: Natalia Carbullido
Taking advantage of The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017, producers and actors Debra Cooke and Elissa Piszel brought in Alvin Case to direct. Produced at break-neck speed over five and a half days in Maine and the Sand Hills Region of Nebraska, the film centers on the relationship between two sisters displaced by time and place who reconnect at a moment when their lives feel out of control.
Details: 81 min/USA/Color/Sound/2018
Cast: Debra Cooke, Elissa Piszel, and Jules Hartley
Produced by Debra Cooke, Elissa Piszel, and Thomas Kesolits//screenplay by Edward Case//Photographed & Directed by Alvin Case// Soundtrack by Ladylamb
Game For Motel Room
Based on a Fritz Leiber Jr. science-fiction short story, Game For Motel Room centers on an itinerant man brought in for an unspecified job, which leads to a night on the town with a very odd and beautifully strange woman.
featuring Pierre Perrier and Lucy Owen
Produced by Glen Macura & Alvin Case / screenplay adaptation by Edward Case / Edited by Jenn Druchniak & Alvin Case
Production Design: David Marks / Assistant DOP: Janine Fonte / Sound: Djim Reynolds /Art Direction: Nora Manley, Jennifer Watkins
4K HD Zeiss Lenses/BMD Ursa (Model1) Camera
Currently in post-production
Game For Motel Room
Analogue combines domestic melodrama, classical music, and science fiction in a tale about a former prodigy haunted by the death of a student during his experimentation with aural portraits, sound recordings using the electrical impulses of the human body. Part homage to Doctor Phibes and Orson Welles, it owes no small part to the influence of Pere Portabella and his fantastically surreal gems of cinema.
featuring Debra Cooke, Darcy Kuronen, and Suzana Mihajlica
executive producer Glen Macura
produced by Glen Macura & Alvin Case / Music by Darcy Kuronen
Analogue combines domestic melodrama, classical music, and science fiction in a tale about a former prodigy haunted by the death of a student during his experimentation with aural portraits, sound recordings using the electrical impulses of the human body.
ANALOGUE (2015) teaser
A micro-budget 2800 mile road/head trip ending at Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in Utah wasn't the original plan for Sun Opener, but then part of its charm may be the way themes of self-enlightenment, memory, death, and shattered dreams collide when a road trip turns into a film and vice-versa. The soundtrack was provided by Damien Taylor with his band (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope, one of the very best contemporary psychedelic bands. Though only $3800 was raised through a crowdfunding site, it was enough to make a quick one-off road movie about post-glory, rock-n-roller, facing the uncertain future of his own making. Shot over six days between Cherry Valley, NY and the Western Edge of Utah, on a trusty Canon 7D with an adapted Mamiya medium format lens doing the bulk of the image capture. The results are chaotic, somethings confusing, and often funny.
Catch Damien's music here: https://soundcloud.com/flash-hits
featuring Gordon C. Ramsey and Adeline Schneider
produced by Gordon C. Ramsey & Alvin Case / music by Damien Taylor and (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope
Shot over two five-day blocks in France, Canada, and USA with a crew of three (including the director), The Whirlpool is a throwback to the vibrantly experimental period of late sixties cinema centered on the chance meeting between two people ready to break out of their routine. Free-form and mostly improvised with influences ranging from Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, Jack Cardiff's The Girl on The Mototcycle, and Stanley Donen's Two For The Road.
Details 77min/Color/Sound/2012/USA in French with English Subtitles
featuring Pierre Perrier and Agathe Feoux
produced by Alvin Case & Pierre Perrier / music by Claudia Carty
41st International Film Festival Rotterdam (Premiere)
10th Independent Film Festival of Boston
10th FEST- New Directors New Films - Silver Castle Competition
10th Festival De Cine Inusual de Buenos Aires
9th MARFICI - Foco Cine Inusual
3rd Festival Ibereoamericano de Cine Digital - Foco Cine Inusual
The Whirlpool - Film Trailer
Tod Dockstader was one of the most important contributors to the art of the late 20th century in the United States. As he worked on commercial and educational projects for a variety of clients he quietly explored the limits of recorded sound. A willful and warm collaborator with other artists, he continued producing new sound works even as his mind was fading from Alzheimer's.
Excerpt from documentary feature prepared for a Dockstader concert and symposium in Berlin, Germany.
The Secret Universe of Paul Laffoley
Filmed from early 2012 until weeks before his death in late 2015, this portrait of the american visionary artist Paul Laffoley follows the digressive course of Paul's thoughts from his earliest self-produced lectures and talks about his work to his preparation for the publication of the first monograph about his art. Using extensive 'fly on the wall' interviews and rare archival video footage, the film minimizes the use of talking heads and emotive statements, allowing the viewer to experience Paul Laffoley in his own words.