"... In an age where digital technology has given rise to a proliferation of filmmakers with nothing but commercial dreams in their heads for their moribund creations, this remodernist group of filmmakers is dreaming and believing in something else. And actually doing it. In Passing is an intriguing and exquisite work..." - Bill Mousoulis, Senses of Cinema

The Filmmakers

Heidi Beaver's last film "Lost" won Best Dramatic Short at the Long Island film festival in 1996. She lives in NYC and works, under a pen name, as an illustrator. "Trust" is her return to the moving image.

Christopher Michael Beer received his summa cum laude degree in film theory and criticism from the University of Minnesota. He also studied production at FAMU in Prague, CZ, under the guidance of Academy Award winning Czech filmmakers. His work, which includes two full length features concerning human rights, has been screened in Palm Springs, Boston, Minneapolis, New York City, Prague, Bordeaux, and Istanbul. He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where in addition to guest lecturing at NYU on screenwriting, he works on a variety of film and television productions, most notably with Industrial Light and Magic on The Avengers. He has his family and teachers to thank for his interest and continuing pursuit in film, not to mention the friends and helpful strangers who have helped him along the way.
Dean Kavanagh is an independent, avant-garde, low/no- budget filmmaker from Ireland. While being an active filmmaker from an early age, Dean began to favor more “visual stories” and from 2006 onwards he began to reduce conventional narrative elements.
In 2008 Dean was discovered by independent Iranian filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi. From that point Dean concentrated on experimental filmmaking. During the period 2008-2010 he made 15 shorts as part of the Dublin based Experimental Film Society established by Rashidi.
Dean now makes film entirely independently and his films could be described as visual with attention to the image/sound relationship. They feature non-professional actors, natural/available light and are shot with little to no crew and no budgets.
A selection of his works has been screened, had official selections and won awards nationally.
Dean holds a degree in Media Arts, and has also composed music for short films and a collection of his own experimental/concept projects. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently resides in County Wicklow.
Rouzbeh Rashidi (born in Tehran, 1980) is an Iranian independent filmmaker. He has been making films since 2000 when he founded the Experimental Film Society in Tehran. Since then, he has worked completely apart from any mainstream conceptions of filmmaking. He strives to escape the stereotypes of conventional storytelling and instead roots his cinematic style in a poetic interaction of image and sound.
He intentionally rejects scriptwriting, or any other form of written pre-planning.
His films are inspired by and constructed around images, locations, characters and their immediate situations. The stylistic elements that make up his distinctively personal film language include the use of natural light, non-professional actors, slow paced rhythms, abstract plots, static shots and minimal dialogue. He employs a wide range of different formats and devices to make his films, including video, Super-8mm, webcam and mobile phone cameras. His consistently low-budget work is entirely self-funded and made with complete creative freedom.

Rouzbeh Rashidi has directed and produced forty short films. Since 2008, he has focused on feature projects, making several full length films. His films has been shown in many film festivals, galleries and showcases throughout the world such as in Iran, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, UAE, USA, Hungary, India, Italy, Greece, France, England and Brazil.
Rouzbeh Rashidi is the recipient of Irish Arts Council Film Project Award for his experimental feature film project HE (2012).
He moved to Ireland in 2004 and currently lives and works in Dublin. More info: www.rouzbehrashidi.com

Roy RezaƤli is a The Hague-based filmmaker dedicated to Super8 productions. This resulted in an ongoing event ‘Shoot8!’ that promotes the use of Super8 in film productions, started in October 2010 at the Shoot-Me Film Festival in The Hague. Since 2011 he has broadened the Super8 filmmaking activities to his homeland Suriname. Together with other Super8 filmmakers they are joined in the international collective Chill'm Guerrilla Cinema (CGS) established in 2004.
The method of filmmaking CGC advocates is pretty simple. Super 8 cams, real locations, non-actors, no pre-written dialogues, filming in one take, not too much work with editing, no superficial after-effects, focus on self-financing, usage of self-made music and/or produced by beginning/independent musicians. In 2006 Roy started to write for his first feature film ‘Agga Tori’ (A Tale From The Hague) which he pitched to Roger Corman. This film is still in-production and will be shot in The Hague, Holland and Paramaribo, Suriname.
2009 was a key year when a strategic alliance was established between Jesse Richards’ Remodernist Film initiative and CGC. The reason for this was that in search of auteur driven films shot on super 8, this was the only entity nowadays in the whole world that also advocates to shoot on super8, just like CGC. The trigger for this alliance was the mesmerizing short ‘Shooting at the moon’. That movie really connected CGC with Remodernist Film and after agreeing with the Remodernist Manifesto as a whole, a partnership was started.
The first try-out on Super8 by Roy was ‘Tulip’. This short impression film displays The Hague through his eyes and was selected to be added in the list of Remodernist films.
A very promising Super8 project was initiated by CGC between 21 filmmakers in 2011.
Jesse Richards (Producer) (born Bridgeport, CT. USA 1975) is a filmmaker, photographer, artist, model and actor. He has been making films off and on since the early 1990’s.
In the Summer of 2001 he became a member of the international art movement, Stuckism. He organized several international art exhibitions of Stuckist and Remodernist work during that time including The War on Bush
in New Haven, CT. in 2003, as well as the first comprehensive exhibition of work from all of the Remodernist groups at CB’s313 in New York City in 2005. Richards also participated as an artist in several major exhibitions with them, including The Stuckists Punk Victorian at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 2004 during the Liverpool Biennial, and The Triumph of Stuckism/Symposium on Stuckism at John Moores University in Liverpool during the 2006 Liverpool Biennial. Richards quit the Stuckists in 2006. In 2011 he reteamed with Stuckists Joe Machine and others as a member of The Institute of Collective Remodernism.

Richards is a published photographer, favoring pinhole cameras and lomography. He has collaborated as a photographer in books with Billy Childish, Wolf Howard and others.

As a filmmaker, Richards is the founder of the Remodernist Film Movement and is the author of its manifesto. He has collaborated on projects with filmmakers such as Bill Morrison, Lav Diaz, Amos Poe, Nina Menkes and others. In November 2010 he was a founding member o
f Cine Foundation International, and is on the Board of Directors along with Bela Tarr, Fred Kelemen, Lav Diaz and others.
Peter Rinaldi is an award winning filmmaker based in New York City. He graduated from The School Of Visual Arts (BFA Filmmaking) in 1996. His thesis film "Short Film" won SVA's Dusty Award for outstanding achievement in editing. In 1998 he Produced and Hosted 50 episodes of the MNN cable show "Short Fuse" which showcased short films and their makers, including Bill Morrison and Lynn Hershman Leeson.
In 2000 he switched from 16mm to digital video and has been making digital shorts on a regular basis. In 2006 he created an independent television pilot called “Oh! Be Joyful” which Time Out New York called “One of the top five comedies” at the New York Television Festival, where it premiered. His films have been screened around the world including Anthology Film Archives, Syracuse International Film Festival, The Indie Gathering and The Max Ophuls Film Festival in Germany.
Kate Shults is a filmmaker and writer based in Orlando, Florida. She is currently earning a MFA in film from the University of Central Florida, while working as a Teaching Associate. Having previously attended UCF for her BFA in film, Shults has completed over seven short films and is currently working on a feature-length video. Her feature, When the Alligator Called to Elijah, is scheduled for release in summer of 2012.