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Projection Design

Deborah Johnson, aka CandyStations, is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. She designs and performs live video projections for music groups including Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Calexico, M. Ward, and Lambchop in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Fillmore, The Ryman, and Wiener Konzerthaus.Johnson has also created site-specific projections for events at the 92Y Tribeca, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Her music video and animation work has been exhibited worldwide and screened at numerous film festivals.

She has completed residencies at Mass MoCA, The Experimental Television Center, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts where she was one of seven artists selected to work with new media artist Carsten Nicolai.

 


Programmer

Brian Chasalow is an interactive art programmer from Brooklyn, NY who creates custom installations and performances with various artists and musicians. He has recently collaborated with Bright Eyes as a live concert visualist at Radio City Music Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Coachella and developed interactive camera vision software for an installation with Chris Milk that was shown at Intel / VICE’s The Creators Project. He also developed an interactive audio installation with MPC-NY (The Moving Picture Company, Technicolor) at the Virgin FreeFest, 2011.

 

Composer

Michael Krassner began composing music for film with the Boxhead Ensemble, a group he first formed in the early ‘90s to score a number of short films by filmmakers Braden King and Larry Stuckey.  The Ensemble went on to record the soundtrack to King’s film DUTCH HARBOR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK at Truckstop Audio Recording Co. (Chicago), where he was a founding partner along with King and musician / recording engineer Joseph Ferguson.

Subsequent Boxhead Ensemble recordings include two live albums from the DUTCH HARBOR film screening tours (The Last Place to Go and Niagara Falls), a soundtrack for the John Hyams HBO documentary THE SMASHING MACHINE and the studio albums Two BrothersQuartets and Nocturnes.

Over the years, the Boxhead Ensemble’s rotating lineup has included Ken Vandermark, Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Gastr del Sol), Will Oldham (Palace Music, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy), Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Doug Mccombs (Tortoise), Tim Rutili (Califone), Fred Lonberg-Holm, Scott Tuma, Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power) and others.

 

Director

 

Braden King is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer and visual artist.  His most recent feature film, HERE, is a formally groundbreaking, landscape-obsessed road movie chronicling a brief but deeply affecting relationship between an American satellite-mapping engineer (Ben Foster) and an expatriate Armenian art photographer (Lubna Azabal) who impulsively decide to travel together into uncharted territory – both literally and metaphorically.

Shot entirely on location in Armenia, HERE premiered at the 2011 Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and has gone on to screen throughout the world. Strand Releasing will distribute HERE theatrically in the U.S. in early 2012. A live installation version of the project, HERE [ THE STORY SLEEPS ], premiered at The Museum of Modern Art in 2010 and continues to tour internationally.

Additional credits include the lyric Aleutian Island documentary DUTCH HARBOR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK (co-directed with Laura Moya), which screened in over 20 major film festivals and toured internationally with live, improvised soundtrack accompaniment by the critically-acclaimed Boxhead Ensemble; short films, including the award-winning HOME MOVIE; gallery and museum installations and exhibitions; and music videos for Sonic Youth, Bonnie ’Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham), Dirty Three, Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Sparklehorse and others. Commercial clients include American Airlines, Miller Beer, ESPN, Nikon, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens and UNICEF.

Awards and honors include the the 2011 Berlin Film Festival C.I.C.A.E. Award, a 2010 Cinereach / Sundance Institute Fellowship, nomination to the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Atelier, the 2008 Sundance / NHK International Filmmakers Award, 2007 Sundance Writers and Directors Lab Fellowships and grants from the Creative Capital, Rockefeller, Annenberg and Sloan Foundations.

King’s work has been exhibited at leading international film festivals and institutions, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, London, Melbourne, Singapore. Vienna and Ann Arbor; MoMA, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Mass MoCA and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Center.  His work has been seen on all major U.S. broadcast networks, HBO, BBC, Sundance Channel, MTV, Channel 4 (UK) and others.

King has lectured at Yale University, The University of Southern California, Bard College, Wheaton College, the Graduate School at the City University of New York, Creative Capital and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 1993.