Full films and excerpts of writing & directing work.

DOCUMENTARIES

BEIRUT ON THE BAYOU (excerpt)

Documentary

Producer, Director

Lebanese author, Raif Shwayri, travels to Louisiana to trace the life of his grandfather who worked as a peddler serving the Cajuns on Bayou Lafourche in the early 20th century.

Based on the book of the same title by Raif Shwayri

Original Arabic music by Brian Prunka

HOLDOUT

Writer, Director

Set against the stark and surreal landscape of a desolate New Orleans, Holdout is a portrait of a man who refused to leave his home before or after Hurricane Katrina in order to care for his eighteen pets.

 

Footage from this film was used in Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke and Court 13's Here and Now series for Time Magazine.

Included in 2 DVD Compilations: The Scream: Slamdance Short Film CompilationNew Fest 20th Anniversary Shorts

A LOUD COLOR

Writer, Director

While sorting through the debris of the African American community center he opened one month before it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, 72-year-old Louis Harding talks about history and heroes and why he can't give up on his lifelong dream.

Songs by Champion Jack Dupree

Produced by NOVAC

Distributed by Media That Matters

Available on Netflix

CREATURES OF THE INTERSTATE

Audio Non-Fiction

Writer, Producer

An anecdote about meeting a retired Texas oil man drinking and gambling his way home to Houston. This true story takes place in the wake of the 2016 presidential election and paints a picture of an anxious gridlocked country as seen from the bumpy roads and polluted air of West Louisiana.

DANNY'S SONG

Mash-up

Director, Editor

An early, VHS, mash-up of Stanley Kubrick's film of Stephen King's book The Shining cut to Sonic Youth's cover of the Carpenters' version of the Leon Russell–Bonnie Bramlett song “Superstar.”

FICTION & EXPERIMENTS

BULLFROGS (excerpt)

Fiction

Writer, Director

A transgressive re-telling of the damsel-in-distress story shot in 16mm black and white, deep in the Louisiana swamp.

Starring Paul Soileau AKA "Christeene" & Llewyn Máire

Music by Curtis Heath

MIRZA THE MIRACULOUS

Writer, Director

An experimental short film incorporating abstract art, dustbuster spaceships, gibberish voices, remnants of Mardi Gras costumes and analog electronic music. This kaleidoscopic movie was originally shot on the Texas-Mexican border in 1999, but was abandoned due to technical difficulties. The project was revived 15 years later by a successful Kickstarter fund-raising campaign.

Starring Paul Soileau (aka Christeene)

Artwork by Co-Star Iva Gueorguieva

Music by Quintron

Soundtrack available on iTunes

Vinyl available through Ameoba Music