Director Biography – Stéphane Chis, Maxime Chuchana (HYPERSTITION)

Maxime et Stéphane se rencontrent sur les bancs d’une école de publicité lyonnaise et font leurs armes en tant que Directeurs Artistiques dans plusieurs agences de pub. Forts de ces expériences, ils se lancent dans la réalisation et la production de publicités et fictions. Exercés aux contraintes et aux enjeux publicitaires, ils forment AFTER 2AM qui se démarque par sa recherche d’efficacité et par sa capacité à s’appuyer sur la singularité de chaque idée pour créer une esthétique originale.

Le savoir-faire de ce duo se décline sur l’ensemble du process, une maîtrise qui garantit le respect de la vision de l’auteur comme du client à chaque étape de la production.
Leurs références inclus SENSAYA x SWAROVSKI, VEOLIA, Renault Trucks, Tomme de Savoie, Rowenta, INTEX.

Apres s’être confrontés au milieu de la publicité, ils se lancent maintenant dans la fiction et réalisent leur premier court métrage fin 2020, HYPERSTITION dans lequel ils dirigent notamment Nicolas Marié.

Director Biography – Anthony Sneed (SWIPE)

Anthony Sneed is a filmmaker, visual artist and performer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Born in New Jersey, he’s an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of Cherokee, North Carolina.

In 2008, he landed the lead role in Frank Henenlotter’s film “Bad Biology”, catalyzing their working relationship. The two have since collaborated on the films “Chasing Banksy” and the award-winning “Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana”. During this time, Anthony spent six years studying comedy at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade and Magnet Theaters, where he performed regularly on sketch and improv house teams.

In 2018, Sneed made his directorial debut with the award -winning short film “SUCK” in which he also performed, wrote & edited. He’s since graduated from the director program at the prestigious American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

He’s recently finished two new short films: “SWIPE”, “Quarantimes” and his AFI Thesis film “Kush: A Bubblegum Western”.

Director Statement

I was compelled to make “SWIPE” after recollecting about my adolescence and the misguided things we used to do with little to no ramifications. I wanted to retell this true story but add a little twist at the end chock full of retribution and much-needed life lessons.

Director Biography – Sean Parker (I Need His Blood For My Poisons)

Sean Parker is a Portland OR native filmmaker who created Hapstance Films, a comedy duo dedicated to offbeat short and feature media. He got his start in filmmaking by animating toy characters on VHS tapes at age 7, and still occasionally does that. 25 years later, Sean has directed 3 features and is in development of an innovative mystery-comedy series involving finger puppetry.

Director Statement

“I NEED HIS BLOOD FOR MY POISONS” is a spur-of-the-moment project that came about by complete chance. After getting into a petty online argument with a stranger over the validity of a parent’s personal anecdote about their wacky child “making poisons,” I noticed the tone of our conversation was getting completely and utterly… absurd. The wordage. The emoji usage. The ever-so-slightly unhinged vibes I got from my impromptu conversation partner, which became more pronounced with each response. I wasn’t arguing with just anyone. This was a special case.

Seeing an opportunity, I sought permission from the fellow I was sparring with to turn our disagreement into a script for a short finger puppet play. He surprised me by not only encouraging me to follow through, but by relentlessly HOUNDING me in the days afterward for updates to make sure I wasn’t breaking my promise. A challenge was set: I would complete the film by the end of the week—and I had just enough spare time in my schedule to pull it off (and a dogged determination to send him into a stupor over how much effort I planned to put into it).

Friends came aboard, and favors were called. Cardboard sets were hastily cut and painted. An entire meta-narrative wriggled its way in as the messages from my new pen pal continued to get stranger. The scope of the story ballooned after my voice actor improvised an entire monologue that gave the short a sudden thriller arc for Act 2. Over 50 finger puppets made up the cast, and two very sleepless nights of frantic puppetry and cinematography (mostly done solo) threatened to derail the entire venture.

In the end, I missed the Sunday deadline by one day, only able to finish uploading it online in the late hours of Monday. But I had, more or less, stuck to my word, and delivered the most over-the-top effort I could muster in the timeframe. I couldn’t be prouder of the result, and even my pen pal/frenemy was overjoyed with the final product.

The whole debacle has kicked some gears into motion to turn this into a series, and adapt additional online arguments into their own finger puppet dramas, but for now… enjoy what started it all with the world’s first comedic-drama/thriller-finger-puppet adaptation of an internet spat: “I NEED HIS BLOOD FOR MY POISONS.”

Director Biography – Alexander Henninger (BARRY)

Alexander Henninger is an Emmy award-winning multimedia storyteller in the United States Army. Enlisting in 2006, Alexander began his career as Military Police. Even then, he almost always had a camera in hand. In 2016, Alexander merged his passion for filmmaking with his professional career in the Army, attending the Defense Information School and qualifying as a Broadcast Specialist. Since then, he’s filmed stories in almost a dozen countries from thousands of feet in the air to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and was named the Army’s best new videographer in 2019. Striving to learn more, he attended the Military Motion Media program at Syracuse University in 2020.

Director Statement

I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for the opportunity I had to make this short, and for the phenomenal people that came together to make it happen. This project was immensely different from what I normally do in the Army. To be able to stretch those creative muscles in such a different way with an amazing crew – and hopefully making audiences laugh – has been a true highlight of my time away from the Army while here at Syracuse University.

Short Film: HIPPOPOTAMUS & CROCODILE HUNT, 21min., Romania, Comedy

One lost painting, fifteen hypocrites, two scammers, all served with an unlucky connoisseur and one honest kid.

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