Our Short film: “Hallows Dance” (2008)

This was our short film for the 2008 48 HR film festival.I supplied the narrative (co-scripted by myself, J. Ross Eaker, and Terry Dellinger). It is based of the tragic, true story of my assistant manager (having taken place in the early 90s).

James Mannan and Robin Panet co-directed. I co-acted with Jason Hignite.

Our Short Film: “9” (2009)

This was made for the 2009 48 Hr film contest. It was written by myself, using the poerty of John M. Bennett. I co-directed with Robin Panet and co-acted with frequent collaborator James Mannan.

After the premiere, one of the judges took me aside and said: “I dig your film and really wanted you guys to win, but you just broke too many rules.”

We did indeed.

LA LONTANANZA NOSTLAGICA UTOPICA FUTURA (short film)

http://www.theindependentcritic.com/la_lontananza_nostalgica_utopica_futura

THE FILM IS ALSO TEMPORARILY AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING (WITH STATEMENT) @

http://366weirdmovies.com/la-lontananza-nostalgica-utopica-futura-2014/

IMDB LISTING

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4258080/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_2  James Mannan as Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.James Mannan as V. Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.

LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 8Alfred Eaker as Gauguin (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.LA LONTANANZA SHOOTLA LONTANANZA SHOOT 2Alfred Eaker as Gauguin2 (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futuraJames Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.

Rogue Cinema’s review for our film: La Lontananza nostalgica utopica futura.

http://www.roguecinema.com/la-lontananza-nostalgica-utopica-2014-by-brian-morton.html

Co-directed by James Mannan and Alfred Eaker.

Written by Alfred Eaker

Starring James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh and Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin.

Edited by J. Ross Eaker

Makeup: Jen Ring

Camera: J.Ross Eaker

Produced by Eaker Productions, LLC and Liberty or Death Productions, LLC

Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura II James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura Alfred Eaker as Gauguin2 (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Gauguin (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as V. Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as VG in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.LA LONTANANZA SHOOTLA LONTANANZA SHOOT 1LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 2LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 3LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 4LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 7LA LONTANANZA SHOOT 8James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura (human misery)

BEHIND THE SCENE OF THE WATER SCENE

The following are behind the (green) scene shots of an upcoming short film: The Water Scene. Written by Wendy Collin Sorin, Alfred Eaker, and John M. Bennett.

Co-directed by J.Ross Eaker and Alfred Eaker

Art direction: Todd M. Coe

Starring: James Mannan & Alfred Eaker

©2014 Eaker Productions, LLC

WATER SCENE WATER SCENE A DUET BETWEEN ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND J. ROSS EAKER (things that make you go 'hmmm') WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND J.ROSS EAKER WATER SCENE Alfred Eaker and J.Ross Eaker hmmm2 WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES D. MANNAN WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN (filming) WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN (frequent collaborators) WATER SCENE ALFRED EAKER JAMES MANNAN DUET WATER SCENE DIALOGUING ALFRED EAKER AND JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE II WATER SCENE III WATER SCENE IV WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER AT WORK WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER CO-DIRECTING WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN (filming) WATER SCENE JAMES D. MANNAN WATER SCENE JAMES D. MANNAN AND ALFRED EAKER (waxing John M. Bennett) WATER SCENE JAMES MANNAN (IN PINK) WATER SCENE James Mannan and Alfred Eaker (pink & blue) WATER SCENE prophecy James Mannan and Alfred Eaker WATER SCENE V Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler WATER SCENE VI J. ROSS EAKER, JAMES MANNAN, AND ALFRED EAKER WATER SCENE X J.ROSS EAKER, ALFRED EAKER, JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XI JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XIII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XIV JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XV J. ROSS EAKER AND ALFRED EAKER WATER SCENE XVII JAMES MANNAN WATER SCENE XX

BEHIND THE SCENE PHOTOS OF DAVID ROSS’ PRODUCTION “UNREQUITED”

More behind-the scene photos of David Ross’ film: “Unrequited.” The plot, so to speak (and if one is really required) has something to do with BlueMahler’s descent in Wonderland. As for the unrequited part-let us say it has something to do with a pretty girl named Alice (Jessica Froelich).  Photography by James Mannan (who also appears in the film),  and J. Ross Eaker

DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler in a broken wonderland DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler. Yuk DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED J. Ross Eaker filming Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED, Alfred Eaker (as BlueMahler) with broken egg DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED, Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler, with David Ross DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Director and egg DAVID ROSS' UNREQUITED. Ross directing Alfred Eaker as BlueMahlerUNREQUITED SHOOT 2UNREQUITED SHOOT 5UNREQUITED SHOOT JAMES MANNANUNREQUITED SHOOT 1UNREQUITED SHOOT 3UNREQUITED SHOOT 4

 

REQUIEM FOR THE RELENTLESS FATHERS (2012): FILM & DIRECTOR’S STATMENT

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:

Requiem For The Relentless Fathers (2012) is a short film I made for theology graduate school. “First and Second Samuel” was a class taught by Dr. Marti Steussy. Among Steussy’s assignments was an artistic presentation from the text.  requiem for the relentless fathers. saul (alfred eaker)  tormented by evil spirit of god (jen ring)  © alfred eaker 2012

Embedded theology oversimplifies the Samuel narrative: Samuel, the Judge of Israel, is the protagonist. Saul, the first King, disobeys God, and is therefore the antagonist. God consequently replaces Saul with the hero David, whom God loves. Even as a child I had issues with that elementary assessment. Regardless of what my Sunday school teachers taught, I found myself sympathizing with the antagonist. Perhaps it is in my nature. After all, I never could manage to find sympathy for any of the characters in Richard Wagner’s symbolist opera “Parsifal” except the alleged villain Klingsor. Still, having had a class with Dr. Steussy previously, I rightly concluded that she would supply fresh insight into the narrative.

Alfred Eaker Requiem for the Relentless Fathers  © alfred eaker 2012

 

Dr. Steussy discarded tradition. She inspired us to go directly and honestly to the text without preconceived notions. After knocking the dust off my Bible, I did exactly that. At the end of the semester a few fellow students, upon seeing the film, pointed out that they would not have been open to my interpretation if they had seen it at the beginning of the semester.

Requiem For the Relentless Fathers. Alfred Eaker as King Saul, James Mannan as the prophet Samuel.  © alfred eaker 2012

Since Requiem is a short, many details are naturally left out. The film is what the title says: It is a requiem for three complex, relentless fathers in an authentically strange Biblical narrative. Samuel and Saul are the primary focus. However, we tried to depict even the secondary character of David as embodying more than meets the eye in his initial introduction. (Perhaps someday, we will be able to do a follow-up film of the Davidic character). The historicity of Samuel was not our concern, which is why we placed it in a relatively contemporary setting.

Requiem For The Relentless Fathers. Alfred Eaker as Saul (the sacrifice)

Dr. Steussy proposed a question—“Why is it important how we judge Saul?”—followed by an answer—“It is important because it reflects how we are apt to judge one other.” Of equal importance is an honest approach to the text as an un-hallowed narrative, stripped of our over-familiarity. I found the story of Saul to be a fresh and surprising chronicle; often bizarre, adverse, and morally questionable.

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The cast includes James Mannan as Samuel/God, myself as Saul, Robert Webster as David, Jordan Wheatley as Michal, Nate Saylor as Jonathan, Robbin Panet as the woman of Endor, and Jennifer Ring as the Evil Spirit of God. Director of photography: Robin Panet. Assistant Directors: Robbin Panet and James Mannan. Sets: John Claeyse. Music courtesy of Tahra Records. The script was inspired by 1 Samuel and the Samuel commentaries of Dr. Marti Steussy and Dr. David M. Gunn.

Requiem For the Relentless Fathers.Jordan Wheatley, Nate Saylor,  Alfred Eaker, Robin Panet.  © alfred eakerRequiem For the Relentless Fathers. Robert Webster, Jordan Wheatley.  © alfred eakerrequiem for the relentless fahters. Steve making Chris up  for the killing of the priest.  © alfred eaker 2012requiem  for the relentless fathers. Jen Ring being made-up as the evil spirit. © alfred eaker 2012

*originally published at 366 weird movies

DAVID ROSS’ “UNREQUITED” WEDDING SCENE SHOOT , 2014

Behind the scenes of David Ross’ “Unrequited.” The following are stills from the wedding scene shoot. All we can say is: things are not what they seem in wonderland.UNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT DENNIS FORKLE AS MARCH HARE AND ALFRED EAKER AS BLUEMAHLER Dennis Forkel as the March Hare, Alfred Eaker as BlueMahlerUNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT 1 David Ross directing Jessica Froelich (Alice), Alfred Eaker (BlueMahler) and Dennis Forkel (March Hare)UNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT 2 J. ROSS EAKER, DAN LAND, AND DAVID ROSS shooting a sleepy BlueMahler (Alfred Eaker)  UNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT ALFRED EAKER AS BLUEMAHLER Alfred Eaker as BlueMahlerUNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT ALFRED EAKER AS BLUEMAHLER 2014 Alfred Eaker as BlueMahlerUNREQUITED WEDDING SCENE SHOOT JESSICA FROELICH AS ALICE, DENNIS FORKEL AS MARCH AHRE, ALFRED EAKER AS BLUEMAHLERJessica Froelich as Alice, Dennis Forkel as March Hare, and Alfred Eaker as BlueMahler

©2014 David Ross

Behind the scenes of the short film ” La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” ( a short film about the quest for sacred art in Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh)

James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.Alfred Eaker as Gauguin (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Gauguin2 (ravaged by syphilis) in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as V. Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as Van Gogh in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura. James Mannan as VG in La lontananza nostalgica utopia futura.

Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin (literally becoming his self-portrait jug and ravaged with syphilis), and Jams Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh (before and after this death) in the short film we are doing for John Herron School of Art: “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura.” It is about the relationship between the two artists and their quest for sacred art. Written by Alfred Eaker, Co-directed by Alfred Eaker and James Mannan, DP: Justin Eaker. Makeup: Jen Ring. Sound: Bret Robinson, James Mannan. Produced by Eaker Productions LLC and Liberty or Death Productions, LLC.
©2013 Alfred Eaker
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Alfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura IIAlfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin, James Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futuraJames Mannan as Vincent Van Gogh,  in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futuraAlfred Eaker as Paul Gauguin in La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura (human misery)