La Voz De Los Silenciados
Bricolagista’s first feature, LA VOZ DE LOS SILENCIADOS is a radically different vision of cinema. A 90-minute silent film that tells the story of modern-day slavery, with non-actors, Brechtian edits, a brutal subway landscape, and the isolation of deafness. Somewhere in this manic plot is also a magic penguin. Based on actual events and shot on real locations, LA VOZ reveals a side of New York that most people never knew existed.
A little homage to the Bavarian “Heidi” films they used to show on late-night German TV. The irrepressible Boerleider had a lederhosen outfit, so we found ourselves an old man, a buxom blond, some beer and some sausages. Shot it in the woods in less than 3 hours. Perfekt Bier Commercial.
Friends at WeSC asked if we'd be interested in making some films documenting the craft and hard-work put into making some of their products. The first film would be in Italy, where they make their shoes, more or less by hand. We'd need to travel to the factories way down in the heel of the boot, to the towns surrounding Lecce in the Apulia region. A place known for its beauty and food. They had to really twist our arm, but eventually we agreed.
A handful of NYC derelicts. A bunch of shoes. Running around in different neighborhoods showing off the diversity of the metropolis. A nonsensical storyline. And if you let Phofo score an original composition to the film, then you may really have something. A simple yet highly effective way to showcase your brand’s latest line.
Negroes On Ice
Prince Paul and his son, Paul Jr. (aka P For Real) created a comedy troupe/rap group/performance art conceptual thing called Negroes On Ice. They’ve done stage shows, LP albums, streaming live podcasts, daytime tv talk shows. But up until this point, they hadn’t made a music video. And this number, “TEXTUAL HEALING”, was screaming for one. An ode to the digital age, new mating rituals and texting lingo, par excellence.
By the time we made this clip, our partner in crime, Sheena Matheiken, had turned her ‘creative challenge’ into a worldwide phenomenon. The Uniform Project had really taken on a life of its own, with a huge community that was heavily invested as the undertaking neared its end. So we had to create a video that not only lived up to the hype, but also captured the emotions of everyone involved.
It’s increasingly rare to get an opportunity to shoot a dramatic Hip Hop video. And especially one with such highly politicized and highly personal subject matter from one of the world’s great MCs. So we really wanted to make sure that it captured the pain of the issue, while not falling prey to anti-choice propaganda. A bit of a highwire act. But one that definitely lit up the comments sections.
A little last minute job. Something we made in a swift two days, right before the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Given the pre-productionless schedule, matched with the amount of genuine deep guttural laughter on set, this turned out to be one of our most fun gigs. In camera effects, sugar-fueled pre-teen performers, unauthorized use of public parks, we were really living up to the name Bricolagista. Too bad, due to contractual issues, we can’t reveal the company we made it for.