ZEV AARON
Analog Filmmaker, Screenwriter
TRAILERS

NARRATIVE

COMMERCIAL DOCUMENTARY

Orchards. 2019. A one-person narrative shot on 16mm exploits religious imagery to advance a messianic reckoning. 6 minutes.

* Director, Directory of Photography & Camera Operator, Editor

2017. For Flamingo New York. Matt and Bogdan are the Gnarmads, a skateboarding duo from New York. In 2014, they set out on their bicycles across America. They live off the grid, traversing an underground network of skateboarders. They build ramps and obstacles in the DIY spots beneath Americaís highways. In pedaling to California, they build Gnarvana. 20 minutes.

* Director & Editor. DP & Camera Operator for supplementary video.

EXPERIMENTAL

EXPERIMENTAL

A Potterís Field. 2020. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, cutting through history and symbol, a time capsule, one to someday bury and unearth, documents Hart Island as the consecration of a taboo, as the procedural constitution of the (unclaimed) dead by means of corpse transportation, as New York Cityís potterís field, as a twenty-first century Akeldama - the burial field, purchased with Judas Iscariotís relinquished thirty pieces of silver, for strangers. 20 minutes.

* Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Sound Designer

2016. Digital video, B&W 16mm, Super 16mm hand-processed color: a three part experimental provocation of contemporary capitalism. 20 minutes.

* Director, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Editor
* Big Apple Film Festival XII Premiere

 


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SCREENPLAYS

When an architect jeopardizes the construction of a prison heís designed, he must protect his daughter from the private prison corporation that hired him.

Third Draft: Pages 1 - 3 (of 86)

2020 San Francisco Independent Film Festival, Finalist
2020 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Second Round
2019 Torino Film Lab Extended - Feature Film
2019 Sacramento International Film Festival
2018 New Orleans Film Festival Finalist
2018 Oaxaca FilmFest Global Script Challenge, Industry Partners Program Winner
2018 New Hampshire Film Festival, Semifinalist

In a prison-like city,  Isaiah Foster, a black forty-year-old architect, is caught between two worlds: first, the profound relationship he shares with his young daughter Maya, and second, the guilt he feels for designing a prison. When Isaiah discovers two dead penal laborers on the prison construction site, he confronts the traumatic truth of his professional undertaking and jeopardizes the prisonís construction. He must fend off the private prison corporation that will stop at nothing to ensure his silence. He must defend his conscience. He must defend his daughter. Isaiah and Maya run for their lives. In this collision of worlds, in the tension between paternal love and prison architecture, an impressionistic character portrait unfurls across a thematic of vision sharpened by the contemporary realities of the prison-industrial complex.

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ABOUT ME
I was born in 1990 in Manhattan and grew up in Montclair, NJ.  I received a B.A. in History from The University of Pennsylvania and an  M.A. in Liberal Studies from The New School for Social Research.  I trained on B&W 16mm film.  I am currently living in Harlem.

 

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