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THE SELLER

1113 minutes 1.85:1, 35mm Stereo,
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US Premiere -Chicago Underground Film Festival- Silver Audience Award

West Coast Premiere - Hollywood Film Festival - Discovery Award Finalist

European Premiere - Exground On Screen Film Festival

1st Theatrical Release 1/98
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"ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS
OF THE YEAR"

JOHN PETRAKIS-CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"An astonishing fusion of stark landscape cinematography
and wildly compelling close-ups, especially of Brophy as he delivers hypnotic monologues that seem to be about everything and nothing at once and that lay bare his character's internal processes without demystifying them. Schlattman has rarefied emotion instead of breaking it down-his characters are indelible because they retain their mystery even as they let you inside. "  
Chicago Reader

"The festivals most gratifying find could be The Seller which deserves a much larger audience. The meandering discussions they have about life, death, dreams and mortality have all the sizzle and wit you could ever hope to find. "   -Chicago Tribune

"The festival's best bet...Schlattman's precise vision recalls
 America's ace seer of Western wastelands. "  
Chicago Sun Times

"A stunning film." KPFK- Los Angeles

"Acerbic Wit....Humorous and touching relationships...well worth the trip."
 LA Weekly - Los Angeles

Produced by Proletariat Pictures, Directed by Craig Schlattman


SYNOPSIS  for "The Seller"

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Thomas Jane in his first feature film,
long before "The Punisher."

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US Theatrical Release,
1996 Filmopolis Pictures

World/European Premiere
Rotterdam International Film Festival

New York Premiere
New York Underground Film Festival

Silver Award Main Competition
Houston Worldfest

Athens International Film Festival

Exground On Screen Film Festival
Wiesbaden Germany

Produced by Proletariat Pictures
Written & Directed by Craig Schlattman


"Powerful and distinctive. Impressive. ...
a raw, edgy tale, shot through with dark humor...
Schlattman directs with terrific wit and immediacy.
Well acted...winning portrayals.
"
Kevin Thomas-LA TIMES

"Cutting edge ... the best of the American Independents
at the Rotterdam Film Festival. ...Brutal, realistic comedy."

V.A. Musetto-New York Post

"Visual savvy and unexpected humor.
..Incisively on target...more than ably directed."
D. Rooney-Variety

"Filled with wonderful performances." Lindsay Law-American Playhouse

  "An Impressive Debut.
With dark, dead-pan humor, experimental visual techniques and solid performances,
At Ground Zero is a promising first feature."

Jamie Painter-Film Threat Magazine

"Nihilistic, often violent black comedy..."
Isabel Conway- The European

"Craig Schlattman's At Ground Zero is a gripping chronicle of the exploits of a young couple on smack as they make their way across the country. ...The film has a gritty realism twisted by a surreal, drug-inspired edge. As the film spirals in into a vertigo of altered states, Schlattman captures the couple's blindingly beautiful and horrific states of mind in a particularly brilliant and memorable desert sequence. A startling first feature. "
Holly Willis - Filmforum LA

"Zero's power is in sharp details and dark humor. Effectively evokes the between-the-cracks existence of the characters."
Ernest Hardy-LA Weekly

"Admirable...Moments of rare grace. Schlattman hits the spontaneous rediscovery of beauty right on the money. Hauers performance is a saving grace ."
Sean K. Smith-LA Village Voice

"... Raw, dynamic, darkly humorous tale of two young druggies on a cross country spree..."
Sue Martin-LA Times

"Convincingly invokes..visionary..grunge poetry of the beats.."
Manohla Dargis-LA Weekly

<>"Life on the road with a couple of junkies doesn't get much more interesting than in this impressive first feature by Craig Schlattman. This is a small treasure of independent filmmaking."   Matt Langdon - LA Reader
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SHORT FILMS - DOCUMENTARIES

 

 

 

 

HEROIC

41 minutes, Video

FILMMAKERS on FILMMAKING
A very unconventional, revealing documentary on filmmaking with intimate, unguarded moments with actors and the director, at cut-throat production meetings, and interviews with the cast.

Directed by Craig Schlattman

Archive Collection

 

 

 

 

FURIOUS

31 minutes,video

FILMMAKERS ON FILMMAKING
A documentary on filmmaking which includes unguarded moments with the director, cast and crew, and interviews with producers and the actors. A very unofficial and revealing documentary about the tedium and inter relationships on the set of a big budget film.

Directed by Craig Schlattman

Archive Collection


 

 

 

<>SAY YES JOHN BELL
(#10)


A dramatic narrative about a couples destructive trip to an island 'paradise' using 75% non-real time (slow motion, pixilation, stop frame etc.)FX and photo animation. About the dysphoric ennui and tension in any relationship, with occasional exploratory trips to the psyche and fantasy of each character. Presently in post production.

Produced by Proletariat Pictures,
Directed by Craig Schlattman

 

 

 

 

SUBMITTING

7 minutes, Sound, Color
Experimental/Documentary

A film about the politics of celebrity and fame.

Produced by Rutger Hauer and Headroom Productions
Directed by Craig Schlattman
"THE WORST FILM I'VE EVER MADE." Craig Schlattman

"SLEDGEHAMMER VISUALS...""SAID IT ALL...""EXCELLENT USE OF THE MEDIA""REALLY, REALLY INTERESTING, OPENS UP QUESTIONS RATHER THAN HANDING OUT ANSWERS."

CHICAGO INTL. FILM FEST.

"VERY, VERY INTERESTING..." - ** CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
"COMIC AND DISTURBING." - METRO MAGAZINE, SAN JOSE
*Houston International Film Festival
Silver Award
*Athens International Film Fest.
Bronze Award
*Chicago INTL. Film Festival
Certificate of Merit

 

 

 

 

BOAT

25 minutes, Sound, Color

Narrative/Experimental - a short narrative film,
life from a boat, via flashbacks and fantasies.

Written/Directed by Craig Schlattman

 

 

 

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EVIDENCE
6 minutes, Sound, Color
(No Festival Entry)

This might be a parody of audiovisual evidence as proof,
or it might just be sick.

Produced by Proletariat Pictures
Directed by Craig Schlattman

 

 

 

 

SLAP

5.5 minutes, Sound, Color
In the purest sense Slap is a documentary film; one continuous shot, of one continuous action for the duration of the film at hand, 250 ft. The title tells it all, and is unrelenting in its delivery. The execution of this idea is a comment on sacrifice, endurance and relationships among a host of other subtexts. This film has received both awards and hate mail from the same venue, its power is in its direct confrontation and involvement with the audience.

"VERY STRIKING" --Rock Ross, Ann Arbor Film Fest.
"SLAP GAVE ME NIGHTMARES ." --Brian Goldberg - Drift Distribution

*Winner Directors Award*
Sinking Creek Film Festival
Produced by Proletariat Pictures, Directed by Craig Schlattman

 

 

 

 

TENSE
(MR. BILLINGSGATE)

10.25 minutes, B & W, Sound
Ever talk to yourself? Maybe yell and shout a little to invisible foes on crowded streets? Then you were the impetus for this film. Encounter cinema, 1st person singular, intended to involve the audience in any way, directly affecting or offending, maybe effecting.

Produced by Hard Knox Films and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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BAG

7 minutes, 40 seconds, Color
Realization of a childhood accusation; a practical resolution of an absurd idea. Adopting a humorous sarcasm that becomes quite formal in its resolution, it's somewhere between documentary, experimental and narrative filmmaking.

Directors Choice Award
*Sinking Creek Film Festival, Winner
Produced by Hard Knox Films and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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BIKE FILM


9 minutes, B & W, Sound
Sweaty formalism with bike, camera and hill. An experiential film; a cyclists trip up a very steep hill on a bike with a crank wound camera taped to his head, a recorder running continuously recording the states of mind, and verbalizing filmmaker goes through on his ascent. Involves the audience directly in its expectations. Meant to investigate sacrificial elements of 'mark-making'.
Produced by Hard Knox Films - Directed by Craig Schlattman
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HONEST

5 minutes, B & W, Sound
Premise: 2 non Sync camera running with a wild sound track (non Sync) held at arms length for duration. No editing or post production 'tricks', all imagery including lab tags, notes and all sound have been included. Has something to do with risk, sacrifice, tools and performance.

Produced by Hard Knox Films and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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TITLE

 

5 minutes, B & W, Sound

"Surfing the dramatic narrative on a formal, oblique kinda' board." Constructing the narrative with a de-contructionists approach, a film about narrative filmmaking with violence and destruction.

Produced and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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#3

 

1 minute, B & W, Sound

An animated film using long exposure photographs and editing techniques. Glorification of ominous ambiguity.

Produced and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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FUN HOUSE

 

6 minutes, Color, Sound

A short formalist film (sound happens only within the frame, the sound of sprocket holes running over an optical head, jump cuts and single frame images), an oddly narrative feeling film in which the tension builds as expectations about drama and narrative structure get pushed around.

Produced and Directed by Craig Schlattman
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SYNCO

5 Minutes, Color, Sound

Obscure, lush shots of a woman involved in oblique, mundane activities commenting on the archaic, crude technology of the filmmaker. A formal comment of the relationship between perception of image and content, or intent of filmmaker.

Produced/Directed-Craig Schlattman
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EDIT

4 minutes, B & W, Sound

Combine's animation and live action, and attempts honestly random combinations, to achieve chance comments on a variety of topics.
Produced and Directed
by Craig Schlattman
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I.D.

B & W, Sound, 4 minutes

A short film about identity, peer pressure, restrictions and metaphor.
Winner Best Of Festival
*West Bank Film Festival, Mpls. MN
Produced and Directed by
Craig Schlattman
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WHAT?

10 minutes, color & B & W

Extremely manipulated images in which only occasional glimpses of the original footage are recognizable, a deconstructionist film about expectations. Shown at local venues, and the process is continuing to a print in 35mm from S8.
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Produced and Directed by
Craig Schlattman

 

 

 

 

NO TITLE

Silent, 10 minutes, B & W

Short experimental film about alienation, technique and claustrophobic expanses.
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Produced and Directed by
Craig Schlattman

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