Alvin Case

Alvin Case

Director

Biography

I have been making films since I was a teenager, though I studied fine art at college, which I found was good training for a filmmaker. I was making art videos–exhibited at Scope Art Basel and Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn–when my wife talked me into accepting an offer to shoot a micro-budget french language feature, The Whirlpool in 2011.
Since then I have continued to explore different approaches to narrative long form works. As much as I consume all motion pictures ( blockbusters, TV, art videos, you tube, etc) I remain committed to Art Cinema which to my mind is the freest and purest expression of filmmaking.
I love art and continue to make it, nowadays usually in collage, printmaking, photography, and sound.
My day job is with PSG Framing in Somerville and I live in Dorchester with my wife Jenny and my stepdaughter Lucy.

Films

The Whirlpool (2012)

Role: Director

A testament to both ‘Camera Stylo’ and the ‘Nouvelle Vague’, the film was born out of treatment from 2010 titled “Panorama Heights”, which was set in the desert of Joshua Tree, California. Taking the limited budget into consideration, Agathe Feoux and Alvin Case developed a story based on similar themes, to be set at Niagara Falls instead. The idea was to start with a character study of Agathe in Paris and move the story to Niagara Falls in the second act.
Laborious and extensively scripted scenes between the character Agathe and some minor characters in Paris, including the therapist, were reduced or cut out completely after the addition of Pierre Perrier. The film then became a nearly entirely improvised performance by Agathe Feoux and Pierre Perrier, which proved to be ideal for a film shot over 9 production days ( 4 in Paris, 4 in USA, and 1 in Canada) on a budget of 7200 dollars.
The film was shot on Canon 7D using a Zeiss CP 24mm Lens and with the director’s iPhone 4 in the USA and Canada locations. For Paris, the small Panasonic GH3 was used with 24mm Nikon Lens.
Sound was recorded on Zoom H2 and Zoom H4 in North America, and the Zoom H1 in Paris.
Claudia Carty recorded her soundtrack live on her own iPhone 4 and the director’s Zoom H1 which was placed inside of her piano.
The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2012 in the Bright Future category. It’s USA premiere was a few months later at the Independent Film Festival of Boston. It screened in competition at FEST-New Directors/New Films in Portugal, and then had its Latin American premiere at FIC Buenos Aires. The film continued it’s South American festival run through 2013 and 2014 in Peru and Uruguay as part of FIC’s ‘Foco de Cine Inusual”.

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Sun Opener (2014)

Role: Director

A gonzo road-trip fever dream with an awesome soundtrack by The Sounds Of (Kaleidaocope)

Montauk (2013)

Role: Independent Filmmaker

Shot entirely on an iPhone 4 with soundtrack by Nick Edwards.

Analogue (2015)

Role: Director

ANALOGUE is a hybrid narrative feature with elements of domestic drama, haunted-genius stories, science fiction, and psychological horror. Filmed a few days at a time over a period of seven months, the film narrative evolved over that time by allowing the actors to freely engage with the story and improvise their performances.

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Game For Motel Room (2016)

Role: Director

A feature length production based on a Fritz Leiber Jr science fiction short starring Pierre Perrier and Lucy Owen.

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