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MEMBER - still #1


NY Premiere

Director: David Brooks

United States, 2001, 16 min

Shooting Format:35mm

Festival Year:2002

Category:Narrative Short

Cast:Josh Hartnett

Crew:Producers: Juan Carlos Alvarez, James Kendrew, Don Tardino, Gilbert Mercier - Screenwriter, Editor, Sound: David Brooks - Cinematographer: Joe Maxwell

Sales:david brooks


Member is a hypnotic, hallucinogenic, fast-cut, 15 minute swerve and screech around the streets of Los Angeles, driven by 19 year-old Gianni. You're not just in the car with him - you are inside his head. His mind has been tainted and twisted by LA - the ubiquitous ad campaigns that bang at his brain, the pressure to 'con-fucking-form', the desire to belong. Now he wants retribution.
Prowling in his snarled metal machine he is looking for the perfect vehicle - he's thinking maybe a BMW, Lexus, Mercedes - one that is breaking a traffic law so he can slam into it and claim his slice of insurance pie. Sucking in his favorite brand of carcinogen, the 'goodlooking corpse-to-be' lets vulnerability and vitriol spit forth, muttering his mantra: 'Let me no longer want what they have and let them always want what's mine.'

About the director

David is a US/Brit who studied topology at MIT but then became a film editor. He has cut commercials and videos for amongst others Tony Kaye, Ridley Scott, Spike Jonze, and Baz Luhrman. Member marks his directorial debut.

Filmmaker's note

The film also serves a practical yet experimental purpose - "The decision to shoot Member was based on my desire to cut in ways which other directors don't require. There is always a point at which they say, Okay - enough. Just once I wanted to decide when I thought enough was enough."

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