Embrace of the Irrational (film project)

Official Selection and Golden Gate Award winner for the 2010 San Francisco International Film Festival

HD Video, 18 minutes TRT,  release date Oct. 16th, 2009 at Southern Exposure, San Francisco

2nd reveal Embrace of the Irrational production still

Embrace of the Irrational, begins as what appears to be an hour long  educational video written and directed by the fictitious Martin Thebes.  It centers around a meditation on the Romantics’ ideal of emotional confusion as a way to find truth.  But then the film slowly unravels as the production becomes mired in technical and interpersonal crisis.  The film features the acting talents of Jon Ingbretson and Ali Dadgar and the cinematography of Shane King and the sound design work of Chris Kubick.  It was filmed on location at the J.B. Blunk residency in Pt. Reyes and the Oakland Museum of California.

The film was commissioned by Southern Exposure and was  installed as part of their Bellwether exhibition, Oct-Dec  2009 in San Francisco.

Click here to see video: IMDB Embrace of the irrational

Production Credits

Produced, written and directed by Jonn Herschend

Director of Photography…………………………………. Shane King

Sound Design …………………………………………………Chris Kubick

First Assistant Director…………………………………… Heather Duthie

Chief Lighting Technician…………………………………Mark Bassett

PA/ Boom Operator……………………………………….. Alex Winter

PA/ Boom Operator……………………………………….. James Defebaugh

Production Assistant ……………………………………….Adam Behrmann

Production Assistant………………………………………. Evan Omi

Production Assistant………………………………………. Zehra Nabi

Wardrobe Consultation……………………………………New Factory, Friend

Production Stills……………………………………………..Lenny Gonzalez

Cast in order of Appearance

Jon Ingbretson ……………………………………………… Martin Thebes

Christina Lowery ……………………………………………Trouble PA

Cody Giannotti ……………………………………………….First AD

Andrew Kaluzynski………………………………………… Sound Man

Ayn Slavis……………………………………………………….Sound PA

Courtney Fink………………………………………………….PA1

James Coburn………………………………………………….PA2

Ali Dadgar ………………………………………………………Director

Matthew Troy ………………………………………………….Cinematographer

Adam  Behrmann……………………………………………. Script Supervisor

Erin Coker ………………………………………………………2nd Unit documentary camera

Diana Strong …………………………………………………..Museum boom operator

Valerie Imus…………………………………………………….Museum liaison

Maysoun Wazwaz……………………………………………..PA 3

Audrey t. Morgan Delgado ………………………………..PA4

Jonn Herschend……………………………………………….himself

Alex Winter……………………………………………………. forest boom operator

Music

Beethoven’s symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral’

Food and drinks provided by:

Bi-Rite Market

Four Barrel Coffee

Kika’s Treats

Shot on Location at:

J.B. Blunk Residency, Inverness CA

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA

Special Thanks

Southern Exposure

Maysoun Wazwaz

Kelsey Nicholson

Courtney Fink

J.B. Blunk  Residency

Mariah Nielson

Oakland Museum of California

René de Guzman

Joy Tahan

Carolyn Rissanen

Gavin Lee

Christopher Richard

Additional Thanks

Sean Uyehara

Whophin DVD magazine

Brent Hoff                                                                     

Amy Hicks

Max Fink

Will Rogan

Anne Walsh

Targol  Mesbah

Kara Hearn

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Mission Pictures Arne Johnson

Bill Basquin

Sam Mogannam

Cristina Besher

Ben Hess

Hugo Herschend

Hannah Herschend

A Big Thanks with love to Max Schroder for keeping it all from coming apart

This film was commissioned by Southern Exposure, San Francisco

Special thanks to Bi Rite Market, Kika’s Treats, and Four Barrel Coffee for keeping the cast and crew feed and happy.

Not Working so Well  © 2009