YORK, NY August 24 Riad Galayini, one half of Los Angeles-based production
company 11/11 Productions' newest directing team, has been raising eyebrows
on the Internet and in Hollywood with a clever and eloquently realized
short film. Nude Descending made its Internet debut on reelshort.com
after Galayini submitted it for a competition sponsored by Universal
Studios and American Cinematheque. After being selected as one of five
finalists in a vote by online viewers, the film was chosen as one of
two American films honored at the 2nd Annual Universal Studios Hitchcock
Director's Series at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last month.
Descending has also been accepted into the Summer Shorts Film Festival
sponsored by Playboy and was screened the Director's Guild Theatre in
NY on August 23.
Nude Descending examines male anxieties about body image and nudity
through the humorously panicked thoughts of a first-time nude model
posing for a drawing class. Inspired by a monologue by Los Angeles playwright
James Morrison, the film also touches on issues of censorship and obscenity,
as well as the subjective nature of art. Morrison served as the film's
"Artistic freedom is very important to me, and it was nice to be
able to touch on these issues in a comic setting," said Galayini.
Productions signed Galayini and Josh Hayes, her commercial directing
partner, in April based on the strength of the film as well as their
comedic spec reel. The duo first met while working on "Nude Descending"
(Hayes served as the film's storyboard artist). Ironically, Nude Descending
also won the first George Melies Cinematography Award at the 1998 Taos
Talking Pictures Festival. It was with the prize of equipment and film
stock that the directing team shoot their commercial spec reel.
11/11 Productions is represented in New York by Corey Rogers; in Chicago
by Val Gobos of Gobos Film & Entertainment; and on the West Coast by
John Moore of Char & Associates.
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