Making several videos and films you have made over the years like the
deconstructed mock documentary films you have unearthed as fake
mockumentary, what are you currently working on?
There’s a couple
of projects I'll be distracted with until they find resolution and FOXY
is a works in progress, FOXY is 16 different videos and short silent
films, where I demonstrate and realize mock performance. The final
presentation for FOXY would be a video installation where multiple photo
booths having each FOXY video or film viewed inside and is interactive.
Also several FOXY videos and short films were submitted to
Fabrizio Federico for his foreign feature full-length film Pregnant an
experimental adventure that deals with how technology has overturned
people’s lives in the 21st century. The second project that keeps
me busy; I'm writing a shooting script for my next feature no budget
film that I will organize in due time titled Nigga Booty Nights. I have
actually written the first draft for the film but with a budget in mind,
presently I'm re -writing the script.
You call your self an artist and not a film director why is that?
I just got started making films.
Do you use scripts to prepare for your films if so how would you describe your style of script writing?
I have prepared scripts for my films but I have also constructed films
without using any scripts rather mock documents. My screen writing is
unconventional. The dialogue I write is frequently based upon unusual
stretchy and repetitive monologues. I do this so that the rhythm or the
metric system of the literature fluctuates unpredictably as its being
read or performed by performers.
How did the nickname Birthday Gurl come about?
identified myself as someone who showcased at various art exhibits
while screening my silent films at live musical performances. It wasn't
until I attended a Ghostland Observatory concert In New Braunfels, Texas
when the duo was accompanied by a live video performance that I was
mesmerized and decided it was time to challenge myself. I became
inspired and passionately motivated to create more video. A year
passed, I generated numerous hours of recorded video performance using
original visuals that I then edited to distribute thirty-one Ghostland
Observatory music videos. That night of the show I was celebrating my
birthday. That same year came across a fake plastic tiara with Birthday
Girl in pink across the top and I put it on and the name stuck.
Years back you showed a film about a Jewish young man who spent most of
his time distracted in odd drama behaving in the nude even in open
public situations with accompaniment by The Grass Hopper Lies Heavy.
is a silent film titled Jesus Practice, it includes musical recordings
of instrumental noise I played as I watched the film that was I then
altered. When showcased the audio was not overheard, instead a heavy
metal progressive rock band out of San Antonio, Texas performed during
its screening at The Ten Eleven aka The Old Warhol right down the street
from the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Can you describe the story behind it?
There is no story it’s just a series of events that take place in three
different settings where a young white Jewish male is wearing female
wigs dressed in woman's clothing. The impression is that the only one
performer in the film is mocking a transgender and becomes aroused by a
female scarecrow dressed to play an electric guitar in Mick Bernin’s
front yard. The same female scarecrow he serenades by drumming before
her in the nude open to the street Typically he smokes three cigarettes
at a time when playing his organ before squirting eggnog down his throat
to wash down a banana labeled in lipstick.
Respond to your characterization of your films in the same sense that you've just described.
started by gathering objects that I imagined would have some kind of
symbolism in the film. In a matter of hours the same day I shot the film
I knew the performer was going to attempt appropriating the same
dispersed objects in the order we agreed upon. At this point the objects
became props. As the performer reacted to the props his
characterization utilized the symbols these props explained to be
Androgyny’s duality in prolonged scenes of nudity showing a young man’s
penis and buttocks whose hair and face were accessorized to imitate a
female. But the idea was to shoot the performer responding to some
specific props so that every prop could become a possible cue to build
the performer’s imagination, to improvise creating the business that is
mock performance or the blurring of lines between performance art and
acting. In this case only as long as I allowed the camera to keep
rolling the entire show.
I believe you coined the term Fake Mockumentary?
mock documentary is still too new to be a film genre. I have written a
fake mock-documentary manifesto and what it is trying to say is that
mock- documentary should already be an established film genre.
How would you differentiate yourself as a filmer or a filmmaker? I’m more like a video artist.
Did you go to film school?
dropped out of school to make films. Eventually I went back to school
but I studied painting and majored in Business. I never was convinced
that San Antonio was the place to study film… I was interested in
CINEMA (Cult, Independent, Underground, Art House)