Envision Symposium 2013
30/04/13 News

Envision Symposium 2013

I’m very excited to be speaking this fall at the first Envision Symposium in Monterey, CA. Envision is a new kind of conference that asks the question:

What are we going to do to advance the art of storytelling for live events?

Bringing together the best and brightest innovators and practitioners in theatre, film, TV, dance, concerts, themed entertainment, gaming, and more to discuss what’s happening now and to share their views on what’s next. If you are a designer, writer, artist, technician, engineer, programmer, or inventor, please come to join in the festivities and contribute to the discussion, as we bring together a unique set of practicing visionaries to explore the future. Bran Ferren of Applied Minds serves as creative consultant, hosting a list of future-thinking speakers… visit the site for more info on the speakers and panelists.

Chance Magazine
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Chance Magazine

Visit Kickstarter to reserve your copy of the inaugural issue of Chance Magazine. It’s an amazing new theater design journal created and edited by a group of International theater artists. The concept behind the journal is to present the work of designers in a clean, uncluttered format – much like fashion and art photography. This journal is long overdue and incredibly well executed. Pickup a copy and join us for the journey – I’ll be editing the articles featuring video artists working in theater and performance.

QWFF Founders’ Choice Award
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QWFF Founders’ Choice Award

The Queens World Film Festival honored our film Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) with one of their highest honors – the Founders’ Choice Award, recognizing the film as one of their quintessential selections of 2013. We’re deeply grateful for this award for the support of our local community of filmmakers in Queens, NYC. The film was shot largely in Long Island City, and the production company Temporary Distortion has been based in Queens since its founding in 2002. Many thanks go out to Don & Katha Cato for their tireless commitment to the festival and the filmmakers they support.

Screenic Scramble
03/03/13 News #

Screenic Scramble

I’m very excited to have a video piece showing as part of Fresh Ground Pepper‘s Screenic Scramble event this Friday, March 8th. The event is happening in Brooklyn at The Dumbo Spot. Check out their site here for more details and come party with us into the night.

The Times Ledger
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The Times Ledger

There’s a nice feature on the Queens World Film Festival in the Times Ledger that shows off some stills from our film Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road). The image above comes from the print edition of the paper.

Bare Technology
07/02/13 News

Bare Technology

There’s a great article over at Live Design’s website about some of the technology that World Stage’s Michael Kohler helped develop for my design of the Off-Broadway Musical last fall. Check it out and learn more about how we did the live cellphone camera feed for the show.

TEM (a mixtape)
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TEM (a mixtape)

Inspired by the lost writings of drifters, surfers and searchers studying the reversal of history through shipwrecked analogs. Tem is the accidental progress of scientists and technicians, composed by multi-generational mountain men in search of quiet. File under electronic / dance / digital house party.

Stream it or download at SoundCloud via this link.

Pop Meets the Void
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Pop Meets the Void

More songs for the film Musician Story (Pop Meets the Void) are on SoundCloud. Go ahead on over to Soundcloud and have a listen, imagine a film in your head.

Official Selection at PollyGrind
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Official Selection at PollyGrind

Very excited to announce that Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) is an official selection of the PollyGrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The festival motto is Arthouse Meets Grindhouse and it couldn’t be a more appropriate venue for Welcome to Nowhere. Screening dates and more information coming soon.

NewFilmmakers New York Official Selection
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NewFilmmakers New York Official Selection

Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road) is an official selection of the NewFilmmakers New York screening series here in New York City. The screening is on Tuesday, July 3 at 8:15PM on the Lower East Side at Anthology Film Archives, NYC’s home for independent cinema.

First Preview at the Lucille Lortel
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First Preview at the Lucille Lortel

Very excited for tonight’s first preview of The Other Place by Sharr White at the Lucille Lortel.  After months of research, design and development followed by a very intense (and rewarding!) week of tech in the theater, we’re getting our first audience tonight. I’m very proud of this show, it’s been a great collaboration with everyone.

Poe, Carmelo and the Knicks
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Poe, Carmelo and the Knicks

I had the chance to direct and shoot the latest Poe commentary on Carmelo and the Knicks by Alex Pereira which can be seen here on Youtube.  The video was featured on ESPN NBA Blog, NY Magazine’s Sports Blog, and The Knicks Blog.  Great fun!

LES Film Festival
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LES Film Festival

Attended the opening night of the first annual Lower East Side Film Festival tonight at Grand Opening! Such an awesome time, great flicks and such a cool group of people at work on this new festival. I’m looking forward to returning later on in the month!

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IFP Film Week Conference

Between attending the conference every morning and shooting every night, this has been an intense week.  I had the singular experience of pitching a film idea in front of a packed house at the IFP conference on Thursday, and it was surprisingly fun. Thanks, IFP!

Horror Onstage
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Horror Onstage

Jason Zinoman continues his ongoing investigation of horror onstage in his most recent feature article for the New York Times. The article features the new work The Little One by James Comtois, which has been garnering some very positive reviews.

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LDI Broadway Projection Master Class

I had the honor of speaking on a panel at LDI’s Broadway Projection Master Class at NYU this week. The panel discussed the future of projection design and technology. A very exciting dialogue with some great voices, including Josh Weisberg, Darrel Maloney, and Loren Barton. I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation in the years to come. A HUGE thank you to Ellen Lampert-Greaux for the invitation and to Arianna Knapp for her excellent moderation of the panel. And another HUGE thank you to Live Design for being so supportive of young designers and open to outside voices.

An Instrument For The Measure Of Absence
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An Instrument For The Measure Of Absence

2009-2011 | Interactive Video Installation (7.1 Surround)

Addressing issues of loss, isolation and loneliness, spectators willingly enclose themselves in an ominous closet-like rectangular box. Alone in the dark, whispering voices invite the viewer to undergo the voyeuristic experience of peering through a small hole in the back wall of the box, where they experience measurements of emptiness, unreality and the void. The installation is presented inside a claustrophobic box structure. The work is based on Americana Kamikaze, a hybrid theater/cinema performance which premiered at Performance Space 122 in October 2009.

Nouveaux Monstres Exhibition Website

created by William Cusick & Kenneth Collins
co-produced by Temporary Distortion, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (NYC), Arcadi (Paris), Maison des Arts de Creteil (Paris), and Le Manege (Maubeuge)

NYC Opening:
Harvestworks, 596 Broadway — Feb 13, 2009
Video Interview with William Cusick at Harvestworks NYC

Presented in France:
LILLE 3000, Lille — Sept 18 – Nov 8, 2009
EXIT Festival, Paris — March 24 – April 5, 2009
VIA Festival, Maubeuge — March 12-20, 2009
Theatre Agora, France — April 9 – May 20, 2010
Saint Nazaire, France — June 17 – Aug 15, 2010
Toulouse, France — Feb 25 – March 10, 2011
Seoul, Korea — Oct 11, 2014 – Jan 11, 2015

(bullet hole road)
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(bullet hole road)

5.1 Surround Sound Video Installation (2008)

This work is based on Welcome To Nowhere (bullet hole road), the hybrid theater/cinema performance by the experimental theater company Temporary Distortion, which premiered at The Chocolate Factory in October 2007 and toured internationally through 2010.

The video installation is presented on a 8′ x 2′ wood surface, reminiscent of the projection screen for the stage performance.  Collaborators include director/designer Kenneth Collins, composer John Sullivan, costume designer TaraFawn Marek, and the performers Ben Beckley, Brian Greer, and Lorraine Mattox.

Produced by Temporary Distortion
Video Installation Design, Editing and 5.1 Surround Mix by William Cusick
Physical Installation Design by Kenneth Collins
Sound Composition by John Sully

Presented in France:
VIA Festival, Maubeuge — March 13-23, 2008
EXIT Festival, Paris — March 27 – April 6, 2008

What Kind Of Coffin Are You Building?
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What Kind Of Coffin Are You Building?

Interactive Single Channel Video Installation (2006)

Presented as part of the Fresh Meat Festival at The Chocolate Factory in 2006.

Video Design & Installation by William Cusick
Interactive Programming & Design by Ryan Holsopple

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