Midnight in Paris
Co-directed by Roni Moore & James Blagden. US debut at 2019 True/False Film Festival, Columbia MO. Winner Best Documentary Feature, Indie Memphis 2019. The film follows a small group of Flint, MI teenagers on the lead-up to prom, highlighting the significance of the dance in the lives of the kids, the support of the community around them, and the precarious juncture between expectations & reality. Director of Photography, Nicholas Strini. Produced by Benjamin Gilovitz, Consulting Producer Laura Coxson. Edited by James Blagden.
USA, 2019. 75 Minutes. Color, 1.33:1 English
Best Last Best Plane Ride Ever
Directed & Animated by James Blagden. US debut at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, New York NY.
On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros in a win for the pennant - coming back from a 9th inning three-run deficit and playing a grueling 16 innings of post-season baseball. This is the story of the Mets' infamous postgame party in the sky, during which a perfectly good DC-10 airliner was ripped to utter shreds. As told by four of the '86 team's most beloved players: Lenny Dykstra, Dwight Gooden, Kevin Mitchell, and Darryl Strawberry. Produced by Christopher Isenberg (Victory Journal)
USA, 2016. 9 Minutes. Black & White, Color, English
Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No
Directed & Animated by James Blagden. US Debut at 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Park City UT.
In celebration of the greatest ever athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, this is the animated tale of Dock Ellis' legendary no-hitter on acid, straight from the proverbial horse's mouth. Based on a brilliant radio production by Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, the short screened at festivals around the world, including BFI London, HotDocs, and BamCinemaFest, and won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival. Produced by Christopher Isenberg for No Mas (Victory Journal)
USA, 2009. 4.5 Minutes. Black & White, Color, English