Pastiche Vol 1 No1 is the first release by actor-turned-video artist Ned Daly. In this transgressive multi-media work, Daly combines a kind of “found poetry” (the opening/closing lines of novels by authors as varied as Samuel Beckett and Toni Morrison) with appropriated images from the American film noir canon.
Based on Daly’s edgy graphic novel of the same name, the bizarrely unrelated text elements are knit together with sound and image to make a new work none of the original authors could have conceived of.
Early viewers have called it “macabre,” “enthralling,” and “something you can watch on (the) phone while hanging onto the pole on the metro to work.”
Pastiche Vol1 No1 made its World Premiere as an Official Selection of the 6th Annual Seoul International Extreme Short Image and Film Festival on September 26, 2014.
A French language version was released in late 2014.
Pastiche Vol1 No1 was also an Official Selection of Bideodromo 2015 in Bilbao and of the Arlington International Film Festival 2105.
In November 2015 I released my second film, Why We Went to the Moon. This documentary-style short purports to explain the pshycho-sexual underpinnings of the Apollo moon program.
Said to be culled from NASA archives, and including recently “de-classified” videos, a fictional US government agency reveals for the first time the true nature of the Apollo space voyages. “Why We Went to the Moon” explores the history of man’s fascination with our near-Earth companion - especially the longing for exotic sexual adventures with the women who must live there. These (mostly) suppressed fantasies achieve unstoppable political potency among American men when the shortage of women during the Eisenhower administration becomes an existential crisis.
One government official (who has asked not to be named) said, “Ha! Very clever...I like it as is.”
Running Time 6:14
Why We Went to the Moon (2015) Official Trailer
Why We Went to the Moon had its World Premiere (May 2016) as part of the inaugural World Festival of Emerging Cinema at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. North American premiere was at the Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival and the NYC premiere was with the BedStuy Pop-Up! (micro) Rogue Cinema Festival (August 2016).