Class Clown is a coming of age story about not coming of age. Set against the backdrop of the week that pop singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide, Nelson experiences public school for the first time. It's a story about finding your voice and allowing yourself to just be who you are instead of what you think others want.
This is a film we are in preproduction on that's scheduled to go into production in March of 2023. This is a personal story that I've written and am also the cinematographer. I'm collaborating with the talented group of filmmakers below.
Paul Cadenhead - DIRECTOR
Paul Cadenhead is a graduate of the American Film Institute’s directing
program and an independent writer/director who is committed to eccentric,
character-driven storytelling. Paul’s films often focus on themes of
masculinity, family dynamics and individualism – all lined with a thread of
dark humor. He is interested in discovering poignant human truths through a
satirical lens. Paul’s greatest artistic influence comes from the spirit of
Wyoming, where he was born and raised. Some of Paul’s previous work
includes the award-winning short films: The Cowboy Pecan Pie; The Marvin
Family Tortoise; Chekhov’s Gun; and A Picture of Friendship During the Dark
Xue 'Sophie' Hou - PRODUCER
Xue 'Sophie' Hou has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and is currently
studying in AFI's producing major. Before becoming a freelancer in New York,
she was a director and an editor at an American Chinese TV Station.
Afterward, she took a job as a Chinese Student Manager at the New York
Film Academy. Since 2013 Sophie has worked on many films, TV shows,
Music videos, commercials as a First Assistant Director, Line Producer, Art
Director, and Art Coordinator, etc. In 2017, she served as an Associate
Producer on the feature film CONFETTI, and this movie had just been
released in mainland China's movie theatre in December 2020.
Guangping 'Ben' Niu - EDITOR
Guangping 'Ben' Niu is an independent film editor and a
graduate of the American Film Institute's editing
program. Ben has been an editor for seven years. He values the
special bond between footage and editors. He is
dedicated to discovering the emotional truths in each
project. For him, this is the foundation to support a
director's vision and the soul of a great film.
Some of his previous narrative works include three
award-winning short films: My Life Stopped at 15; Ashes;
and A Picture of Friendship During the Dark Ages.
Before Ben became an AFI fellow, he worked as a trailer
editor for four years in Beijing. He made many popular
trailers for many Chinese blockbusters, such as The
Wandering Earth, Kung Fu Yoga, The Guardian Brothers,
and Detective Chinatown.
Eythan Maidhof - WRITER / CINEMATOGRAPHER
TBA - PRODUCTION DESIGN