RICHARD HOOBAN runs the ZERO FILM FESTIVAL & ZERO PARTIES in NEW YORK. The film festival has travelled round the world and is the first and only festival EXCLUSIVE to self financed filmmakers and the authentically independent films they create. We ❤ ZERO and quizzed Rich on his EMPIRE this week.
ONEOFUS: Can you tell us a bit about Zero Film Festival and Parties?
Richard Hooban: Zero Film Festival is the first and only festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers.I started the festival 7 years ago in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles to have a place for authentically independent filmmakers to share their films because film festivals tend to only program big budget hollywood fare.
From there Zero Film Festival kept organically growing to other cities as our community of filmmakers grew and I soon moved the festival to New York, which is a better fit for Zero aesthetically and culturally.
Zero Parties came from my having a bunch of sound equipment and projectors in my loft I was only using once a year, and I thought, well, if I can convince a bunch of people to come to a warehouse to watch a bunch of films from filmmakers and actors they have never heard of, then having some electronic music and throwing a big warehouse party should be easy. It also offered me an chance to experiment a bit with non-narrative visual art installation/curation elements which I find very interesting.
ONEOFUS: How did you come up with the brand and why?
RH: Zero comes from “zero budget” so really, the film festival is the “Zero Budget Film Festival” but everyone just called it to Zero instead. The brand itself had a lot of different forms and its evolved over the years, and the Zero just seems to stick whereas logos and theme tend to come and go.
Zero also invokes the ideas of cycles, circles and loops, and as the festival happens throughout the world on a near monthly basis, the name is a fit metaphorically as well.
ONEOFUS: What’s your story/trajectory?
RH: No comment.
Keep them guessing.
ONEOFUS: Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
RH: Make mistakes. That’s rule number one. Rule number two, it takes more time to be successful with originality but its this same ingredient that will build something that will last.
You have to go all in. You have to put all of your time into it. There is no sleeping. Prepare to make sacrifices. If you can’t go without sushi or new shoes, starting a business, perfecting a craft or making a film isn’t for you.
ONEOFUS: What’s next for Zero?
RH: Moon. We plan to go to the moon.
ZERO’S WINTER WONDERLAND PARTY IS THIS SATURDAY. SEE YOU THERE!
MATTHEW DE LEON
& GRAPHIC DESIGNER
who lives and works in BROOKLYN. She was born and raised on GOVERNOR’S ISLAND, NY until its shutdown in 1996. She received her BFA from the UNIVERSITY OF CONNETICUT and her MFA in visual arts from PARSONS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN. She is a GRAPHIC DESIGNER @ BRIC, a cultural organization in Brooklyn.
WE shot her as she got ready for BOTTOMS UP, a weekly UNDERWEAR PARTY, with her cohort LADY SIMON.
TAKE A LOOK SEE and some of her fabulous work below:
The boyfriends are separated for the summer; The actor away at summerstock, and the artist at home in the apartment. In a duet apart, they search for each other in song.
performed by Matthew de Leon and Adam Kee
edited by Matthew de Leon
“Somewhere Out There”, 1986
copyrighted and written by James Horner, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Me and the Standards
Millions of Crushes
She COHOSTS a monthly drag show on the 2nd thursday of every month called CALENDAR GIRLS with LUCY BALLS @ TNT in Williamsburg.
Garón Peterson is an
INDEPENDENT ARTS PRODUCER
He is also a NEW YORKER, raised in BROOKLYN. Having had no artistic influences in his family, he succeeded in being chosen out of many applicants to attend the specialized H.S. of Art & Design. His “Return of the Goddess Series” artwork was also picked to represent his graduating class in the 75th Anniversary Alumni Show.
Feel the PowerHava Goddess
Searching for himself as a young man growing up in the 80‘sand 90’s, his talents brought him into many fields, piling up wonderful adventure stories along the way. He interned for and had his portrait drawn by famed fashion illustrator ANTONIO LOPEZ before graduating from F.I.T, worked with music legend DR. JOHN, traveled on the debut tour of iconic Italian rap duo ARTICOLO 31 in Italy and was on the PROPAGANDA FILMS production crew of THE CULT LIVE! at Wembly Arena, London.
Since 1990, he has worked steadily in two fields, FILM and ART EVENT PRODUCING. In the film industry he worked in many positions, assisting the camera dept, location and talent scouting, lighting, and production assistant. See some of his film work below:
At the same time, Garón was producing and organizing a series of multimedia art exhibitions based on EROTIC MYTHOLOGY, showcasing the artworks of dozen’s of artists, including his own. He was the first CURATOR to hold a show at DANNY SIMMONS RUSH PHILANTHROPIC ARTS in Chelsea.
Founding GELATO! ART SALON In 2009 with PHOTOGRAPHER Gisella Sorrentino, is counted as among one of the finest (as well as busiest) moments in his life. Gelato! Art Salon has in the past 3 years, held more than 20 shows featuring Film, Fine Art, Photography, Dance, Music and Performance art in various locales in NY and Italy.
Garón is excited to put newly founded Gelato! Art Collective production experience and skills at the service of clients who appreciate vision, creativity, efficiency, harmony, and hard work.
She hails from Laredo, Texas and Mexico. Her work is inspired by social, ethnic and political identities and behaviors. VIEW it below:
Currently, she is a member of the Puro Borde art collective in El Paso, Texas. They aim to unite artists throughout all the border cities between Mexico and U.S.
Previously, she ran the design department as Senior UX/UI designer at Majestyk Apps; an inspiring start-up that develops mobile apps and websites.
WE shot Dana in a vintage 80s dress from Absolute Vintage in the UK in her Brooklyn neighborhood CLINTON HILL.
WE LOVE DANA.
So should you: