Film The Future is the newest venture from Daniel Arsham, director/cinematographer Ben Louis Nicholas and producer Courtney Andrialis. Founded in 2014, Film The Future is a full-service production company housed in a 5500 square foot studio on the Long Island City waterfront. The company shares space with frequent collaborators Snarkitecture and Daniel Arsham Studio allowing all production design, art direction, prop and set fabrication to be handled in house by the same accomplished team. Film The Future aims to make distinct work that breaks boundaries and questions the interplay between form and content. Credits include short films and commercials for clients including Usher, Dazed Media, Calvin Klein, Hennessy, Tumi, Public School and Bamford Watch. The company is currently in production on Arsham’s feature film debut, Future Relic, which stars Juliette Lewis, James Franco, Mahershala Ali, Arturo Castro and Ethan Suplee.
Daniel Arsham – Director, Creative Director
Daniel’s multidisciplinary practice challenges the link between art, architecture, performance, and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. Soon thereafter he was invited to create stage design and tour with legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham’s Dance Company leading to ongoing stage design practice and a sustained collaboration with choreographer and former Cunningham dancer, Jonah Bokaer. Arsham founded Snarkitecture with partner Alex Mustonen in 2007. This architecture collaboration has included work with fashion brands, interior and architectural design, and a complete line of functional design objects. In all of Arsham’s work, he mines everyday experience for opportunities to confuse and confound our expectations of space and form. Simple yet paradoxical gestures dominate his sculptural work: a façade that appears to billow in the wind, a figure wrapped up in the surface of a wall, a contemporary object cast in volcanic ash as if it was found on some future archeological site. Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California and Carré d’Arc de Nîmes, France, and the Tribeca Film Festival among others.
Ben Louis Nicholas – Director, Cinematographer
Ben is a filmmaker whose work spans the realms of narrative, commercial, documentary, and interactive new media. He’s a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in directing, cinematography, and editing. His interdisciplinary approach has resulted in numerous collaborations with leading artists including Usher, James Franco, Daniel Arsham, Justin Peck, Juelz Santana, Jonah Bokaer and Abbott Miller. In 2012 he collaborated with 2wice Arts Foundation, Mr. Bokaer, and Mr. Miller toward the creation of ‘Fifth Wall,’ the first of a series of dance based iPad apps. Their 2013 project titled ‘Dot Dot Dot’ featured former NYC Ballet soloist Tom Gold and received a Smithsonian People’s Design Award nomination. Ben is currently working as a DP/Editor on a feature film with Daniel Arsham titled Future Relic. Their short FR03 screened at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Ben’s latest music video for Usher’s track ‘Chains’ is set for release in mid-January 2016.
Courtney Andrialis – Producer
Courtney is the main Producer at Film The Future. Her recent film and TV credits include: Friends of the People Seasons 1 & 2 (sketch comedy series for truth starring the Lucas Bros); Very Serious with Michael Torpey (comedic news pilot for Comedy Central); The Pastor (Deborah Goodwin’s sophomore feature, starring Franky G, Angelique Zambrana, Micah Hauptman); Hey Girl (female comedy variety show for MTV); and Sleeping With the Fishes (Nicole Gomez Fisher’s debut feature film, starring Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez, Ana Ortiz, Priscilla Lopez, distributed in 2014 by HBO Latino & Breaking Glass Films). Before becoming an indie producer in 2011, Courtney served as the Head of Development & Production at PalmStar Entertainment. Prior to that, she was a Creative Executive at Mark Cuban’s HDNet Films, where she worked on over 20 documentary and narrative films. Courtney began her career in 2003 as Executive Assistant to the late Bingham Ray, who was then President of United Artists. She received her BFA in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a founding member of the Stern Tisch Entertainment Business Association (STEBA).
Nadia Tahoun – Associate Producer
Bagi Gorgioski – Conceptual Designer & Propmaster
Daniel Arsham Studio
Stephen Vincent & Sig De Miguel – Casting
James Law – Photography
Jimena Azula – Production Design
Thomas Nicholas – Graphic Design
Whitney Theis – VFX and Animation
Amanda Johnson-Zetterstrom – Writing