I’m Mitchell Rose. I was formerly a choreographer and performance artist … now I’m a filmmaker. Below are some of my films made over the last decade. Most are comedic, many involve dance. For all, my goal is to put a frame around the familiar, and then tilt it. Thanks for watching. Cheers…

 

MODERN DAYDREAMS: DEERE JOHN
A man and a 22-ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and loss.

Winner of 19 festival awards.
“A funny and surprisingly touching fantasy.” — The New York Times

 

GLOBE TROT

A crowd-sourced film as 50 filmmakers in 23 countries each shoot two seconds of dance.

View the filmmaker training page here.
Watch a Powerpoint presentation of the process here.

 

CASE STUDIES FROM THE GROAT CENTER FOR SLEEP DISORDERS
A faux-scientific investigation of sleep disorder from the renowned (but fictitious) Groat Center.

“Hilarious” — The New York Times

 

LEARN TO SPEAK BODY
A language instructional video… for body language.

2.5 million hits on YouTube.

 

ADVANCE
One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations.

Winner of five festival awards including the “Audience Award” at Dance Camera West.

 

ELEVATOR WORLD
A computer-animated essay on the spatial politics of elevator riding.

Winner of the “Grand Prize for Best Short” at Slamdance.
“A computer masterpiece” — CBS Evening News

 

CONTACT
Our days are battles, from which we take comfort in simple human contact.
See the making of, here.

 

A WORLD WITHOUT NUMBERS
Written when Mitchell Rose was nine years old, this animation/live action hybrid explores the horrors of a numberless world through the lens of childhood melodrama.

 

MODERN DAYDREAMS: TREADMILL SOFTLY
A man at the gym becomes infatuated with a woman exercising nearby, inspiring flights of fancy.

“A triumph of short filmmaking, nothing short of brilliant.” — FilmFinder

 

MODERN DAYDREAMS: ISLANDS IN THE SKY
Four people weave 50 feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers in the desert, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers.

“Inventive and conceptual crossbreeding of comedy and cutting edge dance.” — FilmThreat

 

THE EVENT
A map of your march toward Destiny.

Winner of “Best of Show” at WorldFest-Houston

 

MODERN DAYDREAMS: UNLEASHED
An office-bound cubicle drone fantasizes about his workplace coming to life with animal abandon.

Included in “The Best Films on the Web” — UK Guardian

 

LEARN TO PHONE PHONEY
25% of all cell phone calls are fake. This instructional video teaches the finer points of the counterfeit call.

 

WEIGHTLESS
A music video of singer/songwriter Billy Goodrum.

 

NAME CATEGORIES
A conceptual video in which first names are arranged into categories of meanings.

 

FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEW
Mitchell Rose interviews himself.