Teaser

byFaruq Oyekan

Teaser is an experimental short drama derived from the life and mind of talented director and writer Adam Jones. In its 8 minute runtime, Teaser plays out like a museum exhibit video gallery piece that will have you mesmerized and astonished.

What you get with Teaser is an inside look into the dark and dangerous side of drug abuse. Through its use of symbolic footage and non-linear story telling Teaser is able to brilliantly capture a world of confusion and harm. Adam Jones with Teaser shows that film is not reserved only for those who want to tell fiction, but also a welcomed format for those who simply want to express art.

It took months after treatment to really have a sober frame of mind and clear approach to the story and get the visuals I had in my mind together. I had all these narratives [that were] dreamlike, a representation of the destruction. I threw $200 down to a local filmmaker to shoot some footage for me but it didn’t turn out, so I decided to capture it on my own. I grabbed a video camera and started revisiting locations I’d had a binge at: the home [where I stayed], the apartment complex I hung out at, where everything started. I was wandering around, reliving those experiences. [NewsReview.com]

- Adam Jones

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This film is aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully shot. Adam Jones gracefully employs black and white to create a sense of past and disconnect to the viewer. This in the end creates a sense of voyeurism that is thrilling and engaging.

In Teaser, Adam Jones essentially teases his audience through his presentation. Through use of the unconventional methods that are the main building block of any experimental film.

Coming in at a mere eight minutes, Teaser showcases a shocking look into the dark sides of the world we live in, however with the grace and mystery of a well-structured experimental film. Whether or not you can comprehend the narrative of the film is unimportant due to the way this film is presented. Adam Jones creates a mood and tone that is psychologically haunting and emotionally diverse.

Roseville native Adam Jones was only 19 when he moved to San Francisco, started working as an escort and became addicted to drugs. Jones, who finally ended up in rehab, is now 21, one-year sober and an aspiring filmmaker. In April he released an experimental art film Teaser, which documents his troubled past. The black-and-white short just screened in South Africa as part of the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Jones, who also works as a waiter, chatted with SN&R about his former life on the streets, inspirations and why he hopes the film will “make a small mark” in the LGBT community.

- NewsReview.com

The short film, is a piece of experimental brilliance and its premise without debate is its strongest factor. It will have you engaged all the way through the end and wanting more by the time it is finished. 

For fans of experimental films, and simply films with an element of realism Teaser is a short film to check out!

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INTERVIEW with Adam Jones (Director/Writer)

First, how long have you been film making? What got you interested?

"Teaser" is based off of a time in my life where I wasn't really going anywhere. It captures my feelings and emotions while I was experimenting with street drugs. Filmmaking came along when I started taking cell phone videos of the gritty downtown areas of San Francisco. That grew into a small archive of footage I was collecting for a short film. 

Where did the idea for this short originate from? 

I started visualizing how my story and experiences would translate on film. Once the trailer was posted to vimeo.com, I immediately started to get recognition and support from LGBT magazines and cinema websites. I had the opportunity to speak to several editors about myself... and that process helped capture my story. 

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Any interesting production stories?

Every 2 weeks I would sit down and edit a 2 minute segment to be included in the short film. I ended up leaving the short film at eight minutes, originally the plan was a twenty minute short film. The video was specifically made for iPhone screens, which I think is unusual. 

Check out a full interview at: https://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/adam-jones-filmmaker/content?oid=17476783

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Faruq Oyekan is a San Diego-based screenwriter and filmmaker. Born and raised in California, Faruq dedicates his time to producing and participating in film projects across the region. Faruq's own film work consist of short film narratives that explore realms of fantasy, sci-fi, and the bizarre. To Faruq, short films are just the right length and the prime arena to inspire others with new and innovative narratives.

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Directed by: Adam Jones

Written by: Adam Jones

Runtime: 8 min

Genre: Experimental 

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