Watch Experimental Short Film: Ground London

Produced, Directed, Edited and Shot by Dustin Morrow
Sound Design by Corbin Wescott
Running Time 7:41
Genre: Experimental Documentary


“Ground London” is an experimental documentary that explores the British capital at the intersections of three types of geography: urban geography, cultural geography, and psychogeography. Its employment of a specific point-of-view, locked in photography that never gets more than three inches off the ground, along with heavy manipulation of both sound and image, exposes a London seldom examined: a city that moves poetically and with great order when observed slowly and in minute detail. This city, perhaps the most culturally important in the world (certainly among the most economically and politically central) moves fast. Moving through it during the summer, when the tourists add untold numbers to the population fighting to traverse the sidewalks, streets, parks and stores, is a challenge. Chaos seems to reign alongside the Queen.

But there is another London, one of patterns, created by the geo-urban spaces themselves and by the ways that people (both residents and tourists) engage and interact with those spaces. Ground London explores those spaces and the people that move through them. It goes deep underground, to the London Underground (“the Tube”) and high above the city, into the iconic riverside ferris wheel known as the London Eye, without ever leaving the ground/floor-level.

The film forges its exploration with a sense of lightness and humor. Filled with images of children playing and people relaxing and sightseeing, the film presents a specific London, a city that can move slow, a city that can rest when it makes the effort. A man feeds pigeons during his lunch hour. A couple sits reading in the lawn chairs in Hyde Park. A game of cricket gets underway. In one shot, people literally stop to smell the roses.

The film is full of playfulness. A childʼs toy dog crawls on the floor of the great Harrodʼs department store. People pose as the Beatles did on their “Abbey Road” album cover in the intersection at which the photo was shot. Children crawl upon the backs of the lions in Trafalgar Square. The film is also playful in technique. Filmmaker Dustin Morrow uses color, shape, perspective and movement to emphasize elements of the frame. Corbin Wescottʼs original sound design immerses you in the spaces, drowning you in their atmospheric elements, and employing great wit in its evocation of the landscape.

“Ground London” gets down on the grass, down on the floor, down on the pavement, to present you with a new perspective on one of the worldʼs most photographed urban landscapes, and on the people who live and travel there.

The film premiered at the 2013 Northwest Filmmakers Festival, where it won the award for Best Experimental Film. It has gone on to screen in festivals around the world, including the OpenLens Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Cape May Film Festival, Experimental Film Festival Portland, Athens International Film and Video Festival, ArtsFest Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, University Film and Video Conference in Bozeman, Portland Film Festival, CologneOFF X: Cologne International Videoart Festival, VideoBabel International Audiovisual Festival in Cuzco, Peru, the FILE 2014 Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Oregon Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Experimental Film. The film was curated in Ohio State University’s Journal of Short Film Volume 34 in Spring 2015. It will continue to screen in festivals and conferences into 2015.
Director Bio:

Dustin Morrow is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, programmer and educator. As a media artist, his works frequently explore the issues of and relationships between landscape/space and personal, communal and cultural identities. He was born and raised in western Illinois, and received his MFA in Cinema from the University of Iowa. He previously taught at Temple University in Philadelphia, and is currently a professor and the interim head of the film program at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches courses in digital cinema production and film studies. His most recent film is the award-winning feature “Everything Went Down” ( His most recent book is the Focal Press textbook “Producing for TV and New Media”, and his next book, due in early 2015, is a collaborative work with the legendary stage and screen actress Kathleen Turner. Learn more about Prof. Morrow’s work at


Watch Music Video: Naked Lunch | Hammer It All

PlakatA man is living his life. Or is his life living him? He is performing life’s menial tasks as opposed to taking the chances that come before him. One day he has to face the fact he is out of time.

Director Biography


Tobias Steiner is a young independent filmmaker from Austria. He first started filmmaking with stop motion videos. Later he moved on to produce and direct several low budget short movies and music videos. After which he tried to get into filmschool without success. He decided to leave his hometown at the age of 19 to travel the world. Currently he is working on several screenwritings as he explores other cultures.

Director Statement

This is a music video looking at movement. The subject remains still as his surroundings change and move on, depicting his moving on in life. The video looks to show how the subject is not taking his chances in life and wastes his time performing life’s menial tasks. He has a sudden realisation at the end of the video, he has no time left.

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Watch Experimental Short Film: DREAMS IN THE WIND

Title pic fullOne mans journey of Self discovery and all the craziness he runs into. From fear of death, anger, frustration, confusion, silliness of the mind and seeking the Truth of soul. This film was shot over a period of two years, edited down to 50 minutes.

Director Biography


Living in a body currently on a place called Planet Earth, in my language. Yet, I feel there is far more going on than meets the eye of the I.

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Watch Experimental Short Film: MIRROR STAGE

This infinite regress video is using technology device to raise this awareness of how we rely on using technology. The video starts with circle nature and end with same circle nature image on the smart phone which aim to offer an experience of how people fall into this deep digital hole without any chance to climb out.

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Watch Experimental Short Film: GOOD MEDICINE

Loralee photo Four people with addictions move through their story, via portrait photography as a healing modality and tool of resistance.

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Director Biography

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Amy Iddings completed a Master’s of Social Work degree at Spalding University in 2016, and this project was part of her culminating project on the use of whole body/whole mind approaches in the treatment of trauma and addiction. In 2014 she collaborated with Glenn Hall on a project for her own healing, which she casually called “phototherapy.” The sense of recovery–the medicinal quality of the work–was so profound she began an inquiry into using self-guided creative portrait photography with others, beginning with those dealing with addictions.

Director Statement

Though I argue we are all addicted to something, in the case of drugs, the lens our culture uses to see these individuals seems harshest and least forgiving. It may be why I am starting here. I believe people deserve to be presented in a way that leaves their humanity intact.

The idea is that this sort of art is not just therapy; it is also a tool of resistance. The concept of the project is to have a visual conversation that is courageous, affirming, and challenging to the standard narrative on addiction and those who live it. It is built around the desire for participants to become agents of their own identity–both public (within their local communities) and private (through the conscious creation of a creative visual experience with a tangible outcome). This project is fed by the idea that each of us is more than the worst things that have ever happened to us, including the worst things we have ever done.

I want to show images of people living with addiction that are beautiful: not intentionally glamorous or heroic, but beautiful in terms of authenticity. I want to show humans seeking their medicine by doing what brings them back to themselves. It’s important to be able to hold a space that is respectful and careful, where they can share a piece of their story they might not have a chance to tell any other way. I see it as a small anthology of pain, healing, identity and perception.

Watch Experimental Short Film: STRANGER IN THE DARK


12241579 923848944329434 2976481947401521628 nOur main protagonist Cassie Fields, wakes up one morning to find that she’s scared and confused. Things happen from that point on in the film that make Cassie realizes that the life she always known is a lie. To make matters worse, the stranger in the dark is now her waking nightmare. Her only hope is to solve the mystery while finding herself at the mercy of the killer’s new solitary world.”

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  • Director Statement

    “Success isn’t always about Greatness its about Consistency and passion.”

    Director Biography

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    Jr Michael was born on June 27, 1981. He grew up out in Queens, he attend a high school out in Jackson heights NY and he then transferred to Wagner high school and finish out his school year at Wagner. He then went away to college in the state of Kansas and was studying to become Network administration IT. At the same time he was perusing his dream as a basketball player and then came close, he got scouted for Butler University but could go cause certain elements that prevented him from attending there, after that he moved back from Kansas to New York to continue his studies at New York Institute of Technology to pursue his second dream and that was to become an actor he started this journey by accident when his girlfriends father told him that he should try out for acting cause the camera love’s him so then he did. So then he appeared in Law an Order, Syriana, Minority, Sopranos, I am Legend, Fighting, Stick’em up kids and the independent movie that got picked up in 2008 and premiered at the New York International Film and Video Festival and got nominated for best short of the year which was called Vengeance is Mine was a hit, and then now the highly anticipated movie called Touch 2009. From there he has also done his highly anticipated short film Stranger in the Dark and is starting his web series called a New York Story. Jr Michael continues to make strides as an actor/director and hopes to continue his career.

2016 Music Videos

See the Music Videos showcased at the festival in 2016:

festival posterSEA OF INK, 3min, USA, Animation/Drama

festival poster5476 Miles, 4min, UK, Animation/Music Video

festival posterLUNCH, 2min., UK, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterCHAMPION

8min, Argentina, Documentary/Animal