For the past seven years I have been privileged to have J.R. De Ford as a friend and frequent collaborator. He has starred in, photographed and/or co-directed many of my favorite personal projects, including Stingray, 24 Minutes, No Shame in the Grandma, The Adventures of Captain Strong, and My Mis en Scene is Tingling – all viewable on this site.
For the last couple of years J.R. has been working on a new (relatively) short film of his own, shot in our mutual home-area of New York. It premiered earlier this year at the Long Island International Film Expo, and just this weekend he has released it free to view online. The project is called A Marvelous Coincidence, and in J.R.’s words, is about “A carpenter in a remote village met with great tragedy embarks from his forest home on an uncertain journey through devastated lands to discover the meaning behind a mysterious dream. ”
I can’t fully comment on the film because I haven’t watched it yet (aside from seeing a very rough cut of the project quite a while ago), but from what I’ve seen and what I know of J.R.’s work, it’s a lyrical, visually-enchanting cinematic poem, and I’m looking forward to checking it out.
Here is the official trailer:
And here is the link to final film: