February 9, 2005
Independent Films
Debut feature ends 25-year filmmaking hiatus 
for fine artist and gallery co-owner Bruce Wood
 
Bruce Wood returns to filmmaking with "The Door".

Internationally recognized experimental filmmaker Bruce Wood returns 
to filmmaking after a 25-year hiatus with his debut feature. The Door, 
shooting Feb. 22-March 22 in Chicago and southwest Michigan.
A former options trader, Wood is a fine art painter who co-owns the 
Fenway Gallery in Wicker Park and New Buffalo, Mich., and the art print 
house afa Press in Lakeside, Mich.

Wood was roused from cinematic retirement last May when Chicago 
Filmmakers approached him about featuring his 1979 short,Edge Forces, 
in their Chicago Filmmakers at 30 retrospective screening.
I'd made a strong body of work in experimental film as an extension 
of my painting in the late 70s, recalled Wood, who got his MFA from 
the Art Institute in 1975, studying under Stan Brakhage.
Part of the reason I stopped was the expense of 16mm film. I said, 
"when the technology gets around I'd like to try it again." Well, 
guess what, it has.

After his rediscovery by Chicago Filmmakers and subsequent screenings 
of his work at New York's Anthology Film Archives, London's Institute 
of Contemporary Arts, and Paris' Museum of Modern Art, Wood picked up 
a camera for his first film in 25 years, the six-minute experimental 
short "New Kisses."

But I realized I had changed and my current interest was more along the 
lines of narrative, Wood said. He took a class in digital video, bought 
a Panasonic DVX100 24P DV camera, and sat down last summer to write his 
first script, which became "The Door."

"The Door" is a supernatural mystery about a dream guide who loses sight 
of his mission and plays the role of the genie in the lamp, giving people 
what they want and causing havoc in their real lives, Wood said.
Wood, who is writer/director/cinematographer/editor, is self-financing 
the five-figure budget through his Dreamfast Cinema. Lucas Brown of Lucas
 Brown Productions is producing. Script supervisor is Tribune
 entertainment writer Jessica Volpe.

"The Door" stars theater veterans Bill Ferris, Karla Magnan, Mary Grill, 
January Scarpino and Chase Stoeger. It's a non-union production, but the 
principle roles are paid.

See www.afapress.com/Dreamfast/index.html. 
—Ed M. Koziarski , edk@homesickblues.com