Director Josh Izenberg
Director Josh Izenberg

Director Josh Izenberg earned a degree in screenwriting from the University of Michigan and then went on to work as a copywriter, a cab driver and a carpenter before finding his way to film. "Slomo" is his first documentary short.

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What it's about: Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.

On the challenges: There were a lot of challenges. In production, simply figuring out how to shoot smooth shots of someone one rollerblades proved to be a bit complicated and we had to try a few things out before we landed on our solution — cinematographer on skates with glide cam, myself on skateboard with sound gear. Later, the usual challenges ensued — crafting a story from hours of footage. Luckily, we had a great team, including editor, Traci Loth and producer, Amanda Micheli, to help shape the narrative.

What's next: "I'm currently developing a documentary about a very unconventional method of dealing with addiction — and the controversial doctor who developed it — to be shot in Lima, Peru, this fall."

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