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Meet the 2013 Rooftop Shorts Filmmakers #1: Josh Izenberg Makes His Directorial Debut With 'Slomo'

By Indiewire | Indiewire May 10, 2013 at 3:02PM

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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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.

READ MORE: Rooftop Films Reveals Full Feature Lineup For Annual Summer Series, Including SXSW Grand Jury Winner 'Short Term 12'

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."

Indiewire invited Rooftop Film Festival short film directors to tell us about their films, including the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. Go HERE for all the profiles.

This article is related to: Meet the 2013 Rooftop Film Festival Filmmakers, Rooftop Films Summer Series, Rooftop Films





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