Oscar-winning director/producer Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Contagion) will executive produce a new feature film titled Star, teaming up once again with Eddie Alcazar (Tapia, Perfect, Kuso) — director of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight premiere short The Vandal. Like the short, the feature project will be created with Alcazar’s “Meta-Scope” technique — a surreal blend of stop-motion, live action and pixilation reminiscent of Jan Svankmajer’s works.
Set in a world not unlike mid-20th century America, The Vandal centers on Harold, whose tormented search for peace from traumatic loss results in an unexpectedly destructive awakening after he undergoes a lobotomy. When the procedure “turns his mind inside out” and his great love is suddenly gone, Harold’s desperate search intensifies.
The black-and-white 16mm short is exec produced by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and stars Bill Duke (Mandy, Predator) as Harold, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Abbey Lee and Maurice Compte, with a score by Oscar-nominated filmmaker and composer Kris Bowers (A Concerto Is a Conversation, Space Jam: A New Legacy). CAA is repping sales.