Saturday, February 04, 2006

Big Deal on Sweetzer Avenue

Looks like Ben Tierney may have found his breakthrough ticket to Hollywood. The same week the Oscar nominations are announced, the cool young director’s new short film has spread across the Internet—and it’s not a parody of Brokeback Mountain.

Some might say that Sweetzer Avenue is the flip side of Crash. It tells a lonely story that unspools behind the closed doors of one of those apartment buildings we drive past on the way to the studio, and along the way finally puts Coldplay’s music in its proper shaggy context.

We know Ben, a tall, lean talented lad who came to L.A. a few years back by way of Edinburgh, Tokyo, Sydney and the recommendation of Aussie TV titan Linn Taylor. He landed in the Frozen Pictures office, and worked on Frozen projects like The Seventh Python, the musical documentary feature about chief Rutle and Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes, that’s in post production and coming out soon.

Ben’s got all the right UK credentials. He’s worked on music video projects with Talvin Singh, is developing a film based on a (Tabloid Baby favorite) Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Buddha of Suburbia) story, and he’s directing a new video for the band Pariah’s The Sound of The Beat.

Keep an eye out for Ben Tierney. Take a couple of minutes and watch his new short film. It’s his giant step to features. And remember you heard about him here.

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