Petecia "Le Fawnhawk" Maggiori and Mark Maggiori are Los Angeles based artists and they're married and in love. They're friends of mine who take a lot of their inspiration from the desert, digging deep into the nature and legend of the American wild west. I asked if I could go with them some time and make a portrait of them. This piece is about how an artist is viewed from the one who loves them and how they inspire one another. And it's about my own, imperfect, messy, human love for them both and trying to capture a bit of them in my own art.
Artists In Love
Outside Comedy is a documentary series in development about the passions and hobbies of comedians outside of their normal comedy lives. Charming, intimate, and un-rehearsed, it's a deeper look at how these skilled observers think about the world and how they engage with the world away from the stage.
San Francisco has changed a bit, and so have I, and now it's time to part. I wanted to try to capture a taste of some of my favorite things and most vivid memories. This is a farewell letter to my home town of the last decade.
A Farewell Letter to San Francisco
The Carver is a narrative short, meaning it was scripted and acted, but in the style of a "maker video," which is a very popular documentary style that explores craft and care and character. I've had a hand in and been inspired by many gorgeous, actual maker videos, crafted themselves by some very talented filmmakers, so this is my way of honoring those. Of course, it was also written in the only way I can, with a touch of irreverence. My thanks to all my mentors who taught me the craft.
Sirens is an exploration of light and figures under water, compiled from a week of free-diving. In short, an experiment. The ocean, a feel for film and the rhythm of muses: this is LA.
Models: Linda Wood Meagan Judkins Courtney Logue Tristan Paige Lindsey Wood
A short documentary about a man who goes into the mountains of Los Angeles, looking for gold and the answer to some hard questions about himself. Full LA Miner Page: LA Miner
Film Festivals: Brooklyn Film Festival - Blue Whiskey Independent Film Festival Arizona International Film Festival Oceanside Film Festival Nevada City Film Festival Napa Valley Film Festival Dublin International Film Festival
Jesus saves is the story of a Hollywood agent who finds Jesus and the plot to his next blockbuster. Inspired by all the amazing, small-world relationships that Hollywood is about.
Written/Directed by: Thomas R. Wood Shot by: Michael Duffy and Matthew Gulley
Starring: Ant Simpson, Frankie Quinones, and Ash Lendzion. Special appearance by: James O'Halloran. Sound by: Dan Morgan
The Rules of Sydney Miller
Sydnie is a model and friend of mine who I couldn’t get ahold of for almost eight months. When she finally resurfaced, it was with a story of a deeply affecting relationship, and of the strength it took to find herself again. Sydnie always struck me as so confident, and quick, and funny, and it was moving to hear how vulnerable she had been. We made this wee micro-documentary as a way to celebrate her and her return.
A short documentary by Michael Schwartz and Thomas Wood about Off The Mat Into The World's confrontation with sex trafficking in India.
Off The Mat Into The World - Teaser
Reach is an experiment in travel documentary, where the cast would be the only crew. We eight filmmakers and explorers would set out alone over a weekend and try to document the intimacy, humor, friendship and discovery that happens when people travel somewhere new together and have an adventure. This project was a blast, and it's my hope that we can someday develop it further. Reach is about the adventure, but it is also about how to tell a story.
See the Full Film here: https://vimeo.com/66968041