This experimental selection of short films by award-winning gay filmmaker Michael J. Saul (The Surface, Crush, Adults Only), have been created and then set aside over his 40-year career in film. Some recent and others rediscovered, they are all spawned by the act of daydreaming as a method of meditation, allowing the mind to create and remember. The Daydreamer’s Notebook is available now on Amazon Instant, on TLA as of August 29th and will debut on Dekkoo in the fall.
Prefaced by the filmmaker, the shorts in the anthology range from Nightcrawler (2011), the childhood nightmare of preparing for a fishing trip; Cons, Idol and Boat 14 (2006) which depict childhood relationships long gone; to Euphoria (2014), a music video collaboration with composer Derek Bayani Mabalot depicting love, deception and sex; and Subterrania (2017), Saul’s memorial video to Steven M. Miller who’s 30-year collaboration was cut short in 2015 with Miller’s death.
The collection also includes the first public release of Saul’s 1981 16mm thriller The Cipher and the Boar about two orphans who stumble upon a gruesome and terrifying taxidermist, now restored and updated in HD. The program concludes with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Cipher and the Boar.