Curtain of Pink Death Productions, a writing partnership with Gil Reavill, has realized numerous produced, optioned or speculative screenplays. Saks and Reavill also work together doing prose editorial services and ghostwriting under the moniker Level Head Media, concentrating on non-fiction projects. In 2007, they began creating multi-media EPKs (Electronic Press Kits) for authors and writers, specializing in “movie trailers” for books showcased on the Internet.
As a screenwriting team, Reavill and Saks had their original feature screenplay Dirty, directed by Chris Fisher for Silver Nitrate Productions, starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Clifton Collins, Jr., released theatrically by Dimension in spring 2006.
FESTIVALS, AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS
The 2008, 24/7 A DIY VIDEO SUMMIT produced through the School of Cinematic Arts at USC has invited Saks to be festival programmer, producer and consultant. (February 8-10,2008) Saks has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2006, a Durfee Foundation grant 2004, a Creative Capital Foundation grant in 2003, California Arts Council fellowship 2001, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 1998, Annenberg Foundation Grant 1997, and a NEA grant in 1996. As a producer, he took experimental rock and filmmaking band, Loma Lynda, to the Frontier section of Sundance Film Festival in 2004, where they debuted a feature length projection performance, Destroy Rock Music.
Saks has produced short-form mobile content for production companies such as Art & Industry and Ghost House Pictures. Saks has produced and directed DVD documentaries for all the Hollywood movie studios as well as at Criterion. MEDIA ARTS PROJECTS Saks produced the Untitled: Darkness and Untitled: Infinity collaborative filmmaking projects for the design firm, Belief and the Broadcast Design Awards (BDA) in 2000 and 2001.
Saks periodically teaches and has appeared as a lecturer, presenter, panelist and artist in residency at events such as RES Festival, the Sundance film festival, and Chino Men’s Correctional Center.
Major media arts exhibition site list for Eric Saks:
REDCAT theatre, LA; Museum of Modern Art, NYC;
MOCA, LA; Smack Mellon Studios, Williamsburg; 1950-2000 American Century, Whitney Museum, NYC; California Century at LACMA, LA; Pandemonium Festival, Tate Gallery, London; David Zwerner Gallery, NYC; Marc Foxx Gallery, LA; Sara Meltzer Gallery, NYC; Broadcast Design Awards 2000 & 2001, RES FEST 200&2001 worldwide; Sunshine Noir: L.A. Art, Armand Hammer Museum, LA; PBS “Independent Focus” Broadcast, NYC; LA Freewaves, LA; Broadcasts on KCET, Los Angeles; Art Space, NYC; Long Beach Museum of Art, “New California"; 4th, 6th, 10th - NY Video festivals at Lincoln Center, NYC; Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley; LACE Video Annuale, LA; Rotterdam film festival, The Netherlands; RE:Solution Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; EZTV; Dallas Video Festival; The Other Cinema, SF; ATA Gallery, SF; Impakt Festival, The Netherlands; “L.A. Freewaves” broadcast on KCET, LA; The Edge Television broadcast pilot series; The Video Galleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark; US Environmental Film Festival, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Edinburgh Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland; Films Charras, NYC; San Francisco Cinematheque
Best known media arts project titles of Eric Saks:
Come to See ‘Ya, Dirt, Don From Lakewood, Dust, Fax Attack, Forevermore: Biography of a Leach Lord, Hello? Palimpsest Telephony Situation, Jet-set Download - Untitled:001-Darkness, Love Machine, Orange is the New Black, Replication - Untitled:002-Infinity, Smooth Warming, Suddenly I Burst into Another: The life of Henry Tanner, Sunny Prototype, Tobacco Geezers / Yellow Pages, You Talk/ I Buy