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My Weekend with Zio

Official Selection Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
Official Selection Miami Independent Film Festival
Official Selection Roma CinemaDoc
Official Selection Long Beach Indie Film, Media and Music Festival
Official Selection Mexico International Film Festival
Winner Golden Palm Award for best short doc
Award of Merit Winner at The San Francisco Film Awards for Short Documentary.
Official Selection Los Angeles CineFest

Step inside the mind of Zio Ziegler...

Short documentary about the weekend that I spent with Artist Zio Ziegler in San Francisco. He was hired by Venture Capitalist company, Sherpa Foundry to do a mural inside of their corporate headquarters. Throughout the process, Zio gives an insightful look into his motivations as a painter, his overall philosophy as an artist and what he strives to accomplish day in and day out.

Conversations with some of the tech elite, including Tina Sharkey, Shervin Pishevar and Scott Stanford show a parallel between great minds and their lack of boundaries. Zio is becoming world famous painting all over the world. He has painted inside the walls for Instagram, Facebook Tumblr, Twitter and many more. His murals can now be seen in countries on almost every continent and he continues to build his following with his growing philosophy that is being spread around social media as well as his philosophy of embracing his mistakes and doing things on his own terms.

From http://www.ZioZiegler.com : "Painting is my attempt at self-understanding. I create an experience for the viewer that parallels my own search in creation. This process, my examination, is a constant balance between reason and intuition. I make in order to understand, rather to explain what has been made.

Whether I am painting on a public wall or in my studio, my craft is a vehicle that shows me how to turn every crisis into an opportunity. The naiveté and freedom I see and admire in the physical world directly influence the most primitive aspects of my work. My materials are the tools I use to try to understand my human condition. The paint, surface, and subject matter parallel my subconscious call to action and often manifest themselves in the same forms; however each form displays varying levels of emphasis, color, line and pattern. I paint how I feel, not how I see. Rather than finding a concept and executing it in a linear fashion, I react to my questions, life and awareness. My work is not about a final product, rather the process that helps me solve a problem.

I've often been asked what my symbols mean in relation to one another, and while I hint at their meanings with a reference in a title, their meanings are as ephemeral as the process itself. This transience of meaning serves as catalyst for each viewer’s understanding. Because each painting lacks a singular explanation, the viewer is faced with self-reflection of his or her own life and internal pursuit. My paintings have subjectively different meanings for each person that views them, and through the observer’s own balance of reason, context, and intuitive reaction, each one serves as a starting place of thought and reflection rather than a means to an end.

There is no conclusion, only more questions. There is no meaning except for that which the viewer designates. My paintings begin with an existential journey, and can only end with an absurdist conclusion - the rest is just a vehicle for conveying this."

Zio is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.


  • Steve Carrera
  • Steve Carrera
  • Zio Ziegler
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • The San Francisco Film Awards
    San Francisco, CA
    Merit Award
  • Official Selection Los Angeles CineFest
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Mexico International Film Festival

    Golden Palm Award
  • Long Beach Indie Film Festival
    Long Beach, CA
    October 7, 2015
  • Roma Cinema Doc
    Rome, Italy
    September 1, 2015
  • Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
    Long Beach, CA
    October 8, 2015
    Best Short Documentary
Director Biography - Steve Carrera

Steve Carrera is a teacher, coach, broadcaster and filmmaker based in Orange County, CA.

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