Brian Floats

Brian Floats is an emerging artist breaking the boundaries of what it means to paint. Brian’s performative art involves him jumping 12 feet into the air on a trampoline to reach his canvas. To get to this point in his career, Brian started in China painting meticulous pieces of buildings and landscapes. During this time, he craved a more freeing version of art. He invented his trampoline performance to get away from the pressure of his former art work. Thus began his journey of moving to Venice and meeting Jim Budman, his mentor and close friend who helped him gain the traction he needed to begin his new style of painting. Now, he performs his trampoline art in Budman Studio while fellow artists and art enthusiasts watch. He enjoys surrendering to his process and feeling the fun of his art rather than worrying about the details.

This short documentary is all about the importance of fun and inspires people of all ages to prioritize play.

  • Leah de Leon
  • Sofia Cristina Alvarez
  • Leah de Leon
  • Matthew Meredith
    Cinematographer & Editor
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    9 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Leah de Leon, Sofia Cristina Alvarez

Leah de Leon is an award winning Filipina-American documentary filmmaker and photographer. She is driven by her innate curiosity about people and her love for travel, telling empowering stories that explore culture and identity around the world. Her recent short documentary, We Are Like Waves, was released with The Los Angeles Times. Other credits include producing works for The BBC, In The Now, 60 Second Docs, and Samsung. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in documentary filmmaking from Chapman University and was a Nikon Storytellers Scholarship recipient. She is a co-founder, director and producer at Unreel Stories, a San Diego based production company, where she creates branded films and original short documentaries. Leah is a proud member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, A-Doc, and The Documentary Producers Alliance.

Sofia is a Cuban-American independent filmmaker born and raised in South Florida. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. As a freelance Director and Cinematographer, Sofia aims to create emotionally provocative content that highlights our behaviors, emotions, and points to typically unspoken social struggles. Sofia hopes her stories will inspire those to take action and make real change.

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Director Statement

Directors’ Statement for 'Brian Floats':

Our mission is to motivate adults to prioritize play and focus on fun.

As Co-Directors, we aimed to capture the infectious joy of Brian's trampoline performances where he surrenders to the creative process, leaving behind the weight of perfection. Through his story, we hope the audience is inspired to rediscover the transformative power of embracing fun.

We hope you enjoy 'Brian Floats,' a tribute to the art of letting go, reimagining boundaries, and finding liberation through creation.

Leah de Leon and Sofia Cristina Alvarez
Co-Directors, 'Brian Floats'