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out of the blue

A 78-year-old man covered his body with one beautiful tattoo. The retired Principal City Planner for Baltimore talks about trees, consciousness, letting go of life and his genitals.

  • Friendzone (Jonathan Bregel & Steve Hoover)
  • Jonathan Bregel
  • Jonathan Bregel
  • Dan St Ours
  • Theo Deboucha
  • Steve Hoover
    Blood Brother, Almost Holy
  • Defacto Sound
    Sound Design
  • Jacob Mckee
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  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Distribution Information
  • Jonathan Bregel
    Country: United States
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Friendzone (Jonathan Bregel & Steve Hoover)

friendzone is a bi-coastal directing duo specializing in heartfelt branded content, commercials, and documentary films. friendzone is comprised of Sundance Grand Jury Winning Director Steven Hoover, and seven time Vimeo Staff Pick and Cannes Lion winner, Director / DP Jonathan Bregel.

The genesis of friendzone was a deep mutual respect for one another’s work. From there, they carefully built upon Jonathan’s visual strengths with Steven’s ability to build a strong narrative and work with talent. This collaborative system has leveraged the abilities of both Directors, as well as giving them the ability to work ahead of schedule and be in constant communication with their agency and client partners.

Steven and Jonathan initially paired together at production company Variable to create memorable advertising campaigns for scores of brands along with their prolific documentary film careers.

Steven’s obsessive curiosity has resulted in achieving some of film's highest honors. His first feature, "Blood Brother", premiered at Sundance in 2013 and went on to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for best US feature-length documentary. His second, "Almost Holy", was Executive Produced by Terrence Malick, scored by Atticus Ross, and premiered at Tribeca in 2015, garnering numerous awards around the world before going on to a worldwide theatrical run. Steve's commercial clients include Gap, Walmart, Chipotle and National Geographic among others.

Jonathan is a multidisciplinary filmmaker and DP, rooted in his belief that the language of film should communicate directly to the emotional truth of the viewer. Jonathan has Directed and shot commercials and branded content for clients such-as; Nike, National Geographic, Cadillac, ACLU, Samsung, Pfizer, Gap, Tiffany & Co., and many more. Jonathan's work has been featured in Adweek, Huffington Post and Gizmodo and awarded at Cannes Lion, AICP, Adweek ARC Awards, LIA, Clio, Webby, Shorty, One Show, Creativity, PDN and Spikes Asia. His films have earned seven Vimeo Staff Picks that have racked up over 10 million views.

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Director Statement

The tattooed subject of this film, Jim Hall, was the first person co-director Jonathan Bregel met on the block of his new home in Baltimore, MD. Jim's upbeat attitude and friendliness immediately made Jonathan feel welcomed to the neighborhood, however, Jonathan still had a strange feeling in his gut about this man because of his blue skin and his acute openness about, well, pretty much everything. These contradicting feelings of warmth and judgment were the genesis of "out of the blue".

From that point, Jonathan couldn't stop thinking about how unique of a person his neighbor Jim was. The two of them hung out a few times and Jonathan decided that he wanted to make a film about Jim. The problem, however, was that Jonathan couldn't fully wrap his head around his own contradicting feelings towards Jim. This is where co-director Steve Hoover came into the mix.

Immediately, Steve was hooked on the project. A couple days later, Steve flew to Baltimore and crashed in Jonathan's basement for a few days while they shot, and developed the short documentary.

The result is a short documentary that challenges viewers to look past any of their own preconceived judgments and to respect Jim for the wonderful, courageous, and unique, human being that he is.