24,483 DREAMS OF DEATH

A Film Experiment by Chris Peters

Running Time: 14m 52s

2021




Overview

Can an A.I. be creative?

A machine intelligence spent six days watching the Mario Bava classic La Maschera del Demonio, then made its own disturbing movie.


Website

The full website for the film is here: 24,483 DREAMS OF DEATH


Press

A great review and interview in Filmmaker Magazine.

The electronic press kit can be downloaded here: Press Kit (PDF)



VERTIGO A.I.

A Film Experiment by Chris Peters

Running Time: 5 min

2020


Overview

Movie Poster - Vertigo A.I.Over a two day period, an A.I. repeatedly watched the movie Vertigo.

Starting as a blank slate, the A.I. received its entire knowledge of our visual world from this classic film. During the process, artist Chris Peters recorded the machine's neural network forming in real time - the “movie experience” made manifest.

A 5 minute film was made from these recordings, not footage in the traditional sense of photographed scenes, but footage of the internal experience of a new intelligence learning about our world for the first time.

To complete the experiment, a separate A.I. was used to write a narration for the recordings. Given a few lines of dialogue from Vertigo, the machine generated sentences that went off on their own wild tangents. The bizarre results were used verbatim, only edited for length.

With machine-generated imagery and narration, the film gives us a glimpse into a world at once familiar and fantastic – our world, as seen by a new intelligence of our own design.


Winner - Peter Wilde Award for Most Technically Innovative Film // 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival






TO DUST RETURN

Written and Directed by Chris Peters

Running Time: 10 min

2015




Overview

Sam Jaeger and Jennifer Morrison play a couple struggling to cope with the death of their newborn son. In his despair, the husband must transform how he sees his wife and find a way to accept her dark wisdom.

It was an official selection of the 2015 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego California, where it had it's world premiere.

To Dust Return Comic-Con

Reviews

“The excellent performances by Sam Jaeger and Jennifer Morrison, along with the fantastic execution of Chris Peters, makes To Dust Return a powerful short film that will leave you thinking ... 5 out of 5 Stubs.”

Mark Krawczyk, 4GeeksLikeYou

“I would rate this short very highly, for the emotional sincerity of the excellent performances and for creating a hook that actually caught something meaningful in the process.”

Samir Roy, GAMbIT Magazine

“With a run time of 10 minutes it’s impressive that this film packs the emotional punch it does ... recommend seeing”

Ashley Benson, Once Upon A Fan

Website

The full website for the film is here: TO DUST RETURN


DAY OF THE SPECTRE

Directed by Chris Peters

Running Time: 9m 59s

2013




Overview

This dark fantasy is about a woman who loses her family in a tragic accident and is offered secret knowledge to bring them back from the dead.   It stars Kristina Lynn Bell, Deborah Puette, and Richard Sabine.

It was an official selection of the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montréal, Québec, where it had it's world premiere.

Day of the Spectre Fantasia Film Festival

Reviews

“An amazing little film.”

Mitch Davis, Fantasia Film Festival

“It’s got a lot of soul to it, which is what I look for in a film. It ‘perks’ out from the screen, like a living and breathing thing.”

Jeremy Knox, Film Threat

“An interesting spiritual horror film, from the thought-provoking director Chris Peters”

Baron Craze, Rogue Cinema

Website

The full website for the film is here: DAY OF THE SPECTRE


THE SOUL NEVER SLEEPS

Directed by Chris Peters

Running Time: 2m 15s

2012




Overview

NEW YORK, NY (May 26th, 2012)- Last Rites Gallery presents "The Soul Never Sleeps, new works by Chris Peters", in what will be his second solo show at the gallery.

“In this show I continue the search for beauty in dark places. I love that uneasy twilight place between life and death, between reality and unreality, between hope and despair. I use the vocabulary of Vanitas and Catholic religious symbolism to tell the tale; all refer to the cycle of life, death and the promise of resurrection.

For ‘The Soul Never Sleeps’ exhibit, it was important for me to expand the story by making a short two minute film. So many of my paintings have a time element, in the film I could finally make that time element explicit. That said, the film was made to stand together with the other 12 pieces, acting as the exhibition’s ‘13th painting’. Hopefully the addition of a new surface will enhance the show’s ability to communicate its message and mood.

Working without a brush was definitely a learning experience, but when things got difficult I was able to find my way forward by recalling my academic art training - canvas or film, in the end it’s still shadow and light. I was very fortunate that my friend Michael Hebert (an Emmy award winning film composer whose work can be heard in feature films and national broadcast commercials), was intrigued by the project and agreed to write original music for the effort. If my paintings could have a soundtrack his music is what you would hear.”

- Chris Peters

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mr. Peters is a Los Angeles based artist with many collectors in the music and film industry. He trained for three years at the Gage Academy of Art, completing their program that emphasizes academic painting techniques.