KICKING BIRD (2005) is the story of Martin “Bird” Johnson, a 17 year old white trash high school kid who runs. With his Mother in jail, his father gone, one brother in a work camp and his bitter grandfather beating him, there is nothing else to do but run! One day the manipulative high school cross country Coach sees Martin out run his entire team, (they want to beat him up), and thinks that Martin is his ticket to a college coaching position. On a budget of $6000 and an 18 day shooting schedule this movie was shot in digital video. It features an original Soundtrack also availible on CD.
Written and Directed by Kelley Baker
Produced by Nicola Silverstone & Kelley Baker
Associate Producer Concha Solano
Director of Photography Randall Timmerman
Production Designer Teresa Tamiyasu
Music Composed by Don Campbell & Al Lee
Martin Johnson … Ian AndersonPriddy
David Simpson … Don Alder
Digger … Andrew Ox
Grandpa … Danny Bruno
Grandma … Lorraine Bahr
Tommy Benson … Andy Cicerella
Shelley … Stephanie Sidley
Mandy … Meriwether Snipes
Running Tine: 100 minutes
This film is not rated. Probably an R for Language and some Violence.
DVD’s $10.00 + $3 S&H
Kicking Bird CD Soundtrack $8.00 + $3 S&H
BIRDDOG (1999) tells the story of Harv Beckman, a used car salesman in a trashy part of town who accidentally comes in to possession of a rare 1948 Kaiser automobile, which leads to some disturbing revelations about the facts behind the 1948 Vanport, Oregon flood which destroyed an entire city. Portland, Oregon is the backdrop of this film that explores racism, greed, and class in a very corrupt city. Throw in the local Kiwanis Club and you have a very odd unpredictable film. This film opened the 2000 Sao Paulo Film Festival in Brazil.
“An earnest, Bruce Springsteen ‘Working Life” kind of film dropped into an ironic, cynical Mulholland Drive world.” – – J.H. Tompkins, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“A tightly wound mystery.” — Brett Oppegaard, The Columbian
“An engaging and funny first feature, Birddog tells an engrossing story and reveals – with colorful characters and funky ‘pot lots’ – a love for the eastside, past and present.” — Kim Morgan, Willamette Week
“Laced with Baker’s wry irony, a great watch for a low-budget film.” – – Katie Millbauer, Seattle Weekly
Running time: 100 minutes
This film is not rated. Probably an R for Language and Brief Nudity
DVD’s $10.00 + $3 S&H
THE GAS CAFE
Five people collide in a bar one night, one is dead, one never lived, and the other three are lying. THE GAS CAFE (2001) was shot in digital video in 8 nights. It was made for $4000 and funded entirely on Unemployment checks. This movie has been called “an old Twilight Zone episode, that has collided with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot”.
Running Time 90 minutes
Not Rated – Probably an R for Adult Content and Brief Nudity
DVD $10.00 + $3 S&H
Kelley Baker – – The Short Films
Kelley’s short films have aired on PBS, The Learning Channel, Canadian and Australian television. They have been shown at Film Festivals like London, Sydney, Annecy, Aspen, Mill Valley, Chicago, and Edinburgh.
You’ll Change, a look at fatherhood; Enough With The Salmon, a look at family vacations growing up in the 1960’s; Stolen Toyota, which chronicles the loss of his 1977 Toyota Pick up; Tales From I-5, Kelley’s commute from Portland to LA in his 1979 Toyota Corolla with special commentary by the Tappet Brothers of NPR’s Last Chance Garage; Friday Night, about his near death from complications from an allergy shot; That Really Obscure Object Of Desire, a five minute personal documentary about a man’s obsession with his 1928 Model A Ford; and Love The One You’re With, a look at high school dating in the early 1970’s, and their disastrous consequences.
These films are unrated. Actually they’re all pretty tame, but funny. Well most of them anyway…
Running time: about an hour…
DVD’s $9.00 + $3 S&H
Criminal Justice (1987) is a behind the scenes look at the day to day operations of the criminal Justice System. This one hour documentary follows three cases through the courts; a rape, a robbery, and a homicide to their very different, and unexpected conclusions. Each case is set against a background of comments from attorneys and police officers, about major problems they encounter.
*Best Documentary, Northwest Film & Video Festival
“…fascinating… An intriguing introduction to the criminal justice system…” – – Booklist (American Library Association)
Running Tine: 56 minutes
This film is not rated.
DVD’s $10.00 + $3 S&H