Our name, Stylo Films (Stē’-lō), reflects the French director Alexandre Astruc’s idea of a film essay written with a “camera-pen” (caméra-stylo) without regard to the conventions of storytelling. We are drawn to elliptical filmmaking, without a standard narrative arc, aspiring to a little poetry and humor.
John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson’s award-winning documentary essays have been screened at festivals throughout the world, from Sundance and San Francisco to London, Rio, Belgrade, India, Germany, and South Korea. They have appeared on PBS and cable television and at museums including New York MOMA. Empire of the Moon was made possible by a Cité Des Arts International Studio Residency in Paris, and Tokyo Waka was supported by a Japan-U.S. Creative Artists Fellowship. Kristine and John have also been Artists in Residence at the Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and taught master classes at the Hanoi Academy of Theater and Cinema in Vietnam.
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The Days and the Hours
Riding the Tiger
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Empire of the Moon
The World as We Know It