Fake Love is the second in a series of three short films by Aaron Rose shot in the Echo Park and Silverlake neighborhoods of Los Angeles using his iPhone 4. The film is Rose's tribute to teen soap operas, a genre he finds both mystifying and exciting; he feels that American television "is the new avant-garde cinema."
The story follows a gang of girls, one of whom believes that "fake love" is more exciting than true love. Instead of actors, Rose compiled a group of musicians, poets, writers, photographers and artists that hang out at the notorious all-ages club The Smell in Los Angeles. According to Rose, "They didn't really have to act because they are such amazing personalities."
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Film and Photo Credits
- Aaron Rose
- Jon Barlow
- Darrin P. Nim
- Assistant Director:
- David Gallardo
- Peter J. Brandt
- Jesse Spears (artist)
- Deana Uribe (writer/musician)
- Anthony Anzalone (poet/musician)
- Chelsea Hodson (writer)
- Jasmine Romero (musician/skateboarder)
- Cali Dewitt (photographer/owner, Teenage Teardrops record label)
- "Positive Amputation" by No Age from the album Everything In Between courtesy of Sub Pop
- iPhone 4 HD Camera
- 15" MacBook Pro
- Zacuto Z-grip
- Spider Dolly
- Stills were altered in Apple Preview
- Film was edited in Apple Final Cut Pro
- Extra Photos:
- Nadine Elfenbein (Bio)
- Oliver Rath (Home Page)
About Aaron Rose
Aaron Rose (b. 1969) is an artist, film director, exhibition curator and writer who is known as one of the cornerstones of the street art movement. From 1992 to 2002, he was owner/director of the Alleged Gallery in New York, which helped launch the careers of many of today's most important contemporary artists, photographers, graphic designers and film directors, including Terry Richardson, Barry McGee, Mark Gonzales, Margaret Kilgallen and Mike Mills.
As a filmmaker, Rose has directed numerous films and television commercials, including Become A Microscope (2009), a short film based on the life of 1960s artist/activist nun Sister Corita, and Portraits of Braddock (2010), a one-hour film for the Independent Film Channel produced in conjunction with Levi's. Rose also directed the feature documentary film Beautiful Losers (Arthouse Films/Oscilloscope), which began its US theatrical run in 2008. He is currently writing a narrative feature film.
Aaron Rose lives and works in Los Angeles.