VERASPHERE: A Love Story in Costume is a short documentary film from NuReality Productions. Two men, both diagnosed with AIDS and with little hope of a future come together in the mid 1990's to create art in the form of elaborate and outrageous costumes. For David and Michael, what starts out as an intimate art project rapidly grows into a large and diverse tribe, all centered around one day of costumed celebration in the SF Pride Parade. VERASPHERE brings the viewer inside the lives of David and Michael in an examination of the creation that gave them something to live for.

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THE FILMMAKERS:

Robert James (Writer/Producer/Director) A midlife career change took Robert from being a novice videographer to a burgeoning filmmaker that began with Film Production classes at City College San Francisco in 2009. An internship with a documentary filmmaker quickly launched Robert first into production work on their projects and earned him screen credits before he co-directed, produced and wrote his own short film. Library of Dust went on to win numerous awards in major film festivals. After creating NuReality Productions based in Berkeley CA, Robert began work on a five-part series called The Night Minister that completed production after shooting for 6 years. During this time, Robert also made his first feature documentary film, RUMINATIONS about drag icon Rumi Missabu, which is playing in festivals currently. Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume, set to premiere in Spring 2019 is a 20 minute short film about Love, Survival, Art and Community. Robert is drawn toward provocative and edgy subjects. All of his films involve artistic creation told through stories of mental illness, sex & religion, gender identity and now, long-term AIDS survival.

Nick Blond (Producer/Editor) is originally from Humboldt County, CA, where he graduated from College of the Redwoods. During his time there, he interned at the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission and worked on and off set for a number of productions, from independent short films to HGTV’s House Hunters. He then moved to the Bay Area to continue his studies as a Motion Pictures & Television major at Academy of Art University. Since then, he has worked as a freelance videographer, capturing commercial productions, corporate events, music videos, and editing a series of popular videos for the food company, Just Inc. Though focused on editing, Nick has worn many hats on a number of projects with NuReality Productions such as producing and editing RUMINATIONS, a feature length documentary film. He is also involved with producing and editing The Night Minister, an upcoming documentary series and the short film Verasphere: A Love Story in Costume.

Rudy Behrens (Cinematography) Rudy Behrens is a Bay Area cinematographer and editor and VERASPHERE will be his second film with NuReality Productions, after Ruminations. Rudy loves working on projects like VERASPHERE, that focus on passionate weirdos that follow their vision through any extreme. He hopes to one day be such a figure himself.