Randall Rosenthal: Passionate Carver

Randall Rosenthal’s favorite subjects for carving are wood, waves, and snow. “Carving” is a major activity for Randall Rosenthal, in art and in nature. An avid surfer and snowboarder, he carves waves and ski slopes. He carves each of his sculptures from a single block of wood, then paints it to look exactly like a real-life object.

 I directed and filmed the interview in Rosenthal’s studio in Springs, NY, with editing by Aaron Wolfe.

Takenobu Igarashi: Lauded designer and fine artist

TIgarashi’s large-scale sculptures are on view in parks, public buildings, and corporate collections throughout Japan. Igarashi decided to devote his life to sculpture, after a highly successful 25-year career as a graphic designer. I directed and filmed this short documentary in tandem with shooting the artist’s portrait for his monograph, published by Graphis in 2018. The film reveals the artist’s creative philosophy through an insightful subtitled interview, extensively illustrated with imagery of his stunning art.


Creating "Lunch Money 3.0"

My next short documentary profiles the artist and sculptor, Randall Rosenthal, whose remarkable sculptures are carved from a single block of wood and meticulously painted to look like real life objects. His favorite subject - a "box of money" seen here being created over four months in a 19 second time lapse sequence.



MONTAUK,  winner Best Documentary NYC Downtown Short Film Festival, available for the first time online. View the entire film or check out the one minute trailer below.

Just 100 miles from New York City lies one of America’s most unique small towns; it is a fishing village, a mecca for east coast surfers, and of late one of the hottest destinations for New York's chic crowd. The film reveals Montauk’s past and present through the touching and often hilarious stories told by twenty of its most fascinating and sometimes, eccentric inhabitants. Their vivid impressions are accompanied by stunning imagery, artfully capturing the beauty of Montauk and the challenges it faces with its increasing popularity.

Written, directed, and filmed by John Madere

Edited by Aaron Wolfe

Runtime: 14 minutes