Though his filmography to date consists of only three features and a dozen or so acclaimed, eclectic short films, Dustin Guy Defa has carved out a unique niche as one of American independent cinema’s most intriguing and defiantly unorthodox auteurs. Interested, above all, in people and their relationships, his by turns wryly humorous and melancholic films are populated by unforgettable characters and feel something like a throwback to the smart, literate, observant human dramas of the 1970s. Defa’s unique touch is on perfect display in his award-winning short PERSON TO PERSON, which shares a title with his wonderfully low-key, shaggy-dog 2017 feature.
Directed by Dustin Guy Defa • 2011 • United States
Reconstructing a series of unearthed home movies, Dustin Guy Defa dubs his own voice over the voices of his family members to create an unsettling personal portrait of family dysfunction, revealing the devastating legacy of addiction, abuse, and...
Directed by Dustin Guy Defa • 2015 • United States
In this idiosyncratic documentary, director Dustin Guy Defa travels to Detroit to contemplate the significance and (il)legality of street art—and finds himself tempted to join a Satanic cult along the way.