Dekker Dreyer

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Dekker Dreyer
Dekker Dreyer and wife Julia Howe at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards.jpg
Dekker Dreyer and wife Julia Howe at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards
Born Ryan Dekker Dreyer
(1980-11-16) November 16, 1980 (age 36)
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Film and television producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.
Spouse(s) Julia Howe

Dekker Dreyer (born November 16, 1980) is a writer, director, producer, and artist. He is one of the original founders of the cable network Illusion On-Demand

Personal life[edit]

Dreyer was born on November 16, 1980 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Films, Television, and Virtual Reality[edit]

Dekker's work in independent film began when his short Closed Circuit, commissioned by Miramax to accompany the feature Naqoyqatsi, was shown at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival. His first documentary film Three Days in Orlando showcased the friction both inside and out facing the yearly Gay Days event in Orlando Florida through a series of intimate profiles. His first narrative feature The Arcadian starring Lance Henriksen with the music of Perturbator[1] was shown as a work in progress at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival and is releasing in 2017. Dekker returned to the Slamdance Film Festival as a jurist in 2016.[2]

In 2007 he and his partners launched the Illusion On-Demand network, a science fiction channel with a large national footprint.[3] He soon took on the duty of creative director and brought both anime[4] and sci-fi classics like Doctor Who[5] to the network. Dekker produced many of the original programs that appeared on Illusion including "Analog presents: The Science of Fiction" in partnership with Analog Science Fiction and Fact. He would later expand the channel's holdings by launching the short-lived anthology magazine "Transmitter"[6]

Dekker is considered a pioneer in live action and animated Virtual Reality.[7][8][9] At the studio he co-founded, Clever Fox, he created and directed two of the first scripted original series in VR, The Depths[10][11] and Broadcast.[12] He has also produced VR experiences for brands like Star Wars and the band Disturbed[13]

Books and Comics[edit]

Dreyer is the author of the short story anthology Parasite: Six Tales of Speculative Terror and the novella The Tea Goddess.[14][15] He is credited as having coined the term ecopunk.[16] In comics, Dekker is the writer of Mondo Atomic, which retells the stories of Plan 9 from Outer Space, Robot Monster, and other B movies in a contemporary way.[17]

Art[edit]

Dekker is a visual artist working in physical, digital, and non-conventional mediums. His work has been included in numerous pop culture shows in the Los Angeles art scene most notably associated with the venue Meltdown Comics.[18][19]

In December 2008, Dreyer teamed up with his wife to produce the art meme project Tentacle Grape to bring awareness to a rising tide of misogyny in pop culture. The project, presented as a regular product drew controversy about the brand's packaging and message.[20][21] Although controversial the product received an overwhelmingly positive reception which led to Cracked naming it #4 on their list of "Horrifying Soft Drinks Around the World".[22] The unexpected popularity of the product lead to a backlog prompting watchdog site The Consumerist to question the existence of the soda.[23] A retraction was subsequently published.[24]

Other non-conventional art projects include the restaurant Kaiju Sushi which was located in the shark attack capital of the world. The meme grew after Dreyer and his partner Julia Howe proclaimed that any person coming to the pop-up restaurant with proof that they were attacked by sharks would get free sushi.[25][26][27] and L'Aldila, a supernatural restaurant in the heart of Cassadaga, Florida where patrons were encouraged to commune with the dead during their meals [28] and Movie Cult, a live show in Los Angeles that encourages audience participation around forgotten VHS movies.[29][30]

Politics[edit]

Dreyer is an outspoken essayist on the topics of human rights, race, sexual identity, and alternative economic models.[31][32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Featured Fearmaker: Dekker Dreyer, We Are Indie Horror
  2. ^ Slamdance Jury Reveal, Variety
  3. ^ Marketwire
  4. ^ Ain't It Cool News
  5. ^ AMC's Sci-Fi Scanner
  6. ^ Transmitter Seeks New Readers Sci-Fi wire
  7. ^ Cablefax Multiscreen Summit
  8. ^ Slamdance to Expand DIG Showcase, Screen Daily
  9. ^ TV Academy Inside VR 2015
  10. ^ VR Director Dekker Dreyer on Building an Immersive Horror universe, Horror Society
  11. ^ The Depths Brings Terror in 360 Degrees Dreadcentral
  12. ^ Broadcast is a Black Mirror Style Anthology Uploadvr.com
  13. ^ Experience Disturbed's 360 Degree VR Video The Sound of Silence AXS.com
  14. ^ Chambers, Jim. "Review Tea Goddess by Dekker Dreyer". Red Adept. Retrieved 7 April 2011. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "Tea Goddess Review". Midwest Book Review. Retrieved October 2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  16. ^ Review of Tea Goddess, Misty Baker, Kindel Obsessed
  17. ^ Hart, Hugh (6 July 2010). "Mondo Atomic Mashes Plan 9 and Brain That Wouldn't Die". Wired. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  18. ^ Experiment 87a, LA Taco
  19. ^ Art from the Mr. Show, Show is Fantastic, Weird, Nerdist
  20. ^ Grapevines: Ah, The Delicious Taste of Tentacle Rape. Kotaku
  21. ^ Alex Zalben.Tentacle Grape Soda, Hilarious or in Poor Taste? Nerve.com
  22. ^ Horrifying Soft Drinks Around the World by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz, Cracked.com
  23. ^ Mysteries: Is Tentacle Grape Real? Because their shipment dates aren't by Chris Walters, The Consumerist
  24. ^ It's Real: Reader receives his Tentacle Grape by Chris Walters, The Consumerist.com
  25. ^ Shark Attack Victims Get Free Sushi in New Smyrna Beach Fl, Huffington Post
  26. ^ WTF Attacked by a Shark and Get Free Sushi, OC Weekly
  27. ^ Florida Restaurant to Give Free Sushi to Shark Attack Victims, Food Beast
  28. ^ Misaktonic Monday, Diesel Punks
  29. ^ Move the Crowd, Huffington Post
  30. ^ 24 of our Favorite Events in Los Angeles, LAist
  31. ^ The Evangelicals you Don't Know by Tom Krattenmaker pg. 194
  32. ^ What World AIDS Days Means to Me, The Advocate

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