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John Neely

John Neely

Documentary Film and Video


John Neely began working in film and video as an undergrad, producing his thesis film about Providence, Rhode Island's changing alternative rock scene. Beginning in 1996, John worked as a consultant, designer and art director in the web industry for clients ranging from the rock band Garbage to


Nicholas Roosevelt Environmental Journalism Award, 2002

digital video

Co-directed by Adam Burgess
JUNE, 2002
Adam Burgess and John Neely have partnered to direct a film about a unique program on the island of Bermuda that is bringing a state of the art technology curriculum to the island's public schools. While the teachers and students are the story's main characters, the film addresses issues around globalization as they affect a small and paradoxical island society.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Black International Cinema Fest in Berlin/Duseldorf/Vienna/Ljubljana, 2002

Curve Ball

16mm color film

JUNE, 2001
Curve Ball tells the story of the filmmaker's brother Mark who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 3 years ago, and is still coming to grips with the personal implications of mental illness.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Film Arts Festival, 2002
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, 2002
Double Take Film Festival, 2002

Blip on the Screen

digital video

Co-directed by Michelle Cabalu
MARCH, 2001
In March of 2000, San Francisco's .COM culture was flying high. Hipster 20-somethings hit the nightly circuit of startup launch parties, and Stanford entrepreneurs burned through millions in venture capital in an effort to score the next billion-dollar IPO... A year later, the .COM industry is in shambles, the party circuit is dead, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ has lost over 4 trillion dollars in value. Blip on the Screen is a short film that examines the personal effects of the crash on the people who rode the boom for all it was worth, and a postmortem of one of the world's most spectacular bubble economies.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Tahoe International Film Festival, 2001
Bandits-Mages Film Festival in Bourges, France, 2001
Ivy Film Festival, 2002
Deep Ellum Film Festival, 2002

Pacific Rims

16mm black and white film

Pacific Rims is a film about the "Import Scene," a California-based automotive scene that originated among Asian Americans. Import Scene enthusiasts drive some of the sharpest, most creatively modified vehicles on the street, and Pacific Rims tells their story with a combination of candor and offbeat humor.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Kearny Street Art Festival, 2001