The Search, a film by Drake Doremus
Getting lost and finding each other again. It’s a dream, a cameo that Francesco Russo, Creative Director of Sergio Rossi, wanted to dedicate to all the women who share his passion for cinema and art.
For this, he chose Drake Doremus, the director-revelation who won the Grand Jury Prize with the film Like Crazy. The video, produced by Luca Guadagnino and Francesca Fiocchi for Frenesy Film Company, portrays a woman who restlessly wanders through a forest still lit by the last warm rays of the summer sun, with just a map. She seems right out of a mysterious, futuristic fantasy. With his dreamlike vision of the woman Doremus reveals one of the most intimate and obscure aspects of the feminine mystique and allows the viewer to seek his or her own interpretation.
“The map is a powerful, ancient symbol. We all think we know where we’re going, but our journey constantly changes. The protagonist of the film never stops searching. She continues to pursue summer and love.”
Drake Doremus Biography
DRAKE DOREMUS (Director/Writer), native of Orange County California and graduate of the American Film Institute, has made a film a year for each of the last four years. His latest, Like Crazy, was his second Dramatic Competition Film at the Sundance Film Festival in as many years. The film was glowingly received by audiences and critics alike and sold the evening of its Premiere to Paramount Pictures. One week later the film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture at Sundance as well as a Special Jury Prize for Best Actress to Felicity Jones.
Doremus’ unique approach is to shoot films without giving actors specific lines, instead encouraging the actors to improvise while being guiding by an extensive outline which he writes. These outlines not only focus on story, but also scene objectives and subtext. Doremus has been directing and performing improv since he was 12. He has studied with several well respected improvisational teachers, including his mother, Cherie Kerr, a founding member of The Groundlings.
Doremus’ second feature, Douchebag, made its world premiere in Dramatic Competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Red Dragon Releasing. Douchebag garnered rave reviews from the likes of Elvis Mitchell (NPR), Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times), Owen Gleiberman (Entertainment Weekly), and Newsweek. The film was released in late 2010.
Doremus’ first feature film, Spooner, premiered at Slamdance in 2009 and won Best Feature at several festivals. The movie was acquired by Moving Pictures and was released at the beginning of 2011.
Doremus is currently in the middle of post-production on his latest film. The film stars Emmy winner Guy Pearce, Like Crazy star Felicity Jones, and Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan. The story centers around the change in a family’s dynamic when a beautiful and talented foreign exchange student moves in to their house during their daughter’s senior year of high school. The film is slated to be released in 2013.
Most recently, Doremus has been venturing into the commercial world, working on projects for Cartier as well as a massive worldwide campaign for Intel and Toshiba called The Beauty Inside.