Andrew Barchilon and Kitao Sakurai, collectively Naked Faces, are a New York-based production company whose talents range from productions in commercial advertising, television and feature length film. Catch updates of their various projects at their Vimeo account, and be sure to check out the teaser video (above) for the upcoming production of "The Eric Andre Show," a 15-minute gonzo mock late night talk show, recently picked up by Adult Swim. The pilot is anticipated to air in the Spring of 2012. The program is a satirical take on late night talk shows and features Eric Andre (who will also be appearing in ABC's "Apartment 23" alongside Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek and Krysten Ritter) and is co-hosted by 30 Rock/SNL writer, Hannibal Buress (who was recently featured in the NY Times - link) with a penchant for dark humor.
Further, their film "Aardvark" has received significant praises around the film festival circuit, domestically, as well as aborad, including AFI Fest, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, the Viennale, BAFICI, Goteborg, and most notably, the 63rd Locarno Film Festival where it won Special Mention for Best First Feature. Aardvark was theatrically released in Europe in early 2011The Cleveland International Film Festival describes the film below:
A brilliant film that transcends genre and blurs the line between documentary and fiction, AARDVARK begins as the real-life story of the friendship between a blind recovering alcoholic and his martial arts teacher. In a role inspired by his own true life, Larry plays himself - a man blind since birth who begins a journey of self-discovery when he meets Darren, the kind and magnetic teacher of his Jiu-Jitsu class. Through Larry's dedication to the sport and his growing relationship with Darren, Larry is able to rebuild his life into one of stability and discipline. But as the film progresses, it transforms into a shocking narrative when Darren's hard-partying ways are revealed and a horrible incident occurs. Consequently, Larry goes on a search for answers, fueled by vengeance and his loyalty to his close friend. As director Kitao Sakurai explains, the film's twist is a reflection on the "push and pull of cinema's engagement with physical reality." In a sense, Sakurai is questioning our perspective of reality in general and does so beautifully by flowing two parts--one real, one not--into a single seamless story. Based and shot in Cleveland, AARDVARK is a simple, yet dramatic thriller starring two men who essentially reenact their lives together in order to tell a larger story about relationships and how they can reveal a man's true nature. - M.M.
Naked Faces has also developed and produced projects for clients such as Parker Palm Springs Hotel, the Ace Hotel, Carlos Charlie Perez's "Contra" campaign for Vampire Weekend, and numerous music videos for Bad Boy Entertainment and Atlantic Records.