I want to thank you for stopping by my website, it’s greatly appreciated. My name is Spencer Garland and I’m a creator operating in Portland.
I watched Jurassic Park when I was three years old and it changed my life. From that age, I knew I was going to make movies by any means necessary. I practiced my skills over the course of my lifetime, starting out by making Youtube videos with my friends, and continued to hone them in college. Over the course of the last 4 years, I have developed as an artist and video producer. I created my own Black-owned production company, lonervision, that specializes in creating short-form branded content such as music videos and commercials. I have been fortunate enough to network and work under critically acclaimed artists such as Open Mike Eagle, milo, and Armand Hammer where I shoot, edit, and graphically design their videos. My style is described as Afrofutrominimalist; I aim to create new Black narrative experiences with every video I direct. I aim to combine Michel Gondry-esque tactile practical props/effects with African American iconography and post-memory to derive characters overcoming struggle and thriving. I pull aesthetics from the cultural zeitgeist, combing everything from Black critical theory to Japanese street fashion, to create visuals that have never been seen before.
Along with filmmaking, I have a love of teaching. I want to instill all that I learned in my career and teach it a new generation of filmmakers. I’m currently developing BRENDA ARTS, a non-profit after-school film program for POC youth, that brings the mantras of lonervision to a classroom setting. Being piloted at Black charter school KairosPDX this fall, the program combines Socratic media studies lessons with collaborative short film projects aimed to build media literacy and comradery amongst students.
Thank you for taking the time to review my CV and work samples. I look forward to talking with you!
picture by Tracy Kernell