Mike Ott: Filmmaker

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Mike Ott studied under Thom Andersen at Cal Arts where he received his MFA degree in Film/Video and started out directing music videos for such bands as Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Blood Brothers, The Cave Singers, etc.  Mike’s second feature, Littlerock, won numerous awards, including the Audience Award at the 2010 AFI Fest, a Gotham Award and in 2011 he won an Independent Spirit Award.  His next feature, Pearblossom Hwy, premiered at the 2012 AFI Fest in the US and at the prestigious Viennale in Austria.  The film also screened at a number of festivals abroad including: International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPHPIX in Denmark, Melbourne International Film Festival, etc.  He recently released the third installment of his Antelope Valley trilogy, titled Lake Los Angeles, which is currently screening at festivals around the world in 2014/2015. 

What do you do best?

That’s not really for me to say.  I do my best to make films, some people like them, some people don’t.

What makes you the best?

I don’t believe in anything or anyone being the best. 

How will you stay the best?

See above answer.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To be happy, always… and to occasionally stick it to the man.

Business: Don’t really have any.  My recent focus is getting my new production company up and running and continuing to make films.

What fascinates you?

I’m fascinated by outsiders and those who are living on the fringe of society.  True weirdos are a dying breed and when I find one I become enamored.

Favorite Motto:

“We control our thoughts which mean nothing, and not our emotions which mean everything.”    – Jean-Luc Godard

Favorite People:

Rachel Rosen, Cory Zacharia, my mother Dawn, Abbas Kirostami, Thom Andersen, Hartmut Bitomsky, Hans Hurch

Favorite Places:

Vienna, Buenos Aires, Newhall

Favorite Products:

Black Levi’s Commuter 511 pants

Current Passions: 

Cinema, love, tattoos