ALEC ERNEST

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The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a concentrated solar energy plant in Tonopah, Nevada. It's the largest of its kind in the world. In this short documentary, we explore the inner workings of a place most people would never be invited, inside a massive field of mirrors, a 600 foot concrete tower, and a maze of steam and molten salt pipes.

Prodcued and directed by Alec Ernest
Cinematographer: Ryan Carmody
Editor: Joe Peeler
Composer: Aaron Stein-Chester

Los Angeles artist Eric Merrell is best known for "Nocturnes", a series of abstract desert works that he has painted all over Southern California, each solely by the light of the moon. We took an overnight trip with the artist to Joshua Tree National Park, where night falls and the desert becomes a surreal and mysterious beauty, where edges blur and shapes transform, and solitude takes on a whole new meaning.

Video made for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Produced and directed by Alec Ernest
Executive Producers: Jerry Gorin, Tom Lutz, Jonathan Hahn
Cinematographer: Ryan Carmody
Editor: Jack Price
Composer: Aaron Stein-Chester

In October 2012, a mysterious map collector named John Feathers passed away, leaving his maps without a home. When a real estate agent reached out to the library to donate the maps, it doubled the LAPL’s collection in a single day. Map librarian Glen Creason showed me around the collection, and told me about some of his favorite pieces.

Video made for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Produced and directed by Alec Ernest
Executive Producers: Jerry Gorin, Tom Lutz, Jonathan Hahn

For three years after we graduated from college my friends lived on a street called Quartz Lane. They told me their house was haunted, so I went over there with my camera to see what they meant.

Produced and directed by Alec Ernest

When he lived at home, my friend Andy would sometimes hear his neighbors fighting. He said it had an "odd" effect on him. One afternoon when his parents weren't home, we made a film about it.

Produced and directed by Alec Ernest

march 2017