People From Venus Frontman Makes Short Film Ball of Love

Categories: Film and TV
Paul Isaac, of local New Wave-inflected foursome People From Venus, is best known around town as a rock frontman. But close followers of the band might have noticed that his and the other members' artistic aspirations have always seemed to extend beyond just music. Everything People From Venus does is usually a bigger multimedia affair, from shows involving light and visual installations to short-form video experiments with their music as a soundtrack.

So it's little surprise that the latest installation in the group's extended family oeuvre is a short narrative film, Ball of Love, starring Isaac and his girlfriend, writer/actress/fashion designer Tammy Aida Diaz, and shot entirely on iPhones. "I had been going out alone with my iphone camera and a flashlight through alleys and inside clubs and kind of documenting emotions. It inspired me," says Isaac.

When he and Diaz turned the camera on each other, Ball of Love was eventually born. The quarter-hour result is a sort of gonzo self-love story set on the streets of downtown and South Beach -- uh, and partially in another dimension -- and soundtracked by People From Venus, naturally.

But its free-form spirit of experimentation struck a chord with the selection panel for the Raindance Film Festival, a huge alternative festival in the U.K. who's hosted figures like Anton Corbijn, Iggy Pop, and Quentin Tarantino.

Ball of Love will screen at the event in London in late September -- but you can catch it locally this Saturday at at O Cinema after the Wynwood art walk. The screening is a full-on event produced by Wasabi Fashion Kult and Mad Music, and features a full constellation of related artistic works.

There'll be an iPhone photography show, children's coloring books, Krelwear-designed stuffed animals, and more in a free wonderland that brings the film to life. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at midnight, and admission is free. Call 305-571-9970, or visit

Here's what Isaac and Diaz had to say about the film and the event.

New Times: First, what's the "ball of love" in the movie title?
Tammy Diaz: In the film we created a symbolic ball of love which we bury in the Earth with the intention of asking the planet for forgiveness and relieving us of yesterday with hopes for a better future. It's about making your dreams come true.

How did you two meet? Where did the idea for the story come from?
Paul Isaac: I met Tammy one evening on Lincoln Road, unexpectedly. We hit it off and we ended up going together to look at some paintings. The first time I saw her I knew she was special. Then all I wanted to do was capture her emotions on film.

We then had an event during this past Art Basel together. Tammy made a 3D live blog installation and People From Venus performed along with other artists working with various media. Soon after that, I made a short film called Ballerina starring Tammy. It was to a song People From Venus and Brett Thorngren wrote together called "Control."

Now we are boyfriend and girlfriend, and we do a lot of art. One night we sat on the carpet in a tiny room full of markers and paint and started to write on huge flash cards, and it eventually became the Ball of Love story.

Tammy Diaz: Kabbalah 1 also inspired us. We took the course together along with a UM film graduate, Hugo Torres, who also filmed a "making-of" about our project with hopes of creating a reality web series about our artistic lives. I had just completed the Life Mastery series with Tony Robbins and wanted to simplify what we learned together about the secret of life and share it with others.

The truth is, we started filming without having a story or knowing how to say what we learned. But the production company Mad Music backed our ideas so we were pushed to manifest something out of the nothing.

Location Info


O Cinema Wynwood

90 NW 29th St., Miami, FL

Category: Film

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