(ĕl′ĭ-gənt) adj 1. tasteful in dress, style, or design 2. dignified and graceful in appearance, behaviour, etc 3. cleverly simple; ingenious 4. polished and dignified, as in tastes, behavior, or literary style. 6. graceful in form or movement. 7. of superior quality; exceptional: an elegant gift.
Life is full of contradictions. It is equally beautiful and appalling, dignified and ridiculous, full of grace and twisted. All at once. We created Elegant Grotesque because we wanted to make art that reflects these complexities. We want to tell compelling stories that generate thought, stir emotions and start conversations. We are interested in all facets of humanity – history, psychology, ecstasy, nihilism, poetry, cultural influence – all the elements that come together to encapsulate life. We strive to challenge stereotypes and give voice to the marginalized through our storytelling. And we aim to do it by making bold stylistic choices, incorporating design and fashion, visual art and music.
(grō-tĕsk′) adj. 1. Characterized by ludicrous, repulsive, or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner. 2. Outlandish or bizarre, as in character or appearance. 3. Of, relating to, or being the grotesque style in art or a work executed in this style.
n. 1. One that is grotesque. 2. a. A style of painting, sculpture, and ornamentation in which natural forms and monstrous figures are intertwined in bizarre or fanciful combinations. b. A work of art executed in this style.
s a p n a g a n d h i / f o u n d e r
Gandhi is an actress, producer, and content creator who’s played a slew of ethnically ambiguous characters, including an Iraqi farmer’s wife, a Columbian boxer, an Indian bride-to-be, and a Puerto Rican cop. Her favorite stage roles include Harper in “Angels In America”, Prudence in “Beyond Therapy”, and Susan in “Do You Want to Buy My Brain?” As a member of San Francisco’s Jump! Theatre she wrote, produced, and starred (as an actor/singer/dancer) in the moody, mixed-media production “Terminally Female: A Cabaret”, before migrating to Los Angeles.
Her television credits include roles on SCANDAL, AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE and THE FOSTERS. Films she can be seen in include indie cult feature, DUST UP and festival circuit darlings THUMPER, IN ABSENTIA, 20 WEEKS and JAM. In an effort to negate being typecast, Gandhi co-wrote/co-produced/co-starred in BROAD STROKES (5 Days. 5 Themes. 5 Directors. 40 Comedic Micro-shorts). She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the L.A. based film collective We Make Movies and is one half of the nascent musical duo Vatavaran. Gandhi was born in England, raised all over The States, holds degrees in English and Women’s Studies, and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. sapnagandhi.com
e r i c m i c h a e l k o c h m e r / f o u n d e r
Kochmer is an actor/writer/director with a background in experimental theater, mentored under musical theater composer/playwright/director, Elizabeth Swados at LaMama Theatre after graduating from Marymount Manhattan College. His published plays from his time in New York can be found at Indie Theater Now and he has since shifted to writing screenplays. Since relocating to Los Angeles he has produced and starred in avant garde filmmaker, George Landow’s film DIALOGUES (2009), and has acted in over 30 feature and short films, including intense supporting roles in the films I’M NOT HERE (Hollyshorts Film Festival) and VIRGINITY (The Boston International Film Festival, The Las Vegas Film Festival, The New Wave Film Festival and The Other Venice Film Festival), as well as a starring role in the crime thriller WHITE RABBIT (Cinequest, Vision Award Winner at The Sacramento International Film Festival).
Kochmer’s directorial feature film debut WAY DOWN IN CHINATOWN (WMMFest) found distribution through www.366WeirdMovies.com and Amazon in the fall of 2014. He subsequently directed a segment of the eye-opening dramatic series STRIPPING SHAKESPEARE and eight episodes of the innovative comedic micro-short series BROAD STROKES. Kochmer’s has also produced a handful of series and films, including HARMFUL SENSATIONS (Screamfest LA).
j o h n t. m i c k e v i c h / c o m p o s e r
Mickevich is a composer, writer, and director living in Los Angeles. After studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, he became a filmmaker himself, creating dozens of short films with his comedy troupe The Monkey Box, composing all of the original music used. With internet views counting in the millions, his productions and scores have been showcased on CNN and the G4 Network, and have had front page features on YouTube and Yahoo!
His original score for the short JANITORS help propel it to an Internet Emmy Nomination and a Silver Ace award at the Las Vegas Film Festival. John is also a composer of concert-music pieces, including the critically acclaimed “Snow” (for ensemble and choir), and “Tranquility” (for solo piano). Recently, Mickevich created the music for the feature film VIRUS OF THE DEAD, and the upcoming independent feature ABOUT STRANGERS.