Under the guidance of award-winning writer/producer/director Athina Rachel Tsangari, HAOS has supported and explored a range of visual arts including fiction filmmaking, documentaries, installation art, and large-scale projection experiences. It offers production, location shooting, and post-production services, with its own editing and color-grading facility, and producers with extensive experience in the Greek film industry.
HAOS was born in 1997 in Austin Texas and since 2004 HAOS has been based in Greece. For 17 years HAOS has pursued creative adventures in a wide variety of media, formats, disciplines, and locations.
It has produced three feature-length films by director Tsangari. Her first was “The Slow Business of Going” (2001), a multi-media “lo-fi sci-fi” journey through a panoply of countries and their hotel rooms. The film premièred in competition at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and went on to participate in 25 international film festivals and garner six international awards.
Tsangari’s second feature as writer and director was “Attenberg” (2010), the story of a strange girl and her father in a dying Greek factory town. It had its world première in Main Competition at the 2010 Venice Film Festival where it won the Coppa Volpi award for Best Actress (Ariane Labed) and the Lina Mangiacapre Award. “Attenberg” has played at almost every major international festival (over 50 so far) including Toronto, BFI London, Sundance (the first Greek film ever screened there), Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films in New York, FICUNAM in Mexico City (Best Director and Audience Award), BAFICI in Buenos Aires (Best Director), International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne (Best Film), South by Southwest in Austin, ERA New Horizons in Poland (Grand Jury Prize), Canada’s Whistler Festival (New Voices Best Feature), and AFI FEST (Special Jury Prize). “Attenberg” was selected as Greece’s official nominee for the 2011 Academy Awards® and was one of the three finalists for the European Parliament’s 2011 LUX Prize for Best European Film.
Along with Faliro House, HAOS produced Tsangari’s third feature, “Chevalier” (2015) – a buddy comedy set on a yacht in the Aegean Sea – which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. It won the Best Film prize in competition at the BFI-London Film Festival, and received a Best Actor prize for its all-male ensemble cast, along with a Jury Special Mention for directing, from the Sarajevo IFF. It had its North American premiere at the Toronto IFF, followed by the New York Film Festival to critical acclaim; it opened in limited theatrical release in May 2016.
As a producer, HAOS has supported the work of many distinguished international filmmakers. The company has collaborated three times with acclaimed director Yorgos Lanthimos: producing his first feature “Kinetta” (2005), associate-producing his breakthrough film “Dogtooth” (2009) which took the Un Certain Regard Prize and the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®, and producing his eagerly-awaited followup “Alps” (2011) which premiered in competition at Venice and won the Osella screenplay award.
Other diverse filmmakers that HAOS teamed up with, as producer, have included Nida Sinnokrot (“Palestine Blues”, 2006, a documentary about life in the Gaza Strip), Bryan Poyser (“Lovers of Hate”, 2011, Sundance Dramatic Competition), Mike Ott (“Pearlblossom Hwy”, 2012 and “Lake Los Angeles”, 2014), Aris & Lakis Ionas, better known as the multimedia art collective The Callas (“Lustlands”, 2013), the acclaimed visual artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos (“History Zero”, 2013, commissioned to represent Greece at the Venice Biennale), Micah Magee (“Petting Zoo”, 2014), and Marina Gioti and Georges Salameh (“The Invisible Hands”, tbc in 2015, a documentary about musician Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls) and his new band The Invisible Hands he formed in Egypt). And, in 2012 HAOS was the production-services company for Richard Linklater’s Academy Award©-nominated “Before Midnight,” shot in the Messinia of Greece, starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.
Beyond filmmaking, Tsangari and HAOS have also explored the possibilities of large-scale projection and video installation, as a medium to create unique live sensory experiences.
In 2004 Tsangari was invited to direct and produce the video portions of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, under the artistic direction of Dimitris Papaioannou. With animator/editor Matt Johnson and a tiny but dedicated team of artists, Tsangari produced several huge visual sequences that used cutting-edge technologies (including dozens of HD projectors, waterscreen laser projections, and conformal LED videowalls) to anchor critical moments of the Ceremony’s extraordinary spectacle.
HAOS collaborated again with Papaioannou for his dance-theater performance “2” (2007), producing a series of large-scale HD projections for the live show, which was hailed as a Greek performing-arts landmark. HAOS also produced the official DVD of the show, directed for the screen by Tsangari, including a making-of documentary and the full DVD design and production package.
In 2008 HAOS went to the Capital Museum in Beijing, as part of the 2008 “Cultural Year of Greece in China” program. There, HAOS produced “Ceremony,” a 14-screen video installation celebrating the making of the Athens 2004 Olympics opening ceremony, from concept to execution — working from hundreds of hours of intimate documentary backstage footage directed and shot over two years by Tsangari as a member of the 2004 creative team.
In 2009 Tsangari was invited to be the artistic director of the opening ceremony for the remarkable new Acropolis Museum in Athens, designed by star Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi. HAOS produced a show called “Reflections” which brought a variety of Parthenon treasures to life as gigantic animated projections on the exterior of the museum and its surrounding buildings — creating a poignant visual dialogue between the Museum and its neighborhood: an interactive urban membrane.
Another HAOS project both technologically innovative and genre-bending was Tsangari’s film-slash-installation “The Capsule” (2012), commissioned by art collector Dakis Joannou and the DESTE Foundation. At Barneys New York on Madison Avenue, in July of 2012, “The Capsule” was shown as a multi-image installation, in which two different versions of the film were superimposed in parallel on the same screen through the use of 3D polarizing filters. While, as a conventional single-screen film, “The Capsule“ was screened at dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Germany, as well as film festivals in Locarno, Toronto, London BFI, and Sundance.
In 2013, Tsangari was invited to join the “Future Reloaded” project, honoring the 70th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival. She directed and HAOS produced a short science fiction film, “24 Frames Per Century,” which screened at the festival and appeared on a compilation disc given to all attendees. She has also directed promotional films for such institutions as the Benaki Museum in Athens (featuring narration by actor Willem Dafoe) and the renowned Costa Navarino resort in Messinia, in July 2014, with cinematography by Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”).
In 2014 HAOS acted as a line producer in the commercial of the HSS (Hospital for Special Surgery), which was shot in Greece and was produced by the US based Double Wide Media.
Looking into the future, HAOS is developing Tsangari’s upcoming projects, including “Duncharon,” an ambitious science-fiction comedy about dysfunctional astronauts marooned on the moon of Pluto, written with longtime creative partner Matt Johnson (winner of the ARTE France Cinéma Award in Rotterdam’s CineMart), and “White Knuckles,” an action-noir-comedy, also co-written with Johnson.