Set sometime "after the Decline", in a world of no-place, this Hitchcockian story of an android, painstakingly created in the likeness of his maker, is a Frankenstein fable for the millennium. The dark and eerie world of Puzzlehead is one where betrayal, deception, and murder lurk just beyond each twist and turn of this meditative plot. Special effects wizardry and sure handed direction drive this tour de force thriller by first time director/writer James Bai in this unusual and very strange tale of love, passion, and the conflict between man and machine.
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DVD Talk - "Puzzlehead undoubtedly serves up a harsh, fuming portrait of the power struggle between mankind, his creation, and the controlling exchange between the two."
Quite Earth - "Highly recommend seeing this movie... it is a cinematic masterpiece!"
Exclusive Magazine - "The dark and eerie world of Puzzlehead is one where betrayal, deception, and murder lurk just beyond each twist and turn of this meditative plot."
That Movie Site.com - "Writer-director James Bai does an expert job of building suspense and sustaining an atmosphere of dread as scientist and creation engage in a battle of wills"
TV Guide.com - "3 Stars - handsomely designed and well acted."
Cinematical - "Old school sci-fi fans will find plenty of cerebral fodder here to satisfy."
DVD on the Range - "Puzzlehead is a fascinating, new look at an old fable."
Director, Writer, and Producer
Born in Columbia, Missouri and raised in Southern California, James Bai studied business management as an undergraduate while playing lead guitar in various rock bands dating back to jr. high. It was as an accountant that he made his first film, a short animation on 10 stacks of Post-Its ® called Bonin’: A Dog’s Life. After confirmation from his younger brother, who at that time was attending NYU’s undergraduate film program, that the short was indeed as funny as he thought, James applied to graduate film schools and was accepted by Columbia University. It was there that he spent 4 years developing his quirky and and intense visual story-telling style. His student short films went on to garner numerous awards while screening internationally and broadcasting domestically.
After graduating, a calling to go “into the shed” caught hold of James and he spent the next 6 months in Alaska, where he taught himself to play the piano by ear at a nearby church, as research for his new film. James returned to New York City, and settled in the borough of Brooklyn where he embarked on the production of the mesmerizing tale of Puzzlehead. Puzzlehead made its world premiere at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival and was the grand prize winner at the Scienceplusfiction Film Festival. He is currently in development on his new feature film, The Complete History of Me.
Stephen Galaido - Puzzlehead/Walter
Robbie Shapiro - Julia
Mark Janis - Carjacker
Mark Lampert - Dead Man/Victim
Jon Bavier - Landlord
Paul Schultz - Dreggy Guy
Elise Abrams - Dreggy Girl
Ramon Moraldo - Homeless Man
Chuck Ardezzone - Robber
John El Manahi - Thug #1
Richard Craven - Paramedic #1
Edward J. Harrigan - Paramedic #2
Amy Lotven - Patient
Directed, Written, and Produced by James Bai
Production Design - Jessica Shaw
Line Producer - Stephen Bai
Associate Producer - Jason Kraut
Original Music - Max Avery Lichtenstein
Cinematography - Jeffrey Scott Lando
Film Editing - Miranda Devin
Casting - Theresa Familio
Art Direction - John El Manahi
Costume Design - Jaqueline Sara Atkins
Makeup Artist - Cassadra L. Mucha
Supervising Sound Editor - Matthew Polis
Sound Designer - Michael Furjanic
Visual Effects - Luke DiTommaso
Still Photographer - Theresa Dillon