About Us

Artless Media is an independent film production company based in San Diego, Memory of Objects Bathtubalthough our work takes us all over the United States. Artless Media’s films are committed to interrogating the intersections of gender and performance, using production techniques that are always at least a little experimental.
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About Russell Sheaffer:

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Artless Media founder Russell Sheaffer is an academic and filmmaker, using his work in both disciplines to interrogate the intersections between gender and performance. One of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch”, his films have been selected for film festivals around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Queer Lisboa, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Tribeca Film Festival. Masculinity & Me, a film he co-wrote and co-directed with James Franco, was an official selection of the 2011 Torino LGBT Film Festival and was featured in Franco’s solo exhibition, The Dangerous Book Four Boys (where the NY Times deemed the piece “the best by far”).
In addition to his own experimental work, Russell has produced a number of documentary and fiction films, including Jennifer Arnold & Senain Kheshgi’s The Diplomat, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, and Josephine Decker’s Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, which premiered in Forum at Berlinale in 2014.
A California native, he completed his B.A. in Film and Media Studies at UC Irvine (where he won the Franco Tonelli Memorial Award for Film Theory) and his M.A. in NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and his Ph.D. in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.