A production house founded on the cinematic work of Christopher Ernst and creative collaborators.


Bright Rectangle makes films that - for lack of better terms - fall into the "experimental" or "art" categories of contemporary cinema. Punk rock, ambient/noise music, 20th-century avant-garde cinema tropes, cult and genre films, DIY endeavors and collaborative processes often act as inspiration. Concepts including the ontology of moving images, memory, time, space and non-linguistic communication are usually present. Themes and stories involving the intersection of esotericism, popular media, psychonautics, the occult, fringe science, conspiracy culture, modern art and underground movements are frequent subject matter.



Christopher Ernst is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer and musician. Ernst’s films and cinematographic work have screened in numerous international festivals and venues – including Anthology Film Archives, the Tribeca Film Festival, Cine Lumiere–Institut Francais in London, the Toronto Urban Film Festival, the Antenna Festival in Paris, the Fargo Film Festival and the Fondazione per l´Art Contemporanea in Milan. He has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including a New York State Council on the Arts Grant and his advertising design work has been recognized with a PromaxBDA Award. He has been making films, cinema art and commercial videos for more than 10 years for broadcasters and clients such as MTV Networks, National Crime Prevention Council, Madwell, Inc., Nickelodeon, The March of Dimes, Pixability and Viacom. He is a member of the instrumental post-rock band BELLS≥, whose album “Solutions, Silence, or Affirmations” was voted a top ten album of 2012 by The A.V. Club. Ernst has taught filmmaking and cinematography at several institutions, including the Department of Media Study at SUNY Buffalo and The New School Department of Media Study. He is presently Assistant Professor of Cinematography in the Department of Film and Moving Image at Stevenson University in Maryland. Christopher received a BA from Hampshire College and holds an MFA (Dean’s Fellow) from the University at Buffalo Department of Media Study.



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