Projects

Demolition:Troll (2013, 10 minutes)
Directed by Megan McHugh
Produced by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh

Demolition: Troll explores the history of the Bay Bridge Troll and its creation by a local blacksmith-sculptor to protect the bridge in the aftermath of the 6.9 Loma Prieta. The earthquake rocked the Bay Area in 1989, damaging the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the bridge repair neared completion, the Troll was secretly attached by ironworkers where it remained for twenty-four years.

Featuring interviews with Howard Stoltz, whose company repaired the earthquake-damaged bridge, Michael Bondi, who suggested a gargoyle to protect it and Bill Roan, artist-blacksmith and creator of the Troll.

Megan McHugh and crew filmed Demolition: Troll in the Bay Area over a six month period during 2013. These were the days before the 77-year-old eastern span closed for good - slated to be demolished. The film captures a unique moment: with the Troll’s fate in question and the $6.4 billion seismic safe bridge ready to open.

37th Mill Valley Film Festival
5@5 One Time One Night

Throckmorton Theater
October 3, 2014
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
October 6, 2014

13th SF DocFest
Local Shorts Program:
Don't Call it Frisco!!!
Roxie Theater, San Francisco
June 9 & 15, 2014

Friday Nights @ OMCA
Oakland Museum
Oakland California
January 17, 2014

World Premier
Scary Cow Independent Film Festival
Castro Theater, San Francisco
November 2, 2013

WORDS (2013, 56 minutes)
Filmed & Directed by Megan McHugh
Produced by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh

Filmed primarily in northern India, WORDS documents a journey to India taken by sixteen American teenagers from New Mexico.

Albuquerque Film & Media Experience
Albuquerque, New Mexico
June 7, 2014

Still from WORDS © 2013 Art Curved Straight, LLC

RESTROOM (2013, 3 minutes)
Filmed & Directed by Megan McHugh
Produced by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh
Starring Taylor Beattie as Taylor Beattie

A psychological portrait of Taylor Beattie. Transitioning from "male" to"female", he stands outside a women's restroom.

NewFilmmakers / WinterFest 2014
Deren Theater @ Anthology
NYC, New York
January 4, 2014

"...a very moving story in such a succinct period of time and without a word of dialogue." — Gloria G. Campbell, Shorts Curator

36th Starz Denver International Film Festival
November 8th and 9th, 2013

World Premier
Scary Cow Independent Film Festival
Castro Theater, San Francisco
July 6, 2013

Still from RESTROOM © 2013 Art Curved Straight, LLC

Firebreak (2014, 3 minutes)
A film by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh

Hundreds of fire trucks rode down Gough Street in San Francisco to honor two fallen SFFD firefighters.

World Premier
Scary Cow Independent Film Festival
Castro Theater, San Francisco
March 1, 2014

7 Firetruck
Still from Firebreak © 2014 Art Curved Straight, LLC

Are You There?
A series of photographs by Joseph De Mario

Billboards © 2013 Joseph De Mario

Static Landscapes
Directed by Megan McHugh
Produced by Joseph De Mario & Megan McHugh

The film examines a visual intersection between the culture of tourism and South American landscapes.

Still from Static Landscapes © 2013 Art Curved Straight, LLC