Synopsis: ‘Moonlight’ is a song about love in a depressive state. It’s about recognizing the holes in ourselves and recognizing the circular whole of others. ‘Moonlight’ is about acceptance because that’s what love allows us all.
I intend to make films to propose bigger questions. As a whole humanity has come to expect a narrative to end neatly – tied with a bow – and delivered with a whisper. My hope is to ask the questions that I, personally, intend to shed light on and in doing so aim to shed light on a larger unaddressed truth. The loss of my father at a young age birthed an inability to have these greater conversations and thus an inability to receive solutions. This sparked a curiosity in me that has deeply informed my filmmaking. Understanding that no resolutions would be presented to me – I intended to seek out truth on my own terms. By proposing questions as opposed to seeking answers these films lend themselves to the unknown, to the grey area. Honesty and emotional integrity often exist in the space between the question asked and the answer given, I aim to explore that in between.
Mayer began directing for Vans at 14 while still in high school, traveling the world with their professional snowboarders, skaters and surfers. He left high school early, moved into a van, and drove from New York to California.
Informed by his documentarian background, Mayer’s work aims to explore the human condition in an authentic and empathic manner. Attempts to define his work might result in phrases like “high-art doc-narrative hybrid,” but ultimately, each piece he makes aims for emotion and honesty, infused with a bit of the unknown.