Based in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, underground Spanish director David Domingo has garnered a reputation as the coolest filmmaker you haven’t heard of. Domingo, also known under the aliases of Stanley Sunday or David Davidson, released his first short film in 1996. La Tentación y La Inocencia became a part of “From Ecstasy to Rapture: 50 Years of Alternative Spanish Film”, a film exhibition exploring the history of experimental Spanish film from the 1950s up until the present day. Since then, Domingo has continued to champion experimental film in Spain during his 20-year long film career.
Domingo shot that first film using a Kodak Super 8 camera but has also shot widely on 16mm film, a format for which he has since become known. His subject matter is often eclectic, eccentric but with a strong pop sensibility at its heart, and the 16mm film he chooses to capture his footage gives his films a grainy, vintage, psychedelic feel that accentuates the fun, otherworldliness of his work. Over the past 20 years, Domingo has continued to evolve his style over a plethora of short films. His underground reputation and the nostalgic feel of his films have also made him a go-to figure for alternative Spanish musicians seeking an original, provocative music video. In more recent years, however, the expense of shooting on 16mm film has meant Domingo has begun working with digital programmes that allow him to add new dimensions to his footage. As can be seen in his experimental Instagram clips, this new way of working has added another surrealist layer to his work while retaining the ironic fun that runs throughout his works.
Domingo continues to work with his signature Super 8 camera and 16mm film until this day, and just this April his work with the medium was acknowledged in an exhibition at Los Angeles’ NXT Industries. According to Domingo, “every Super 8 camera is a living thing that owns a very special personality, something unique. If you film what the camera wants to film, you’ll be sure that the result will be great”, and it is these unique results that have seen Domingo become something of a mythical figure in Spanish underground film.