H. Leslie Foster II is an experimental filmmaker who has lived in Los Angeles for a decade. As an artist, he strives to create work that is beautiful and uncomfortable and his love for storytelling is inspired by a childhood spent in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. His desire is to create art that constantly challenges power structures, that amplifies those whose voices are so often unheard, and that quietly subverts in ways that are aesthetically powerful. With over a decade spent as a professional filmmaker, he is happiest when applying that knowledge in collaboration with other artists in order to tell unique stories.
Since his graduation from Southern Adventist University in 2006, he’s shot music videos in Serbia, founded the 501(c)(3) Traveling Muse Pictures, spent five weeks undercover in Jamaica shoot a documentary about violent homophobia, gone to Burning Man seven times, and talked Vice Media into saying nice things about his art.
His first solo gallery show “Ritual Cycle,” was created with designer and composer Scott Arany and filmmaker Heather Dappolonia, who together form the collective Nomad Solstice. “Ritual Cycle” debuted in March 2016, followed by a second solo installation, “59,” for which he shot 11 films in 11 months with 11 different collaborators, that debuted in May. “59” represented the completion of a year-long art residency with the art non-profit Level Ground. He’s currently contemplating whether to find a sea-faring band of vagabond artists to run away with, fulfilling a childhood dream.