Aiden Dillard is a hobbyist Butterfly Painter, retired B-movie maker, and hardworking truck driver based in New York City who hails from North Carolina though was born not too far from the Mexican border in California. Aiden received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003 on a full scholarship from the best art school in the world, The Cooper Union (New York City, NY), and later obtained his Commercial Driver’s License Training Certificate at the best trucking school in the world, Miller Motte Technical College (Fayetteville, NC). Aiden has thus far managed to avoid the tragic graduate-school-to-world-traveling-artist-residency-pipeline by pursuing an intensely gratifying and structured life of blue-collar work, delivering tasty beverage carbonation gases to fine fast food restaurants all over New York City. From 2004-2014, Aiden made five terrible (but artsy!) low-budget horror films in New York and Florida, most of which are distributed by the world’s oldest independent film studio, Troma Entertainment Inc. (www.troma.com) of New York City. Following the personal loss of a romantic partner through suicide, Aiden retired from silly B-movie filmmaking in 2014 and turned to the more solitary & solemn medium of Butterfly Painting as a creative outlet to maintain mental health and creativity, and to make the big bold statements about life, love, change, & metamorphosis that only the butterfly knows.
Born 1981, Escondido, California
Raised in Durham, North Carolina
Lives and works in The Bronx, New York
2014, Commercial Driver’s License Training Certificate, Miller Motte Technical College, Fayetteville, NC
1999-2003, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cooper Union, New York, NY
1997-1999, High School Diploma with concentration in Visual Art, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC
2015, “Death Print” at Locación Cristo Salvador in Havana, Cuba
2012, “Death Print” at O Cinema in Miami, FL.
2011, “Meat Weed America” at Cooper Union Alumni Film Festival in New York, NY
2010, “He Smoked Marlboroughs” video installation, collaboration with musician Robert Constable at “Refractory” exhibit at Tampa Armature Works in Tampa, FL
2009, Video projections on the side of the American Airlines Arena, home of The Miami Heat.
2008, “Special Angelz” at The Borscht Film Festival in Miami, FL
2008, “Meat Weed Madness” at Nightlight in Chapel Hill, NC
2007, “Meat Weed Madness” at The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum in Miami Beach, FL
International Feature Film Release on DVD & Digital Streaming from Troma Entertainment
2007, “Meat Weed America”
2006, “Meat Weed Madness”
2011-2012, “Ballscarf“, noise-music collaboration with musicians Jay Hines & Nick Ruiz, in numerous punk-rock music clubs throughout Florida, including several iterations of the decades-long running International Noise Conference at Churchill’s Pub, and artist Carlos Rigau’s venue General Practice, both in Miami.
2010, “Fool’s Gold” solo performance at the annual fundraiser for The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, FL
2010, “The Collabo Show” in Miami, FL
2009, “The Collabo Show” in Miami, FL
2013-2015, Resident Artist (and handyman) at Cousin’s Trailer Park in Lumberton, NC
2004-2007, Resident Filmmaker (and handyman) at Camp Nest in Hudson, NY
Review of Bikini Swamp Girl Massacre by CNN: “No budget? No stars? No problem! How to REALLY sell a film at Cannes” (partial screenshot)
Review of Death Print by Miami New Times newspaper: “Death Print Movie Premiere and Afterparty” (partial screenshot)
Review of Special Angelz by Miami-based contemporary arts blog Artlurker: “Aiden Dillard At The Borscht Film Festival” (partial screenshot)
Review of Meat Weed America by popular culture blog Pop Matters: “It’s Pot-ty Time! Meat Weed America” (partial screenshot)
Review of Meat Weed Madness by movie review website DVD Talk: “Meat Weed Madness” (partial screenshot)
Links to full online reviews, and more, are listed on each individual Movie page of this website.