Dekker Dreyer (born November 16, 1980) is a writer, director, producer, and artist. He is one of the original founders of the cable network Illusion On-Demand
Dreyer was born on November 16, 1980 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Films, Television, and Virtual Reality
Dekker's work in independent film began when his short Closed Circuit, commissioned by Miramax to accompany the feature Naqoyqatsi, was shown at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival. His first documentary film Three Days in Orlando showcased the friction both inside and out facing the yearly Gay Days event in Orlando Florida through a series of intimate profiles. His first narrative feature The Arcadian starring Lance Henriksen with the music of Perturbator was shown as a work in progress at the Sci-Fi London Film Festival and is releasing in 2017. Dekker returned to the Slamdance Film Festival as a jurist in 2016.
In 2007 he and his partners launched the Illusion On-Demand network, a science fiction channel with a large national footprint. He soon took on the duty of creative director and brought both anime and sci-fi classics like Doctor Who to the network. Dekker produced many of the original programs that appeared on Illusion including "Analog presents: The Science of Fiction" in partnership with Analog Science Fiction and Fact. He would later expand the channel's holdings by launching the short-lived anthology magazine "Transmitter"
Dekker is considered a pioneer in live action and animated Virtual Reality. At the studio he co-founded, Clever Fox, he created and directed two of the first scripted original series in VR, The Depths and Broadcast. He has also produced VR experiences for brands like Star Wars and the band Disturbed
Books and Comics
Dreyer is the author of the short story anthology Parasite: Six Tales of Speculative Terror and the novella The Tea Goddess. He is credited as having coined the term ecopunk. In comics, Dekker is the writer of Mondo Atomic, which retells the stories of Plan 9 from Outer Space, Robot Monster, and other B movies in a contemporary way.
Dekker is a visual artist working in physical, digital, and non-conventional mediums. His work has been included in numerous pop culture shows in the Los Angeles art scene most notably associated with the venue Meltdown Comics.
In December 2008, Dreyer teamed up with his wife to produce the art meme project Tentacle Grape to bring awareness to a rising tide of misogyny in pop culture. The project, presented as a regular product drew controversy about the brand's packaging and message. Although controversial the product received an overwhelmingly positive reception which led to Cracked naming it #4 on their list of "Horrifying Soft Drinks Around the World". The unexpected popularity of the product lead to a backlog prompting watchdog site The Consumerist to question the existence of the soda. A retraction was subsequently published.
Other non-conventional art projects include the restaurant Kaiju Sushi which was located in the shark attack capital of the world. The meme grew after Dreyer and his partner Julia Howe proclaimed that any person coming to the pop-up restaurant with proof that they were attacked by sharks would get free sushi. and L'Aldila, a supernatural restaurant in the heart of Cassadaga, Florida where patrons were encouraged to commune with the dead during their meals and Movie Cult, a live show in Los Angeles that encourages audience participation around forgotten VHS movies.
Dreyer is an outspoken essayist on the topics of human rights, race, sexual identity, and alternative economic models.