Established 2015, Spirit Ape Films is committed to building a trustworthy brand of unignorable micro-budget cinema that will draw audiences and investors to a unique body of work. We develop, finance, and produce films in a way that exemplifies a new ethos of filmmaking in the 21st century. Utilizing responsible production modalities, targeted marketing and flexible distribution, we aim to make films that promote the growth of the form — both intellectually and directly. We look for films that expose even the smallest corners of existence and artfully push boundaries. We often identify with films that dive into the gray areas of social structures and launch an unapologetic investigation into the foibles of human nature.
Micah Van Hove is a director, producer and DP who has been exploring the possibilities in micro-budget cinema since 2009. His first feature film MENTHOL (from the producer of BOYZ N THE HOOD) premiered at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. In 2018, Micah's short film DEL ARCO VACÍO was selected as the #1 finalist for Black Factory Cinema's program with Werner Herzog in Peru. Micah's second solo directorial effort SHADOW OF A GUN won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2018 Knoxville Film Festival in Tennessee.
Micah's music video work for artists like Weyes Blood, Alex G and Ariel Pink has premiered on Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Vice, NPR and more. As a regular writer for No Film School since 2013, Micah has sought to stimulate discourse and elevate films that reflect a commitment to personal and courageous work.