Film FILM: THE MAGAZINE /JULY 2016
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WELCOME TO THE MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016.
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With so many fantastic films being entered, a brand new Festival in Germany was a perfect choice for us; we’re very excited and proud to have this addition to our portfolio and as always, are truly staggered by the quality of work that we are so fortunate to see. Furthermore, we are as always, very grateful for the continued support of industry professionals, Neil McEwan, Ray Davies, Paul Eyres and Brad Blain who will once again be on hand in Madrid to offer excellent advice to both filmmakers and script writers. Also, my team will be only too happy to be of service whilst you are with us and I hope you enjoy your time and possibly join us in my other Festivals in Berlin, Milan, London & Nice. Good Luck! Carl Tooney President Madrid International Film Festival
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THE ANSWER Director: Pavan Kaul Producer: Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul
From its first screening in the Del Oro Theatre, California last May The Answer has been nominated for a plethora of awards including “Best Director” and “Best Editing of a Feature Film” at the Nice International film Festival 2016 and “Rising Star Award” at the 2016 Canada International Film Festival and has also being nominated for “Best Feature Film” at the Independent Days Film Festival in Germany. This Indian film transforms a true story into a captivating journey, using both debut and experienced actors, including BAFTA nominee Victor Banerjee and Leonidas Gulaptis, to tell the tale of Donald J. Walters, a disciple of a yoga master on a voyage for spiritual truth. The location of the action progresses from the character’s hometown in Romania to America where the story unfolds and Paramhansa Yogananda is introduced, the yoga guru who guides the disciple through his spiritual journey. Set in the mid 20th century Walters’ hunt for ‘the answer’ reinforces the message that one should never give up. Director of the film Pavan Kaul was no stranger to the film industry growing up, his father was a writer/director and his uncle was famous Hindi actor Raaj Kumar. As an 11 year old Kaul was a huge fan of comic books, he would visualise scenes that he was reading and let them fixate his imagination, soon realising that he was spending more time framing the scene in his mind and losing focus on the story in front of him; this was a defining moment for Pavan, his ability to reproduce events was a key factor in his wish to become a director. Clearly a creative individual, Kaul went on to study the arts at university in Mumbai, before securing his first job as an assistant director, working his way up to create adverts and TV serials, which would go on to win RAPA awards for ‘Best Serial’ and ‘Best Thriller’. Alongside this he has also directed a New York Times ‘Critics Pick’ with his 2003 film ‘Ssshhhh’ and has developed a keen following in the build up to ‘The Answer’. However the path to success was not smooth for Pavan, his family didn’t support his initial ventures into filmmaking and instead pushed him to pursue a safer career in music; this was until his father changed his mind and told Pavan to do whatever job would make him happiest, leading him into his first assistant director’s job. Pavan tells us he ‘never saw [himself] as anything else but a film maker’ and despite often getting de-motivated, due to lack of opportunities when he was getting started, has no regrets about choosing a career path he has such a passion for.
In this interview we spoke to Pavan along-side the producer Kaveeta Oberoi Kaul and Leonidas Gulaptis who plays James Donald Walters, to get the lowdown on The Answer and to find out what it was like to create this film.
LEONIDAS GULAPTIS HI LEON, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME! THIS IS A MAJOR ROLE FOR YOU IN “THE ANSWER”, HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? Leon: I saw this on-line and it was one of the casting websites. Normally, your agent or manager submits you but I was literally just browsing and I saw this and it didn’t really say anything about the script and I read just a brief synopsis. So I submitted and then I got a call and usually when you submit your head shot they might go through two or three hundred people so even to get a call from that it feels like an honour! I remember going in there and Pavan was there with Kaveeta and they had a monologue prepared and so I did the monologue and straight away Pavan said that he would like to call me back, and that was great! So I went in and did the audition and I remember the casting director saying to me “can you hang around for a bit, they really like what you’re doing...just keep smiling because the character has a great smile so keep doing it”! Then, around a month had passed and then I found out that I was about to be called in, so as this was the third time I was thinking that maybe I’m about to be offered the role. But, what actually happened is, I went in for a fourth time and that’s when I met with Pavan & Kaveeta again and that is when they offered me the role and I was very excited! SO YOU HAD A MASSIVE PARTY THAT NIGHT! Leon: (laughs) Unfortunately no, I was actually filming another movie at the time and in fact it really couldn’t have happened at a better time, it really was perfect timing because as soon as I finished the film I was then currently working on it gave me a month to prepare for the role in “The Answer”. WE’VE MET PAVAN A FEW TIMES AND HE’S A LOVELY, HUMBLE AND FASCINATING MAN TO TALK TO, HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH HIM? Leon: Absolutely great, he’s quiet and a man of few words but, the words that come out of his mouth are absolute gold. I remember Victor and I were both taken aback at how good Pavan is as a director and as a director he’s got so much on his mind. As you can imagine not just the film but the setups, the crew, the production, behind the scenes and so on and he such an actors director. To work with him as an actor you really couldn’t ask for more. He will let you take risks and if you have a choice he is so open to it.
I WOULD IMAGINE THAT YOU’RE VERY DRIVEN AND GUESS THAT YOU NEED THAT IN THE FILM INDUSTRY, HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED? Leon: I’m just really passionate about acting, I moved from Australia to L.A five years ago. I think most serious Australian actors would do that, but to do that is a huge step. The thing is you are so far away from home and you’ve got to be pretty driven be ready to do that and were only here to succeed. We don’t have time to be messing around going to clubs and bars and partying! And being on (any) set is a bit like being on a battlefield and people think it’s this kind of glamorous life but, when it comes to making a film it’s the complete opposite. The thing is, that you’ve got to remember that this industry is based on 99% rejection but if you want it you can do whatever you want. You’ve just got to put your head down and believe in yourself! FINALLY, WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO WORK WITH VICTOR BANERJEE? Leon: He’s such a character; I honestly had so much fun & I was actually a little intimidated at first. I mean you look at his credits, he’s been nominated for a BAFTA and he’s done everything and pretty much all of my scenes are with Victor. But he’s such a genuine, lovely guy and he has such a great sense of humour and he would literally crack us up on set!
PAVAN KAUL & KAVEETA OBEROI KAUL HOW DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN THIS STORY? Pavan: At the start of pre production for the film there was already a director in place, she began to lose confidence and eventually resigned, then Kaveeta proposed me to the writer Swami Kriyananda . Once I’d met him it was a life-changing meeting, I’d never met a person like him it was amazing- from then on there was never a question of ever turning back. There was no consideration of money; I just took on the project because I connected with Swami in such a tremendous manner, which had never happened to me before. In short I was just transformed by the experience of meeting him.
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Kaveeta: The scriptwriter (Swami Kriyananda) showed me the script a few years ago and I thought that this was a film that needed to be made; I felt that this was a message and voice that needed to be heard. I was very influenced by his way of life and his teachings and his books. I was very happy that he gave me the film to produce and he wanted only me to do it, I felt blessed. It was a difficult project to handle but I think at the end of everything there was always a rainbow, which is shown in the film. When I became producer Swami asked me to bring in another director so I suggested Pavan and introduced them to each other. It was very important that Swami felt comfortable with the director, but he told me that I trust you and whoever you bring to me will be the person for the film and Pavan has done a great job. I think he has grown through the making of this film, I think all of us who were selected for this film were called upon as we needed to grow within ourselves. HOW REWARDING WAS THIS PROJECT? Pavan: This film has changed me; I’ve only ever worked in India in my own country. In India of course the director and producer and HOD’s are treated with a lot more respect than they are in the west- you have to prove yourself to them each day. The main life changing experience for me on The Answer was the fact I was making the film for this man. The whole thing changed me in a way I know that I will never be the same man again. The kind of compassion I have realised in myself, it was always there I supposed but we always discover things as we mature and as we grow up. I will bring in these other values such as love, compassion into films; I’ve been transformed more as a person. It’s on a philosophical level that I have seen my maximum change and growth because of making The Answer. Kaveeta: It was very rewarding in a lot of ways because it doesn’t just become a journey of making a film it becomes a journey into your inner self, you kind of extend your boundaries, explore your boundaries and you get to know yourself better- especially in ways that you are challenged. Being an Indian producer and to be shooting all over the world with a foreign crew is no mean task, it was very difficult but it was a formidable job. I was completely the “gopher” on the set and I was there every single the day; I followed the movie completely from pre production, during the shooting to post production. No job is too menial or too small, I saw to it that I left no stone unturned in contributing, not just as a producer but as a crew member. It’s a very rewarding experience but a very personal project. For me this was not just a film that I was making, it was my mission – It became something that I felt I was interested to do by the higher forces, I had to give it my best.
HOW PUNISHING IS THE CASTING PROCESS AND HOW DO YOU SPOT THAT ‘SPARK’? Pavan: First of all I’d say that everyone is different, when I’m casting I prefer not to give a brief to the actor as long as he has got the sides and has been told what the scene is. But he can perform anything from his past experience or read anything that he likes because I have more interest in what he has to offer me; this is when they can show you what their true nature is and where their heart lies. Then I decide if that fits into the character that I am fitting him for or if he could fit into other parts, sometimes I can tell before the person has even opened their mouth, by how they walk and by their body language - sometimes you can just look at them and know that they are right. That’s how we got Leonidas Gulaptis, we called him back two or three times just because we wanted to be sure as it was a big responsibility to cast a central part with a total newcomer. Sometimes of course you can be wrong, in the case of the mother Miriam Harris, I felt that she was very pretty and she performed well but she was too young and the other actress who we had narrowed down on backed off at the last minute so we settled for Miriam, I was apprehensive about if she would look old enough but she pulled it off very well, everyone was very happy with her performance. Kaveeta: Not a single person in the casting has been done without my approval; we cast for every role small or big. We were very keen on getting everybody right, it was difficult but at the end of it I wouldn’t change a single person, I think that if your cast is good then half your battle is won. Personally the most important casting was for Leonidas Gulaptis and Victor Banerjee who played Paramhansa Yogananda. Victors casting was so magical because he’s an international star, I didn’t know that he was going to be interested in a film like ours but I just wrote to him out of the blue as I could see him perfectly for Victor. I expected to get no response but within 12 hours I got a reply saying he’d be happy to be in the film and would love to play Paramhansa. In various times in the movie we put pictures of Paramhansa behind Victor and nobody flinched, nobody said this man can’t be Paramhansa. I would think that Victor made a great Paramhansa; this is going to be his role of a lifetime - he will be remembered for ages for this role that he has portrayed.
WHAT WAS THE MOST POSITIVE THING YOU’VE TAKEN FROM THIS FILM? Pavan: This is a difficult question for me, I’m still nervous when I go to the set every morning. Despite all these anxieties that you take to the set everyday or take home with you, filmmaking is such a joy to me and every project that I have ever done I have enjoyed thoroughly. I was blessed to have worked with Victor Banerjee, a BAFTA nominated actor. He was such an obedient actor and never questioned anything that I told him to do. In the first place, as a director I’m not the person who is heavy handed I don’t like to tell everybody exactly what to do, as I like to see what they have to offer and then guide them but I never had any difficulties with him. However the most positive part of this project was the transformation experience that I had with the material that I was dealing with in The Answer; I mean it has enriched my life and has brought me further onto the spiritual path. Kaveeta: This film has touched the core of every professional working in the film; some people didn’t take money, some people cried, it was such a moving experience. Everybody felt that this film was something beyond a business deal or a job- this was Gods pulling. That is the amazing part of the journey of this film; it has changed so many lives, its magical really.
WERE THERE ANY PROBLEMS WHILST CREATING THIS FILM? Pavan: I don’t believe that any film is made without having its share of problems and troubles; filmmaking is not an easy task because it’s a collaborating art. You’re handling so many different personalities and so many different people who have their own baggage so directing is not just about being a creative person it’s about managing people and drawing the best out of them. Trouble just happens but it’s often no one’s fault. Budget is also always an issue; money is never enough especially in filmmaking.
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HOW MUCH OF WHAT YOU SAW FROM THE SCRIPT IS HOW YOU IMAGINED IT TO BE? Kaveeta: Almost 100 percent, sometimes these things are very intuitive. When I got the script three years ago for the first time, the moment I read it a certain vision passed in front of my eyes. When we finally began making the film whatever we couldn’t achieve in shooting we achieved in postproduction, it had to convey the story of a saint yet not be too pretentious. I set aside quite a large amount of budget for the post-production because I anticipated that we might be needing it for this film for things such as special effects. I think the end result has been more than satisfying.
WHAT DO YOU THINK AUDIENCES ARE LOOKING FOR IN A FILM? Pavan: I think they are looking for a good story, by story I don’t mean literally but filmmaking story-telling, you read a book, you watch a movie, watch television, whatever you do you’re looking at a story. Basically a sharing of an experience so I think that’s what they are looking for, a good story always works. Not everything is about the script, there are times when a script is just a starting point but the whole experience of a film can be amazing. HAS IT CHANGED THE WAY YOU’D APPROACH FILMS NOW? Kaveeta: Absolutely, I would think that you realise for one that you think you’re in control but you’re not. When you are in control or you think you’re in control you handle things differently, but when you think that you’re just a willing tool of something greater and larger than yourself I think your whole perspective towards things changes, it eases things out a lot. I think anything in life that we do with this perspective brings in the other element, which we cannot see, which is the element that eases the whole situation and puts it in perspective. I really want to make meaningful films now, to do something that touches the heart and souls of people, that leaves an imprint behind in the universe that even if you only change one person’s life it’s worth it, that’s how I want to see my life from now on. OVERALL WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS CHALLENGING ABOUT YOUR ROLE? Pavan: I am the person who prefers to go with the flow and improvise, to work on instinct and be open to so many wonderful things that may happen at the last minute; I don’t shut myself off with one vision of how it’s going to be because that’s limiting yourself. If you’re not ready to think on your feet and improvise as a filmmaker you’re going to suffer. Kaveeta: Initially it would be to get the finance, because obviously financing is never an easy job. At various stages you come across many challenges, or you may meet a crew that is likeminded and shares your passion, shares your vision. Then of course is to get a proper distribution of marketing and recognition, very little recognition is given to the producer. The other thing would be exhibitions; I really think films of our kind need better exhibitions. We have made this film for the big screen for example in the last scene every book title has been created digitally; it was a lot of work. I would be very disappointed if I am not able to get the kind of release that I imagined we would!
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THE HERITAGE Producer: Salar Nouri
“From time immemorial, human beings have sought after truth. The truth of life, death, and the afterlife...”
Dealing with a number of unnamed characters and with very little dialogue, the film attempts to explore the meaning of life and death, human struggle and the afterlife but told in a series of very short vignette’s that is from the viewpoints of a simple and yet very rewarding way of life. Whilst all filmmakers try new and innovative ways to tell a story, it would be true to say that in this instance The Heritage succeeds as it weaves its tale in an unusual and at times a metaphorical way. The image of a man burdened with a cross and struggling over sand is a fine example of this arresting story: is it Jesus, is it “now”, and is it a metaphor for despair and struggle? Were left to make up our own minds and this film is all the better for it. Directors: Manizheh Seraj & Abbas Khosrogerdi Producer: Salar Nouri Written by: Abbas Khosrogerdi Associate Producer: Sam Nouri Cinematographers: Mehrdad Soleimani Morteza Fard-Bagheri Details on the making of “The Heritage” Experimental Short Film Filming Location: IRAN Production Location: IRAN Main Dialogue Language: Persian Attended Cannes Short Film Corner (Cannes Court Métrage) Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film at Madrid IFF 2016 Awarded Short Film at 16 International Film Festivals-16IFF (Subject of Award: Culture & Tourism) On its way to more well-known International Film Festivals Filming locations include more than 14 historical villages in Iran such as Anarak, Laft, Kharv, Meymand, Nayband and Kandovan. Offering unique and exotic sceneries of Iran that are even less seen and known to Iranian people. The film was produced over a year time period and completed in February 2016
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Nominated at this year’s Madrid 2016 International Film Festival, The Heritage is a beautifully shot short film and Morteza Fard-Bagheri & Mehrdad Soleimani have photographed this film in a way that can only be described as sumptuous.
HANDS Filmmaker: Zara Burdett
During that time, she became what she describes as his “replacement hands” when he lost the ability to use his own, and they worked together to complete his final book in the last months of his life. Despite his rapid physical decline, she was struck by his relentless perseverance to keep working at the highest possible standard, always striving for perfection. The film, therefore, is a reflection of the last precious moments of a person’s life, someone who has always depended on their physical body in order to work, and the challenge of passing the torch to the next generation. The entire film was shot in the landmark modern glass house, “22 Parkside”, designed by architect Richard Rogers in the 1960s, with an astonishing, heartbreaking performance by lead actress, Eve Pearce, who is 87 years old.
Zara was born and raised in London, UK. She lived and studied in New York City for many years and has worked extensively for Darren Aronofsky, Rachel Weisz, Jonas Carpignano and Wes Anderson. In her free time, she writes and directs her own material and will be shooting her next short this fall. email@example.com Run Time 12 Mins
THIS SECTION FEAURES IMAGES TAKEN FROM THE FILM “HANDS”.
Hands is a short film written and directed by Zara Burdett. The story was inspired by an experience she had assisting her college professor and mentor, who died from ALS in 2010, a progressive degenerative illness which attacks the motor functions of the body with barely any time to prepare.
STILL ALIVE THE BAR BOON BAND Directed: Massimo Fanelli
“Written by Massimo Fanelli in collaboration with Walter Pozzi, Still Alive - The Bar Boon Band is a work on the boarder between film and documentary”. From dawn to dusk it tells the story of the Bar Boon Band, the music band founded by Maurizio Rotaris with the homeless and immigrants in Milan helped by Don Mazzi.
The Corriere della Sera define this work “a new Miracolo a Milano”. The documentary shot by Massimo Fanelli shows the traces of a humanity buried under the crisis of desolation, but also the vitality of a search, the game of life passing through the notes. And La Repubblica summarized it thus: “It owns the moving and melancholy trend, angry and proud of the Blues. Pain that becomes music, in an extreme shortcircuit”. “While I was working on this project”, the director says, “I recognized in many of those persons a special light in their eyes, something that push them not to give up in spite of everything and despite the tragedies that they are living. In that hell, I found the clear need of artistic expression that binds us together as human beings.
“I will be forever grateful to Maurizio, Don Antonio, Rai Cinema and all the organizations who believed in this project from the start. It has been a life changing experience for everyone”. I wish every person and artist and colleague to try an experience so deep as this one which has deeply touched all the people who participated in it”. The Bar Boon Band new album will be released at the end of 2016 and will be followed by a live tour. For information stay tuned on www.facebook.com/AncoraVivi1
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ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ELETTRA DALLIMORE MALLABY
The star of the film is their music that describes the stories and the vicissitudes of many people linked to a reality that is hidden, poetic and profound. It’s the story of an underground world with its own rules where the existential loneliness is founded with the tension towards the absolute.
SANAK/DYING TO LIVE With two scripts in competition in
In fact, the awards and nomination that SURKHAAB got in the London/ Madrid and Nice festivals, were one of the reasons we were able to complete the full circle of distribution and exhibition, so it gives us great pride to continue to support Carl’s festivals, FilmFestivalInternational and we are delighted to be nominated for the Unproduced Scripts Category, for two of our scripts.
Madrid - “Sanak” & “Dying To Live” – Vivek Kumar and Barkha Madan are clearly a talented partnership!
BOTTOM LEFT: VIVEK KUMAR MIDDLE: BARKHA MADAN.
Pushing Independence : Certified Public Accountant (Chartered Accountant) and UCLA Screenwriting Grad, Vivek Kumar and Film, TV Actress and Model, Barkha Madan, collaborated on creating a platform where Independents were the king or queen of the castle. Hence Golden Gate Creations LLC was formed, where be it producing a film, to distributing content, we have always prided ourselves with the fact that we will always be pro independent and this is not a socialist statement, but we firmly believe that we can create a profitable business opportunity on this model. This was proved when we made our debut feature SURKHAAB, that actually recovered its cost and also put a minimal excess into our pockets, such that we could recycle the amount into our subsequent projects.
Along our journey, we have also learned to team up and support others who share this pro Independent mindset. Hence festivals like this one in Madrid and also the folks who are behind the similar festival in London, Nice, Berlin and Milan.
Our support also stems from the fact that these awards and these nominations provide the road, that is then traversed by the initiative of the independents. Our support for the International Filmmaker Festivals, be it in Madrid, London, etc, continues to remain unconditional and complete. We truly and objectively believe that these awards are the best thing that happened to the global community of filmmakers. The word Global Independent is also something we have imbibed in letter and spirit. Our productions, our scripts and our content distribution, will always be about collaborating with the global independent filmmaking and artistic, community and that is something we have soaked in from our interactions in the various European festivals of the Film Festival International group. Wishing the organizers a very successful award ceremony in Madrid, and, beyond! Vivek.Kumar@bankofthewest.com
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A film by Arvind Ramalingam
A popular crime novelist’s wife is murdered and he is interrogated by the Crime Branch special investigation officer. The interrogation leads to various suspects who could have possibly killed the novelist’s wife. But, to the interrogation officer there is more to this than meets the eye, until he lands on a key piece of evidence. The novelist then proceeds to burn the evidence and that’s when the audience discovers that the whole interrogation was in his imagination. Convinced by his imaginary interrogation, the novelist then goes on to try and kill his wife….. FILM NOTES KARMA has only two characters, which are both played by the same actor, but you can’t differentiate it until the end of the film. So technically it’s a single scene, single actor in a murder mystery film which is a first in a minimalistic movie and therefore, you can see the actor’s true potential when you watch the film. Deliberately, the film’s narrative is so complex that the viewer cannot miss even a single second. If they do, they may well be left confused and bewildered by the end! KARMA was shot in 48 hours flat but, the pre-production work took 6 months and the film has a global content, which can be remade in any language with a minimal budget. Arvind Ramalingam not only acted as both characters but, also wrote the screenplay and directed and produced KARMA and is open to work in international movies that have a strong content and is actively looking for agents who can help him achieve this. Run Time 73 Mins
NOW BOARDING Filmmaker: Dr Teresa Mular
Director Teresa Mular examines the hilarious indignities of airplane travel as seen on a dog-centered airline with her own German Shepherd acting as co-pilot. Seemingly an absurd tale, it is actually based in most part on the director’s experiences as an average passenger checking- in and boarding in various airports, mostly around the United States but also in Europe . In this film, the plot unfolds within the realm of dogs to make the experience more surreal and the unexpected ending gives it a special and memorable flavor.
DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY Dr. Teresa Mular was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was raised and educated there, completing her University studies and graduating as a Medical Doctor at age 23. Parallel to that she studied piano and voice at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. As a young person she developed a lifelong passion for classical music and the arts. She moved to New York, to further her training at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York-Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn. She became an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology years later at the same institution and had a long career as a physician and teacher. Currently she is President of the New York Gynecological Society (New York city).
She has been studying Italian in Florence since 2006 and it is there where she found the germinating seed for making a documentary about the land that witnessed her birth. She recently completed a four-part documentary that pays homage to the various artistic complexities and cultural life of Buenos Aires “ Volando en las Alas del Tiempo” (Flying on the Wings of Time).
Another successful documentary she made “ The Muse is the Mountain “ about artisan women living in Costa Rica has won multiple awards in Europe, Asia and the Americas ; it received an award at the Milan film festival for best director of Short Documentary in 2015. Her last project is a short fiction comedy: “Now Boarding“, in English, with a Spanish subtitled version as well (“Embarcando” ) was selected for screening on October 3rd at the New York Dog Film Festival ( 2015 ). In addition it has been selected at other international film festivals, including the Colortape Festival in Brisbane, Australia (June 2016), the Dada Saheb Festival in India (April 2016), The Jakarta Festival (Indonesia) November 2015, The Finow Festival, in Germany (February 2016) and now The Madrid International Film Festival. Currently she is working with her new documentary about LatinAmerican immigrant women living in New York. firstname.lastname@example.org Run Time 15 Mins
Cholai is a black comedy based on the 2011 hooch fatalities in Bengal and the bizarre repercussions following the incident. Country liquor, commonly known as ‘Cholai’ is a flourishing business in rural Bengal and has assumed the status of an organized industry. The operation syndicate of illicit liquor works through mobile manufacturing units set up in remote villages. Cheap, readily available and highly addictive - it is often manufactured and distributed with tacit political and law enforcement patronage.
The storyline centres on the lives of three siblings Nimai, Nitai and Nata living in rural Bengal. Nimai, the eldest of the three, is a milk vendor. A simpleton and content with his life, he lives a nondescript lifestyle. Nita is con man and is perpetually on the run. Nata – the youngest, makes and sells Cholai for a living. With his wife doubling up as his business partner, Nata is happy with the growing addiction of the villagers to Cholai. A sudden turn of events is triggered when Nata’s wife inadvertently adulterates a batch of Cholai during the brewing process making it toxic. Within hours the silence in the village breaks into a cacophony of screams and panic stricken cries for help. People who had consumed the toxic Cholai start falling ill and before long the death toll rises to 172. Several lose their eyesight and the overenthusiastic media soon turns the incident into a social and political drama.
In response to the increasing outrage of the public and the opposition, the Government rushes to launch a compensation scheme for the family members of the victims. A gold-rush ensues following the announcement – from doctors to dead body carriers, everyone wants their piece of the pie. Deaths due to other causes could be become ‘entitled’ for compensation if the right palms are greased with their share. The village in mourning soon transforms into a scene of greed, corruption and lies. Cholai is a roller-coaster of emotions intertwined with the lives of the victim’s families and those around them seen through the eyes of the three brothers. A story with a promise to leave a lasting impression - Cholai will make the audience laugh and cry at the same time... krmoviez.com Run Time 97 Mins
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THE ANKLET A Film by Latifa Assade
LIVING LOST Living Lost - a feature length motion picture by Jon Bessire & John Church
Living Lost is an indie film about a careerdriven, corporate CFO Gene Timbault who works himself to the detriment of his personal relationships, including those with his family. He sacrifices time with them in order to advance his career whilst believing that earning as much as he can is the answer to everything. When Gene learns he has a life threatening illness, he embarks on a journey of healing and self-discovery. Gene acts as he always has, seeking instant gratification but as he faces death, he quickly learns there is more to life than money, power, and sex.
The Santa Monica Mirror wrote about their film and said “Jon Bessire puts his passion and creativity at the center of his life. He makes the case for everyone to do so in his new film, ‘Living Lost.’” Both Jon and John would be thrilled if you would take the opportunity to watch Living Lost, and subsequently found time to write a review. They would be delighted to
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Jon Bessire and John Church, the founders of 3 Sides Entertainment, and a producer, Daphne Bach, were passionate about making Living Lost because they wanted to really get viewers to think.
that would venture into theatrical and new media territory via an innovative method of storytelling, one incorporating the latest technological advances and an embrace of outside-the-box creativity, all fostered by inclusion of and collaboration with firein-their-belly indie talent.
The film’s producer, John Church, together with director, lead actor, and producer, Jon Bessire, founded the production company because they wanted to create a platform
Additionally, the duo wanted to tell stories that www.3sidesentertainment.com would depict the intricacies of the world, and www.livinglostmovie.com (includes trailer) encourage their audiences to reflect and dig deeper: Run Time Run108 Time Mins 101 Mins emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.
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The London International Film Festival of 2016 honored Living Lost with the Best Original Screenplay of a Feature Film Award. It also won Best Narrative Feature and Best Original Script at the New York City International Film Festival and scored silver for Best First Feature Film at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival.
TWO HEARTS AS ONE 1940’s...the burning East front of World War II .. The fire between U.S.S.R and Germany is spreading to north Caucasia. People are suffering and among them, there is Cennet. After her husband was captured, Cennet is left all alone with her baby, and as if this was not enough, with the invasion of Nazis, she finds herself in prisoner of war camps in Germany. She witnesses lots of things between life and death, but the epic love to her husband and motherly instincts give her the strength to try and bear the enormous pain. Her adventure, including working camps, evacuations, escapes and deaths comes to end in the middle of nowhere in Asia. Cennet waits for 50 years. She awaits her husband with that endless love and little hope in her heart. When the calendars show the 90’s, instead of her husband Niyaz, she finds a Turkish family....Yunus, dilek and their children. They’ve left their cosy home in Turkey and have come to the destitute and challenging geography of middle Asia. Yunus aims to build a school and raising young trees in that arid landscape. This can be seen as a crazy dream. He is an eager volunteer of education. But during this exciting voyage he doesn’t realize that his marriage is collapsing. Dilek is the daughter of a wealthy family. She loves her husband, but his un-thoughtful fearlessness is hard to tolerate. To live in that poor region, trying to cope with the increasing burdens makes her rethink marriage. Squeezed between
her heart and her mind, Dilek struggles with herself. She doesn’t want to lose her family and those pure feelings. But when she meets Cennet, the monument of patience, she begins to understand. The union of these two hearts unites hundreds of thousands. In fact, this bridge of affection between Turkey and middle Asia would bring a huge amount of unexpected events and surprises. www.iteppictures.com Run Time 126 mins
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THE HEALING OF HEATHER GARDEN Judith Morrow, the filmmaker behind this extraordinary documentary explains why she decided to make this film. SYNOPSIS Already confined to a wheelchair, Heather is told, “Prepare to get worse. Your illness is incurable.” After five years of steady decline, Heather encounters a different approach and chooses her own path. This documentary takes you on her step by step journey that defied all medical expectation. While the illness, Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, is central to this film, the story is broader. Heather’s story is inspiring to anyone facing obstacles whether it be in health or life in general. HOW DID YOU COME TO KNOW HEATHER GARDEN AND WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO DO A DOCUMENTARY ON HER HEALING FROM MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS? I come from a small hamlet in southwest Manitoba, Canada, close to where Heather lives. A friend of mine from there was central to Heather’s healing journey. They were vibrant, exciting women and I liked spending time with them. I knew a little about MS from visits to palliative care to another friend with the illness. “What did Heather do?” was the question I wanted to answer. I was a social worker with some background in writing and photography, and mind/ body healing, but not a filmmaker at the time. I admired documentary filmmakers and an invitation by a Film Collective to a workshop gave me the idea of making a documentary to find out. Knowing little about the journey I had embarked on, I also entered a ‘whole new world’. As I progressed in understanding Heather’s journey, it seemed I was uncovering a miracle - yet it was practical and common sense as well as changing my life. Filmmaker help kept showing up at the right time, and kept me motivated through the ten years of struggle it took to learn and to create the film.
HOW IS HEATHER NOW & DID YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU WANTED? Heather now lives the active life she chooses. It is filled with family, friends, two jobs and many interests. She has been well for 14 years. She wants to give others hope. I want to be one of those documentary filmmakers who challenge and change lives. Yes, I got what I wanted. WERE YOU SURPRISED AT THE RESPONSE TO IT? Surprises came every step of the way. For instance, mid-way along, a neighbor, Brad Caslor, came to help for a few hours. He stayed twelve hours - and became hooked on getting the story out. Every two weeks for two years he showed up to mentor my editing. He refused money because, he said, I could not afford to pay him... turned out he was an award-winning story editor! At my first festival the Director Ben Mullinkosson of the Best of Fest Film “What I Hate About Myself ”, had waited outside my door the day of departure to pick up a copy. Months later he wrote to me: “After watching your film my mom has taken a proactive approach to letting herself take time off work, and stress. She took 6 months off being a lawyer and may just stop all together. Thanks so much.” Getting into festivals and winning awards has been a surprise. Surprises do not end, and now I find myself in the Madrid International Festival! thehealingofheathergarden.com Run Time 29 Mins
THE CLOSER Written & Produced By Eli Hershko & Isaac Broyn Directed By Eli Hershko
In this interview with Eli Hershko, we had the lowdown into both his background and how this thought provoking film came to be made. WE READ YOUR BIO ON FILMFREEWAY, AND IT’S PRETTY FASCINATING! WE KNOW THAT YOU WERE A PHOTOGRAPHER IN THE ARMED FORCES, BUT WAS IT ALWAYS YOUR INTENTION TO MOVE INTO FILMMAKING WHEN YOU LEFT THE ARMY OR DID SOMETHING HAPPEN? No, I was honourably discharged from service as a sergeant at the end of my service term. I then went to college in Israel to study film. After that I came to the states and became a fully fledged still photographer for over 16 years shooting album covers for the likes of Backstreet boys, Biggie smalls etc but there was something lacking in that it was only a 2 dimensional media and I felt the hunger for something deeper than that. I needed to paint not only with lights and shadows but to paint with human psyche as well which led me to pursue filmmaking as a career. HOW DID YOU END UP AS THE WRITER, PRODUCER & DIRECTOR OF “THE CLOSER”, WHERE DID THE STORY COME FROM? I had just finished my first feature and then I went to work in real estate for a while to help pay the bills. Somewhere in 2009 whilst working in real estate I had an idea to put together a movie about the shenanigans of the subprime real estate world. I met Isaac Broyn, a real estate developer and a film buff by his own right that had the same idea. Once Broyn found out that I was a filmmaker we both decided to come together and make this film ourselves. We would get together 2-3 times a week over the course of 3 months and discuss the movie then I would write it down, bring it to the next meeting, get notes and continue to write it till it was all done. After that we self financed this film and went to pre-produce it and produce it ourselves.
WOULD YOU AGREE THAT MOST OF THE DIRECTING IS ACTUALLY IN THE CASTING & HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO CAST “THE CLOSER”? That is correct. The right casting means you are 50% closer to make the film believable. Since our funds were limited I had to become our own casting director. The film was shot with a non union talent and we put out casting calls on lots of online local casting to NYC. I knew I can find the right actors since NYC is a hub to an amazing pool of raw talent of actors who are waiting to be discovered. The casting process took me 3 months and I must have had approximately 700 actors come in and read for me till I found my cast.
HOW DID YOU SOURCE THE LOCATIONS, HOW DIFFICULT IS THAT AND THE LOGISTICS INVOLVED? As far as equipment and lights I have a small production company so we were pretty much covered in that department. We also basically bagged everyone we knew to use their homes, offices, cars etc. Since Isaac Broyn is in real estate he knows a lot of people and has access to a lot of places. Between his contacts and mine we ended up getting a lot favors done in terms of a lot of the locations and expensive cars for free which allowed us to stretch our ultra shoe string budget even further. WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST POSITIVE THING ABOUT MAKING “THE CLOSER” AND WE’VE BEEN TOLD THAT ONCE YOU START TO MAKE FILMS IT BECOMES LIKE AN ADDICTION, WOULD YOU AGREE? The most amazing thing about making the closer was the actual process of making the closer! The feeling of having this constant desire to tell stories is just as being addicted to something. You just have to satisfy this constant hunger. A desire that can literally drive you mad. And to be able to get on set and work with a bunch of amazing people in crew and cast is every filmmaker’s dream... so to have your dream come true is a blessing and a very positive thing. But yes it is addictive and if you are a true filmmaker you just have to continue to tell stories! IN FILM-MAKING IS HARDER TO GET STARTED OR KEEP GOING? Thank god we live in an era in which you can make a film for no budget. Yes every filmmaker would love to be “discovered” and go on to direct the next Hollywood blockbuster but sitting around and waiting for something like this to drop in your lap will never happen. One must stay the course. One must make movies no matter what. As a true filmmaker you need to gain that experience that comes only from making lots of films and learning from your mistakes and using that learning experience to hone your craft. There is no other way. Make films and stay the course. LIFE IS TOO SHORT!
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RIVERS OF BABYLON A Script by Tony Kayden
Rivers of Babylon is a Scarface/ City of God style screenplay about a group of kids growing up in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1970’s. Kids who were brought up on American gangster flicks and Italian spaghetti Westerns.
Forced to flee to America, they settle in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in the mid-80’s and become the most ferocious posses ever to hit U.S. shores. Ten years before the Crips and the Bloods terrorized Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, the Jamaicans were the first to distinguish their posses by wearing their colors: red and green. The influx of crack cocaine into their culture during the Reagan era, set the stage for a drug epidemic that not only devastated Jamaica, but spread to all our major cities here in the States, and these kids rode that crack wave to our shores. Feared and honored for being “harder than the rest”, they laid claim to their new American turf with outlaw bravura. The raw dance hall music born of their world would define “gangsta” culture for a generation of angry young men in the U.S., England and Jamaica. Our story centers on two childhood friends, Johnny an aspiring singer/songwriter who never killed anyone and Gordon his childhood friend, a street smart kid who becomes the leader of the Renker posse in Crown Heights, ruthlessly dispatching with anyone who gets in his way. After Gordon brutally tortures one of his own posse members, sick of the violence and the misery crack has brought, Johnny realizes Gordon has to be stopped. Doyle, an Irish ATF agent, who sees some good in Johnny and knows he’s not a killer, agrees to help him bring Gordon down.
But when Gordon suspects that Johnny is the person who betrayed him, he orders his posses members to gun down Johnny’s pregnant girlfriend Dion, his childhood sweetheart from Jamaica who fled to America to avoid the violence and start a new life. Marveling at his newborn baby daughter Deon Ivy, who survives and fearful that Gordon won’t stop until everyone in his
family is dead, rather than go mano a mano against him, he lets the law take him down and flees with his baby girl to Miami, where he becomes a successful singer/songwriter after a DJ hears the song he wrote for Dion and plays it on a local station. Run Time 5 Mins email@example.com
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Hired by the local politicians to be their bodyguards while they go into the slums to win the sufferer’s votes, once the elections are over, they become expendable. Unable to find the non-existent jobs that were promised, they find no other way out of their terrible conditions but to turn to a life of crime. These same politicians who once gave these kids guns to protect them during the elections, now label them as “mad dogs” and turn the police and the army against them.
Written, Directed and Produced by Shane Eason Here, filmmaker Shane Eason explains how he came to make this absorbing documentary on a most unusual contest that tales place each July in the Florida Keys. Every year, hoards of quirky middle-aged men, donning full white beards, sportsmen garb, and Spanish red berets descend into the humidity of Key West, Florida for the Ernest “Papa” Hemingway LookAlike Contest, a staple of the annual Hemingway Days Festival. The contest, which began in 1981, celebrates Hemingway’s tenure in Key West and runs concurrent with his birthday on July 21st. The competition is held at the historic Sloppy Joe’s Bar on Duval Street and attracts close to 150 enthusiastic participants, along with their supportive families and thousands of outrageous, boisterous fans. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND, AND WHY YOU CHOOSE TO BE A FILMMAKER? I was born and raised in Canada to a middle class family. I had very little interest in pursuing the same professions as my parents. Respectfully, my father did construction and my mother was a stay-at-home-mom, periodically jumping from one odd job to the next. Instead, I was far more interested in the visual and performing arts. So, I felt that I had to do something about it and pursued an education in the fine arts. That’s when I seriously took to filmmaking and photography, as an undergraduate in the mid 1990’s, after taking a few courses in film before formally entering film school. Then in film school I was introduced to a number of alternative filmmakers whom opened my eyes to how films could be made differently from traditional narrative methods. These filmmakers that held (and still hold) an influence on me include Stan Brakhage, Kenneth Anger and Robert Frank. Eventually, I would complete a BFA in Film from the University of Regina (Regina, SK) and an MFA in Film from Concordia University (Montréal, QC). I’m currently living and working in South Florida. I’m an Assistant Professor of Film Production as well as the Multimedia Production Coordinator for the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University. I specialize in experimental and documentary film, expanded cinema, media installation and film curating. My film work leans toward formal experimental and documentary cinema where I consciously study discourse of abstraction, memory and identity. My latest project “PAPA” is a feature documentary that chronicles the Ernest “Papa” Hemingway Look-alike Contest annually held in Key West, FL. I’ve also recently finished two experimental short films, “KFLL | Squawk | 0.9 hz” and “Ascend + Descend”. WHAT DREW YOU TO MAKE PAPA, HOW DID YOU COME ACROSS THE CONTEST AND WERE YOU A FAN OF ERNEST HEMINGWAY? I came across the contest in 2010 in Key West on vacation. I noticed a number of bearded fellows standing outside of Sloppy Joe’s Bar. So, I inquired and found out that there’s a whacky Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest held every summer. Of course, most people familiar with Hemingway know he spent time at this bar when living in Key West. But, how many people know of this contest!? It was bizarre! So, upon my return home, I went and reread a few of his books, reigniting my fair-weather fandom for this iconic American writer. In turn, this spawned the idea for the documentary where I learned that some of the guys we were to eventually follow were hardcore Hemingway fans with interesting stories to tell. We also found out that some of these guys did not have interesting stories to tell and didn’t know a whole lot about Hemingway. They were only involved because they liked to be with other men and drink. Or, their son or daughter said to them, “Hey Dad, you kind of look like this guy we’re reading in English class. I think his name is Ernest Hemingway.”
HOW DID YOU PLAN TO MAKE THE FILM & HOW MUCH RESEARCH WENT INTO MAKING PAPA? Well, the plan was to be as cost efficient as I could with the film. There would be a lot of travel involved, and when you’re an independent filmmaker, the budget has to stretch pretty far. So, I went ahead and set up a Kickstarter campaign. Admittedly, the first attempt failed. A few changes were made and then the project was re-launched. It worked out this time. However, it wasn’t anywhere near the intended budget for the film. I was able to secure a few filmmaker and research grants, which definitely helped. But the majority of the film’s budget came out-of-pocket and on a per diem when it came to much of the crew, which ranged from 2 - 8 persons, depending on when and where we were filming. Overall, the total budget is around $50000 USD.
As for research, in 2011 I began to speak with a few of the participants that enter the contest regularly. I also spoke with the organizers of the event and the management at Sloppy Joe’s Bar. I wanted to glean information on why the event happens, its history, who’s involved, what politics are at play, how much revenue is generated and what sort of Hemingway knowledge is required. I then began to take the crew around Florida, collecting interviews with some of the most interesting participants including: Papa Matt Gineo, the loose-tongued 2011 Hemingway LookAlike Contest winner and contest judge; Denis Golden, the 2011 runner-up and the perennial fan favorite; Jim Green, the 12-year contestant that holds a bitter grudge against Golden and is jealous of his popularity; Bob Orlin, an obsessive Hemingway enthusiast and spiteful 20-year contestant; Floyd Grant McKenna, a determined hard-nosed ex cop and 4th year contestant; Charlie Boice, a good-time-Charlie (no pun intended) that is always enjoying himself no matter what is happening; Charlie Moss, a 1st year entrant and therefore labelled “virgin” by his peers; Papa Fred Johnson, the winner of the 1986 LookAlike Contest, contest organizer and judge. Filming would end in the spring of 2013 when the crew and I went up the east coast to Massachusetts to interview Denis Golden one last time. Following his interview, I officially moved the film into fulltime post production. After a few delays here and there, including the time consuming animation, music licensing, additional fundraising, and promotion, the film premiered spring 2016 at the 21st Palm Beach International Film Festival.
ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SOME SERIOUS MOMENTS IN THE FILM I GUESS IT MUST HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE! WERE THERE ANY THAT STAND-OUT DURING THE MAKING OF THIS FILM? I think what stands out most is the dry humour and the irony. For example, there’s moments when Matt Gineo, the 2011 contest winner, claims “That all this kissing shit needs to stop!” referring to how these loud, boisterous men congratulate each other. Clearly, he finds this act of affection a little troubling, but he continues to actively partake in it. It’s kind of cute, odd and funny all at once, eventually revealing that he actually has a heart. Then there’s Denis Golden, whom is quick to respond with a whimsical joke, even though he is recovering from a stroke. Further, I was generally surprised at how many call-backs we were able to find in the film. The corvette, the bananas, veterans, etc. It made editing a lot easier. THERE ARE SOME REALLY INTERESTING PEOPLE THAT SPEAK ON CAMERA, DID YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS PERSUADING PEOPLE TO BE INTERVIEWED? Of course there’s difficulty persuading people to disclose information. As a documentarian, you want to push all soft and hard questions you can, along with general talking points to have them loosen up. Then, you want to continue to push them further and further, hoping someone gives up some new, interesting information that might change the course of the film. LOOKING BACK IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU WISHED YOU HAD ADDED TO THE FILM? Perhaps a Hemingway scholar or member of the Hemingway family could have been interviewed. It would have been great to find someone that perceives the event insulting, either to Hemingway’s character or personality. I also wanted more politicized characteristics to the contest. We tried, but going back to the question of persuasion, each of the participants interviewed were pretty tight lipped, except for one or two. So, what was collected wasn’t enough to add to the story.
ALTHOUGH MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW ABOUT HEMINGWAY (EVEN IF THEY HAVEN’T READ ANY OF HIS BOOKS!) COULD YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF THE REACTION YOU HAVE HAD TO PAPA? So far the film has been well received. I’ll be taking it to Oak Park, Illinois this summer. I’ll be presenting it at the XVII Biennial International Ernest Hemingway Conference. I think that will be a good test for the film, spawning some interesting discussions, considering the conference is filled with Hemingway fans, scholars and academics. HOW MUCH FOOTAGE WAS EDITED OUT, HOW DIFFICULT WAS THAT PROCESS? 130 hours of footage was collected for PAPA. Some film shoots were single camera and some had 2 to 3 cameras set up. A few of the interviews and events were shot from a different angles and synched up in postproduction. We also shot with the Canon XH1A-HDV camera, which uses mini DV tape. At times, we had 5 HDV decks going at the same time, transferring the footage from tape to digital file. The raw film now takes up 16TB of hard drive space. There are also a few thousand high-res images, some GoPro footage, and Canon 60D HD video. It was a very long process. Rough cuts were sitting around 3 hours, then down from there. It was sitting at 1h45m for the longest time but, I was determined to get it below 90 minutes. I got it to 83m. Then we added the animation, inter titles, and credit sequence, which took it back up to 89m30s. So yeah, it was very difficult! WHAT WAS THE MOST POSITIVE THING ABOUT MAKING PAPA? Some of the participants interviewed for the film only have this event in their life. We realized that some of them are really alone. No family or friends to cheer them on. The crew and I became that for them. And when we would come around, there was a new spark for life, especially with Denis Golden. That’s a very powerful and enlightening feeling to have.
DO HAVE ANY OTHER PROJECTS THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON? I do have a few projects I’m working on. I recently competed a new experimental short called “Ascend + Descend”. The footage was collected in March 2015 and July 2015 in Niagara Falls. That’s having a small run at a few galleries and experimental film festivals. I was recently in Arizona collecting some landscape footage which could possibly be used as a continuation of “Ascend + Descend”. I also have a couple documentary features that are in the conceptual stage. One on U.S. gun control and another on education in the U.S.
HOW IMPORTANT ARE FESTIVALS AND HOW DO YOU PLAN ALL OF THE PROMOTION AND MARKETING OF YOUR FILM? Festivals are extremely important. It connects you, others, and me. Festivals are tactile, unlike a simple uploaded file online that can be watched anywhere. The idea that we can all come together and watch films in a dark room always has a profoundly striking effect. HOW DO YOU KEEP YOURSELF MOTIVATED & HOW WOULD YOU ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO BECOME FILMMAKERS? I’m influenced and motivated by a number of disciplines including: philosophy, media theory, visual aesthetics, and principles of metaphor, memory, and the dynamic tactility of the medium. I vigorously endorse and defend these characteristics in my filmmaking, adjacent artwork, surrounding research, and academic instruction. I feel that these concepts, along with a strong supporting substance (the medium) provide a foundation for all of my film work and its continued development. Further, I have ideas and goals and I remain focused and driven to pursue and execute them. That’s not just in film, but in everything I do. I hope others can do the same.
www.papawannabe.com Run Time 90 Mins
An original feature screenplay by J.E.Morin – Screenwriter and Storyteller.
“TOYED” is a feature screenplay that takes the Santa story to the next level, a more believable one where Brighton Brown, falls from “somewhere up there” on Christmas Eve and lands in Madison, Wisconsin in the mid 1960’s. He is found and taken in by the seductive, Cinnamon Baker and her lover Lucky, who live in an apartment above an abandoned shop on State Street. Together the three discover their own holiday as Brighton reveals the craft of toy making and how each have a twist, “a catch” as Brighton would say.
J. E. MORIN – BIO I’m a screenwriter, poet, playwright, and have tried my hand at film production and photography, on a mission to tell Good Story.
I transitioned to writing screenplays at the end of 2010 and have a few finished feature length and short scripts that are gaining some recognition and winning awards. Though story is my fundamental art, I have ventured into film production with a great talent and my Director of Photography Bryan Pechacek. We have had some success with our first film and have just completed a second short.
The story is written in the style of “Our Town” with the charm of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and shaded by a “Donnie Darko” edge. A view of Christmas in a quaint Midwestern town that is torn by protests and peace rallies, and colored by the simple perfection of the toys of Brighton Brown.
SPIRIT OF THE BULL Written, Produced & Directed By Edwin E. Brochin
Spirit of the Bull is an important film for the country of Mexico and for all Spanish Fighting Bull enthusiasts. If people will spend so much time and money watching them being fought in arenas or running with them in the streets of Pamplona Spain, They will surely flock to Bull Mountain In the state of Nuevo Leon Mexico to see them in all their majesty. They have become the Aurochs of their ancestry! The Spirit Of the Bull Feature film came to life while I was on assignment in the heart of Mexico’s Interior conducting a wildlife survey at the “El Cerrito” Ranch. I was commissioned by one of the owners to visit the ranch to give an evaluation of the herd numbers and health status of its native whitetail deer species. This is a typical service I provide for many clients throughout Indiana, Texas and Mexico so I was expecting just another day at the office. However, all along my client had been harbouring a secret and only to be discovered once I had arrived at the ranch. The owners chanced that once they had me physically on their ranch the story and legend of “El Toron” would rattle the very core of my creative intuition, and they were right!
Educated at UW Madison, I’ve studied acting, directing and playwriting. The stories I write offer an odd combination of characters in situations and settings that are a bit off path. The spirit and flesh of each come from real places, dark and dirty at times, but all manage to find their way to something new. Through struggle, each find a new idea, concept, or a way to change their paths for the better, making a social statement that provides for more promise and cultural diversity in our future.
What had unfolded over the next excruciating 3 years of production was an amazing story of the Spanish Fighting Bull’s triumphant return to the wild. This coupled with the history of the Spanish Civil war and mining operations that had taken place at the El Cerrito Ranch since its acquisition were the key elements that once refined have become cast into pure cinematic gold.
www.eddiebrochinproductions.com Run Time 70 Mins
THIS SECTION FEAURES STILLS TAKEN FROM THE FILM “SPIRIT OF THE BULL”.
This story is part of a trilogy with two preceding feature scripts that bring us to Brighton’s freedom in “TOYED”. The story of Christopher and Joy, Brighton’s adoptive parents is told in “TOYING” and the mystical process of becoming more than our issues is told through the stories and countless exchanges of fantasy and reality in “TOY”. All of these are enclosed in holiday classic color.
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TOYED A Script by Jeff Morin
TOMODACHI HOW DID THIS FILM COME TOGETHER AND WHY IN PARTICULAR DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THIS MOVIE? During research of for my film ‘Death March’ which was nominated at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival, I came across this non-fiction story, and at the same time, the director wanted this story to turned into a film. It was also the directors idea to have a Japanese actor portray the Japanese soldier which was the role that was given to me. And then, I made the decision to both create and style this into a film. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND HOW YOU ENDED UP BEING INVOLVED IN FILM-MAKING? Out of all of the various entertainment mediums that now exist; I believe that a film can have both an important impact & message that will has a lasting memory to the viewing public. I would also like to integrate a method of both Japan and Asian film from my own roots (blood) and send various messages throughout the world through a film. WHAT WAS BEST PART ABOUT MAKING THIS FILM AND WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART, ARE THERE ANY MOMENTS WHEN YOU WERE MAKING THIS FILM THAT STICK OUT? My role is to speak English, Tagalog, and Japanese during the shooting of this film. When speaking in English, I need to clarify English intonation and in speaking Tagalog I also needed to clarify intonation in speaking Tagalog and at the same time I also need it in Japanese! Every intonation is different from each other. I always have to change a lot of things whilst speaking different language at the same time. One of which is the speed of my breathing whenever I deliver a Filipino or a Japanese script. Therefore, the most difficult scene that I had to do was to speak 3 languages in one cut.
FILMMAKER: JACKY WOO
Here, Film the Magazine was lucky enough to interview Jacky Woo, the executive producer, composer and lead actor of this fascinating feature film.
AS WELL AS BEING THE LEAD ACTOR YOU ARE ALSO A PRODUCER/FILMMAKER AND COMPOSER/SCORER, HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO BALANCE ALL OF THESE ROLES ON A MOVIE, HOW DO YOU MANAGE IT? To cover all these roles at same time is very difficult. But from the outset I have to be involved in the actual script and then inform everyone involved of my opinion. After the script is finished, I will then start working on composing a song, imagining the whole story into a melody. If I am satisfied with the script and musical composition, then I will move on and start working as a filmmaker. As an actor, I don’t listen to any advice but I use both image and song as my backbone and use strong feelings in performing my role for the film.
JACKY WOO & BELA PADILLA
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE, WHICH OF THE ABOVE IS THE MOST SATISFYING, AND WHY (ACTOR/PRODUCER/FILMMAKER/ COMPOSER)? Producer, because if my sensibility toward film is correct, it will be of great help to other roles such as being an actor, a filmmaker and a composer. HOW DO YOU STRIKE THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN THE MONEY (INVESTMENT) VERSUS ART? Creativity (art) and investment looks very different but in reality, it is not. Creativity is responsible in box office revenue and if the investor has no interest in creativity then you cannot create anything attractive at all. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO FIND THE CAST & CREW, HOW DID YOU DO THAT? With the help of the director of the Tomodachi film, Joel Lamangan, I was able to gather the hardworking cast & crew for Tomodachi. And fortunately, I am heavily involved in the creation and overseeing of the whole film and, I have come to know various talented staff from a variety of different countries already. IS THE ACTUAL FINAL VERSION OF TOMODACHI VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE FINAL SCRIPT? The final version of TOMODACHI is a little different from the final script however; I have instigated the atmosphere of feelings which cannot be expressed on a sheet of paper. I also believe that scenes taken from various locations with other actors are very precious to the film. Therefore I believe that it is a good sign to have a slight difference between the final version of TOMODACHI and the final script. Run Time 98 Mins
Here, Shomshuklla, the talented Filmmaker behind “Tiktok Tiktok” tells FTM how she came to make her latest film.
Tiktok Tiktok is a psychological, surreal, erotic film. When I wrote the script, I was clear that the story would be told in a manner that is very different from how erotic cinema is visualized. The film is about a restaurateur and a journalist who meet for an interview and the romance that brews. I chose to create visuals and storytelling unique to my style, which is quite abstract and grips the audience’s attention.
Tiktok Tiktok was a great journey because of my team and actors – Uditvanu Das, Mia Maelzar and Sohini Mukherjee Roy. All of them have been collaborating with me since the days of my theatre group Kali Theatre. It was great to be able to complete the film in the way I dreamt it. This is my first English language feature film, and so after three films, holds a very special place for me.
www.stagelines.blogspot.com Run Time 73 Mins
BLACK MISSION Filmmaker: Sarwar Mohammad
DIRECTORS STATEMENT Before directing Black Mission I was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2013. After long and very tough chemotherapy sessions I decided to go on holiday to my birth country Afghanistan. After spending sometime in Kabul I began to research about the Government because there was so much corruption within the system. So then I began to wonder how Afghanistan would be able to fight against terrorism. I then started writing the script (for Black Mission) and then returned to the UK for my routine check up and that was then when I decided to make a movie. Many people were not happy about my decision to go back to Afghanistan and shoot this film and I was constantly told that it would be impossible to shoot the whole movie in Afghanistan because of security concerns. I didn’t want to take a British crew because I didn’t want to put anyone’s life at risk and so I decided to return to Afghanistan on my own once again. Of course when I reached Kabul I had no idea about media productions there. Then by chance I met Mujtaba Sabbar at Radio television Afghanistan where he worked and after reading my script (which he really liked) agreed to be the lead actor.
THIS SECTION FEATURES PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE FILM “TIKTOK TIKTOK”.
We had so many problems when we started, we didn’t have any budget so I put together a team of 10 people and started teaching them about Gorilla filming which I had learned in UK and soon after, Ajmal Mohammad joined our team as a 1st time producer. During the shoot we witnessed 2 suicide Attacks in Kabul and escaped an attack by Taliban Insurgents whilst traveling to the north of Afghanistan. Our team has dedicated this movie to the young generation of Afghanistan.
Many youngsters I had met in Afghanistan would like a good education and to make Afghanistan a peaceful country. Everyone is tired of fighting and wants to achieve something for the future of a peaceful Afghanistan.
www.blackmission.co.uk Run Time 48 Mins
FEATURING IMAGES FROM THE FILM “BLACK MISSION”.
The use of the clock, as a symbol to show the ebb and flow of time is an important character in the film. Props, which I use to enhance my stories, are also used in a very interesting manner not simply aiding the actors but becoming integral by themselves. Poetry too finds a place within the threads of the story as the romance unravels.
BABYLON A Script by Tony Kayden
THE MILLER PREDICTION William Miller was right: the world ended in 1844. Director: Javier Ronceros Producers: Cyrus Parvini & James Brandt
An American veteran travels to the Middle East searching for peace after suffering the horrors of the Civil War and the ridicule of his peers over his “crazy Uncle William’s prediction” that the world would end in 1844. What he finds helps him solve a mystery that plagued his family and solves a mystery that had baffled scholars for centuries. SYNOPSIS: Civil War Veteran MARK MILLER, 32, is torn with what he saw in the War and with personal issues related to his Great Uncle William Miller’s well-publicized belief that the world should have ended in 1844. After the War he travels to the Middle East with his horse BUDDY, working for foreign companies while seeking understanding and inner peace.
THIS SECTION FEAURES STILLS AND PHOTOGRAPHY TAKEN FROM THE FILM “THE MILLER PREDICTION”.
But peace is not coming. Following the sound of gunfire back to his Surveyor’s base camp, he sees two team members dead along with several Persian religious refugees. Other members of the group are held captive and forced to watch as the bandits struggle with LAYLA, 20, who is about to receive “special” treatment. Acting from a strong moral sense of duty, Miller, and a few minutes later his companions DIETER, and LENZ, successfully chase the bandits off, although Dieter and Lenz are themselves killed. Miller agrees to travel with Layla and the remaining pilgrims. The bandit leader, ISMAIL, is enraged to learn his men failed to capture the pilgrim’s women and supplies... and that his son was killed. He vows revenge.
He is surprised to discover that Layla and her group are on the way to Haifa to see their teacher who they believe fulfills Rev Miller’s prediction - Christ did return, just not in the way people expected. All the prophecies from the Bible that formed the basis for William Miller’s Prediction of a major religious event in 1844 were being paralleled in Persia and the Ottoman Empire - half way around the world where Rev Miller could not have known of them or the religious leaders in Persia known of Rev Miller’s Prediction. The Miller Prediction is a work of fiction. However, Rev. William Miller was real and he did predict the return of Christ in 1844. At that time, in Persia, followers of Baha’u’llah were being persecuted because of their belief that the spirit of Christ had indeed returned to the world. How the story of Baha’u’llah fits the Miller Prediction is unexplainable through logic alone and form the basis of an inspiring - and chilling - story of truly Biblical proportions.
On the way across the mountains to Haifa, Miller and the Pilgrims discuss the events that lead to them meeting at the bloody campsite. Miller discusses his great uncle Rev. William Miller and the prediction he made about the second coming of Christ.
www.TheMillerPrediction.com Run Time 80 Mins
A film by Writer, Director & Producer: Alireza Sadreddini
Film the Magazine was lucky enough to catch up with Alizera Sadreddini to discover why he made his latest short film “Rebirth” which has been nominated at this year’s Madrid International Filmmaker Festival. Alireza Sadreddini also known as Alexander Sadreddini is UK based British/Iranian producer & director. Although he has been working as a post-production artist with many other renowned Iranian film makers in the past, his short narrative film ‘The Universe Game’ was his first film originally conceived and produced by him in the UK. His second short film ‘Rebirth’ is a dark comedy drama film that has a spiritual touch to it. Sadreddini’s childhood was as a witness of a unique experience of transitional period through Iran’s 1970’s revolution and later when he was a young student he was sent to the Iran-Iraq war’s front line to photograph scenes of bloody battles. Sadreddini was employed by the BBC due to his brilliant visual skills while in self-exile from Iran since 2001 and he finally settled in the UK from 2006. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US WHERE THE IDEA FOR “REBIRTH” CAME ABOUT? AS: It is a personal idea, I travel a lot and through my travel I sharpened my senses, and I keep observing all of the differences in different countries. And, I noticed that in some East European countries that are Catholic they are much stricter than in say Italy. And there is a conflict there so for instance in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia which are Catholic they have crematoriums which in some cases are very modern but, scattering the ashes into rivers or parks is actually forbidden (although In Italy they get away with it and they won’t actually arrest the person)! So I gathered lots of stories from here and there and I started to write about death and the impact of death on people when someone has passed away and then I wove this information into the story.
WAS “REBIRTH” ALWAYS INTENDED TO BE A BLACK COMEDY? AS: It wasn’t my original intention to make it a dark comedy; but during the writing of the story it came from my own character and in the most serious and darkest of situations, normal people do funny things and I have met people that actually laugh during funerals! It was while I was writing the story that I thought that this is too dark and I realised that I couldn’t continue this way, so I decided to add some humour. AS A WRITER AND DIRECTOR DO YOU FIND THOSE TWO ROLES DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH? AS: It’s always a bit of a problem because I’m always afraid that I may be stuck in my own ideas and when other people write and direct they can be obsessed with certain things and it might have happened in my film as well. But, I always try to minimise this mistake by giving my script or story to other people who I have respect for and they have experience so I had help. But the idea and synopsis was entirely written by me. But when I’m writing the script and because I’m also directing, I already have a vision about how this film and characters should look. DID YOU STORYBOARD THIS FILM? AS: No I don’t think that it applies to this kind of film, you can’t control everything and you can’t design the whole production ahead and you really don’t know what will happen during the production. On a full production, because you’re going to create a full stage then you can create a storyboard and give it to the production (team) then they can go away and create everything for the film. Then of course you would have an art director who would be working with the producer to create it exactly how it was in the storyboards. COULD YOU EVER STOP BEING A FILMMAKER? AS: No, in fact I’m just warming up and not whilst all the time that I am alive and it’s a disease from which we do not want to get cured! Look, there’s a lot of noise out there and a lot of competition and that makes things much more difficult but as they say, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”! WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? AS: It’s actually going to be my first feature film and is based on a story of an Iranian mother who comes to the UK to take her son’s body after he was killed in an accident but, she then finds out that he was gay! I’m really happy to say that we will soon be going into the pre-production stage on this brand new feature.
DIRECTORâ€™S STATEMENT - ALIREZA SADREDDINI As our world is shifting to a new era of cross-cultural cosmopolitan cities due to great immigration across different continents, some areas, even in modern Europe still have not employed the right rules to deal with this phenomenon. In some cases the complexity of policies and bureaucracy could cause very confusing situations. My stories are ordinary peopleâ€™s story based on these rules that made our life complex, especially when it comes to practicing another faith or what is not a traditional ritual ceremony. In some European Catholic countries such as Poland and Lithuania it is forbidden to scatter ashes in public places like rivers! And there laws can be even more restrictive for immigrants. So I thought what if one immigrant should scatter ashes of a family into river based on religious practice?!! I wanted to make a film to show how sometimes simple things can get impossible to achieve from the way we expect it! But the universe has its own way to play for us. We try hard to fulfil our desires but life can have its own way to do so, even we might not be aware of its different ways. The film production sites were mostly in Lithuania and a few parts of film in the UK where I am based. The film is fully self funded but with help and support of amazing people who contributed to this project from their excellent work with minimum expectations, like Adam Kempton and George Akers who each has over 40 years experience in the film industry and Directors Cut production that offered their editing suite. Also a big thanks to the rest of the cast and crew. - Alireza Sadreddini Run Time 19 mins
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FORGET-ME-NOTS / TAKING CARE OF RUTH/ AN ENCOUNTER With three films in competition at the Madrid International Film Festival, filmmaker Miguel Berzal De Miguel has achieved stunning success in a very short space of time! MIGUEL BERZAL DE MIGUEL (Madrid, SPAIN,) studied Audiovisual Communication. After taking his degree, he divided his time between a Masters in Film Directing and another in Theatre Directing. In 2012, his first book, entitled “The Refuge”, was published by AM Editorial. In 2014, Miguel wrote and directed two shorts: “Taking care of Ruth” and “An Encounter.” The first one is led by Mayte Atarés and Silvia Espigado. The second one, which he also produced, is led by Alejandra Lorente and Fernando Guillén Cuervo. In 2016, Miguel wrote, produced and directed “Forget-me-nots”.
AN ENCOUNTER Susana has moved from León to Madrid and now works in consultancy. During her journeys to work by Metro, she befriends a stranger.... Now she is being stalked, but who is constantly calling Susana? Her ex boyfriend, an employee fired from the office or the unknown stranger from the subway?
TAKING CARE OF RUTH Although three years have elapsed since her husband passed away, Ruth has not got used to living alone, whilst at the same time she cannot stand the carer that her daughter Clara has hired to look after her. One morning, Ruth decides to dismiss her carer: It’s time for Clara to live with her mother for a while...... 11 mins
FORGET-ME-NOTS A week after the death of her husband, Silvia moved with her daughter María, to Madrid to be closer to the set where María works as an actress. A few months later, her parents send her a forgetme-nots to remind her that she has abandoned them.... 17 mins
LIVING OFF THE MANHOLE
AND THE POETRY OF REAL ESTATE Filmmaker: Lisa Eastman
I was told that this movie was one of the most emotional movies one has ever seen, from my mother of course, who cried her eyes out. And so did other people who became intimately involved in the film as it unfolded. For me, I have little objectivity because the story is essentially about me, my family, and a period of time and events that happened a number of years ago, precisely 19. I lived in my grandfathers last hotel, and people used to ask me what it was like to live in a hotel, so I decided to tell my story. I shot over 100 hours of digital film with Sony’s first consumer digital camera (VX1000) that came out in 1995. I didn’t have an ending, or even a beginning, at the time. I could have never guessed what was going to happen or how it would happen or how affected I would be from the things that did happen.
Shocked, I said yes, because I never even thought this would be a possibility because I knew very little about his hotel.
The Hotel Beverly was a reality show way before reality shows existed.
WHY DID THE FILM TAKE SO LONG TO MAKE? 7 or 8 editors took a stab at this film. It was a very difficult story to tell because it was a personal story of me, and then my family, and also a story about a hotel which was a character in itself. The story is interwoven between the three and hence lies the difficulty in making it. Finally the second to last editor was able to get the film into a coherent whole, but at 2.5 hrs, she had a hard time parting with any footage. So I called in my ex husband who was able to hone the piece down to 1.5 hrs, all while chopping away at memories and funny lines until the story told itself.
My life and the behind the scenes of the people who worked there, is portrayed in this quirky documentary.
This was an emotional film to make, all throughout, an arduous task, but it gives it’s watcher a story to remember, like a grown up story of ‘Eloise at the Plaza’ :)
I was the only resident in this 224 room 5 star suite hotel across from the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, besides an old woman they called ‘Ms. Helen’ (who signed her name “Queen Elizabeth”) after shopping all day and coming home to rip up all her fine clothes. Me, I had other things to do.
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IMAGES FEATURED ON THIS PAGE ARE TAKEN FROM THE FILM “LIVING OFF THE MANHOLE”.
A hotel is like a family, and, like my great grandfather who stumbled into the hotel business, so did I, fumble into my Grandfather’s hotel after I needed a place to stay in New York City after living at the YMCA in the dorms and showering next to homeless people, my grandfather brought me to his hotel and asked if I would like to live there.
GRAVEDIGGER Filmmaker: Christopher Cohen
Gravedigger is the story of Hero Jackson, a fraternity brother and super douche, who drunkenly passes out one night in a graveyard only to awaken the next morning surrounded by teddy bears and wearing a pink nightgown.
FEATURING IMAGES TAKEN FROM THE FILM “GRAVEDIGGER”.
Hero soon discovers that his body was borrowed by a recent deceased teenage girl who’s grave he passed out on the night before: who only wanted to go home. In an attempt to test this bizarre new gift, he soberly lays upon an unknown grave, only to have his body hijacked by one of the most infamous bank robbers of the 1990’s.
This is Christopher Cohen’s first film production and the first script he’s ever written. His background is in theatre which may explain his flare for the dramatic and the comedic. Gravedigger was inspired by a simple idea when Chris was in college, a young man who has the ability to sit on a grave and let that soul free.
Many of the Fraternity antics and events were based on true stories from his days at the University of Vermont while pledging for a fraternity. With the help of Delia Kelly, an extremely gifted editor and director and a large number of talented actors and crew, Gravedigger was brought to life. Gravedigger was the recent winner of the “Best Supporting Actor in a short film” award at the Nice International Filmmakers Festival, won an Award of Recognition from IndieFEST and is now nominated at the Madrid International Filmmakers festival for Best editing of a short film, Best hair and make up and Best Original Screenplay for a Short Film.
Run Time 40 Mins
A BIG ISSUE IN A SMALL TOWN
Filmmakers: Beatrice Alda & Jennifer Brooke
FEATURING IMAGES FROM THE FILM “LEGS: A BIG ISSUE IN A SMALL TOWN”.
Hunted by cops, abducted by spirits, spanked by strippers and trying to run a fraternity, Hero attempts to keep both himself and the party Alive.
HOW “LEGS: A BIG ISSUE IN A SMALL TOWN” CAME TO BE. Collectively the two of us have lived in small towns for over 50 years. At other times in our lives, we have lived in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington D.C., London… and we enjoyed those exciting cities! But cities don’t move us and make us notice and want to capture the nuances of daily life the way small town living does. We always joke that here the school teacher is also the trainer at the gym – and his brother is married to the woman at the bakery, whose business partner is also the landlord of the school teacher and whose father drives the taxi …. you get the picture.
Wherever you go in this small town, there are connections, and fascinating, often quirky people who have a lot to say about pretty much anything. During the past decade of living together in this particular small town, we have grown to see the people in our community as characters— people with personalities and viewpoints that we wanted to celebrate, explore and share with a wider audience. We chose to place at the core of the film a controversial work of art displayed publicly, and how that impacted concentric circles of society within the town. When interviewing locals about the disputed art, we ended up capturing myriad hotly disputed issues, opinions, sentiments, and prejudices among the town’s inhabitants. We realized that just beneath the surface of this sweet, often idyllic seeming village, there were many more factions than might be assumed. The film becomes a story less about a single issue and more about a community whose residents seek to define themselves by their vision of what their town really is. Liberals and conservatives, heterosexuals and gays, white people and minorities, young and old, artists and politicians…everyone wants to see themselves reflected in their community. And while that is a human desire, it’s an impossible goal. In the end, the film sees our town as we do -- a melting pot of individuals with a lot of passion. Maybe not passion for the same issues—but passion nonetheless –and for that, we remain grateful-- and eternally amused.
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ABOUT MILLEFEUILLE For a long time, Élodie Laurent loved nothing more than baking for the people who visited her French café. But that joy was taken away by something out of her control - psoriasis. She has the obvious physical symptoms of the disease, including the red, scaly patches on her face and arms. But a closer look into her day-to-day life reveals the emotional and psychological toll that this disease has taken on her: she is self-conscious about her appearance, imagines her disease to be much worse than it is and actively avoids family and friends. Having been forced to give up her job as a pastry chef, she lives a solitary and isolated existence in London. Although Élodie is a fictional character, her story is inspired by psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients around the world. The movie was produced following extensive research in this space to raise awareness of the sometimes hidden burden of psoriasis. Millefeuille is a story of triumph over adversity, hope and social acceptance. Élodie’s story conveys a universal message of hope and friendship through times of suffering: something we can all relate to. Typically, when filmmakers set out to educate on a topic close to their hearts, they lean toward a documentary style. But here, they instead set out to make a short drama, aiming to attract a wider audience and a patient community who may have given up hope that life with psoriasis could be different. EDUTAINMENT Unlike many videos that focus on disease issues, Millefeuille aims to appeal to a broader community including those who may not be a patient directly but who know someone who lives with psoriasis and/ or psoriatic arthritis. Through using an ‘edutainment’ technique like Millefeuille, a wider audience can be engaged, and a deeper shared understanding of the unmet needs facing these communities developed. Entertainment education, or edutainment, is the process of purposely designing and implementing a media message both to entertain and educate, in order to increase audience members’ knowledge about an educational issue, create favourable attitudes, and change overt behaviour. 1 Edutainment has long been an internationally-recognised approach to delivering complex messages and building awareness on a range of issues with the technique dating back to the 1970’s. Miguel Sabido developed the ‘Sabido methodology’, a theoretical model for stimulating positive change in social attitudes and behaviours through commercial television and radio programming. Since the 1980s, this methodology has been used to motivate changes in attitudes and behaviours on a wide range of issues, including child slavery, women’s rights, environmental protection and diseases such as HIV/AIDs. 2 Entertainment programmes featuring believable characters and storylines forge emotional ties with the audience that can influence values and behaviours more forcefully than purely cognitive information provided in documentaries.
To put it another way, the viewer is “educated” by the entertainment media, often unwittingly. 2 Millefeuille: Reaching Further Over 100 million people worldwide 3 including some 14 million Europeans 4 - have psoriasis. Beyond skin effects, up to 30 percent of people living with psoriasis are likely to develop psoriatic arthritis, which can lead to painful swollen joints and a loss of physical functioning. 5 Millefeuille was informed and inspired by both qualitative and quantitative research, exploring the complexities of living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The research uncovered a number of patients whose wellbeing is severely impacted by their disease(s) and who are merely ‘coping’, rather than feeling empowered to address their condition(s). As a result, many people disengage from the health system completely – they either stop seeing their doctor or see them much less often – which in turn make them harder to reach. Because of this, the aim of an approach like Millefeuille – which goes beyond the definition of what might be perceived as ‘standard’ disease information and uses fiction to bring the message to life – is to reach and inspire those individuals even if they might be less motivated and perhaps not proactively seeking out education and care. The Millefeuille Film has been developed and produced by Celgene International
1 A. Singhai, E. M. Rogers, A Communication Strategy for Social Change, University of New Mexico, 1999. 2 Sex, Soap and Social Change, August 2007, Accessed April 2016. https://www.populationmedia. org/2007/08/09/sex-soap-social-change-the-sabido-methodology/ 3 World Psoriasis Day Consortium. Facts about Psoriasis. Accessed March 2016. (http://www.worldpsoriasisday. com/web/page.aspx?refid=129) 4 Augustin M and The European Expert Working Group for Healthcare in Psoriasis. A framework for improving the quality of care for people with psoriasis. JEADV 2012, 26 (Suppl. 4), 1–16 5 Gladman, DD et al. Psoriatic arthritis: epidemiology, clinical features, course and outcome. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005;64(Suppl II):ii14–ii17. doi: 10.1136/ard.2004.032482
A BEDROCK MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH TURTLE CANYON FILMS
a measure of FLour, a packet of butter and a spoonful of hope
A FILM BY ALASTAIR CLAYTON ON THE CHALLENGES OF LIVING WITH PSORIASIS AND PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS
WATCH THE FILM AT MILLEFEUILLEMOVIE.COM This film has been developed and produced by Celgene International
International Film Festival
MANCHES ER FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CINEMA
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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CINEMA
Orlando Film Festival
WINNER Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Creativity
Utopia Film Festival
2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Santa Fe Film Festival 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Big Apple Film Festival 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTION
Film Festival 201
It’s not what they show, it’s what they don’t show. Artist – Robert Cenedella
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NOW PLAYING NATIONWIDE IN THE UNITED STATES MADRID Premiere Showing on Thursday July 7th 2016 at 18:35pm Room 1
THE NEW YORK TIMES, FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
An Art-World Outlier, Lambasting Warhol’s Ilk
“It’s not what they show, it’s what they An aversion to don’t show,” the faddish theorizing. painter Robert Cenedella The film’s title complains refers both to in “Art Mr. Cenedella’s FILM Bastard,” REVIEW outspoken antipathy Victor toward painterly Kanefsky’s abstraction and its robust, plain-talking attendant critical documentary portrait gobbledygook, of this lifelong rebel and to his actual and art-world gadfly. parentage. When he “They” are museum curators and gallerists was 6, he recalls, who are not interested he was shattered by his mother’s in showing the work confession that his of Mr. Cenedella, a biological father was gifted painter and not Robert Sr., who visual satirist. was an executive for His painting style reflects two traditions. the Radio Writers Guild until he was One is the urban blacklisted as a realism of Reginald suspected Communist Marsh, George in 1953, but Russell Bellows and other Speirs, an English American painters professor at Colgate who flourished University. As he in the early 20th puts it caustically, century before the he “had two fathers ascension of Abstract who didn’t amount Expressionism. The to one.” other is the satirical, Born in Massachusetts, Dadaist-influenced Mr. Cenedella grew work of the German up in New York and caricaturist George Grosz, who fled Nazi attended the High School of Music Germany in 1933 for the United States and & Art, from which taught for many years he was expelled for writing a letter at the Art Students League in New ridiculing civilYork. defense drills in which students huddle under their desks. At the Art Students League, he became
ROBERT CENEDELLA/CAVU PICTURES
Art Bastard Utterly unafraid to offend: Robert Cenedella in 1988 with his teeming canvases in this documentary, opening on Friday.
a protégé of Grosz, who was renowned for his depictions of Berlin street life. In the same spirit, Mr. Cenedella’s works portray a garish New York panorama of traffic jams, street fights, subways and bars that explode from the canvas with a jostling rowdy exuberance. When Grosz returned to Germany in 1959, Mr. Cenedella stowed away on his ship but was discovered and removed. Grosz died only weeks after arriving in Germany as a result of a fall down a flight of stairs.
Mr. Cenedella, now 76, isn’t afraid to offend. One of his most notorious canvases, “The Presence of Man” (1988), a satire of holiday materialism that depicts the crucifixion of Santa Claus surrounded by Christmas presents, was denounced by the Catholic League. His response to Pop Art was “Yes Art,” a 1965 one-man exhibition mocking Andy Warhol. During the Vietnam War years, he designed Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson dartboards. In response to “I Like Elvis” buttons, Mr.
Cenedella, a devotee of classical music, made and distributed “I Like Ludwig” buttons. The film’s only luminary from the artworld establishment is Richard Armstrong, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, who muses enigmatically about art as an investment opportunity but takes no position about its aesthetic worth. For philistines mystified by the value attached to so many artworks that to an untrained eye look worthless, Mr. Cenedella comes across as a reassuring voice of sanity.
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P.J.“I’ve Carney’s. “I’ve always said I’ve sold Mayor had backing for York, a now-defunct nonprofit elected Bill de Blasio is going Blasio secured his party’s more workalways throughsaid bars I’ve than sold “I’ve dedicated to advancing the to stick with Bill de Blasio,” nomination, the major unions “I’ve always said I’ve sold said Mr. Cenedella, Veteran publisher Jane galleries,” more work work through through bars bars than than his first City Hall bid; mayor’s agenda. said Bob Master, political di- quickly lined up behind him. more more work through hangs bars than a painter whose Friedman is stepping down as As Mr. de Blasio faces a rector at the Communications Some of those same unions galleries,” saidwork Mr. Cenedella, Cenedella, organized labor gave galleries,” said Mr. galleries,” said Irish Mr. Cenedella, a number of investigations into Workers of America in New have been subpoenaed this in the venerable pub adchief executive officer of $1.5 million to nonprofit his fundraising activities, he York, which backed Mr. de Bla- year as part of coordinated ajacent painter whose work hangs a painter whose work hangs to whose Carnegie Hall, where Open Road Integrated Media painter work hangs in the and his aides have begun to sio in the 2013 primary. federal and state investigain the venerable Irish pub adhe enjoyed his first beer in Inc., the closely held, Manhatin the venerable Irish pub advenerable Irish pub adjacent lay the groundwork for what A spokeswoman for the tions into the mayor’s 2014 efBY JOSH DAWSEY jacent to Carnegie Hall, where 1957 with his mentor, the Gertan-based digital-books and fort to secure a Democratic they hope will be strong union mayor said Mr. de Blasio “weljacent to Carnegie Hall, where to Carnegie Hall, where he When New York City Mayor majority in the Senate. backing of his 2017 re-election comes support from any permanenjoyed artist George Grosz. multimedia company she cohe his first beer in he enjoyed first beer in enjoyed his his firstwork, beerusuin 1957 Bill de Blasio tried unsuccess- bid. A state Board of Elections son, company or organization” Mr. Cenedella’s founded in 2009. The move is 1957 with his mentor, mentor, the Gerfully to bring the state Senate While the probes may com- that wants to improve New report accused the mayor and 1957 with his the Gerwithcolorful his mentor, theirrevGerman ally and always effective immediately. under Democratic control in his allies of evading contribuplicate matters, many of the Yorkers’ lives. man artist George Grosz. artist George Grosz. man artist George Grosz. erent, is evident in many Ms. Friedman, who will 2014, he and his advisers col- unions are likely to back him. During the 2013 race for the tion limits and disguising the Mr. Cenedella’s work, usulaborated with top union leadnames of contributors as part Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, nominaDemocratic mayoral Mr. Cenedella’s work, usually other watering holes, mostly now serve as chairman of the Mr. Cenedella’s work, usuers and relied on them to fund has met with some top union tion, organized labor was of “willful and flagrant” violaally colorful and always irrevin SoHo and Tribeca. Most board and executive pubcolorful and always irreverent, is ally colorful and always irrevthe effort. leaders at Gracie Mansion, and deeply divided among the top tions of the law. Nobody has Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, in May at a news conference in Albany. lisher, is being succeeded as vividly, mural Unions contributed about union officials have said Mr. candidates, a setback for been charged; the mayor and erent, evident in many evident ais in6-by-10-foot many other erent, is evident inwatering many $1.5 million of the more than his allies have denied wrongde Blasio’s political aides are union leaders who had hoped CEO by media executive Paul hangs the second floor at and holes, on mostly inholes, SoHo other watering mostly other watering mostly $4 million Mr. de Blasio and calling them with greater fre- to coalesce around a single doing. Slavin, who joined Open Road Le Cirque, where holes, it depicts Tribeca. Most a 6-by-10his political allies raised for quency. The United Federation of contender to maximize influin SoHo and Tribeca. in SoHo andvividly, Tribeca. Most in September as president. 181 of the restaurant’s patronsMost Please see UNIONS page A18 the Campaign for One New “I think the coalition that ence. That year, after Mr. de foot mural hangs on the second vividly, a 6-by-10-foot mural Ms. Friedman is a former CEO and a fewa other characters, vividly, 6-by-10-foot mural floor at Le Cirque, where it depicts of HarperCollins Publishers, like artist Diego Rivera and hangs on the second floor at hangs on the second floor at 181 of the restaurant’s patrons which, like The Wall Street author Philip Roth, placed Le Cirque, where it depicts Le Cirque, where it depicts Journal, is owned by News there Cenedella’s disand ofat a Mr. few other characters, 181 restaurant’s patrons 181 of the the restaurant’s patrons Corp. cretion. He did the painting like aartist Diego Rivera and and few other characters, and a few other characters, Open Road, which has on a dare from Le Cirque’s author Philip Roth, placed like artist Diego Rivera and and raisedpackages nearlyin$30 million in founder, SirioDiego Maccioni. like artist Rivera the state. there at Mr. Cenedella’s Y LESLIE BRODY B investorSUNY capital—and hasn’t Two decades author Philip later, Roth, Mr. placed Board Chairman H. author Philip Roth, placed discretion. He did the painting Nancy L. Zimpher, credited Carl McCall, who praised her yet turned a profit—is lookCenedella said he still dines there at at Mr. Mr. Cenedella’s Cenedella’s disdisthere with bringing stability and making camon a free dare from Le Cirque’s ingatohelp newinareas forSUNY revenue there of charge. cretion. He He did did the the painting painting higher profile to the State Uni- puses into “engines of ecocretion. founder, Sirio Maccioni. growth. Given such exposure, it is versity of New York during her nomic activity,” said Dr. on atodare dare from Le Cirque’s on a from Cirque’s Robert Cenedella and his art at his Midtown studio last week. His iconoclastic career is the subject of a new documentary, Although company easy see why the Le painter, Two decades later, Mr. seven ‘Art yearsBastard.’ as chancellor, said Zimpherthe earned less now than founder, Sirio Maccioni. Tuesday she would step down in comparable boastsmany moreleaders than 10,000 titles who is 76 years founder, Sirio Maccioni. Cenedella saidold, hedelights still dines at the end of June 2017. positions. He said it might two spewing nuclear reactors. cated from his longtime stu- by more than 2,000 authors, in being andecades art-world outcast. Two decades later, Mr. Mr. Two later, there free of charge. 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ART FLICK: THE LIFE AND WORK OF ROBERT CENEDELLA GETS NEW PERSPECTIVE IN A FILM OPENING FRIDAY.
ART FLICK: The life and work of Robert Cenedella gets new perspective in a film opening Friday. A21
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This tribute to a marvelous talent is long overdue.” - Phil Hall, THE EXAMINER
BEST FILM ABOUT ART I HAVE SEEN.” - William Wolf, WOLFENTERTAINMENTGUIDE.COM
LOVE IT INSTANTLY.” - Colin Covert, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
”A REBEL WITH A CANVAS!” “PROVOCATIVE!” - Bob Mondello, NPR
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BRATTLE STREET FILMS PRESENTS ALTARIUS SHU WILLIAM YUEKUN WU JEANETTE ENG IN “SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU” BASED ON THE SHORT STORY “BREAKING THE PIG” BY ETGAR KERET DIRECTED BY LEELILA STROGOV PRODUCED BY JESSICA KINGDON
THE FILM INDUSTRY NETWORK IS PROUD TO BE PART OF ‘THE MADRID 2016 INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL.’ MADRID INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER FESTIVAL, July 2016 - Sees the Spanish launch of The Film Industry Network (TFIN) with membership and advisory services to film makers who wish to seek film advice with regards to film structure, production set up, finance, world sales and distribution. Co-founded by Ray Davies and partner Paul Eyres along with a group of advisors from various areas of film and television expertise, TFIN continues to provide a unique support service that is currently non-existent outside a handful of exclusive producer representatives worldwide. “IT’S NOT WHAT YOU KNOW – IT’S WHO YOU KNOW THAT MATTERS” TFIN exists because we have a strong proven working knowledge of this intricate and complicated industry - ‘we know how it works’ and ‘we know how to work it to help clients succeed’ - says Ray Davies of TFIN. TFIN are extremely proud to have available to members access to an extensive list of additional dedicated services and resources essential to satisfy the various and often complicated steps required for any project to reach fruition. These in-house services and ‘Go-To’ relationships built by our team over many decades complete the necessary stages of process and development ordinarily outside the scope of knowledge and certainly beyond normal access of anyone without extensive experience and contacts. We have extensive in-house skills and experience and solid ‘Go-To’ associate agreements in place with leading global resources specifically to ensure we cover every base with total confidence to help members achieve whatever the requirement. Membership packages are bespoke, ranging from basic support to fully comprehensive. Running across the annual festival circuit, each tailored to a client’s individual needs and structured to provide privileged access to industry mentors. With links to knowledge, experience and seasoned connections to help steer you clear of the industry rocks, it should help to avoid making mistakes that could damage real opportunity.
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THE ROAD TO HOPE The sequel to the critically acclaimed Okuyamba film, Road To Hope is a powerful documentary that provides the world with a gateway into the everyday challenges that poverty stricken orphans have to face. Filmed over three and a half weeks in Africa and produced by Hospice Foundation COO Mike Wargo, the footage shows children in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan as they begin to reestablish their lives. In this interview we talk to Mike Wargo to find out more about the director himself and his documentary, Road To Hope. HOW DID YOU GET BACK INTO FILMMAKING? In 2010, I actually had the opportunity to make the Okuyamba documentary working with the Hospice Foundation, that’s how I got back into it. When we showed this film to different audiences the question that always seemed to come up was: “What happens to these children after their parents die?” We didn’t have any idea that we would be making a follow up film until we kept hearing this question; it prompted us to figure it out. Road To Hope has been a really interesting project because it has involved so many people from so many different places around the world -- it’s been a lot of fun to do. HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THE PROJECT AS A WHOLE? When I began my banking career the senior banking team encouraged involvement in different organisations; they really believed in giving back to our communities. One of the organisations I got involved with was Center for Hospice Care and then was involved in helping to start the Hospice Foundation in 2007.
DO YOU FEEL THAT HIS HAPPENED AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME? I feel that if this had come at an earlier time in my life I would not have been able to do what I’ve been doing, because I just wouldn’t have had the sum total of experiences that have provided me with the opportunities I currently have. More importantly I wouldn’t have had the correct attitude, I always joke I know less today than I did when I was at college because when I got out of college I knew everything. The further away I get from being 22 and naive the more I appreciate people and experiences and it’s just helped me to do a better job at whatever it is I’m doing at the time.
DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE THAT YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW THAT YOU’VE FINISHED ROAD TO HOPE? I have a couple of things I’m exploring; one relates to a program called The After Imagine Arts Counseling Program where we work with bereaved clients. The clients come in and create a piece of work or art in about two hours and then come back a week later to process the image and then move on and create another piece, it’s interesting to see the evolution in their minds and how they’ve learnt to cope and accept what has happened in their lives. It would be interesting to follow someone’s journey as they deal with the loss of someone very close to them, maybe even going so far to go out to their homes to see how they cope outside of the art studio and how they engage their families. Perhaps we’ll follow two or three stories with different aspects or situations and we can follow that through to put together a film that really helps people understand the power of art and the power of good solid bereavement counseling. I’ve got another project in mind, nothing to do with documentary but will be fun to do, a short film, a silent movie, black and white and colour, that’s just the beginning set up of it. Stay tuned. HOW DO YOU RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM THE DIFFICULT SITUATIONS THAT YOU SEE? There are times that aren’t that easy. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful family. For a few years I coached my sons’ baseball team and that kept me very busy, that always managed to take my mind off of my work in a positive way because I was able to spend time with him and young people who were full of excitement, who didn’t maybe yet understand that there are a lot of bad things going on out there in the world so it was a great outlet for me. roadtohopefilm.org Run Time 71 Mins
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One of the things we were starting to do was get involved with other organisations in our community that further advanced our mission, so one of the goals for our foundation was to raise money not only for the hospice but to support other worthy causes. We established a partnership with The Foundation For Hospices In Sub Saharan Africa in 2008 which lead me back into filmmaking. To have been given the opportunity to work with such wonderful people and to be able to document their stories and get them out for the world to consume and understand what they’re doing, which are wonderful things, I feel very blessed.
SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU Filmmaker: Leelila Strogov
Broadcast journalist and first-time filmmaker Leelila Strogov adapted Etgar Keret’s short story “Breaking the Pig,” into the short film, “Someone Good Will Find You.” This reimagined version of the story is set in New York City and centers on a well-intended Chinese immigrant father who sees an opportunity to teach his son the values he believes will help him succeed in America. As a mother of two young children, Strogov was drawn by the idea that the lessons parents try to teach their children are often eclipsed by the lessons children learn on their own. WHAT ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO ADAPT IT FOR FILM? There was something intriguing about the starkness with which Etgar Keret’s story contrasted the naiveté of a young boy against his more “experienced” parent. Children have a miraculous ability to see things as they really are or should be, something many of us manage to un-learn somewhere along the road to adulthood. I wanted to explore that.
WHEN ADAPTING THE STORY FOR FILM, HOW DID YOU COME TO SET IT IN NEW YORK CITY AND REIMAGINE THE FAMILY AS CHINESE IMMIGRANTS? I was born in New York City. I lived in Israel for a year as a teenager and speak fluent Hebrew. But I also later met my Chinese-American husband in college, at MIT, and came to learn about an entirely different culture through his extended family. By taking an Israeli fable and turning it into a Chinese immigrant family’s story in New York City, I was able to merge my connection with two cultures, and a city that is an icon of capitalism, to explore different interpretations of what it means to be successful and find meaning. THIS IS YOUR FIRST FILM. WHAT MOST SURPRISED YOU ABOUT THE PROCESS? WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED FROM THE PROCESS? What most surprised me is that it actually came together. What I learned is that to make a film you have to have to be either ignorant or courageous (or both). I tricked myself into thinking making this film would be easy in order to face and overcome the difficulties I knew deep down would be inevitable and immense. I’m convinced that this is how all first films are made: You jump in, and then just when you think you’re about to drown, you find yourself learning how to swim.
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IMAGES FEATURED ON THIS PAGE ARE TAKEN FROM THE FILM “SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU”.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR BACKGROUND IN JOURNALISM PREPARED YOU AS A STORY-TELLER/ FILMMAKER? There is a grammar to telling a story in pictures that I certainly learned as a broadcast journalist. That said, I also realized how underprepared I was. In television news, you’re essentially working with a small Swiss army knife – you’ve got your cameraperson, yourself, the talent, so to speak – the writer, producer and reporter – and then your editor, who helps you put together your story in a way that visually works. In film, that’s just the skeleton. You have to worry about lighting, actors, continuity, set design… the list is very different from anything I had encountered in news.
THE SIN OF THOSE WHO LOVE US Filmmaker: Vasco de Oliveira Here, Vasco de Oliveira, the filmmaker behind “The Sin of Those Who Love us” explains why he decided to make this compelling short film.
Growing up, my mother would always tell me that I’d have many friends and lots of relationships, but the people that I could always count on would be the members of my family. What I do find kind of ironic, is that the people who complete this circle of trust weren’t chosen by me. I can’t trade them, or stop being part of their family. Even if we become estranged, we will always be family. Being curious about this subject, I created the original concept of The Sin of Those Who Love Us: a tragedy that would befall a family, whose members would be extreme opposites, and we would see them come together, with all their differences, to solve this. When tragedy strikes us, we have a need to find a meaning, be it facts or beliefs, and that’s what I found interesting having a contrast between science and religion. And the story started to unfold in front of me: a girl who had a condition that could be explained by both religion and science.
THE IMAGES IN THIS SECTION WERE TAKEN FROM THE FILM ”THE SIN OF THOSE WHO LOVE US”.
The religion would be represented by her religious parents who needed a higher answer when all else failed; and science by the estranged homosexual son who had ran away from home after his parents failed to understand, or accept, his sexuality.
As the family searches for the answer to the girl’s condition, the film is conceived as an exploration of the different ways people love one another and how inadvertently they might end up hurting each other, that being the sin of those who love us. Because even though sin refers to a violation of God’s will, outside of religion, what one perceives as sin will change according to their morals. Finally, the film ends up being deliberately ambiguous, because I feel that the audience needs to explore their own ideals, their own beliefs, and try to make up their own answer. Even though it was a risky concept, I thought it would be good for a first film, because it allowed me as a director to explore distinct approaches to connect the audience emotionally to these characters, while letting me work with the actors right to their core to explore raw human emotions, thus making it a very difficult casting process and I was very fortunate to get to work with such a talented cast. This is Nuno Melo’s last film, since he died of cancer in June 2015, whilst the film was in post-production. He never watched the finished film, “which is one of the things I most regret” says Vasco, “but it was an honour to have this opportunity to work with him.”
The film was shot in five intensive days, including rehearsals and the rain scene, which took the co-ordination of the whole cast and crew of 21, plus the Firemen. All the cast and crew worked pro-bono on the film, since it is difficult to get support for independent films in Portugal. The film was nominated in the Nice Festival for: Best Foreign Short, Best Editing in a Foreign Film, Best Lead Actor in a Foreign Film (Hugo Tavares) and Best Supporting Actress in a Foreign Film (Elisabete Piecho). And, has also been nominated at the Madrid International Film Festival.
It has already won five awards: Best Actress (Margarida Moreira), Best Director (Vasco de Oliveira) and Best Cinematography (Pedro Bessa) in LAIFFA, Platinum Award at the Fameus International Film Festival and a Remi Award at Worldfest Houston.
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The Lady from Satsuma
The story begins when Reiko is united with some former suicide pilots after they suddenly visit her one day.
The debut feature film from Oliver Guy-Watkins, Always In The Present is the story of six individuals whose lives have been shaken by the disappearance of their friend, the writer Cass Horsely, after a number of detrimental articles were published about him. Satudarah, the Dutch motor club that appears frequently in the news because of alleged criminal activities, is also a secret world full of rituals en codes. Within this world ‘classical’ ideals like virility, brotherhood, loyalty, courage and spirituality have a high value.
93 minutes 83 minutes 98 minutes 101 minutes 71 minutes 86 minutes
An ambitious, driven young man with a history of violence and substance abuse falsely enlist in the US Navy to become a SEAL without telling the Navy about his background and arrest record.
Mickey, Voltaire, and K.O are twenty-five. Mickey works at the butcher’s shop. Voltaire’s a con man in training. K.O fancies himself a boxer. All three have decided to stop eating pasta and skip town. But that’s where things get complicated: when you want something, you got to go get it. Vishal who is a young Indian student lives in Vilnius with his Lithuanian wife Agne is now obliged to scatter his father’s ashes into a river based on his Hindu tradition but this practise is prohibited In Lithuania both by the Catholic Church and the Law.
Based on true story. Professor of Genetics Boris Mniszech is a beloved husband and father. On his way to work, he gives a lift to a pregnant woman and drives her fast to the nearest maternity hospital. From that moment on, his life will change completely. Jack, having lost his car in an airport car park, meets Maya in the same predicament. Stuck together at the Help Point, Jack can’t resist trying to charm Maya, who in turn starts to confide in him. But a sudden interruption means the relationship doesn’t quite work out as planned. In a well-appointed kitchen in Chico, California, two adventurous home cooks have dreamed up a funny and fearless television series, Making It with Moraes®, documenting their real-life culinary exploits tackling new recipes each week with no advance preparation.
20 minutes 19 minutes
30 minutes 13 minutes 28 minutes
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Having lost custody of her six year-old son, a young Japanese woman has four days to say goodbye to him on-board a yacht belonging to her western ex-husband’s wealthy family.
In the Jilin Past Stories Speech Competition in Beihua University, two students tell their personal stories separately, unexpectedly finding out that the seemingly different stories actually come from one love story.
Ali’ens in USA
ALI’ENS IN USA is the story of ALI, a young Somali refugee who has been travelling illegally around the World for 4 years.
A new-born Indian baby… An age-old horror practice
A popular crime novelist’s wife is murdered and he is then interrogated by the Crime Branch special investigation officer.
Living in an insular farming community, Sal Damon, a modern-day Thoreau, seeks solace from a past relationship in Appalachia. After his neighbor dies and he discovers a feral child living on the lam, he must reconcile his place in a world that lives outside of the law.
The Caravan Film
An inside look aboard The Caravan where adventurers young and old grapple with route-finding, mother nature and group dynamics in an epic horse-drawn experience across America.
A tale of betrayal and greed between 3 friends set against the backdrop of the boom and bust brooklyn real estate market.
Chris, lost in his late twenties and scrambling to find a sense of identity, returns home to small town Texas when he learns that his mother died. As he confronts the family, friends, life and love he abandoned, Chris must finally come to terms with his decision to run and try to take control of his own future.
The Garden of Hope
The film is grounded in typical provincial life and looks at the energy, problems, hopes and loves of young people in the town. The film’s unexpected optimism is defined by the contrast between humour and sadness.
Once upon a time in New Orleans Louisiana, Jordon and Greg find themselves stuck in an old church along with a loaf of bread and some chairs. A little bit empty and suffering from self-deceit, they tease, torment and prey on one another.
In a world without time and identity, Andrew, a young ex cop beset by his own nightmares, and his dependence by alcohol, is hunting a dangerous criminal known as “The Barbie Killer”, so called because he usually leave a Barbie doll next to the drowned bodies of his victims.
On a Monday morning gone wrong, a creative mother of a hectic family, and corporate manager, is challenged to pitch a big contract to her company. After overcoming hilarious obstacles before work, she discovers the support she needs for success has been there all along.
A clone worker is forced to chose between the woman he loves and the reason for which he was created in this stylish dystopian sci -fi short.
A Tree in the Sea
The last traditional fisherman of Fujairah fishes illegally in a marine reserve to keep a promise he made 65 years earlier.
The Northern Lights - A Magic Experience
The 25 minute documentary takes you on a breathtaking journey through space.
A recently divorced family, comprised of a mother, father, and little girl, struggles to assimilate to their new lives. The girl, Abigail, resorts to surprising alternative methods to cope.
Jessica California USA
A young girl who dreams of moving to a bigger city faces a difficult choice of where to go as life is about to change in her small town.
Jesus H. Heist
When a group of slacker PA’s are fired from their minimum-wage jobs on a big-budget heist movie, they come up with 118 minutes a plot to reenact the script and rob the actual production. In other words, they’re going to heist a heist movie.
Still Alive - The Bar Boon Band Story
Under the bridge of the Milan Central Station, under the noise of the trains, there is a homeless music band who play and sing their life. This is their story.
David’s portrait is a drama that tells the story of David a 9 year old boy with Down syndrome, this condition leads him to be rejected by some children but even worse by his father.
Artisans Art -- First Portait
The first portrait of the contemporary artists artists who are also craftspeople, with knowledge inherited from the wealth of the past.
Susana moved from León to Madrid and she now works at a consultancy. During her journeys to work by the Metro, she befriends a stranger.
Flory’s Flame interweaves the life story of this 90-year old legendary Sephardic National Heritage Fellow musician raised in Bosnia and Croatia with her September 2013 Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress.
UNA ULTIMA Y NOS VAMOS
The Mariachi group, Tierras Rojas, leave their small town for the first time to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Martin Cole, a lonely 10 year old boy becomes enamored with his neighbor, Lisa. One evening, Martin witnesses her brutal murder and his life changes forever.
Lilia, A Tunisian Girl
Lilia is a girl whose beauty is irresistible and bewitching, an uncommon beauty that gives her a seductive power which she uses and takes advantage of with impunity until one day she falls madly in love with her alter ego. What she does not know is that her dream will turn into a nightmare, a nightmare littered with corpses..
Driving While Black
Driving While Black is a dark comedy, based on the police experiences of a black kid From LA.
Based on August Strindberg’s 1888 play, “Creditors” is a modern re-telling of Strindberg’s story of love, betrayal, revenge and psychological manipulation, which he considered to be his one true masterpiece.
The film tells the story of a young man and his pursuit of true happiness in the modern world.
Kuiba: The Dragon Spirit III
After Manji, Master Man, Xue Lun, and Goddess Jingxin survived the fierce battle at Yuan Yang Jie, they continue to send forces to suppress “Kuiba”, the universal evil.
This is the story of the ones, who were vanished; forced to go away; stayed; arrived. The story is about a city that was deserted and crowded at the same time…
Blue Collar Boys
Under The Skin Of Design
A film about ornament, fashion, conflict and maths, featuring world renowned theorist Charles Jencks and the work of Foreign Office Architects.
STROHALM addresses the taboo of talking about suicidal thoughts. Why is this so complicated, and what happens when you open up about it?
Green Giants shares the in-depth stories of emerging environmentally friendly companies that will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and encourage all businesses to join the green revolution or face extinction.
Made of Sugar
A nostalgic portrait of a Cuban-American family’s evolving cultural heritage.
It Has To Be You
One night at the Lindenwood Diner, three shots ring out. Six people. One crime. Everyone has their own perspective.
A traditional Kuwaiti girl seeking life beyond her society, to achieve her ambitions and dreams in the modern era, to sing, to dance, and to flourish. We don’t know for sure if it’s a dream or reality. Entertainment and Humor.
Make Him Talk
Johnny Ace know something... what will it take to Make Him Talk
Where Love clashes with Duty, that’s where we find Marley, a female assassin who has fallen in love with a man who delivers and determines her next targets. And today, that target is her.
This is my life every morning.
José Ferrando, also known as ‘Mr. Satan’, discusses politics, world issues and his Genovese heritage while watching a soccer game at his local drugstore.
Separated from her husband Wonseok who is fighting on the front lines of the Korean War, an eighteen-year old Okja is an illiterate young wife trying her very best to raise their 5 month old baby all alone.
Based on real events.Trapped and tortured inside a Phoenix ‘Drop House’ after being captured in the Arizona desert, a group of helpless, illegal migrants must unite and find a way to escape the violent Human Kidnapping Ring holding them hostage.
When the recently-divorced Claire returns to the isolated Appalachian-mountain town of her youth, she reconnects with her brilliant but troubled brother Daniel.
We Will Part
Two young strangers are thrown together at a country cottage during a moment when both have put their lives on pause.
A documentary that follows Illinois collector John Zimmer, who after 60+ years of collecting, auctions off his barn full of rare antiques including a pristine Ford Model T and rare motorcycles, one being a extraordinary 1914 Sears motorcycle.
In an enchanted world, a young girl is walking and singing while playing her ukulele. Heedless of the outside world, she does not pay attention to the approaching threat. Her own shadow starts to come alive and to chase her.
Perdedor de perdedores - Loser Losers
A young executive becomes the focus of a federal investigation after loosing all his government contacts.
After losing an aging but top client at the most powerful talent agency in town, two desperate agents see a young vulnerable actress as the last chance they have to save their jobs.
Margaret’s a lonely old lady who visits a train station each day. Why is she there?
From time immemorial, human beings have sought after truth. The truth of life , death, and afterlife ...
When the new girl in town joins a spontaneous bachelorette celebration, it turns from a wild night out to a dangerous one.
Hero Jackson, fraternity brother and super douche, passes out one night in a graveyard only to awaken the next morning surrounded by teddy bears and wearing a pink nightgown.
Jakub and Ilona have known each other since their childhood and they are now meeting after a long time in their hometown. Because she is spontaneous and he is bored, together they set off on a journey to an unknown destination in an old red Ford. Tired of the daily grind, construction worker Charlie “Red” Redkin and his lifelong friends are fed up with the fight for money. When ruthless developer Gene and his greedy son Ira force the construction business run by Red’s father, Senior, into debt, desperation and rage twist into a relentless need for revenge.
88 minutes 90 minutes 50 minutes
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A Dark mystery full of suspense and tension that leaves you breathless. Touches of ‘Lynch’ and ‘Kafka’ make EMULSION a mind warping experience with a surprise ending.
Love Meet Hope
A grandfather’s love stories enlighten a jaded man and a moonstruck girl about the realities of love.
The India Space Opera
A kaleidoscopic journey into the complex nation called India.
Is the American Dream exactly that: a dream? Nine young Americans share their hopes for the future and the challenges they face.
Spirit of the Bull
This is a story of an epic bullfight and a legendary bull known as El Toron. In the event of this his death his entire bloodline has won their freedom. They escaped captivity in the late 1930’s only to re-establish high in the mountains of Mexico’s interior.
Gene Timbault, a corporate executive, is engaged in the deal of a lifetime, but learns he has an incurable disease. In an escape to the jungles of Central America he finds that all may not be lost.
Two Hearts as One
A look inside the story of two newlyweds who are parted from each other and spend the next half-century of their lives 126 minutes trying to reunite.
A week after the death of her husband, Silvia moved with her daughter, María, to Madrid to be closer to the set where María works as an actress.
The Invisible World
Searching the spiritual realm for undiscovered images, a dogged artist battles contemporary tastes and the constant risk of failure.
Goorrandalng: Brolga Dreaming
Granny Sheba Dignari travels to Miriwoong country in Northern Australia’s Keep River National Park to teach some kids a song for country about the brolga.
A man living in New York City, fights against depression after going through a loss. How can you keep living after losing the thing you loved the most.
Journey of a man through a trackline.
Someone Good Will Find You
Inspired by a short story from award-winning Israeli author Etgar Keret, Someone Good Will Find You is the story of a boy who learns an unintended lesson when his immigrant father attempts to teach him the value of money by giving him a piggy bank.
An emotionally numb garbage collector gets increasingly infatuated by a troubled actress who has moved into the apartment building where he works.
The Man From Death
A poor, dumb sap, Elijah Stryder and his wife, Mrs. Stryder, are attacked by the nefarious Ailester Hall and left for dead in the wild wild west.
Taking Care of Ruth
Although three years have past since her husband passed away, Ruth has not got used to living alone, nor can she stand the carers that her daughter Clara has hired to look after her. One morning, Ruth sacks her carer: Clara is going to live with her for a while.
A fairytale world where Aisha inherits her mother’s curse and is forced to dance for the Ghoul to protect her father.
Silhouette Secrets is a one-hour TV documentary in which a modern-day silhouette artist takes a journey back in time to explore the history of his shadowy art, asking the question “Where did it come from?”.
The Eighth Step
Seven steps to complete an artwork. At the eighth, continue your walk.
The Coup is a film that shows the fear of a possible coup in Brazil, shown in a way that is encouraged by the television media and newspapers, it is a possible coup of the Brazilian right against democracy.
A short documentary about FGM and its problems in Iraq.
A married couple’s difficulty potty training their reluctant 4-year-old puts a strain on their marriage... and their social lives.
A trans-woman with an appealing appearance is having a dinner date with a guy who is unaware of her biological sex.
Brix and the Bitch
Trapped in a seedy and illegal fight club, one woman’s only chance for escape is to win a gruesome brawl against the one person she refuses to harm.
Germany 1944 during World War II: The ukrainian forced labor, Valentina escapes out of the labor education Camp next to the small german village Langenzenn. Rescued by Martin and his parents she is hidden in their barn. An acid test for Martin, his family and the solidarity of the whole village.
Beyond the Shadows
Au-delà des Ombres is a short film that explores the effects bullying and familial trauma have in shaping the life of a woman and an artist.
In this creative prelude story to Superman, Lois, an ambitious young reporter deals with her uncontrollable penchant to dark sexual desires after undergoing a traumatic event.
Hush...Girls Don’t Scream
90 minutes 70 minutes 102 minutes
The Invisible Player
Professor Nari, an eminent university lecturer, is slandered by a mysterious anonymous letter “accusing” him of making a banal error in an article on the subject of betrayal.
Delil Dilanar, one of the greatest singers in Kurdistan, in the 90’s he was forced to leave his homeland and exiled in Europe. After 20 years of exile there during a concert in New York he announced his return to his roots.
Nighthawks on the Blue Highway
A film about the hardest working band in America.
The Miller Prediction
An American veteran travels to the Middle East searching for peace after suffering the horrors of the Civil War and the ridicule of his peers over his ‘Crazy uncle William’s prediction’ that the world would end in 1844.
Pirates of Sale
Daring to Dream: art and taboo in Morocco’s first circus school.
A group of eccentric tenants’ lives are turned upside down when their beloved apartment complex is suddenly sold out from under them.
Bernie and Rebecca
A Blind Date Turns into the Experience of a Lifetime.
The bar looks like something different in the City of Tokyo. I felt as if I was called to the scent of the place. I saw only Umeshu and the location on its menu
Beyond the Bridge
Denial won’t end the nightmare --- After two years abroad, art student MARLA SINGER returns to her empty family house to overlook its selling. Her parents died in a car accident and she wants to say goodbye to her past. But a party with old friends and a mysterious drug send her to a bizarre nightmare, from which she seemingly never awakes again...
Food Truck: The Movie
Food trucks roll out tasty treats in urban centers around the world, impacting economies, creating new culinary cultures, and changing lives.
Just Like in the Movies
After finding out that his girlfriend cheated on him under his own Star Wars bed sheets, Nico decides to reunite with his true love: the cinema.
A story of the Afghan Security Unit that was built to eliminate anarchy.
LIAISONS is a modern dramedy, telling the story of the affairs and relations within a family and beyond; the ongoing search for love and the various ways of getting it today.
For three friends, the perfect plan to escape communism leads to results they could have predicted.
After a home invasion goes terribly wrong, Oscar tries to help the girl whose life he helped to ruin.
What is art and how does it relate to society. Is its value determined by its popularity or originality. Is the goal profit or expressing one’s personal vision? These are some of the questions raised as we follow fiercely independent New York artist Robert Cenedella in his artistic journey through decades of struggling for creative expression.
PANEL TALK WITH PROFESSIONNALS
Maud, Adrien and Johan are three teenagers living in a port town in the south of France. During one of those endless summer days, the wandering of this love triangle will lead them to cross that invisible barrier that separates theinnocence of childhood to cynicism of the adult world.
OCCUPY ME is about the insidious way outside issues can seep into our interpersonal relationships and invade and cloud our perceptions until love is replaced by anger, truth is pushed out by fear, and potential is destroyed by the past.
The Game Of Las Vegas
A story of a family’s late-night strolls across the city of Kuala Lumpur, in search for the limelight of ‘Las Vegas’.
After his girlfriend breaks up with him, Yotam devotes his time to finding new tenants for their once shared apartment he must now leave. He soon discovers that this isn’t a simple matter at all.
Valentina is a luthier and artisan, the greatest heart builder in the world. On this day she has to rush to get to Salvador, and save the love of her life.
An iconic fighter slips into mania when he rejects his power.
Jungle Girl is the story of a vegetarian who survives in the Jungle all on her own.
The Child and the Dead
A modern gothic fable set in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.
Long Way Down
A Barrister is driven to the edge of self-destruction after losing his only daughter, whilst a politically incorrect Angel is sent to spare his life.
Sekyu (The Guard) is a story of a man’s struggle to be right when everything around him is wrong
Athens, Greece. An unemployed youth desperate to help his best friend fight cancer secretly decides to become a criminal to pay for the treatments.
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Vertical Slum, a 50-minute video documentary, explores how architecture reflects ideology. It uses the Confinanzas Tower, also known as the Torre David, in Caracas, Venezuela as a case study of the huge social, economic and political changes of the past three decades of Venezuelan history.
Life on a Leash
This is a show about a 26 year old sassy journalist from Alabama now working in New York City and how she discovers the world of dog parks and their unique, heartwarming and humorous environment
Love and Faith
A comedy about two young adults who explore what it takes to fall in love in the present, a time where true love seems to be extinct.
When a friendship between a man and two women becomes too intimate to share a bed between them.
Black Knight Decoded
Black Knight Decoded, an epic short film that imagines a rich narrative around what some people believe is a very real entity, the Black Knight satellite.
Another Life is a portrait of two young women over a single day, whose lives are interconnected by the story that one of them is writing.
Trouble on Wheels
After the death of his wife and father, Kudret, who has always lived by the book, decides to go on a road trip to save a girl.
NETWORK TALK WITH PROFESSIONNALS
Hitching a Ride on Entropy
New Year’s Eve
The Healing of Heather Garden
The Last Colony
Puerto Rico is the last and oldest colony in the world and colonialism is undemocratic. What will be Puerto Rico’s ultimate political status?
Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope
“Adolfo Perez Esquivel: Rivers of Hope” tells the story of an activist of unparalleled determination, 1980 Nobel Peace Laureate, Adolfo Perez Esquivel of Argentina.
Carlos Dunn’s Katherine (2015)
A sadistic serial killer who is a member of a secret cell of the Vatican takes a contract to kill a young woman, the only problem is the girl’s new boyfriend is in the way and he is not about to let anything happen to the woman he has fallen in love with.
NETWORK TALK WITH PROFESSIONNALS
THE ANSWER is a true story of JAMES DONALD WALTERS who forsakes the worldly life to enter upon an amazing spiritual journey of self realisation.
Defenders of Life
Hidden in the hills of Southern Costa Rica, the Ngäbe indigenous community is blowing on the last flames of an ancient civilization.
Box 25 surveys the major events in the troubled relationship between Panama and the United States, however the focus are 114 recently discovered letters written by Panama Canal diggers describing brutal working conditions, rampant discrimination and enduring hopes.
Here Lies Joe
Cholai is a black comedy based on the 2011 hooch fatalities in Bengal, India. Country liquor, commonly known as ‘Cholai’ is a flourishing business in rural Bengal It is cheap and highly addictive.
No Second Take
Struggling to fulfil his dreams, looking for ways to pay his debt, and with a struggling love life on the side, Hapi painfully learns that he has to be careful in his decisions before it is too late, because there are choices one might make in this life that can never be taken back – proving the wisdom behind his father’s usual quip that sometimes there are no second takes.
Five friends – Sloth, Pomeranian, Shark, Yoyo and Shrek – while away their nights in the big city. They talk about their past fortunes, finding parallels.
DELKA: Stand-Up Tall or Fall
A young gymnast immigrates from Bulgaria to find liberation in the land of the free. On her journey Rina is adopted into a traveling Circus of psychedelic characters where she is empowered to find the ultimate freedom.
Taichi Mice: Entrance Exam
Greta’s the kind of friend who makes you text her after you get out of the shower — just in case you slipped. Kate’s the kind of friend who needs a little space. And when what seems like a casual hook-up at a Los Angeles rooftop party snowballs into something much darker, both girls must navigate the weird intensity of their friendship.
Mystic Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
Markus Eichenberger received permission to stay at the Jungfraujoch station high in the Swiss Alps, usually off limits to tourists, and recorded a time-lapse view from the top of Europe, shot over 48 hours.
No distance is too far We knew there was something bigger than just us going on- it was like the whole Universe was on our side. Only later we realized it was because of ENTROPY we ended up taking over the biggest art festival in the western hemisphere. We had created an entropic movement. On New Year’s Eve an old salesman was trying his luck in university dorms and was invited into one where a group of music students were having a birthday party. The students offered him drinks and later became interested in his products. But conversations slowly turned ugly and insult followed. Things started to get out of control. “Prepare to get worse,” Heather a once vibrant young woman is told. Soon confined to a wheelchair, Medical experts added, Your illness is incurable”. Despite a diagnosis of Progressive MS, she refuses the prognosis and sets out on a journey of hope and healing.
83 minutes 76 minutes 95 minutes 29 minutes 30 minutes
Miia reflects on her life in a hospital. Her various emotional states, which kept her trapped in an unhealthy relationship. But also her faltering steps to freedom.
8 minutes 8 minutes
Lunch in Lima
As told to the filmmaker by her mother: an elegant ladies lunch reveals the dark side of privilege with no conscience. ‘The Help’ in Peru?
Democracy in the Driver’s Seat
A short film that shocks the viewer into thinking about the democratic system - why it works and how it could easily fail.
The Soul of a Tree
The Lost Soul
How to get your soul back once you sell it? You steal someone else’s soul.
The story of a dad attempting to make his rebellious kid understand how easy his life is compared to some other kids in the world.
The Muse is the Mountain
A contemporary portrait of artisan women from Monteverde , Costa rica, captured through interviews, most of them conducted in their own surroundings, far removed from urban places.
To Russia for Love...
A man who grew up steeped in Cold War era movies believes he has stumbled upon a sinister plot unfolding in Russia and takes it upon himself to foil it.
After moving away and being out of touch for two years since high school graduation, three girls who were once best friends, reunite over a weekend to discover what made them drift apart and just how much they’ve changed since they last saw each other. Rohan Kapoor is a restauranteur, who once heartbroken is searching for love to heal. Mia is a fashion journalist looking for a good interview which will help her get recognized. Their meeting was brief, the passion electric, the moments a memory.
17 minutes 66 minutes
The stunning discovery of the lost letters of Anne Frank’s father, Otto reveal an unknown chapter of their family’s life.
A story of friendship that started during World War II between a Japanese soldier and a Filipino family...
The Left Behind
Three boarding school students fight to understand the tragic and ambiguous suicide of their closest friend, Finn.
Swim to Africa
6 swimmers from around the globe attempt to swim from Europe to Africa.
Don’t Let Me Go
A dark and twisted modern day fable.
That Little One is Everything to Me
That little one is everything to me’ is the gripping story of a young mother who struggles with live.
The Weekend Sailor
In 1973, with almost no experience, Mexican captain Ramon Carlin raced against the superstars of sailing in a 9 month deadly round the world regatta winning the overall prize.
Silence after the storm
In midst of an existential threat to the indigenous Assyrians by ISIS, the filmmaker travels back to his ancestral homeland, Syria, on a journey of nostalgia and discovery.
Faded film actress Jade Preston plans her return to the limelight after scheduling an experimental procedure to replace her aged skin
This Side of Her
We Want You to Live
WE WANT YOU TO LIVE is the character driven tale of one community’s fight for survival against Ebola.
Dead Hands Dig Deep
While living in complete isolation in the desert of southern California, a long forgotten shock-rock musician reflects on his dark past of drug abuse, violence, and self destruction.
“The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz
Facing deportation, a young man desperately seeks money from a loan shark to pay for his fraudulent marriage.
45 minutes 98 minutes
Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo.
World famous woodworker George Nakashima’s path crosses twice with a man in Eden, Idaho named Bill Vaughn: once when George was interned during World War II... and decades later, when Bill picked up the book ‘The Soul of a Tree’... A coming-of-age story about a tough and troubled little girl who runs away from her self-obsessed father and, in the vast and colorful New England woods, develops a close friendship with an older man who is easily terrified, but who is also the first truly loving person she has ever met.
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The 7th edition of Film The Magazine, printed in conjunction with the Madrid International Film Festival 2016.