HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental, Music & Dance Festival – August 4, 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: GO BANANAS
BEST DANCE FILM: HALF A MAN
BEST MUSIC FILM: IN THE SAME DIRECTION: JEFF PIFHER & SOCRATES’ TRIAL
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: WHILE SHE WAITS
BEST PERFORMANCES: LIKE HOLY WINE
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: SMOKE FOR THE CLOUDS

Theme of night: Unique surroundings

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterWHILE SHE WAITS, 10min. Netherlands, Dance

festival posterHALF LIGHT, 8min., USA, Dance

festival posterLIKE HOLY WINE, 11min., USA, Dance

festival posterKATIE GATELY: WALTZ, 5min., USA, Dance

festival posterIN SEARCH OF LOST TIME, 7min., USA, Dance

festival posterTHE NEXT STOP, 5min., UK, Dance

festival posterHALF A MAN, 3min., UK, Dance

festival posterGOLDEN, 8min., USA, Dance

festival posterGO BANANAS, 3min., Russia, Music

festival posterDOJO, 4min., France, Music

festival posterUNEXPLAINABLE SUBSTANCE, 5min., Ukraine, Music

festival posterTHE FIDDLE PLAYER, 10min., USA, Music/Drama

festival posterLOST, 3min., USA, Music/Dance

festival posterIN THE SAME DIRECTION: JEFF PIFHER & SOCRATES’ TRIAL, 17min., USA, Music

festival posterAVOIDANCE, 7min., USA, Dance/Music

festival posterSMOKE FOR THE CLOUDS, 6min., Belgium, Music

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

Black Stains Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

BLACK STAINS, 14min, USA, Experimental/Dance

Directed by Tiffany Rhynard

Black Stains addresses the systemic pattern of racial profiling by the police. Inspired by the personal experiences of choreographer Trent D. Williams, Jr., the film illustrates the reality of being black in the United States. Through interviews with men of varying ages and robust athletic dancing, the film persistently asks the question: why do we not see black men as human?

When Earth Took A Breath Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

WHEN EARTH TOOK A BREATH, 5min., USA, Music

Directed by Lambert Grand

Ora The Molecule’s “When Earth Took A Breath (Are You There?)” depicts our relationship with the natural world. Filmed with a full spectrum camera, plants and trees appear in unfamiliar colours – the sea of red pulsating like alarm bells as we’re reminded of our planet’s climate and biodiversity emergency.

Monoh – with Attitude Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

MONOH – With Attitude, 4min., Germany, Music

Directed by Jan Sommer

A visual journey through space, nature and the mind. The music video for MONOH’s new single With Attitude.

Strut – 1980s Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

STRUT – 1980s, 5min., USA, Music

Directed by Tim Cash

Pierre’s prized pink flamingo has been brazenly pickpocketed! The shocking crime has led to a phone call to the FBI (Flamingo Bureau of Investigation) & the search is on. The situation grows so dire that the Pink Ninja is called to duty! ‘Strut – 1980s’, directed by Tim Cash, is the lead single off Pennan Brae’s 5th release, ‘Gravity – The Astronot’. The track is mixed by producers Kirk Kelsey & Eric Alexandrakis & mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Grammy Award-winning engineer Sean Magee. Filmed In Central Oregon with music recorded in Vancouver, BC.

American Quartet Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

AMERICAN QUARTET, 9min., USA, Music

Directed by Jesca Prudencio

In a 2030s small town bitterly divided over who belongs, a young Muslim-American woman puts herself at risk when she shares her private, digitized memories with strangers, challenging the status quo in the hope that empathy will triumph over hate.

Agoria – Call of the Wild Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

Agoria – Call of the Wild, 5min., France, Music

Directed by Loïc Andrieu

Throughout a cinematic video, director Loïc ANDRIEU introduces a new female hero high-concept. It features Jane, an enigmatic L.A.P.D officer, forced to face her Orphic power to dive into death.

Searching For Wonder Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

SEARCHING FOR WONDER, 6min., USA, Music

Directed by Greg Osei

Searching for Wonder was inspired by conversations with fellow artists who have diverse relationships to the African Diaspora. These discussions highlighted how we all feel lost in different ways, because history, slavery, colonialism & fear have left many of us feeling disconnected, searching for something we can’t fully articulate. Searching for Wonder deals with the tremendous power we have to rediscover & reimagine ourselves through our ancestors, their gods, their cultures & our interconnectedness.

Under The Waterfall Short Film, Audience FEEDBACK from July 2020 Experimental Festival

UNDER THE WATERFALL – THE AVENER, 3min., France, Music

Directed by Sebastion Caudron

This video clip shows an explosive passion between two lovers, punctuated by an elegant and a contemporary choreography in the streets of Paris where buildings are changing into real waterfalls. It is an hymn to love that uses the metaphor of water for its fluidity

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental, Music & Dance Festival – July 7, 2020

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
BEST FILM: BLACK STAINS
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: SEARCHING FOR WONDER
BEST DANCE FILM: UNDER THE WATERFALL – THE AVENGER
BEST MUSIC VIDEO: AGORIA – CALL OF THE WILD
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: WHEN EARTH TOOK A BREATH

Theme of night: Coming to terms.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterPLAY, 13min., Poland, Drama

festival posterOKAY, 3min., USA, Drama

festival posterWEEP NOT, 13min., USA, Drama

festival posterSPIRIT: A MARTIAN STORY, 10min, USA, Drama/Fantasy

festival posterTERRA BEACH, 20min, Canada, Sci-Fi/Drama

festival posterBLACK STAINS, 14min, USA, Experimental/Dance

festival posterWHEN EARTH TOOK A BREATH, 5min., USA, Music

festival posterMONOH – With Attitude, 4min., Germany, Music

festival posterSTRUT – 1980s, 5min., Australia, Music

festival posterAMERICAN QUARTET, 9min., USA, Music

festival posterAgoria – Call of the Wild, 5min., France, Music

festival posterSEARCHING FOR WONDER, 6min., USA, Music

festival posterUNDER THE WATERFALL – THE AVENGER, 3min., France, Music

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo