Short Film: SILHOUETTE OF A STORM – BENT TREET, USA, 4min., Dance

silhouette_of_a_storm.jpgSaxophonist and multimedia artist Nick Zoulek fuses all of his creative endeavors, serving as performer (bass saxophone), composer, producer, director, cine- matographer, and engineer, in order to fulfill his artistic vision.
Silhouette of a Storm-Bent Tree begins broken and torn, seek- ing redemption. The piece derives its title from the quote, “why is it that the silhouette of a storm-bent leafless tree against an evening sky in winter is perceived as beautiful… the answer seems to me…to follow from new insights into dynamical systems. Our feeling for beauty is inspired by the harmonious arrangement of order and disorder as it occors in natural objects.” Dancer and choreographer Nicole Spence navigates this order and disorder as she embodies the raw, meditative nature of the work.

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Short Film: DUEL CITIZEN, 9min., USA, Experimental

An Iranian immigrant confronts his American self.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    تضاد هويتى
  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 44 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director BIOS: Amie Dowling and Austin Forbord (SEPARATE SENTENCES)

Director Biography – Amie Dowling, Austin Forbord

Amie Dowling creates dance and theater for the stage, for film and in community settings. For the past 17 years, her work has considered the politics and representation of mass incarceration. Well Contested Sites, a collaboration Austin Forbord and Bay Area artists, some of who were previously incarcerated, won the 2013 International Screendance film prize. Her work has been presented internationally at such venues as Busboys & Poets (Washington D.C.), Lincoln Center (NYC), Regards Hybrides (Canada), Cinéma Jean-Eustache (France), Passangen Art Gallery (Sweden), and the Juming Museum (Taiwan). Amie is an artist in residence in the San Francisco Jails and San Quentin Prison where she is a member of the Artistic Ensemble, http://www.aesq.info/. She is an Associate Professor in the Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco.

Austin Forbord is a video artist, filmmaker, and choreographer. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work in each of these fields including an Emmy nomination and a Documentary of the Year award from the California Film Awards in 2013 for the documentary film Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco; an Isadora Duncun Award nomination for performance in 2001, visual design in 2003 and the award in 2006 for his design contribution to Deborah Slater’s House of Memoires; and the Jury prize at ADF’s 2013 International Screen Dance Festival for his short dance film Well Contested Sites. Austin has performed with a diverse group of San Francisco based companies including his own companies Rapt and AWD, as well as Scott Wells & Dancers, On-Site Dance Co, Kunst-Stoff and Sara Shelton Mann/Contraband. He has created media designs for performances by Opera Parallele, Asolo Rep, Joe Goode Performance Group, Robert Moses’ Kin, Sara Shelton Mann /Contraband, Stephen Pelton, Erling Wold, Liss Fain Dance, Kunst-Stoff and Motion-Lab. San Francisco Classical Voice described his video design for three of Opera Parallele’s shows as “some of the best I’ve seen anywhere for opera.” He is responsible for the critically acclaimed full-length documentary film, Artists in Exile: A Story of Modern Dance in San Francisco which was the Documentary of the Year at ADF’s 2000 International Screen Dance Festival. His film Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco commissioned by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation was featured at the 2011 Mill Valley Film Festival among many others and had its broadcast premiere on PBS.

Short Film: SEPARATE SENTENCES, 15min., USA, Experimental

Incarceration is not a single or discrete event, but a dynamic process that unfolds over time and affects families for generations. Separate Sentence (2016) is a 15-minute dance/theater film that draws upon individual experiences and physical memories of a cast comprised of Bay Area artists– some of whom are fathers or sons who have experienced incarceration. The film was shot throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    105,249 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4k
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color

Short Film: SARAVA, 3min., Brazil, Music Video

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A music video for music SARAVÁ from Funk Buia & Arcanjo Ras feat. Paula Pretta. Produced by Pitchô Z’África Brazil.

  • Film Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Culture, Afro
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Brazil
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Film Language:
    Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Shinya Isobe (FOR REST)

Director Biography – Shinya isobe

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Born in Yokohama City in 1982. Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University’s graduate school in 2007. Graduated from the 33rd class of the Image Forum Institute of the Moving Image. Major works include dance (2009) and EDEN (2011).

Short Film: FOR REST, 16min., Japan, Experimental

For rest 2A feast is laid out on a table nestled among the roots of a tree in a forest. In a 16mm time-lapse the food gradually rots. Watching this time pass, our imagination conjures images of various things, including death, and spins its own tales until eventually, as the table becomes a mound of grass and new shoots begin to grow, while being struck and shaken by the mystical nature of time we come to embrace the rebirth of hope.
A drama by time lapse expressing the suicide body in the forest.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,000,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:1.33
  • Film Color:
    Color
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