Short Film: OUR MEMES, 5min., Malaysia, Music Video

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Music Video:
A mash-up of various of internet memes into this music video.

Lyrics:
I still remember the day we met in the cyber world
and became online friends
Following every single bit of you
Break ups – Graduation – Vacations and even shopping
I even knew you bumped into ghosts while in the public toilet! What a surprise?

Although I have never met you in real life
But you knew all my secrets
Including my ex-boyfriend’s plastic surgery
Many strange things happened in this tiny world
It’s unbearable to recall yet it’s so special
Such wonderful memories

We used to be so naughty and unpredictable
The old days where we were so crazy and superfluous
What past is past so let’s not talk about it
All the stupidest things we did together

(That’s our precious memory on the internet)

Although it’s wild and full with tragedy
You and I, we still be a part of it
It will be our stupidest and brainless and most romantic achievement.

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Short Film: WALKSCAPE, 5min., Portugal, Experimental/Documentary

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Filmed during several walks in Lisbon as an aesthetic practice, using image processing and time-lapse techniques. An experience on the visualization of improvised music as free as the music itself.
Music by WELCOME TO SILKEBORG. Monsieur Trinité: several objects, Tiago Varela: electric piano.

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Short Film: ONE TIME, 5min., USA, Music Video

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Short music film based on the song “One Time” by Greystring is exploring “alone in the crowd” theme. The film is directed and edited by Yelena Gorn. Sound design is created by bitzone, motion graphics – by Yelena Gorn.

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Short Film: SOLDIER ONLINE, 5min., USA, Music Video

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Official music video for Old Robes (Subtle Soup Records) “Soldier Online” from the album The Spider and the Spectator.

Software Art / Realtime Cinema: generative, audio-responsive animation.

Who is the Soldier Online? A gamer, lost in their own exciting but unreal world? A drone pilot, far removed from the too-real destruction they are causing? A troll, wielding heavy words at a distance? Just a persistent brute, pushing forward despite desperate odds? Or perhaps, quite literally, a dog in heat? (On the Internet, no one knows you’re a dog…) It’s this mystery character that I animated, always running, but always fragmenting and re-forming, in a world alternately collapsing and exploding around them. The animation is generative and audio-responsive, meaning that it is not “edited” in a conventional, linear way: rather it is a piece of software that responds to the changes in the music to create an evolving visual narrative. Although you are seeing one recording of the video, in its native form it turns out differently each time it is played, influencing the narrative implications. The look of the piece takes its playful inspiration from motifs in 17th-century Chinese classical painting.

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Short Film: BODY LANGUAGE, 5min., Netherlands, Dance

2d2c8e4f6b posterThe philosophical fashion short film consists of three sceneries, in which the protagonist finds herself in three different environments, ultimately affecting the manner in which she moves her body.
The three different settings are a metaphor for fashion brands, each embodying different values and objectives, changing the body language of the protagonist.
Basic movements such as posing and walking are extended and expanded into exploratory dance movements.

Short Film: THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE, 5min., Music Documentary

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The Blessing and the Curse is the surprising and inspiring story of folk, Americana, and rockabilly musician Lance Canales, who rose from humble California Central Valley farmworker beginnings to prominence in the international music scene.

Starting from his modest upbringing in the small campesino town of Orosi, California, we follow Canales on his journey from childhood to adulthood to his ongoing drive to bring working-class folk music to the masses.

Canales garnered a reputation as a child of being able to train wild horses, and for years took lumps to help his family make ends-meet. It wasn’t until he confiscated an older sister’s beat-up guitar and combined it with his vocals that he discovered (in his mother’s fire-and-brimstone church) that he was able to pursue music as a way to slowly carve out a path from his hard-toil life.

Following Canales into adulthood, we learn about his deep-seated desire to bring working-class spiritual folk music to the masses. Through sweat and determination, Canales records over five albums and tours throughout the world to enthusiastic audiences. He recently completed a two-month European tour, where his album hit number five on the European charts in the Americana category.

Additionally, Canales collaborated with Nora Guthrie, the Guthrie Foundation, and his childhood friend, American Book Award-winning Valley author Tim Z. Hernandez, on a concert to raise $10,000 for a memorial headstone for the 28 deportees project. Canales initiated the idea and fundraising effort to place a memorial headstone with the names of the 28 deportees and plane crash victims who were discovered buried nameless in a mass grave in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fresno, California. Canales’ idea was to record and read the names of the deportees in the background of Canales’ cover of the famous Woody Guthrie song about the incident.

In September 2013, in a historic moment, the headstone was unveiled and hundreds of people attended from all over the country, including coverage by The New York Times. A Los Angeles Times reporter captured a shot of Canales kneeling down to the unveiled monument in a moment of clear emotional triumph next to the grandson of one of the plane crash victims. Hernandez’ corresponding book, All They Will Call You, was recently released in January 2017 and is a genre-bending work labeled a “documentary novel” based on the Woody Guthrie song, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).

Today, Canales is with Americana folk label Music Road Records, which put out his album, The Blessing and the Curse.

Canales recently ended a two-month European tour in tandem with his internationally and critically acclaimed album. Yet, with all that, Canales stays local and rooted in the Central Valley. He plans to “make it” while keeping his home-base in the heart of California. The question is, can a local artist truly thrive internationally while staying based in the Valley? Is it imperative for a musician or artist to move to LA, NYC or Nashville to make a career? Or can that be achieved while living in the Valley, and if so, what are the challenges and benefits of doing so?

But in addition to his personal journey, we are now seeking funding for a feature-length documentary to simultaneously tell the unusual story of Americana’s enormous and surprising popularity abroad, a particularly noteworthy oddity in today’s political climate. It’s a cultural subject we haven’t yet seen fully explored.

In general, the entire documentary would be told through interviews, live events, and theatrical recreations. Animations and other motion graphics elements would be incorporated into the video. The visual feel will be that of a retro vibe.

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Short Film: ECLOSION, 5min., Canada, Experimental

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Ann, who has just turned 20, is ashamed of the way she looks, especially the freckles on her face. She dreams to one day feel beautiful, and go from caterpillar to butterfly.

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