Short Film: SAINT ETIENNE – MAGPIE EYES, 3min., Music Video

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Magpie Eyes reimagines the 90s band as teenagers in the modern day and follows them around the sleepy market suburb of Stevenage, UK – the first of the government’s post-war Utopias. The film celebrates a distinct sense place and what it’s like to grow up in a British suburb, mixing stills and moving images of the local kids in and around the New Town architecture.

  • Film Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm & 120 stills
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Short Film: YOU’RE DEAD WRONG, 6min., Canada, Music Video

Electronic artist Stellar’s first single You’re Dead Wrong ft Containher  tells the story of a woman who wakes to find herself assaulted. Gathering herself, she finds clues to the identity of her assailant. Determined and vengeful she sets out on a quest for revenge against the one who wronged her.

Director: Craig Lobo

Cast: Jacqueline Godbout, Fabian Olive, Samantha Carly

Short Film: TRAINS – RADIO CUT, 3min., UK, Music Video

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Everything is a form of vibration,
One needs to hear it and transform it into music
The world is a piano and the piano is the world
The musician becomes the creator of the world

Poppy Ackroyd is a British post-classical composer.
Her main instruments are the piano and the violin, but she doesn’t treat them in a classical way.
She creates her pieces by sampling sounds, beats and rhythms she generates by tapping the housing and strings of her instruments. She loops and records them, successively adding further layers of sound, until a new orchestral space is achieved. She completes this by adding the clean sound of a classical piano.
This process has inspired the narration of my film.
The world is seen as a vibration, and everything in it is seen as rhythm and repetition.
Nature pulsates, creating a transcendental pulse.
Poppy, as a Demiurge, responds to the rhythm or creates it herself.
Both worlds – elements of nature and the space within her instrument – coexist and filter through each other. This coexistence is reflected in the picture. Life is a journey and the strings, just like railway tracks, mark the direction. The world is enclosed in the piano, and the piano becomes the world.
The world vanishes when Poppy stops playing.

The film was created to promote Poppy Ackroyd’s single and her third album.
Both the film and the single ’Trains’ will premiere on nowness.com in November 2017. The album will be released by One Little Indian on the 26th of January 2018 in the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The film has received a number of prizes and was shown at many short film festivals around the world.

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Watch Music Video: Nineveh’s Burning from ‘Gilgamesh’- Michael Guinn

Directed by Lukasz Pytlik

This is a music video. The story is about how the tablets to the Epic of Gilgamesh were preserved by an act of war in 612 BCE in Nineveh. Nineveh is modern Mosul in Iraq, much in the news recently. The video shows the atrocity of war and at the same time hope in the form of culture– the preservation of humanity’s oldest story ‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’.

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Watch Music Video: A Song of Pilot Whale Fog

Music video created, produced and filmed by Bonnie Carini of Hawaii Island Melody and Lyrics written by Bonnie Carini Melody sung by Sierra Spruce of Hawaii Island

Macrorhynchus4This is a music video that I created and produced for my movie project PILOT WHALE FOG, a story of two broken families, one from Hawaii and the other from the Faroe Islands where most of the story takes place, who are brought together by tragedy and music, but their cultural beliefs keep them in conflict until they are unified by a pilot whale.
I wrote the lyrics and melody and the footage I shot in Hawaii and the Faroe Islands. I used footage that would visually aid in the telling of the story in A SONG OF PILOT WHALE FOG. It is a piece, which celebrates Faroese and Hawaiian culture, the beauty of both archipelagos, and the pilot whales.

Saxophone tracks: Villu Veski of Estonia
Vocals: Sierra Spruce of Hawaii Island sings the melody and Eivor Pallsdottir of the Faroe Islands vocalizes with sax and pilot whale sounds in the prelude.
Hawaiian chant of the refrain: Mahina Saunders
Hula: Melody Reyes

Director Biography

Bonnie

I am a published writer/photographer with a background in marine ecology and have focused mostly on pelagic animals, from plankton to sharks, dolphins and whales. My articles and photographs have appeared in magazines and books around the world. I am also a produced cinematographer and have sold footage to Animal Planet, National Geographic, BBC and Nature, to list a few. I directed and shot the underwater segment for the original NBC documentary, The Road to Ironman. I have had one of my screenplays optioned, Pilot Whale Fog, which was chosen as an official finalist in; The International Family Film Festival 2014, The Cannes Screenplay Contest 2015 and The New York Screenplay Contest 2016. My music video, A Song of Pilot Whale Fog, won the Silver Lei Award at the 2017 Honolulu Film Awards.

Director Statement

The allure of whales and dolphins is strong and for decades battles have ensued globally against their slaughter and captivity. I first became aware of the grindadrap (pilot whale slaughter) in the Faroe Islands over 3 decades ago and it remained in the back of my mind up until about a decade ago when I read an article by the Canadian activist, Paul Watson, entitled; The Ferocious Faroe Islands. I’ve spent much of my life in and around sea observing and filming marine life and am especially fond of the pilot whales. I found the article though, derogatory to the point of being ineffective to ending the grindadrap. In fact, the Faroese are incensed at Paul Watson’s audacity and continue to whale as they have been doing for over a thousand years. My Faroese experience has, so far, evolved into a short documentary, a music video and an award-winning screenplay where the grindadrap is at the heart of the main conflict in the story, but is portrayed and dealt with fairly and considerately through multiple perspectives. My
PILOT WHALE FOG film/music project is a celebration of the Faroese and Hawaiian culture, the natural beauty of both archipelagos, and the pilot whales.

Get to know the short film: KILLING US SOFTLY, 5min., Australia, Music Video

Playing at the EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival – Thursday December 28, 2017

Posterkus‘Killing US Softly’ is a mirror held up to humanity – it points out our ugliest, greediest and most idiotic ways.
It is a chant, a protest rally, a wake up call to the people, and a reminder that we still have the power to take back what they are taking from us.

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  • Film Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 2, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    ARRI, Amira
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

 

 

 

Get to know the short film: ORACLE, 3min., USA, Music Video

Playing at the EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival – Thursday December 28, 2017

Oracle bannerAn art collaboration between a film collective and band. A beautiful short, visually stimulating and emotionally conflicting. A woman being consumed by gold.

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  • Jessica Batson
    Writer
  • Jessica Batson
    Producer
  • Lauren Batson
    Key Cast
  • Mike Weldon
    Director of Photography
  • Samantha Hanus
    Editor
  • Rudy Rubio
    AC
  • Jose Martinez Jr.
    Colorist
  • Tom Scott
    Gaffer
  • Jalyn Smith
    Stylist
  • Rachel Bonk
    Stylist
  • McKenzie Brown
    Stylist
  • John Timpone
    Compositor / Titles
  • Sydney Ferleger
    Associate Producer
  • Oracle by Chymes
    Music
  • Brendan Deane
    Grip
  • Michael Scott
    Grip
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Playing at the EXPERIMENTAL Film Festival – Thursday December 28, 2017