HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental & Music & Dance Festival – January 23, 2020


Theme of night: Our True Instincts

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterMINSTREL VS PUPPET, 6min., USA, Experimental

festival posterONE TIME, 5min., USA, Music Video

festival posterBODY LANGUAGE, 5min., Netherlands, Dance

festival posterBALDWIN’S PROPHECY, 6min., USA, Experimental

festival posterSILVAN, 3min., France, Music Video

festival posterOUR MEMES, 5min., Malaysia, Music Video

festival posterCHROMATIC VARIATIONS, 3min., Canada, Dance

festival posterOUROBOROS, 8min., USA, Dance

festival posterWALKSCAPE, 5min., Portugal, Experimental/Documentary

festival posterONCE AN ANGEL, 2min., USA, Experimental

festival posterSTANDING AS ONE, 4min., Music Video/Dance

festival posterSOLDIER ONLINE, 5min., USA, Music Video

festival posterFURNACE OF THE BIRDS, 3min., Animation/Experimental

festival posterRED OMEN – ED ROMAN, 4min., USA, Animation/Music

The 3rd festival in Toronto in 2020.
29 more festival events in 2020.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: COHORT 707, 6min., USA, Dance

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What does a society cling to when its structures exist only in remembrance of unity? Cohort 707 depicts women who face this question in the shelter of a fallen community. When dirt becomes home, the only things worth valuing are hunger and fear which keep these women alive along with the strength they find in one another.

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Director Biography – Christopher Huth (DUET NO. 4)

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Christopher Huth is a video editor and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY and usually found installed at his desk at Union Editorial. Huth’s award-winning commercial work includes the Cannes Gold PR Lion-winning Honey Maid “This is Wholesome” campaign for Droga5 and the Cannes Lion Grand Prix-winning campaign for Google “Demo Slam,” for Johannes Leonardo. He also cut the AICP Best in Show spot “Dear Sophie” for Google Chrome.

He has been a creative director and partner with BOiNK! Dance & Film since its inception in 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental & Music & Dance Festival – December 12, 2019


Theme of night: Will to survive

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterOPEN THE WINDOW, 3min., Italy, Music Video

festival posterCEMETERY SONG, 4min., USA, Music Video/Animation

festival posterTHE BLESSING AND THE CURSE, 5min., Music Documentary

festival posterDANCE WITH A DEMON, 13min., Canada, Dance

festival posterTAKAKO VS NINE LIVES, 9min., USA, Dance

festival posterFEEL REBORN HERE

festival posterMONK, 15min., Shanghai, Dance

festival posterR.A.W. TUBA, 28min., USA, Music Documentary

The 29th event in Toronto in 2019.
1 more festival event left in 2019.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Director Biography: Oh (DESERTED EYES)

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Oh. has a passion for creating both ethereal ballads and progressive rock, metal and acoustic renderings that whisper of Satriani with Vai-esque hard and fast shreds that burn through her Ibanez guitar. Her music is rich in symphonic and harmonic choruses accompanied by powerful sultry vocals in the timbre of Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen and Tori Amos. Her music always challenges the listener to journey in her sonic landscapes and escape into the atmospheres she creates — with sounds take the listener musically to places they have never been before.

Oh. released a debut progressive rock EP “Sleeping World” in 2013 with the award winning video “Trials – A Song for a Lost Generation” and metal album and vinyl release, “Synemotion” in 2015 and two singles, “Love Will Heal” and “Love of Avalanches” in 2016 – one of the first Greek artists to create a 360° virtual reality video without a 360° camera.

A single ballad, “I’m in Love” was released in 2017 with an Awwwards.com nominated WebGL online experience.

The last of the single ballad series, “Deserted Eyes” was released on January 19, 2018.

A progressive metal EP, “Metallia” will be released in 2018. Now, she’s in the studio working on the progressive rock album, “Prog Unshaven” coming out in Spring 2018.

<B>Director Statement</b>


Production Note
“Deserted Eyes” was filmed at the seashore in Glyfada a southern suburb of Athens, Greece in the late summer of 2017. During the filming, a ttragic oil spill occurred precipitated by the negligence of the Greek government – an ecological disaster in the waters of the Saronikos. On the last day of filming the beach was covered in oil, dead birds covered in tar and the stench of petrol in the air.

The song “Deserted Eyes” is about how a person’s dark, depressed and toxic states of mind can poison our interpersonal relationships and eventually dim the light of the soul in the other’s eyes, stealing their aspirations, hopes and finally the connection to their own soul and sense of self. The oil spill starkly depicted — with the blackening of the earth, toxic fumes, depressed state all present experienced, the death of wildlife — the irreparable damage to the interpersonal relationships shared everyday by all the beach-goers and coastal community. During post-production, we could not ignore the correlation that tragic event had to the song and so incorporated the visuals into the final clips.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental Festival – May 3, 2018








Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterNAMCAR NIGHT RACE, 17min., USA, Comedy/Mockumentary festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi
festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy
festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance festival posterPENTHOUSE SWEET, 9min., USA, Comedy/Drama
festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation
festival posterAFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation
festival posterHANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

The theme of the May 2018 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival was “Dreams and Reality”. Every single film was about a world that wasn’t totally real. No film was grounded in reality.

This was our 6th straight month showcasing the best of short films from around the world on the 1st Thursday at the LA LIVE Regal Cinemas in downtown Los Angeles. The experiment of doing these festivals here has worked. Slowly we are building a solid crowd of regulars to go with the new people entering our festival world month by month.

I am still trying to master the understanding of the LA audience. This city is the center of storytelling and filmmaking, so generally our audience is going to be a part of that industry. People move to Los Angeles to work in the movies and television. So it’s different than our Toronto festival where we have mostly film fans than film people in the audience. With that you’re going to get a new type of moderation.

The MVP of the festival is our former volunteer and now resident editor Kimberly Villarruel. She travels the longest to get to the festival and has to handle the LA highway grind. She’s always positive and the audience loves her (she’s in the video handing the mic to the audience). She’s doesn’t need to work the festival anymore because she has a job with us editing the screenplay festival readings. But each month though she ventures to help out willing to do anything to make the festival better. This type of personality will serve her well and I’m certain there is a bright future ahead of her.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: THE LONGING RITUAL, 4min., USA, Experimental/Animation

Longing ritual 1Most recently, in my latest series The Longing Ritual the focus has been on the nature/culture continuum, in particular the search for real experience and a connection to the natural world. By using imagery from various personal rituals connected to cycles of repetitive behavior; the work represents a synthetic place where barriers interfere with direct experience. Photography, film, now virtual worlds are often the substitute and have become the closest we can get to the real thing. My work is meant to mimic this phenomenon. I am deeply interested in how as a culture we see through these different lenses including photography, film and the digital device. Because my imagery is either invented, altered, and or taken out of its original context, it then functions in a realm that is not solely dependent on its connection to language. So, although the work is grounded in place, the experience for the audience is more ephemeral. It is linked to the nature of memory and how we construct meaning and identity from our personal and cultural history and how it gets embedded through the natural and built environment. I create worlds in which altered fragments from my existing landscape are pieced together. These territories then become activated and foster a dialogue between different sequences which produce a nonlinear, poetic narrative.


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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 16, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Director BIO: Haonan Wang (BLACK BIRD)

Director Biography

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Haonan Wang is a Director and Cinematographer originally from China. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with a MFA in Film, and from University of Miami with a BFA in Film. He directed a promotional short film “Bioroid” for Chinese clothing brand Bouquet Fever, a music video for musician Eddie Beatz and a spic commercial for Thierry Mugler’s perfume “Alien”; and he was also the Director of Photography for award winning short film “Shop Of Eternal Life” and feature film “A surprising story: madness of eunuch”.

Director Statement

I consider myself as a filmmaker who explores and experiments with different mediums and forms of cinema as I had directed narrative films, fashion films, music videos and commercials. Creativity and original ideas are what interests and motivates me the most; with my films, I often like to comment on emotions or feelings that deeply moved me, and I aim to create a brand new visual and audio experiences.

I have always been rather interested in animation and have been wanting to combine animation and live action for a long time; and I think for me, this experimentation on the ‘Black Bird’ project had broken the boundaries of film as it created an unique expression.
For the project itself, I wish to discuss the relationship between cities and people, and to raise the question of under the circumstances of high-speed developing cities and economy, how would we face the environment we live in as well as the nature itself.

Short Film: BLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy

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The journey of a man escaping the concrete jungle of the modern city with help from spiritual black birds.

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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, Action
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 CNY
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    Chinese, English
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