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.

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

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music video
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 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.

News & Reviews

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: Experimental/Music Video Festival – July 20, 2017



Best Performances: ICARO

Best Cinematography: REQUEMBARREN

Best Music: The music from A SPACE GOD APPEARS

Watch the FEEDBACK Videos for each film: 

BODY WITHOUT ORGANS, 2min, USA, Experimental
festival posterNOVEMBER UNDER ASHES, 3min, France, Music Video
festival posterHOPE, 4min, Iceland, Experimental
festival posterICARO, 11min, Brazil, Experimental
festival poster65.5 WOMEN, 6min, Norway, Experimental
festival posterSTRANGE BEASTS, 5min, UK, Experimental
festival posterREQUEMBARREN, 16min, Spain, Experimental
festival posterDIE YOUNG, 3min, USA, Music Video
festival posterDON’T LET THE BASTARDS GRIND YOU DOWN, 4min, UK, Experimental
festival posterGOLDEN LIGHT, 3min, Italy, Music Video
festival posterA SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental

The EXPERIMENTAL JULY 2017 FEEDBACK Film Festival gave our audiences simply the best of short movies from around the world.

The theme of the festival was “IMAGINATION”.

Okay….so this was copout of a theme! We always have an emotional or plot connection in all of our festival themes. For this festival it was simply imagination.

This was our first ever EXPERIMENTAL & MUSIC VIDEO Festival. And it will be the first of many. We plan on doing one more festival in 2017 (November), and then have 4 planned for 2018. By 2019, we plan on doing one every single month.

The quality of experimental and music videos submitted to this festival is truly remarkable. There is so much amazing talent out there in the world and we were lucky to show 11 films at our inaugural event.

The crowd was as chatty as ever too. They were really into it as we had a lot of original voices contribute to the feedback of each short film video. It was so great to see 70% of our audiences who were first time attendees to the FEEDBACK Film Festival.

I have to thank Mary Cox for her amazing job programming the festival. This was Mary’s first time as a programmer for the festival and it sure won’t be her last. She started off as a volunteer for the festival and is now one of our main employees. She also happens to be an artist on the rise and we couldn’t be happier to have her on our team.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Audience FEEDBACK: A SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental

A SPACE GOD APPEARS, 10min, USA, Experimental
Directed by Grayson Converse

Careening through the universe, pistols blazing, neutron drive pulsing, Spooky Mansion and Tino Drima spread their Space Rock. Follow these bands in this short film about Space, God, Hope and Music. One of the most important stories ever told.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

Audience FEEDBACK: GOLDEN LIGHT, 3min, Italy, Music Video

GOLDEN LIGHT, 3min, Italy, Music Video
Directed by Virgilio Villoresi

Music Video for Blonde Redhead’s latest single “Golden Light”

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