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Aquarela (in development)

Assistant Director

Directed By Victor Kossakovsky

Aquarela is a unique and truly visual journey into water, the very substance that is making all life forms on earth possible. In this film, the magnificent, artistic documentary-maker Victor Kossakovsky, plunges into the ‘spirituality’ and essence of water and takes audiences on a visually poetic and dramatic journey reflecting their own personal connection to water at every level.

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Lullaby

Assistant Director

Directed By Victor Kossakovsky

A short film about homeless people sleeping near an A.T.M. in a bank, a growing phenomenon in Europe.

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Hush Hush – Supernatural

Music video for “Supernatural,” the title track off the first Hush Hush E.P.

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Dayragr

“Dayragr” follows a Canadian musician/artist as he organizes 15 bands and performance art acts into a festival in the summer of 2010 in Berlin. Teaching guitar lessons to little kids, shredding band practices, and welding metal sculptures amidst a myriad of personal issues, ego trips, and chronic acts of kindness, relentlessly collide in this document of a specific time, place, and attitude, from an ex-pat perspective. Featuring performances by the Fuzz Kids, Pelarine, The Man I love, Romanizer, Gemeine Gesteine, Arises, White Noise Supremacists, Slashing Gales, Skitish, Helga Wretman, Charlamagne, Michele di Menna, Hush Hush, and Talaband.

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Hush Hush – Chicas En La Ducha

3D music video for “Chicas En La Ducha” (Girl’s in the Shower), off the new Hush Hush album Pisces Iscariot.

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Doctor Korbes

Shot entirely through a peephole of a door, Doctor Korbes chronicles the voyeuristic relationship that develops between a filmmaker and his compulsively hoarding neighbor. What starts as surveillance footage prompted by a mysterious break-in, evolves into obsessive documentation of bizarre occurrences over a two-year period. The camera bares witness to the comings and goings of a variety of people: prostitutes, the fire brigade, the police, all seen from the perspective of spying on one’s own neighbor.


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Vivan Las Antipodas

1st Assistant Director

Directed by Victor Kossakovsky

With this film Victor Kossakovsky grants himself a childhood wish. Haven’t we all asked ourselves as children where we would come out if we dug a tunnel right through the centre of the earth? Haven’t we all wondered at some point what was happening just at this moment beneath our very feet at the other side of the planet? In this film those reveries turn into reality. In breathtaking images and a stunning montage we go on a trip to the world’s rare inhabited land-to-land antipodes. We discover the wonders and contradictions of nature and people around the globe. With unprecedented camera movements and exhilarating new perspectives our conventional view of the world is challenged. On the evocative title follows a revolutionary film, that gives three cheers to our planet and its people in all their antagonisms and commonalities: Vivan las Antipodas!

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Sharp

A man is demoralized by water by listening to an aquatic themed relaxation audio track intended to produce tidal ecstasy.

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Breathing Room

Breathing Room is a personal visualization of how strands of memory saturate a specific space. A continual tracking shot travels through an elderly man’s home, exploring the dilapidated domestic space in it’s owner’s absence and presence. A disappearing boy, a frightening dog, a ghostly book, and a bursting furnace animate the rooms and personify the layers of history that have settled here over a lifetime.

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Statue Path

Shot in five countries across two continents, this experimental film is a mythologically inspired exploration into the genesis of ancient storytelling archetypes and symbols.

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Cinematography

My Prairie Home

Directed by Chelsea McMullan

In Chelsea McMullan’s documentary-musical, My Prairie Home, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, Spoon sweetly croons us through their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician.

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2084 – a science-fiction show

Directed by Anton Vidokle & Pelin Tan

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Ocean Blue

Directed by Chelsea McMullan

Music Video for the first single Ocean Blue off of Rae Spoon’s new album I Can’t Keep all of our Secrets.

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Derailments

Directed by Chelsea McMullan

Following the fragments of Federico Fellini’s most famous unfinished film, Il Viaggio di Mastorna, this short meditative documentary cinematically reveals how Fellini’s story of a man wandering through the afterlife became a graphic novel. Told by Milo Manara, the illustrator who brought Fellini’s vision to life, this richly textured documentary is a tribute to the legacy of a master filmmaker.

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Replay : Laserblast

Directed by Ries Straver

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Deadman

Additional Cinematography

Directed by Chelsea McMullan

Deadman’s tranquil pacing and glorious vistas gently build to a climactic, clever and moving showdown between two opposing camps, between an ancient, peaceful way of life and the seductive yet violent mythology of the Wild West.

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It’s Not As If We Haven’t Been Here For A While

Directed by Meghan Armstrong & Kathleen Hepburn

“It’s not as if we haven’t been here for a while” is a self-portrait of an artist struggling to accept the fluidity of her own nature. Filmmaker Kathleen Hepburn paints herself into a filmic landscape, whose narrative structure and cinematography is both ethereal and exact, allowing her and her audience to understand the truth of the present moment while recognizing the impermanence of all things

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HWY99

Directed by Adrian Buitenhuis

The Sea to Sky Corridor, a seventy-kilometre stretch of highway north of Vancouver, is changing irrevocably. Globalization is in the process of transforming an industrial resource economy into a recreational profit-centre. HWY 99 examines a transitional moment in the life of a paramedic employed by a multinational highway construction firm currently developing the Corridor.

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Derek Howard is a director and cinematographer who graduated in Vancouver, Canada from Simon Fraser University in 2007, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a major in film. His collaborations as a cinematographer have led to screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Sundance Film Festival, Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Festival des Films du Monde (Montreal), and many others.

Upon moving to Berlin, Germany, he become the assistant director and assistant editor to documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, on his latest film (Vivan Las Antipodas, opening night film Venice Film Festival 2011).

Derek has participated in the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam's Summer School 2010, IDFAcademy 2010 (where he won 1st prize in the pitching competition), Reykjavik International Film Festival's Trans Atlantic Talent Lab, and the 2014 Berlinale Talents program. Most recently he co-shot Chelsea McMullan's musical documentary "My Prairie Home," which screened at Sundance 2014. He is currently developing a full length documentary and a dramatic feature script, while working as assistant director on Kossakovsky's latest film, "Aquarela."

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