The Dazzling Light of Sunset
Directed by Salomé Jashi
Flanked by her phlegmatic sidekick, Dariko is the only outside broadcast journalist at a local Georgian television channel. With derisory resources, she races from one report to another to give an honest, if not objective, image of the current events that shape her environment: from the capture of a “giant” owl to the obituaries – where we thus learn that the bearer of the Soviet flag fluttering over the Berlin Reichstag in 1945 has just been buried — passing via the elections. Noticed with Bakhmaro (2011, screened as part of the Focus Georgia, VdR 2015), Salomé Jashi provides, with humour, distance and a consummate sense of framing, a pseudo-ethnographical portrait of a community that, due to modernity and technological miniaturisation, has never ceased to gather material about itself. The multiplication of camera angles (journalist, filmmaker, amateur filmmakers) in The Dazzling Light of Sunset induces a relative competition between images and their distinct depth of focus. She turns the micro-events that punctuate this tragi-comedy with absurd overtones into revealing examples of a country whose transition still looks chaotic.
Founded in 2016 by Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline, and Dafna Maimon, CONGLOMERATE explores the potential of the Television Network model, utilizing the organizational structure and output format of “television” while building a collectivity-focused network. While the overall project is conceived of as a Gesamtkunstwerk, each video segment ties into and utilizes a different artistic practice or gesture. At times these segments form an entire TV show or video work, while at others they appear as a structural element facilitating a greater whole, without hierarchical division. Through the multiple ways the different elements and modes of collaboration are woven together, the Blocks form a kind of network of voices, perspectives, relations, skills, and collective affective labor. The varying degrees of involvement of CONGLOMERATE’s makers and contributors create platforms within platforms, or artworks within artworks, where one artist’s practice can be featured within another’s. This flexibility and continuous shifting of vision and responsibility from maker to maker offers a new potential model for the sustainable and independent realization of larger art projects.
Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John
2nd Unit Director & Additional Cinematography
Directed by Chelsea McMullan
Produced by Nadia Tavazzani
Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John tells the story of the five children (whose names comprise the title) of John Hanmer, a Canadian police officer who lived a troubled life before suffering a tragic death. The film explores how the children, scattered around the world, have each been forced to resolve their father’s troubled past without him.
La Hautière (in production)
Produced by Antoine Desvigne
La Hautière is a feature-length creative documentary about alternative and archaic forms of religious worship that continue to influence life on a rural farm in Brittany, France. No one can say whether it is because of Merlin’s magic forest, the Holy Grail legend, the mysterious megaliths erected throughout the region, or the rich Celtic heritage, but this area is a religious melting pot. Catholicism, Celtic, Pagan, Cathar, Druidism, and even black magic, are all being practiced in some way on this particular farm, creating an intense and unique mixture of spiritual believes. Through observing different ceremonies and rituals and the people who participate in them, their shared origins and modern day value begins to emerge.
Directed By Victor Kossakovsky
Varicella portrays the tender and trusting relationship between two sisters who share a common dream: becoming a soloist ballet dancer. Nastia, 13 years old, and Polina, 7 years old, are studying at one of the most prestigious ballet academies in Russia through being selected among 5500 talented children from all across the country. In order to make their dream come true, they practice intensively at the academy for six hours every weekday.
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.
“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.
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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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. A 7 minute excerpt can be watched below.
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!
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.
Shot in five countries across two continents, this experimental film is a mythologically inspired exploration into the genesis of ancient storytelling archetypes and symbols.