WILDERNESS by Ivan Friedman – MAYA PICTURES


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Shot on RED Dragon 6k on the highlands above Rome, Italy.
Cinematography, Edit, and Grading by Ivan Maria Friedman.
Music: Ligeti Requiem, Introitus.
Parco Regionale Monti Simbruini, Italy.

CAGE‘ 折枝 by Dupp


SYNOPSIS

Life is liberty in a CAGE. CAGE represents a situation that is filled with a lot of constraints, or a habit or an addiction that is hard to get rid of. This project is to present a Chinese cultural and traditional visual style to audiences. On the other hand, CAGE tries to inspire them to recall their memory and consider what is the meaning of life to them individually.

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DIRECTOR STATEMENT

My story depicts a period of a concubine’s bound life. She has gained a lot since being consumed by her man in both dream and reality. In reminiscence, as she remembers her life from the end back to the beginning, she has vivid dreams that evoke her longing desire. She finds it hard to disengage from her current situation, because the path in her dream is breaking and falling apart. She could not go back, even in the dream. Finally, she is disconnected from her dream and brought back into reality. In a blink of an eye, she looks at the emperor and carefully starts to serve the emperor as shown in the opening scene.

According to my grandmother’s story of her early life experience, her families lived with struggle at the time of the Chinese Great Cultural Revolution. My grandfather’s families were Intellectuals and landowners, and they were criticized and denounced. However, they supported the leader and government. Most of the Intellectuals and landowners‘ property was confiscated or destroyed in the end. Intellectuals and landowners were banished or locked up by others. My grandfather joined the army for battle although he was an Intellectual. My grandmother lost everything except her five children including my father who was nearly five years old. Since then, they went into a different life with no money, no food, no education and no smile every day. Finally, my grandmother took her children, left Shandong and went to Nanjing. At my grandmother’s time, women could not go to school because people thought that women did not need to study because of old traditions. Cooking, sewing, having kids and taking care of them were their career for their whole life. Therefore, for women it was hard to find a job outside of the family, especially for my grandmother who had five kids. Life was like a stubborn cage where women were inside, and people’s minds were also bound in a cage, and women were outside of that cage. However, life needed to go on for some reasons such as for those young lives. My grandmother dropped off her dignity, and went out to pick waste such as scrap iron, goose feathers and grain, because she needed money to eat. Fortunately, life is like that. As long as we can insist on holding hope, we can carry on. My families did. They “put down” something while “picking up” something else. I created an animation, Ya-er (2009), as a life-recording gift to my grandparents and their families.

My intention for this project is to present a Chinese cultural and traditional style to my audience. On the other hand, I want to inspire them to recall their memory and consider what is the meaning of life to them individually. When they follow the girl’s experience in my film, I hope people will be able to ask themselves, “If I also live my life within a golden cage, how would that affect me? Have I felt satisfied in my life?“

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Dupp (Pengpeng Du)

Snowy Bing Bongs Across The North Star Combat Zone by Topic


Beach balls. Doctor boners. Farts. Snow. This film, starring The Cocoon Central Dance Team, just might have invented its own genre: comedy-dance-sketch-fantasy.

Directed by Rachel Wolther and Alex H. Fischer
Executive Produced by The Daniels
Presented by Topic

Gus Dapperton „Prune, You Talk Funny“ by Itsbongoboy


its 1986 and desire and fantasy is all we have. we follow gus at a pivotal point in his life as he tries to figure out right from wrong.

director matthew dillon cohen
director of photography ben carey
producer luigi rossi
production diktator
choreographer juri onuki
production design sharon vion
stylist marc anthony george

editor matt schaff
colorist josh bohoskey
post production company the mill
3-d artist alessio de vecchi

THE BAIL PROJECT by Variable


The Bronx Freedom Fund pays the bail for people accused of misdemeanors who cannot afford their freedom. Who are these people? They are often the most vulnerable in our community and those with the least public voice. They are people like Ramel.

Having Ramel share his story with us was transformative – to be innocent and have your liberty denied is a national shame. His story galvanized us to make this film because his voice not only deserves to be heard, but needs to be heard. His courage, resolve and compassion is an inspiration and it’s time to shine a light on this grave injustice being visited upon far too many of our fellow citizens.

The Bronx Freedom Fund, and now the national Bail Project, is doing their part – Ramel’s story is a stirring reminder that it’s up to all of us to step up and do ours.

The Bail Project is an unprecedented national effort to combat mass incarceration by keeping tens of thousands of low-income Americans out of pretrial detention. The organization grows out of The Bronx Freedom Fund and will expand to dozens of high-need jurisdictions with the goal of reducing the unacceptable human suffering caused by unaffordable cash bail and supporting community efforts to end the racial disparities endemic to this system.

Join the cause at http://bailproject.org.

Featuring Ramel Edwards

Client: The Bronx Freedom Fund
Project Director: Ezra Ritchin

Production Company: Variable
Director: Kevan Funk
Cinematographer: Peter Hadfield
Producer: Alex Friedman
Executive Producer: Tyler Ginter
Production Supervisor: Paige Demarco
Production Coordinator: Rocco Campanelli
1st AC: Oliver Lanzenberg
DIT: Jeff Levine
Gaffer: Brad Burke
Key Grip: Seth Dean
Sound: Corey Poindexter
Production Designer: Curtis Oliveira
Art PA: Syd Richardson
Art PA: Jack De Sousa
PA: Johnny Guevara
PA: Julius Moreno

Editorial: Cartel
Editor: Chris Catanach
Post Producer: Greer Bratschie
Post Executive Producer: Lauren Bleiweiss

Color: Company 3
Colorist: Jaime O’Bradovich
Color Producer: Kate Aspell

Sound Design/Mix: Matt Drake @ White Hart Post
Original Score: Ben Fox

Casting: Nina Day Casting

Supporting Cast:
Young Ramel: Taj Blain
Ramel’s Aunt: Donna Glaesner
Neighborhood Kid #1 Ariana Bantoe
Neighborhood Kid #2 Da’jour Jones
Neighborhood Kid #3 Jacquel Gilmore

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Joji „Demons“ (Official Music Video) by jared hogan


Directed by Jared Hogan

Performance by Diego Ballesteros

Producer: Elisha Gustafson
Executive Producer: Jared Harris
Director of Photography: Isaac Bauman
Costume Designer/Stylist: Paula Tabalipa
1st AC: Jordan Utley
Steadicam Operator: Jed Seuss
Gaffer: Ryan Hannah
Key Grip: Christian Darais
Grip: Gabe Mejias
Production Coordinator: Amity Waldecker
Colorist: Jacob McKee
Titles: Eric Hurtgen

Saint Cloud