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21:21 min 20. November 2012

West Bank Story - The Musical (Full Version)

a narrative film in English

All credits go to: http://www.westbankstory.com. Written by Ari Sandel and Kim Ray.

West Bank Story is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier - an unlikely couple who fall in love amidst the animosity of their families' dueling falafel stands in the West Bank.

Tensions mount when the Kosher King's new pastry machine juts onto Hummus Hut property. The Palestinians ruin the machine and the Israelis respond by building a wall between the two eating establishments.

The couple professes their love for each other, triggering a chain of events that destroys both restaurants and forces all to find common ground in an effort to rebuild, planting a seed of hope.

Why did you make the film?

I wanted to accomplish three things with the movie:
1. I wanted to make a film that would get attention and also make people laugh.
2. I wanted to make a movie that was pro-peace and offered a message of hope.
3. I wanted to address the situation in an even-handed and balanced way so that Jewish and Arab audiences would feel fairly represented enough to let their guard down and laugh WITH the characters from the "other side". I thought, if we can make a movie that Israelis will watch and like the Arab characters and that Arabs will watch and like the Israeli characters then that will be something valuable.

What problems did you encounter in making the film?

Many people said you can't make a film that's a comedy about a tragedy like the Middle East conflict. They said that no one wants to see that and you will end up offending every Jew and Arab in America. I was also advised against making a short movie that takes place in another country because it would be too expensive. They insisted I would never be able to pull it off and it would look student and cheap.
1. At first, I heeded their advice and I shelved the project for 5 months. It wasn't until I started working with my co-writer, Kim Ray, that we returned to the project with a new perspective. We decided that it was necessary to simplify the situation in order to make it comedic. We wanted to show that both sides were more alike than they care to admit so we brainstormed a list of things that Arabs and Israelis have in common. When we came up with food and the premise of competing falafel stands, the script began to come to life.
2. A major challenge was balance in portraying both sides evenly. Our fear was that we might offend one side and then turn them off to the story. Therefore, we made sure that for every joke against one side we had one for the other. Likewise, for every endearing or heartfelt moment for the Palestinians we had to have one for the Israelis. Balance was crucial to staying credible. This balance carried over into every aspect of the film. The costumes had to be equally funny on both sides as did their restaurants and the personalities of the characters. I think we did a pretty good job of keeping it balanced.

What do you want the viewer to take away from the film?

I sometimes get remarks about the film being too simplistic and that it does not accurately show the suffering of any one side. I agree, it IS simplistic because it has to be in order to be a comedy. This film is not meant to be a learning tool for the situation in the Middle East. It is not an historical explanation, or a political solution on screen. It is a movie about HOPE and PEACE and that is it. It is meant to counteract the multitudes of negative documentaries and news reports that, while very informative, usually seem to be skewed to one side and ALWAYS leave the viewer feeling like this conflict will go on forever. I truly believe that peace between Israelis and Arabs will be achieved and don't believe it is a hopeless endeavor. We wanted to make a film that would convey that feeling.

What has been the response from Jews and Arabs?

The response has been overwhelmingly positive from both sides. I have had requests for DVD's from professors from Qatar, libraries in Egypt, soldiers in Israel, Palestinian families in Gaza, Elementary school teachers in Haifa, Jewish and Arab film festivals all over the United States, and the list goes on. The film played at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival and the Tel Aviv University Student Film Festival in Israel. It also played at the Dubai International Film Festival to a very warm reception and was screened there more than any other film at the festival. It was one of the best screening experiences I have ever had.

What is your background? Are you from the Middle East?

I was born in the United States and am the son of an Israeli father and an American mother. I studied Islam, Judaism, and the History of the Middle East in college and have traveled the Middle East extensively having been to Israel (almost every year), Palestine, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and Dubai. I currently have family that live throughout Israel.

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15:35 min 30. October 2012

Die Antwoord - Umshini Wam (A Short Film)

a narrative film in English

Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It's time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo-Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangsters. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don't have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They're tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja becomes despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo-Landi won't let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.

Written and directed by Harmony Kornine in 2011.

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14:50 min 24. February 2014

DERNIER VOYAGE IMPROVISE court métrage

a narrative film in French

Une vieille dame est sur son lit de mort. Son mari face aux regrets de sa femme va tenter de lui rendre un dernier hommage…

Avec Jean-Claude Dreyfus et Denise Aron-Schröpfer

Scénario et réalisation Julien Guiol
Production Les films de Jules, Nicolas Mestrallet

http://les-fondus-enchaines.over-blog.com/

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16:22 min 18. May 2011

"a Message from Fallujah" . . . Philip RANG DoP Award Winning Drama

a narrative film in English

"Message from Fallujah"
Staring Alien's Lance HENRICKSON & Shane BRANT
Production: Luscious International (Sydney)
Producer: Andrew MORRIS
Director: Richard GIBSON
DoP: Philip RANG
Shot on Location in Sydney over three days with two 35mm Cameras
AWARDS: Best Cinematography at The Rhode Island International Film Festival 2005
Goldern Tripod Australian Cinematographer's Society 2005
Best in the FEST Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2005

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13:40 min 5. May 2009

Medium Rare | Future Shorts

a narrative film in English

Dir. Stefan Stuckert / UK / 2007
Carl is on the run from a gang intent on killing him. He finds refuge in a restaurant where a beautiful woman is dining alone. But desire is about to lay its own subtle trap. Based on "zwei bei tisch" by Hans Herbst.
http://www.mediumraretheshortfilm.com/

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17:16 min 4. August 2010

Madame Tutli-Putli

a narrative film in no language

Court métrage d'animation dans lequel Madame Tutli-Putli monte à bord d'un train de nuit, traînant avec elle tous ses biens. Voyageant en solitaire, elle partage sa cabine avec des étrangers d'apparence tantôt bienveillante, tantôt menaçante. Quand tombe la nuit, elle se retrouve au cœur d'une angoissante aventure métaphysique, où la réalité se confond avec le rêve. Thriller jungien? Suspense hitchcockien? Tour de force artistique? Montez à bord, le train de nuit vous attend...

Réalisé par Chris Lavis et Maciek Szczerbowski - 2007

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06:35 min 6. January 2012

TADUFEU - ESMA 2011

a narrative film in no language

http://tadufeu-lefilm.com/

A pack of "Cromags" obtains fire without knowing how to make it. The "Neandert" family is cold. The father sees a smoke in the distance and decides to go...

Tadufeu is a short film directed by :
Mickaël Bellamy (character modeling, rendering, 2D/3D compositing, post-production, FX 2d),
Coralie Braconnot (animation, blendshapes, editing, stereoscopy),
Franck Delfortrie (skinning, object rigging, dynamics, animation),
Julien Jamme (animation, layout, character rigging, facial rigging, pipeline, fluid simulation), Olivier Pierre (character and set design, story board, luma script, texturing, lighting, shading, matte painting) and produced by ESMA, Montpellier.

Voices :
Benoit Allemane,
Jean Robert Lombard,
Philippe Peythieu,
Véronique Augereau

Music by Yann and Guilhem Cleophas
http://cleophas.net/

Mixed by José Vicente and Yoann Poncet,
Studio des Aviateurs
http://www.studiodesaviateurs.fr/

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13:50 min 18. June 2013

'Close' Directed By Geoffrey Taylor, Commissioned By Film London

a narrative film in English

SYNOPSIS: On the week of Charlie’s 13th Birthday he makes a terrible discovery that brings him closer to his Father.

OFFICIAL SELECTION; BFI Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Chaktomuk Short Film Festival, Cambodia, New Vision Film Festival, Kiev, Krakow short film Festival, Poland. Sao Paulo Film Festival,Brazil. Landshut Kurzfilmfestival.

facebook.com/closefilm
twitter.com/geoffwideeyed
www.geoffrey-taylor.com

This film is still available for festivals and screenings - if you're interested please get in contact.

CREW
Written, Directed: Geoffrey Taylor
Produced: Fiona Lamptey
Associate Producer: Sam George
Cinematography: Nick Cooke
Production Designer: Matt Sharp
Editor: Fiona DeSouza
Composer: Matt Kelly
Supervising Sound Editor: Stevie Haywood
Sound Designer: Raoul Brand
Original Music By: Vic Godard

CAST
Charlie Jamie F Glover
Dad David Doyle
Louise Ella Lane
Mum Nicola Harrison

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03:01 min 16. September 2009

Occupations - short film by Lars von Trier

a narrative film in English

http://shortsbay.com/film/occupations

Short film by Lars von Trier from "Chacun Son Cinéma" (To Each His Own Cinema) anthology film.

Written and Directed by Lars von Trier

Cast: Jacques Frantz, Lars von Trier

Watch more films at http://www.shortsbay.com

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12:14 min 26. November 2014

SELF-ASSEMBLY

a narrative film in no language

In a self-assembly cabinet, bereaved parents find a monstrous substitute for their dead son.

Produced & Directed by Ray Sullivan

Written by Garret Shanley

Based on the comic strip story & characters created by Gar Shanley & Cathal Duggan

Shot on location in Dublin, Ireland on a RED Scarlet-X.

CONTACT:

ray [at] monolith.ie

LINKS:

Ray Sullivan - https://twitter.com/DirectedByRay - http://www.monolith.ie

Gar Shanley - http://fugtheworld.blogspot.com/

Cathal Duggan - http://salvossalvo.blogspot.com/

Assembling Self-Assembly - http://selfassemblyfilm.tumblr.com/

CAST:

Darryl Kinsella as Martin
Amy Kirwan as Wendy
Bobby McGlynn as the Creature
Ruben Kenny as the Child

CREW:

Director of Photography: Terry Warren
Composer: Terry Warren
Special Creature Effects: Bobby McGlynn
VFX & Editing: Ray Sullivan
Makeup: Deirdre Fitzgerald

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16:32 min 5. March 2013

The Meaning of Mr. Watson

a narrative film in English

Tells the story of a man trapped in a sexual loop of his own making.

Denis Lyons Nina Reithmeier
The Meaning of Mr. Watson
Written and Directed by Robert Grant

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07:34 min 20. June 2015

"Time" a short by Theodore Collatos

a narrative film in English

"Time blurs the line between documentary and fiction, questioning the system of filmmaking itself, while also addressing the root of another system entirely: The American Correctional System. Through a collection of conversational portraits filmmaker Theodore Collatos presents a group of male inmates as intelligent, empathetic figures, trying to understand their choices in life, while attempting to debunk their own stereotypes." - Ben Umstead (Editor Twitchfilm.com)

Available on:

Fandor
Filmmaker Magazine
Short of the Week
Twitchfilm
MUBI - The Notebook
Film Shortage
Northside Film Festival
Nitehawk Shorts Festival
Cinema Club

Ben Umstead (Twitchfilm)

"The film focuses on the camaraderie and support that can be cultivated under such devastating circumstances. For dealing with the passing and nature of time itself can be the biggest adversary of all. The results are charming, somber and all too human."

Read more: http://twitchfilm.com/2015/09/watch-short-film-time-takes-a-different-look-at-prison.html#ixzz3nLuUJC1N

Katie Metcalfe - (Short of the Week, Sundance Film Festival)

"The fishbowl atmosphere of prisons have always provided an interesting filmic environment, and their tendency to be a hotbed for drama, violence and transcendence have captivated the cinematic imagination for decades. In this short documentary, Director Theodore Collatos strips everything back to the natural theme of the prison experience – quite simply, the concept of ‘doing time’.

In cinema-verité style, we’re invited to eavesdrop into conversations taking place across three cells. Collatos’s technique of allowing us to hear the subjects’ voices (before seeing them onscreen) builds a sense of immersion, placing us as an invisible voyeur within the prison. The static positioning of the camera draws attention to facial nuances, movements, pacing and gestures that significantly enhance the dialogue.

Time is actually a scene that didn’t make it into Collatos’s feature film Dipso, about a man who gets released from prison then attempts to reunite with his family and follow his dream of being a stand-up comedian. Collatos was compelled to cut the material into a short film, mainly because “I think the prison system is in major crisis and it troubles me how this country has made a prison-for-profit model out of our citizens. My hope was to explore the humanity of the prisoners rather than an exploitative, ‘Cops’ styled representation of people”.

His approach is to construct stories in a documentary fashion, whereby the story is found in the editing in order to keep the film fresh and most of the conversations are improvised by the subjects. “The two Caucasian inmates had a more specific direction in mind as I wanted to explore the fact that the prison system houses many people who really should be in a mental health care facility and not in prison. The other pairings of inmates, I wanted to hear where their thoughts would go first before making a specific direction. I used an observational style because I wanted a freedom to occur with the non-actors and I think if you’re filming real close and in peoples faces, its more likely that you’ll affect their performance. I try and create an environment where people can speak freely and express themselves in any way they feel fit”.

https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2015/07/21/time/
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Craig Keller (MUBI The Notebook)

"Teddy is a mensch who spends more time worrying about that truth he can cull or divine before his camera and mic."

https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/notebook-s-8th-writers-poll-fantasy-double-features-of-2015#keller

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05:23 min 23. October 2011

Heads Or Tales

a narrative film in French

Short film realised by Pierre Bottai, Foehn Gallet, Kévin Herbrich, Adrien Kédochim and Gauthier Troalen at Georges Melies School.

See you at heads-or-tales.blogspot.com

to see the making of the film and our personnal blogs !

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04:28 min 19. April 2014

AWAKENING

a narrative film in English

An allergy season romance: One unhappy New Yorker flees to California in search of a change. And a spiritual, mystical beauty seems to know just what he needs.

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06:35 min 9. October 2011

Swing of Change

a narrative film in no language

Synopsis : New York 30's : Harry, a racist barber changes his mind at the arrival of a magical trumpet in his barber shop !

A Graduation Short Film Directed by : Harmony Bouchard, Andy Le Cocq, Joakim Riedinger, Raphael Cenzi

Music by Denis Riedinger

Jean Christophe Mentzer (trumpet), Stephane Fougeroux (percussion), Renaud Bernad (trombone), Sébastien Lentz (horn), Michael Cortone (tuba)

Music Record : Denis Riedinger, Studio Aquarium, Hoerdt, FR
Sound Design : Jose Vicente, Studio des Aviateurs, Montpellier, FR
Mix : Matthias Heimlicher, Keytastic! studios, Lommiswil, CH

Choreographer : Tony Style, Christiane Cilluffo-Marciano

www.swing-of-change.com