I was lucky to see a selection of socio-political films from this years’ BBC Arabic Film Festival, which were screened at Oxford’s St Antony’s College: “This is Exile. Diaries of Child Refugees” and “Cairo Drive”
Dawn Chorus, 2007, is a multi-screen film installation and presents 19 individuals using their own voices to recreate birdsong in everyday locations which is an accurate copy of the birdsong dawn chorus recorded in Northumberland, England. After recording the birds with multiple microphones, the individual birdsongs were slowed down to last approximately 16 times as long, which enabled the participants to imitate them, while being filmed. The films were then speeded back up to reach the true pitch of the birds, uncannily evoking similarities between bird and human vocal abilities and behaviour.
nice camera work and sleek special effects
Directed by Nick Roney and Owen Schwartzbard
Producers: Owen Schwartzbard and Jenny Leaf
Cinematography: Greg Cotten
Assistant Director / Editor: Alan Michnoff
VFX / Color Correction: Nick Roney
Costumes: Spencer Reed
1st AC / Grip: Doug Frerichs
Featuring Kimberle Rose
Video by the29nov Films
A slow and surreal video slideshow of nightmareish, grotesque and apparently static characters.
by donato sansone milkyeyes
sound Enrico Ascoli
Resonance is a collaborative project with over 30 independent visual and audio designers/studios. The aim was to explore the relationship between geometry and audio in unique ways.
SEE || Displace Studios and MoveMakeShake | Esteban Diacono | Heerko Groefsema | Jean-Paul Frenay | Jr.canest | KORB | Kultnation | Mate Steinforth | Matthias Müller | Momentary People | MRK | Murat Pak | Onur Senturk | Physalia studio | Polynoid | SR Partners | Thiago Maia | Tom Waterhouse | Tronic Studio | Spatial Harmonics Group
HEAR || Audionerve | Combustion | CypherAudio | David Kamp | Echolab | Hecq | Michael Fakesch | Mutant Jukebox | Radium Audio | Box Of Toys Audio | Studio Takt | World Gang
A beautiful Japanese girl is found dead in a snowy field near Fargo, North Dakota. Internet rumours suggest that she had flown from Tokyo in search of the millions of dollars buried in the snow from a scene in the Coen Brothers film Fargo, apparently believing the films subtitle “this is a true story”.
First shown as feature documentary that was shot entirely as photographs this narrative recreates her journey, through eyewitness accounts to reveal a much darker and tragic truth.