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Auto Rádio

Um filme de Gonçalo Pôla (2016)

“Fazer este disco foi a coisa mais difícil que eu já fiz na vida” (Benjamim)

Verão de 2015. Quatro amigos partem na mais longa digressão de datas consecutivas de que há memória na história da música portuguesa. 5670 kms a bordo de uma carrinha Volkswagen Golf de 1996. Benjamim viajou do coreto de Alvito até à Gafanha da Nazaré, com etapa especial no Festival Bons Sons, na aldeia de Cem Soldos. A acompanhá-lo na estrada, António Vasconcelos Dias, músico da banda, Manuel San Payo, técnico de som e Gonçalo Pôla, realizador-documentarista.

Gonçalo, o homem da câmara, captou a estrada nacional, a auto-estrada, os concertos, os ensaios de som, os quartos de hotel, as pensões, as discussões, a condução segura, os mergulhos na piscina e a chuva que se abateu sobre o palco. Isto para além das muitas entrevistas, das horas de sessões de gravação do disco – desde a sua concepção – e o desespero da busca pela escrita em português, território novo para o escritor de canções que até aí só assinava em inglês.

Tal como o disco, o filme “Auto Rádio” é uma viagem pelo país, pelas canções e pela música. Fala sobre Afife, sobre a Guiné, sobre concertos esquecidos no terreiro da Aldeia da Pedralva ou sobre fazer música em Portugal; é uma ode à dureza da estrada, aos concertos falhados, aos bem sucedidos, aos discos, à rádio, ao Verão e ao país, enquanto conta a aventura insólita de uma longa jornada por Portugal quase inteiro numa carrinha carregada de equipamento até ao tejadilho. Além disso, como documentário que é, mostra-nos inúmeros detalhes sobre as canções; descodifica-as e contextualiza-as.

A estrutura narrativa parte dos 12 temas do álbum, das múltiplas entrevistas dadas em estações de rádio um pouco por todo o lado, e do discurso directo de pessoas importantes para o disco: AP Braga, João Paulo Feliciano, Henrique Amaro e Luís Oliveira da Antena 3 ou Pedro Ramos da Radar FM.

“Auto Rádio”
Duração: 90 minutos

Realização: Gonçalo Pôla

Com: Benjamim, António Vasconcelos Dias, Manuel San Payo, Nuno Lucas, João Vaz Silva, João Correia, AP Braga, Henrique Amaro, Pedro Ramos, João Paulo Feliciano, Luís Oliveira, entre outros.
Montagem: Gonçalo Pôla e Luís Nunes
Mistura de Som: Manuel San Payo

Bayard & Me

Bayard & Me from Super Deluxe on Vimeo.

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King, adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system in an era when gay marriage was inconceivable. He also reflects on the little known phenomena of intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Matt Wolf is an award-winning filmmaker in New York. His film include Wild Combination about the avant-garde cellist and disco producer Arthur Russell and Teenage about the birth of youth culture. His most recent shorts include HBO’s It’s Me, Hilary and The Face of AIDS for TIME Magazine.

Super Deluxe is an omni-platform entertainment company committed to amplifying unconventional creative voices. With online video for social feeds, television series, documentaries, interactive live experiences, and consumer-facing tech products, Super Deluxe talks to a generation of insatiably curious viewers who grew up clutching smartphones. Super Deluxe is a division of Turner, but it operates independently in Downtown LA.

Director: Matt Wolf
Producer: Brendan Doyle
DP: Pete Sillen
Editor: Conor McBride
Produced by SuperDeluxe and C41 Media

SCORE: A Film Music Documentary



This celebratory documentary takes viewers inside the studios and recording sessions of Hollywood's most influential composers to give a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of a truly international music genre: the film score.


An Epicleff Media Production.
Directed by Matt Schrader. Produced by Robert Kraft, Trevor Thompson, Kenny Holmes, Nate Gold, Jonathan Willbanks.
Distributed by Gravitas Ventures.


STARRING: Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, John Williams, James Cameron, Trent Reznor, Rachel Portman, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Quincy Jones, Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg), Alexandre Desplat, Harry Gregson-Williams, Brian Tyler, Joe Kraemer, Heitor Pereira, Steve Jablonsky, Thomas Newman, Patrick Doyle, John Powell, Bear McCreary, Moby, Garry Marshall, Trevor Rabin, Henry Jackman, Jerry Goldsmith, John Debney, Steven Spielberg, Marco Beltrami, Christophe Beck, Tyler Bates, David Arnold, Christopher Young, James Horner, Dario Marianelli, Leonard Maltin, Robert Kraft, David Newman, Mychael Danna, Elliot Goldenthal, Bernard Herrmann, Conrad Pope, Alfred Newman, Atticus Ross, Joseph Trapanese, Max Steiner, Mervyn Warren, Bill Field, Christopher Lennertz, Deborah Lurie, Siu-Lan Tan, J. Ralph, Buck Sanders, Jon Burlingame, Richard Kraft, Amos Newman, JAC Redford, Doreen Ringer Ross, Robert Townson, Shawn Lemone, Mitchell Leib, Paul Broucek.

I Don't Actually Care

IDAC from Casimir Nozkowski on Vimeo.

2016 Hot Docs Film Festival premiere
2016 Rooftop Films
2016 Vassar Filmfest
2016 Iron Mule Film Festival
2017 Sarasota Film Festival

Synopsis: When I was leaving for college, my aunt Dana told me I had a cousin I’d never met who was matriculating in the same year as me. We shared classes and had friends in common but for some strange reason I never introduced myself. All during college, and then into the real world, through a decade of overlapping connections, we never met. This film is an examination of that hesitation and an attempt to understand why I never made the easiest connection in the world… until it was too late. Through archival footage and re-enactment of the era in question, IDAC is ultimately a documentary about what was happening on an unconscious level and how distant a relative can be even when they’re right in front of your face.

Written/Directed/Edited by Casimir Nozkowski
Music by Alexander Strung
Sound Mix by Tod Chapman
Color Grading by Phil Choe @ Nice Shoes
Featuring Hannah Bos, Amanda Duarte, Erin Edmison, Josh Henderson-Cox, Greg Glassman, Thomas Nozkowski, Joyce Robins
Thank you Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Production Notes: I've made over 100 short films, many of which examine issues of family, the blurry line between fiction and non-fiction and the sometimes disturbing, sometimes hilarious ways our memories fail us. IDAC is an autobiographical documentary which is a genre my movies (or at least parts of them) often fall into. The key with autobiography in my opinion is to avoid being sentimental at all costs. This does not mean you can’t be funny or can’t be authentic and personal – it’s just that it being your story does not automatically make it interesting. On top of that, IDAC also considers the way we dream and the way dreams can invade our everyday life – which is another subject matter that can easily steer a film awry. So making IDAC was exciting because once mindful of all these pitfalls, there was an enormous feeling of restraint that coursed through the documentary’s production. My hope is that people who see my film IDAC recognize familiar moments and feelings from their own lives: memories they can’t quite explain, people they think they know and dramatic, life-defining events that upon further scrutiny don’t exactly add up as neatly as they once thought.

See more of my films at vimeo and at

4.1 Miles

4.1 Miles is a 2016 short documentary film about a coast guard captain on a remote Greek island who is charged with the saving thousands of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea during the European migrant crisis. The film is directed by Daphne Matziaraki and nominated for a 2017 Academy Award.

Ten Meter Tower

"O nosso objectivo ao fazer este filme era de certa forma uma experiência psicológica: queríamos captar a forma como as pessoas encaram uma situação difícil, para retratar seres humanos em dúvida. Já todos vimos actores a representar a dúvida em filmes de ficção, mas temos poucas imagens genuínas desse sentimento em documentários. Para as criar, decidimos colocar pessoas numa situação suficientemente poderosa que dispensasse qualquer estrutura narrativa clássica. Um salto de uma grande altura pareceu-nos o cenário perfeito." (Maximilien Van Aertryck e Axel Danielson)