In the beginning, we were one blood. Then the body, stem of thorns, grew its disagreement from the inside out. Like all biblical stories, it begins with a simple thorn, a natural secret the body kept from itself. I open the sealed envelope: everything in the sky folded, gathered into one body. Shoulders, the tightness of my mouth. Wounded bird. Lightning fluttering between two boys who want to be in a basement in a town they dreamt up. Lightning in cities and towns I’ve never been to, never heard of. I am positive. I am not. I make a moon with sugar and a damp thumb, watch its unlicked body dissolve into memory. A couple of towns over I am born and reborn. I am not. Not positive until I say it. Until I taste it. Boys died and die in bodies like this and don’t ghost, except on voice messages their mothers play to keep alive. They dress to grieve in churches. Inside black moons. Blotted-out days. Separate from face, posthumous thorn. Body liquefaction. I dream about altar boys in ironed seersucker suits pecking each other like swallows when dared. Boys with whiskey-mark necks. Like a scream of darts found them in the sanctuary’s locked basement in the dark. One night, they drew it—the town they dreamt of, fences yellowed, clouds like the static on the tv. Their only light. Knowing any other light would wake one’s sleeping sister, her body in the corner of the room’s mouth. Faithful, moving only as God does. One night in a symphony of nights. And He likes us until he doesn’t. Like trees struck by lightning, we aren’t visible until we’re on fire. Everything depreciates like this once it’s been said. Unless it is overheard. Unless it is shot in flight.
Director - Ivar Wigan Produced by: EVERYBODYNEEDSUS Executive Producer: Maria Rubin and Cathleen Cher Line Producer: Sally Oh Production Manager: Dannah Gottlieb Director of photography: Jamie Korn Gaffer: Hayden Mason Key Grip: Bryce Milburn Swing: RJ Cassavitis Sound: Gabe Valduri Choreographer: Kelly Yvonne PAs: Chris Tevebaugh, Ozzie Bunbury, Jeremy Baiden Editor: Ruth Hegarty Grade: Luke Morrison
Special Thanks To: Queen Afua Kharisma, Shaeyonce & the dancers Brenda at Blue Flame Atlanta Jocelyn and Matthew at Afropunk Festival
The film was conceived loosely as a live action musical animation, reminiscent of the system used in music animation software such as Stephen Malinowski’s Music Animation Machine.
Domestic and pertinent objects, common in the still life genre, were sourced and used within a structure mostly defined by the music.
The music is the Toccata from the first part of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach, one of his most famous compositions and a startling and surprising piece of music. Often mired in controversy, the authorship of Bach himself was questioned by musicologists from the 1960’s onwards because of the piece’s unusual structure, not seen in music of that time. It is performed by Peter Hurford in the 1976 album, Bach: The Great Organ Works.
The film is an exploration on the nature of time, the relentless violence of entropy and creative energy and its relationship to music itself. The Toccata and Fugue in D Minor has a cinematic history going back to the silent film era, when orchestras played music to films. The piece became often used in the horror genre and famously as the opening to the 1970’s film Rollerball.
A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 – a hypnotic stream of Earth's beauty, fragility and disasters. Animation of satellite irradiation scan measurements, scientific data by meteorological satellite Himawari-8 courtesy of JMA/BoM/NCI.
Timecodes for meteorological/astronomical events (approximate, list to be completed): March 9th 2016 Total Solar Eclipse: 4:44 June 2016 Kamchatka Wildfires: 7:26-8:02 (visible as large amounts of smoke emitted from a point in western Kamchatka, eventually filling a large ocean area) - also: June solstice/polar day north pole July 2016 Super Typhoon Nepartak: 8:37-8:49 Aug 2016 Typhoon Lionrock: 10:43-11:09 Sep 2016 Super Typhoon Meranti: 11:14-11:24 Dec 2016 December solstice/polar day south pole: from 13:25 (add more in the comments, if you like. Or send me a message. I will add appropriate ones to this list.)
Attribution note on the data, which the images in this film are based on: Satellite observations were originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from the geostationary meteorological satellite Himawari-8 operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Access to this dataset was provided by the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), which is supported by the Australian Government.
A film by Efterklang and Vincent Moon, launching on YouTube on 21st May.
In August 2010, French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang's 8 piece-live band met up on an island off the Danish coast.
The objective was to shoot a film. A film with the same length as an album, and a film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. Over an intense period of 4 days Efterklangcollaborated with more than 200 local musicians, kids and their own parents, creating new performances and interpretations of songs from their album 'Magic Chairs' (4AD, Rumraket 2010).
It was all filmed by Vincent Moon who same time conducted several filmic and musical experiments with Efterklang as his dedicated playmates.
'An Island' premiered January 31st 2011 and the following two months the film was screened for more than 50.000 people via 1178 Private-Public Screenings in private homes around the world. The Private-Public Screening idea was developed by Efterklang and Vincent Moon and the rules are very simple. Anyone can host a screening as long as it is public with a minimum capacity of 5 people and free entrance.
The Guardian *****: "The film 'An Island' is a heartwarmingly soulful portrait of the band in their natural habitat on the small Baltic island of Als"
Music performed by Efterklang’s 8 piece live-band anno 2010: Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Thomas Husmer, Rasmus Stolberg, Niklas Antonson, Frederik Teige, Heather W. Broderick, Peter Broderick and guests.
Directed and filmed by Vincent Moon
Produced by: Rasmus Stolberg Edited by Lucas Archambault & Vincent Moon Recordings by: Anders Boll & Nils Frahm Audio mix: Mads Brauer & Nils Frahm
THE LITTLE STORY OF GWEN FROM FRENCH BRITTANY (La petite histoire de Gwen la bretonne)" (2008). Directed by Agnès Varda
“un film amical” (a friendly film) - Agnès Varda
The biographical short "The little story of Gwen from French Brittany" is a film about friendship and Gwen Deglise and the Director's first meeting in France many years prior, Gwen's journey to Los Angeles, and her eventual discovery of the American Cinematheque in LA, where the women reunite many times over the years to celebrate film.
Permission to make this film available, by Cine-Tamaris with special thanks to Rosalie Varda.
San Francisco shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Driving through San Francisco during the pandemic is jaw dropping. Thankfully few people are outside (I wasn't even close to a person), but seeing the shops boarded up is tough to see. I made sure the drone wasn't a nuisance to anyone while shooting this short documentary of this...very weird time in San Francisco.
Producer - Sandra Faria - Força de Produção Starring - Greg Lucey, William Knight, Durant McLeod, Joy Green, Gwen Van Dame, Dennis Bull Line Producer - Carlos Berrizbeitia Associate Producer - Andrew Leland Rogers Director of Photography - Federico Cantini Production Designers - Juan Cavia & Walter Cornás Editor - Mariana Gaivão Original Music - Filipe Melo feat. Norberto Lobo Sound Designer - Dillon Bennett
Based on the Comic Book "Sleepwalk" by Filipe Melo & Juan Cavia (published by Tinta-da-China)
It's a short film about two musicians narrate the story of their own concert-hall dreams.
Story was created first, then the music. I wrote down emotions of each paragraph on the side trying to convey ideas and help people imagine what music can possibly be.
After few times of back and forth with Andy Lin, we had a version of the story that we both agreed with. He found the composer to compose the music.
Thanks so much to the whole team and also many many thanks to those friends who came to the shoot or supported me during the whole process.
Viola/Erhu: Wei-Yang Andy Lin Piano: Yu-Chieh Kelly Lin Composer: Lan-ln WinnieYang Music Recording Artist: Aleksandr Sasha Popov
Director: Beryl Chen Assistant Director: Jackie Lin Director of Photography: Gordon Yu, Darin Quan Editor: Jaime Puerta, Beryl Chen Production Designer: Camy Lee 2nd United Camera Operator: Jaime Puerta 3rd United Camera Operator: Josh Batista Assistant Camera Operator: Joy Zhou Gaffer: Josh Batista Grip: Rachel Adkins, Jae Malabunga Post and Color: Beryl Chen