Tuesday, 3 May 2022
This screening session features 6 films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
Central Park Mall (Level 3)
Chippendale NSW 2008
Tickets are only $8.00* per screening session and include a free drink at the bar afterwards. Reserve your ticket now here.
Free tickets available for students (25-), seniors (65+), and unemployed or low income guests. Submit a request here.
*All proceeds go to The Bigger Screen, an international organisation supporting independent filmmakers.
NYC! SOUND (BACK) ON (ISRAEL) BY GILAD AVNAT, STAV NAHUM
Synopsis: Celebrate New York's reopening with this audio-visual homage to the greatest city in the world. 900+ sounds sampled. 6 days of shooting. Countless days of editing. As New Yorkers eagerly await a full reopening, the Bonamaze directing duo celebrates the spirit of the city with the release of their new short, “NYC! Sound (back) On.” The goal of this creative, audio-visual homage is to capture the heartbeat of the Big Apple like never before, with a special emphasis on sound that brings the city’s diverse culture to vibrant life. Running time: 00:01:15.
Selections/awards: Selected as Vimeo Staff Pick - Best of the Month, winner of Best Unscripted and Best Use of Sound & Music at Berlin Commercial 2021.
About the directors: Gilad Avnat and Stav Nahum, aka BONAMAZE, are a directing duo specializing in the creation of a visual sound experience 100% made in-house. Sampling hundreds of original sounds produced by the universe, BONAMAZE injects them into their musical videos to present whatever the subject may be in the most exciting way. BONAMAZE’s distinctive flare for sound has marked campaigns for Coca-Cola, Cheerios, M&M’s, Snickers, and more.
BEYOND DARKWAVE (AUSTRALIA) BY DANA JORDAN ROTHSCHILD
Synopsis: A meta exploration of one student filmmaker's journey to create a documentary in the midst of a global crisis. Running time: 00:05:30.
About the director: Dana Jordan Rothschild is a Brisbane based creative and founder of 'Catalina Odyssey'. Growing up on a steady diet of Adventure Movies and Spaghetti Westerns, he pursued filmmaking from a young age, driven by a keen interest in genre storytelling, and found himself amongst the wayward back roads of America's National Parks.
BELLYDANCE VOGUE (LEBANON) BY HADI MOUSSALLY
Synopsis: "My birthday was on the 3rd of April 2020 during lockdown, and for the first time, I celebrated it all by myself. But even if I was alone, I decided to celebrate it as if it’s the last one." A film made during quarantine. Running time: 00:05:00.
Selections/awards: Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest, 180´Berlin Filmfest, Toronto Arthouse FF, London Int Screen Dance Festival, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film, Ghent Viewpoint Documentary FF, Flikkers Queer FF, Experimental, Dance & Music FF LA, Fashion FF Amsterdam, and more.
About the director: Hadi Moussally (Lebanon, 1987) has Masters in 'Fiction Cinema' and in 'Documentary and Anthropological Cinema'. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes. Moussally has made fashion films and documentaries some of which have received festival awards, and his experimental project on albinism "Positive" has been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair.
UNCLE MAX & DRAKEN (AUSTRALIA) BY TERESA CARANTE
Synopsis: Uncle Max Harrison, an aboriginal elder from Australia, reconnects to his spiritual land following the footstep of his dingo Draken. Running time: 00:04:00.
About the director: Teresa Carante completed an MA in Social Anthropology before embracing her passion for documentary filmmaking. Teresa's first documentary “Blue Chameleon” was awarded the best director at the California Film Awards 2014. Her second short documentary “I’m Coming Home” won a Gold-Remi at World Fest-Houston. After graduating from film school, Teresa worked as a production manager in “Unplanned America” (SBS), “Psychics in The Suburbs” (ABC TV), and as camera operator/assistant on “The Commons” (Stan), “Undercurrent” (Ch7), “Dead Scientists” (Discovery Channel) and TED-ex Australia. Teresa filmed the Vietnamese episode of “Aussie Dispatch COVID-19” broadcasted as interstitials on ABC Australia and ABC Australia iView. In 2020 she directed, shot and edited the documentary series "Through Their Eyes" purchased by Qantas (inflight entertainment) and DocPlay. Teresa has directed, filmed and edited short documentaries for animal protection organisations such as Fight Dog Meat and Animals Asia in Vietnam, as well as worked as main camera on a couple of documentary episodes for VICE (in production). Teresa's first long documentary “Mother Crocodile”, now in post production, received development funding from the ABC followed by a successful crowdfunding campaign.
SET IN STONE (AUSTRALIA) BY ANGUS MIDDLETON
Synopsis: A meditation on our movement in time, in place and in growth. Running time: 00:03:58.
About the director: Angus Middleton is a Screen Production student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
A LOSS OF SOMETHING EVER FELT (ESTONIA) BY CARLOS E. LESMES
Synopsis: Eeva’s mother Hille has maintained close ties with her drug-addict son, Lauri, who left Estonia for South America. But their last call ended in an argument and it’s been six months since she heard from Lauri. Hille has become desperate. Eeva, long estranged from her brother, reluctantly travels to Bogotá, Colombia, to search for him on the streets. Isolated by language and culture, Eeva begins to imagine her brother's life as one of the many invisible urban souls. Lurching between hope and panic, Eeva’s dangerous journey suddenly takes an unexpected turn that transforms her chase into an unforgettable mission of the heart. Running time: 01:22:45.
About the director: Carlos Eduardo Lesmes López (1987) is a Colombian film director currently living and working in Estonia. Graduated as a filmmaker from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2010, after two years working in Diorama post-production as an editor and director Carlos moved to Estonia to get his MA degree in Baltic Film and Media School. After completing the degree he has been an active member of the Estonian film community, being part of different feature films and developing his own film projects. Carlos is interested in science fiction, science, comic books and particle physics, but mostly in how all of this can be tied and used to try and tell stories about the experience of being a human.