Kiev Moscow by emma piper-burket

In the Fall of 2015, just as I was graduating from my MFA program at FAMU, I produced the graduate thesis film of my friend the lovely Anna Lyubynetska. We shot in Prague and Kiev. I am happy and honored to announce that this past Saturday Kiev Moscow won the Czech Lion award for best student film of 2016. The film will be making a small tour through cities in the Czech Republic through ishorts and will make its festival debut next month in Dresden. More updates to follow.

DREAM CITY UPDATES by emma piper-burket

Dream City now has a website!

We screened in Tucson at EXPLODED VIEW microCINEMA in February alongside works by Cáit Ní Síomón.

The film will also be screening as part of Winnipeg Underground Film Festival & Ace Arts Banned series on Thursday March 9th, proceeds from the night will go to the ACLU. Also part of the screening Thursday is work by Jamal Penjweny and Rebeen Hamarafiq, watch another of Rebeen’s short works here:

Diana and I have also started a (semi) daily photo project on Instagram. She sends me a photo, when I receive it, I take a picture of wherever I am and then we post both side by side. Follow here:

Filmmaking in Iraqi Kurdistan by emma piper-burket

Duhok, production headquarters of Reseba.

Duhok, production headquarters of Reseba.

For the past few years I have been researching the development of Iraqi Kurdish cinema.  This month my research found two culminations... this article in Reverse Shot, focusing on the burgeoning film scene in Duhok: Toward an Iraqi Kurdish Cinema

And my MFA thesis from FAMU, which looks at the region as a whole.

At the same time I heard that Shawkat Amin Korki's wonderful film, Memories on Stone, has been submitted as Iraq's official entry to the Academy Awards. Am wishing them all the best of luck.

It is hard to find a lot of the films I've written about recently, two snippets below to whet the appetite.

Trailer: Memories on Stone

Hawraz Mohammed's Short Film: Record.

"The film tells the story of the life of an elderly mother and father. Want to portray their lives through a video camera in order to send their son who lives abroad in loneliness... In the nineties the majority of young Iraqi Kurdistan have migrated their country because of the civil war and poverty."