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 now has a website! https://dreamcityfilm.com/
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: https://www.instagram.com/dreamcityfilm
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.
I am producing Anna Lyubynetska's FAMU MFA thesis film Home/Front (working title) this fall. We are filming in Prague in early October and currently seeking additional funds to shoot the exterior scenes in Kiev. We are happy to offer fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas, which makes all contributions to the film tax deductible.
My short experimental documentary, How to Build a Terrarium, is screening at Bideodromo International Experimental Film and Video Festival in Bilbao on September 14th!
Yet, here it is. Just imagine you are watching it in a theater, or gallery, or some other non-networked locale.