HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: May 2021 ASIAN Film Festival

Winner BEST FEATURE FILM: DEEP INSIDE

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Just like every other youngster Vishal Bhatia loves to live his life to the fullest, having fun with friends and cares a damn for rest of the world. After his father’s demise he takes over the entire business, only to get busy looking for more fun, until that night of his Birthday.

Seen partying with his friends that night, wakes up to find himself trapped inside a box, his life takes him for a Rollercoaster ride since then. Left with a phone bearing few contacts of least help and with less than 2 hours of oxygen to survive, he starts using his abilities physical and mental to the extreme to come out of it. Having no clue of who must have done this to him and for what reason, he starts analyzing his past, from every relation to another, every person near and dear, Passing through the Shattering Realities, and crawling over the wall of self realization, Will he find his way out? Or the one who has trapped him has some other plans….

  • Project Type:Feature
  • Runtime:1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:December 24, 2020
  • Production Budget:150,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:India
  • Country of Filming:India
  • Language:Hindi
  • Shooting Format:Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:16:9
  • Film Color:Color

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: June 2021 DOCUMENTARY Feature Film Festival

Driven Feature Film, Audience FEEDBACK from June 2021 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival.

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DRIVEN, 105min., Brazil, Documentary
Directed by Pedro McCardell

After a lifetime of physical accomplishments that include teaching himself to walk at age 7, Getúlio wants to show others that anything is possible.

Set in the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, the documentary follows the young Brazilian boy Getúlio Felipe, 14, who has cerebral palsy, along with his friend and director Pedro McCardell, and Italian mountain guide Alessio Nardellotto, while the trio takes on the challenge of climbing the highest peak in the Cordillera: the Marmolada mountain.

For the past four years, Getúlio has trained his body and mind to prepare for the challenge.

Short Film: HISTORIANS, 4min., Canada, Dance

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

A young black male shares a spoken word poem about his life growing up with racism, fear, hatred and hope. Surrounded by art, in both print and live form, with dancers embodying his words, and expressing their own experience through hiphop, jazz, locking, crump and contemporary.

Director – Akil McKenzie

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Short Film: SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, 6min., USA, Dance

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

An escape from reality, we follow two strangers through a sizzling, quirky outburst of dance in a retro-futuristic, parallel world. Smokestack Lightning chronicles the adventure of these two heroes as they navigate their shared dreamscape, devoid of time and relieved of convention. Their meeting initiates a momentary connection, a reprise from the world around them; movement as their language.

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Director Biography – Charissa Kroeger, Eric Schloesser (SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING)

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

A multifaceted dancer, choreographer and director, Charissa Kroeger morphs seamlessly between diverse mediums. Her work as both a performing artist and creative has included collaborations with Netflix, Chanel, Sia, Anderson Paak, Dua Lipa, San Francisco Opera, Glamour Magazine, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Murphy. Charissa is a Southern California native, who received her B.A. in dance from Loyola Marymount University and furthered her training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under Bobbi Jene Smith. Charissa has been a part of numerous creative teams, operating alongside prolific artists such as Ryan Heffington and Tony Testa. Internationally she has toured with the Grammy winning artist Lorde and in Daniel Ezralow’s company, Ezralow Dance. In 2020 Charissa’s choreography premiered at SXSW festival— in a film entitled ‘AVIVA.’
“Smokestack Lightning” is her directorial debut.

Eric Schloesser is a dancer, choreographer, and aspiring creative director. Immediately after earning the title of “Best Dancer” at…

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Short Film: WAITING ROOM, 5min., France, Dance

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

This film is a dance exploration of Dylan Thomas poem “Love in the Asylum”, performed by 15 dancers, gathered in an enclosed space. Waiting rooms are places far from regular time and space notions, where everyone can get lost in inner thoughts. A place that opens up to inner madness, a dedicated space to explore fake solitudes. A place of silence, stillness, of imposed physical distance.

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Director Biography – Didier MULLERAS (WAITING ROOM)

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

Didier MULLERAS is a french visual artist, renowned choreographer, musician, film maker. He has created more that 30 stage productions and numerous dance films. His work has toured worldwide in more that 50 countries and major venues, including Sadlers Wells Londres, Art Summit Jakarta, Centre Culturel de Belem Lisbonne, Danza Unam Mexico, Skirball Center Los Angeles, Itau Cultural São Paulo, French Festival Bangkok, KaaiTheater Brussels, Dance On Camera Festival New York, Cynet Dresden, Seoul Film Festival.

in 2019-2020, his films have had 77 official selections, 21 nominations, 9 awards, in 41 Films Festivals from 17 countries.

Since 1998, with his « mini@tures » project, one of the first dance project for the Internet, he is considered as a pioneer in dance creation related to film – new technologies. His works are free access on http://www.didier-mulleras.com, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

He gives Dance + Video workshops, worldwide (project DFC dance for…

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Short Film: CHAMELEON, 7min,. France, Dance

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

“Chameleon” is a transformative blend of two spirits becoming one. Representing the continuous re-inventing of relationship, it evokes and awakens both feelings of submissiveness & sensuality. Originally created as an ensemble dance for stage work, today, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Jazz Spectrum Dance Company, Janell Burgess has re-invented “Chameleon” into a beautiful pas de deux for film. Ms. Burgess worked closely with composer Cisco Dimas to create new & original music specifically for this dance for film. “Chameleon” premiered in October of 2020 at PUSHfest Global Online presented by Raissa Simpson, Artistic Director of Push Dance Company, San Francisco, CA.

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Director Biography – Janell Burgess , Shawn Vitale (CHAMELEON)

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

Tremaine Scholarship, Giordano Merit Scholarship, and American Legion Award for her advocacy and commitment to art education in the Southern California school districts. For over 20 years, Janell has travelled around the world, working with top companies including Disney, Universal Studios, Sands Macau, Heineken, & Ceasars Entertainment. She has toured & performed with KC & The Sunshine Band, The Jackson Family, Paul Oakenfold, Bijan Mortezavi, Gene Simmons, & Holly Madison. Her film & television credits include: The Disney Channel, The Travel Channel, “The View”, AXS TV, and West Africa’s longest running dance reality show, “Maltina Dance All” where Ms. Burgess served as head judge for 4 seasons. A passionate movement & health educator, Janell is a certified Zena Rommett Floor Barre Instructor, Yoga Instructor, & Holistic Healthcare Practitioner. She has served on faculty at the Debbie Reynolds Dance Center, ABT Gillespie School, StarQuest Dance International, and as a guest speaker…

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Short Film: BLOOM ON TIPTOE, 9min., South Korea, Dance

Experimental Film & Music Video Festival

This film reveals the journey of a Korean female dancer who finds her forgotten identity.

With a feminist narrative, it embraces women who struggle with their inner or social circumstances hoping to encourage them to get through it.

She one day encounters and conflicts with her other forgotten ego. Even though she realizes her difficulties, restrictions in life as a woman, she adapts herself to it and tries to reject her other ego approaching her. After conflicting with her ego, receiving her ego, she is finally reborn as a transcendent ego.

This film is aimed to present Korean costume, Hanbok, in the narrative. The garments that a couple of dancers and a little girl wear, are the symbolic element that presents the woman dancer’s characteristics. Throughout the film, the costume changes its colour and shape, and the transformation means that the evolution of the main character’s identity.

Director – JaeKwang Han

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