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to gait + to retreat = to ascend (testament)

incedere + retrocedere = ascendere (testamento)

to gait + to retreat = to ascend (testament)

It is a musical film, beyond the words that represent the soundtrack, which in their icy documentary tone contrast with the intimate and daily images of the private archive. The sky shadowed and threatening, a gray bloated with lake melancholy, which crushes Lecco between the mountains and its lake; the ties between the cold psychoanalytical words and the gestures described by the images are subtle and counterpoint: from the car, to the stars, to the eclipse, to photographic erased images. The lunar eclipse is also the subject's eclipse portrayed in them, through the cancellation and colouristic crushing that favors cold tones; if hot: disappeared. The survey is held, suggested, conducted for idea associations through a narrative voice that cools the pathos of the other voices. Everything is dramatic and at the same time hides the comedy - it contains its subtle contradictions. The yearning for the unknown, the metaphysical of earthly places is recalled in the infinite landscape of the stars. He collects the Testament who dialectically is framed first, asking for a smile. The childish request is heartbreaking, because pure: the smile is for him, the slight purr, the breath, the fan that turns and ends it all.
Author's statement: I left myself very guided by the case, which I find more and more fundamental protagonists in everything I do: I have rarely moved sounds to other images. I chose the images and then I am amazed, listening to the sound, to find interesting ideas (eg "The 400 shots of Truffaut", from which an extract is heard). The idea is a musical, rhythmic, moving film (a bit like in one of my first films: "Going back to domestic reliefs") and the ordering criterion was the breath of my son's sleep, which I used as a leitmotiv in various passages (returning to the generating breath of "Greisttmo"); there are my hair on the lens, the subjective, the dreamlike deletions of "1510 - dream on printed paper with video" (everything started with the work of painting on frames, in 2016). There is voyeurism (of "I see") that distances oneself from its beautiful prisons (the graceful railings) looking beyond. There is a strong presence of the night (as in "Concerto Metafisico" and in "Luna in Capricorno") in the constant "Investigation ...". What happens is a rationalization of what is exorcised in films as in dreams.

Author's statement: The archival pictures, painted, together with the memories and the intimate present, constitute the private part, essential to the film, conceived musically, rhythmically; the ordering criterion was my son's breath, while sleeping, which I used as a leitmotif in various passages. The words that make the soundtrack, previously composed by Dario Agazzi, contrast with the daily, private archive images, cooling them and creating contrapuntal ties with them: listing the complexes of Freudian psychoanalysis in an impersonal way and investigating perhaps the unresolved fears that are transmitted from generation to generation, like those complexes in which the self mysteries are hidden.
There is also what happens outside: the camera spies a neighbor, tries to capture the lunar eclipse of 2018, the streets of the city so familiar, that can become enemies during a panic crisis.
The drama hides the comedy - it contains its subtle contradictions. The metaphysical investigation and yearning is held back, suggested, conducted by associations of ideas, organized only by a musical breath, parts of a discourse that can never reach completeness.
I let myself be guided by chance, which I find increasingly fundamental protagonist in what I do.
Built to Last

Built to Last

Built To Last Written by Blane Howard and Jason Earley. Follow Blane for more: https://blanehoward.com

Music video produced by Taylor Snyder & Sue Vicory.

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Bye Dummy

Bye Dummy

A serial killer is on the run and trying to escape the country. Before he makes his attempt, he makes one quick stop at a small store to buy food only to bump into a police detective. It’s after this encounter when they realise that life comes full circle at the times that you least expect it.
Eyes

Eyes

Zach Goodwin assembled a small film crew, of his film school classmates (Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan, Alex Kumph), to go out every Sunday night to film and take part in the LA Animal Save Pig Vigils. After several weeks of intensive shooting, hundreds of miles of driving, and over 100 hours of editing, the crew decided to share equal credit for the film. The short features prominent animal activist voices like Moby and Shaun Monson.
On My Mind

On My Mind

Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today, it has to be now. It's a question of life, death and karaoke.
The Sea Calls for Me

Laut Memanggilku

The Sea Calls for Me

Sura lives alone in the fishing village, waiting for his father to return home. When one day he finds an inflatable sex doll, he finds a companion and a surrogate parent. But this companionship is threatened by Argo, who wants to take it away from Sura.
Jane

Jane

Original song written by Stephanie Quayle & Alex Kline for the feature documentary film, “She" which is inspired by Aimée Bakers book of poetry “DOE”.

Www.StephanieQuayle.com
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Produced by Sue Vicory and Taylor Snyder
Bulutlardan Aşağı

Bulutlardan Aşağı

Su is waiting for her dad to come home with her favourite ice-cream. He arrives home visibly drunk and he still wants to keep his promise to his daugther. The two head our for a night drive in the magical land of Cappadocia.
French Riviera

French Riviera

When a high socialite can't stop appearing in the newspaper for her antics, her husband gives her an ultimatum...
The Movement - Francesca Marchisio

The Movement - Francesca Marchisio

“The Movement” is an intimate monologue that explores the relationship between us and the natural elements.
The protagonist's thoughts run through a stream of consciousness freely inspired by the principles of thermodynamics, reversible transformations become the key to a more sustainable attitude towards our planet and to create new value from what already exists.
In "The Movement" fashion and dance dialogue together through surreal atmospheres to understand how important it is to act consciously.
Orange Tree

Orange Tree

“Orange Tree” is a narrative dance film about the hopes and dreams we carry for the future and what happens when they do not come to fruition.
Focusing specifically on long-distance relationships and how so much of the relationship lies in a shared vision of the future, “Orange Tree” explores the vast amounts of time actually spent alone dreaming of that other person in the relationship, imagining what your lives might be like one day.
Glaistig

Glaistig

Anna is an immigrant actress determined to succeed, even if it means contorting herself to fit Hollywood’s misogynistic standards. While preparing for a job interview we find her nearly unrecognizable and succumbing to the all consuming trauma, when she revisits a feminist poem that thrusts her into a wild and fantastical journey of total self reclamation.
It's Over

تمام

It's Over

A simple day in the life of an elderly Iranian couple - they have no roof and only one illusion of choice! Everything in that country is smoke and mirrors.
A Feast That Never Comes

A Feast That Never Comes

Investigation and interrogation is at the heart of this project. We carve pathways for witnesses to ask their own questions and draw their own conclusions. We began with an examination of technology’s effects on everything from our understanding of self and others to communication, mental health, digital outrage, public and private presentation, and cycles of abuse.

The result is work that functions not as declarative, but rather as interrogative, always leaving the listener with more questions than answers. To suppose that an artist has all the answers is hubris at its most incessant and troubling. Here, we can’t find a singular truth, because art must reflect life. Instead, you are invited to grapple with the same questions that the creator struggles with.

The musical, lyrical, and visual motifs that repeat throughout the project may be taken as clues to the artist’s intent. But from there, you’re on your own. The only intent that prevails in A Feast That Never Comes is that of openness and investigation; there is no right answer, but there’s also no right question. You are hereby invited to ask your own questions, and provide your own answers. The work remains fundamentally unfinished without you.
N.O.R.A.

N.O.R.A.

Esteban and Samuel look for the last vestiges that give an account of the existence of women. One day they find a woman, or so it seems, named Nora, who could be the last hope or a terrible punishment for those who still inhabit the earth.
Natura Magica

Natura Magica

In Africa, the art of hand crafting on fabrics dates a few centuries back. Preserving the heritage of hand woven cotton and the tradition of hand made prints from Mali to Nigeria by passing on the savoir-faire to today's younger generation is an epitome of sustainability.
Mijo

Mijo

Mijo is a young dreamer, suddenly blessed with the gift of King Midas. However his ability has a unique twist: whatever and whoever he touches is stylishly pimped up.

Shot in the uncharted streets of Mexico City, Mijo is a colourful and fun fashion film inspired by the pachucos fashion from the 40s. The film is a collaboration with independent local artists, showcasing traditional Mexican tailoring, fashion, music and illustrations all in one project. Channeling the city's edgy and urban spirit, Mijo reinterprets the myth of King Midas through a modern Mexican lens.

Fun Fact

The word Mijo is a contraction of the Spanish words mi and hijo, meaning my son. This is a term of endearment which roughly translates as darling or dear used in Spanish-speaking countries to refer to someone younger.
Fernweh

Fernweh

A short film about the the longing for unknown, sometimes made up places.
Consume As Little As Possible

Consume As Little As Possible

An eye opening documentary that raises awareness about our planet and how the human race is slowly destroying it through over consumption of its resources.
Ms. Anita

Ms. Anita

A dancer training for the role of her dreams is under pressure by her own self-critiques.
Sweet Lies

Sweet Lies

Seemingly happily married couple, Jake and Emma, share a dark secret that neither is aware of. But the secret is about to come out..
New Test 123...

New Test 123...

New Test 123 is a part of Flammable Formula series. We assembled this arthouse film from strands of thoughts on intersectional feminism floating through culture. New Test 123 is postmodern in character. We invite our viewer to participate in creative freedom by constructing their own narrative for the piece.Other pieces from the Flammable Formula series live here: https://www.annegart.com/flammable-formula
Peel

Peel

This film is an attempt to translate Anne's journey as an artist and a human authentically through dance, fashion and a visual narrative that is unafraid to be experimental and challenge the genre of what a fashion or dance film can be.
Phase

Phaza

Phase

A 10-year-old boy Yarik spends the last days of summer vacation with his mother in the country. Playing in the woods, Yarik and his friend Igor see a young woman with a man but perceive their togetherness differently: Igor believes they make love while Yarik is sure that the woman is strangled by the man. Yarik investigates the possible murder while discovering the countryside and his way towards his mother who is in deep grief for her husband killed at war in the east of Ukraine.
Ellen Ripley

Ellen Ripley

Liv has just become a mother for the first time, but her happiness changes into anxiety when she fails to nurse her newborn daughter Ellen.
Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree

Millicent & Me and The Apple Tree

Ella, an impoverished chimney sweep in Hollywood, finds Millicent, a lonely mouse puppet on Hollywood Blvd. Ella's realistic world is brought into musical fantasy as Ella is inspired by Millicent to explore her biggest wish ever: her wish of becoming a ... movie star!
Spin

Spin

When the curtain descends on their final performance of Romeo and Juliet in drama club, high school seniors Abigail and Sky bid a fair adieu to the stage they loved while letting their most deepest desires for one another surface at the cast party.
Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Two millennials enjoy being the last survivors on earth until they discover they’re not alone.
IDODO

IDODO

IDODO adapts a local legend by the Ziag Zagaz clan of Papua New Guinea into film and brings the diverse and unique cultural heritage of Papua New Guinea to an international audience. The animated short film retells the story of how reef fish got their beautiful colours and is a dedicated collaboration between filmmakers, artists, performers, and musicians from Papua New Guinea and PNG-born Swiss director Ursula Ulmi, rooted in cultural authenticity and co-creation.

Long ago the fish transformed into humans and came onto land to celebrate and dance. Once the sun set, they hurried back into the sea, leaving behind a big mess. Curious as to who occupied the village in their absence, the villagers of one island plan to find out who these uninvited visitors were. What they would soon discover, leaves them astounded and mesmerized.
Entrelugar

Entrelugar

Remain in impermanence.

Exercise self-awareness until you notice cracks open, paths for air to enter.
Abstract geology.

Looking inside, finding gaps, welcoming movements.

In search of finding purpose between places, a woman embarks on a journey through different planes and lets herself be guided by energies that manifest in multiple atmospheres.

With the voice of the brazilian contemporary artist, Juçara Marçal, Haight’s new film invites the audience to affirms the in-between as a space of permanence.

Pedro Perdigão –– Director
Marcella Franklin –– Creative Director
Julia Iunes –– Editor
Bernardo Negri –– Director of Photography
Raphael Tepedino –– Art Director
Marianna Guinle –– Script
Juçara Marçal –– Voice Over
Gravity (Music Video)

Gravity (Music Video)

"Gravity" started as a script for a short film that got rewritten as a song. The story is about someone who's always on the look for a meaning or purpose.

The story is metaphorically represented in a love theme, we can see the protagonist leaving earth (reality) to the endless space trying to find his lover (the purpose). It's a journey with no returning back, a one-way ticket to the unknown.
Destination Angels

Destination Angels

Writer and folk artist Fences receives a call from distant relatives of Beat Generation icon and literary hero Jack Kerouac. In a series of fated twists, Fences, his band and Jack's nephew find themselves roving up California's Highway 1, retracing Jack’s half-century-gone spiritual quest. Their mission: to record an album in roadside motels and forgotten train yards, over booming cliffsides and in hushed bookstores, inspired by Jack's legacy and a trove of never-before-seen Kerouac poems.
Will Fences go headlong into a fate shared by his idol Kerouac, doomed to a lonesome beauty and immense suffering of his own making? Or will he resolve to kick addiction and self-doubt, find love and family, and be redeemed in his new greatest masterpiece yet?
9/11 : The Days After : Art Photos & Writing from Those Who Were There

9/11 : The Days After : Art Photos & Writing from Those Who Were There

A Tribute Video to the Living Memory of 9/11.
Art Photos & Writing from Those Who Were There set to the song - "Empty Skyline" by Carolynn Black; lyrics by Eric Zaccar
New Moon

New Moon

An imaginative surrealist journey of young Jay Jay and his mother Edie. Their inner city dreams are illuminated by the New Moon accompanied by magic of Aretha Franklin playing on a summer's eve on a transistor radio in a backyard in West Philadelphia.
Flip Mode

Flip Mode

Two fellow Comedians ghost write each other's songs and hit it big.
Fine (Official Music Video)

Fine (Official Music Video)

Sometimes no is enough without having to explain the story of why. This video embodies and presents as many depictions of “no” as possible. It abandons linear narratives to embrace the abstraction & unpredictability uncovered when exploring the world of a sentiment/feeling. Many iconic “revenge/breakup” music videos starring women, portray these women as unhinged, crazy, and even demonic. It was essential that this NOT be the case in ‘Fine.’ In ‘Fine,’ the women are unchangingly grounded, empowered, and sane as they wreak destruction in order to tell the man who brought trauma/pain upon them “no.” The symbols of this man (his apologetic gifts, the infantilized submissive school-girl-esque image of women he finds ideal, the surrealist box-world he has trapped them in) are the catalysts for the unhinged/creepy/horrific tone of this suffocating-box world, not the women.
How I Like It

How I Like It

A rare insight into the sexual exploits of Pakistani women, who share their secret intimate experiences as anonymous voices. In stark contrast, public life in a large Pakistani metropolis exposes how men act like kings in what they consider their terrain.
DELUSIONE

DELUSIONE

DELUSIONE is an examination of dissociation, as a means for survival and manipulation. Fueled by lust and love, one's reality is ultimately designed by one's desires, leading to a mirage of illusion.
VIA[DOLO]

VIA[DOLO]

A young woman embarks on a traumatic journey as she overcomes an invisible force.
The Mirror

The Mirror

The Mirror is the latest fashion film directed by Giuila Achenza for the Milan-based fine jewellery brand Avel Lenttan. The film takes us on a journey of self-discovery, in which we learn to appreciate and love the natural beauty that is hidden within ourselves highlighted by the refined simplicity of the brand’s collection. We are presented with two identical women meeting at a crossroad between dream and reality. Facing one another with curiosity, they slowly come to realise how they are one and the same - two sides of the same person who have learnt to co-exist and appreciate each other’s peculiarities.
Together

Together

Crina returns to her hometown to take her son on a holyday.
A Fast Of Longing

Kol Yom Kippur

A Fast Of Longing

Grandson Dan-Dan picks up his grandma to spend Yom-Kippur at his parents’ house. The car breaks down, and they spend Yom-Kippur alone, on the road, in his car.
The Road

Дорога

The Road

When, at a critical moment in life, a person stops, he revises his past.
NOMAD

NOMAD

By the light of fireflies, the whispers of mythical snakes, and the ushering of a myriad of under worldly creatures, Nomad illustrates the twist and turns of a journey to the individuation of the spirit. Weaving through realms of light and shadow, where every encounter is alive with meaning, the uprooted protagonist takes us from the depths of her unconscious to the illuminations of the divine feminine.
A MARRIAGE STORY

A MARRIAGE STORY

Within every heartbeat, there's a love story.
A couple's relationship is tested when emotions run hot, fall out is inevitable. Can the true meaning of love save their marriage?
Perfect Storm

Perfect Storm

During the perfect storm of the pandemic, the beauty of nature and the connectivity of humanity endures. On the wild west coast of Auckland ( New Zealand ) we follow one mans enforced isolation. Pacing into the unknown, wondering if those dear to him, will ever be seen again.

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