Craig Hunter’s short film for EastSide Partnership, shot by Chris Nelson, showcases the east of Belfast city.

Craig Hunter’s short film for EastSide Partnership, shot by Chris Nelson, showcases the east of Belfast city.

For more information on EastSide Partnership, please visit: http://www.eastsidearts.net

For information on Chris Nelson, please visit: http://www.storyhousefilms.com/

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Capital I, directed by Amartya Bhattacharyya

Capital I is an existential psychodrama revolving around a mysterious and unknown artist and depicting the transformation of mind of a young girl whereby she finds herself trapped in between realistic relationships and attractions and a strange relationship with her hallucinatory lesbian partner.

Director – Amartya Bhattacharyya
Producers – Susant Misra, Swastik Choudhury
International Sales and Distribution – The Open Reel
Language – Odia, English (subtitled in English)
Country – India
Completion Year – December 2014
Running Time – 85 mins

IMDb Page – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3690050/
Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uJtBZisCvQ

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Conveyor Belt, directed by Brett Melnick

Brett Melnick is a filmmaker and film and TV enthusiast originally from Rockville, Maryland. Now based in California, Brett has created many short films, web-series and documentaries since discovering his passion for film, and hopes to continue to make meaningful and inspiring films in the future.

Brett’s most recently completed film, Conveyor Belt https://youtu.be/ioDCV-ssmKY is a 15 minute short film about pursuing personal dreams. The film was filmed completely in Northern Virginia during Brett’s Sophomore year in college. Attached below is the cover of the film, and a screenshot of the film.

Logline: After an inspirational encounter at work, a 9-to-5 grocery store clerk decides to make a rash decision about his future, and takes his life by the horns.

Watch Conveyor Belt here:

Brett is currently working in post production for two web-series that he developed and directed with 2016 releases (PhiBeR and Sex Drive). He is also currently developing a short film about culture in America.

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Metáfora, written, directed and music composed by Sebastian Wesman

Metáfora (2015)
Synopsis written by
Leila Goldberg

Metáfora is the first feature film of the filmmaker and composer Sebastian Wesman. It is a symbolic voyage inside the dream of an old woman. With an innovative cinematographic language, Metáfora takes us to a state of meditation where we experience different characters looking for the same answer.

Metáfora was filmed in Estonia during the four seasons of the year and it is in the Estonian language.
The film is divided into three stages each of which represents a stage of sleep, the depth of the dream of the old woman. The film unites elements of sculpture, music, theatre and photography – arts through which the director has transited before.

Subtly modified natural spaces create a scenography that is both real and unreal at the same time. An equilibrium from which rises a new aesthetic. The film encounters us with compositions for soprano, string quartet, orchestra, solo violin and intervened ambiental sounds. All of which are original pieces composed for the film by its director.

Metáfora includes the presence of professional actors and people who had never acted before. These opposite forms give an interesting dimension to the film. In other moments it is the landscape that becomes the main character.

The film is written in a reflective and intimate narrative tempo. Represented in the film by the voice-over of the old woman. This voice blends with the different elements of the film, creating something similar to a cinematographic mantra.

With a cinematographic language that is hypnotic, meditative and innovative in its aesthetic form, Metáfora is a film, an experience, a new encounter with the senses.

Technical information:
Written, directed and music composed by Sebastian Wesman
Producer: Anneli Kõressaar, Sebastian Wesman, Otros Parámetros Films
Sound engineer: Grete Schneider
Editing: Sebastian Wesman
Soprano: Mai Liivamäe
Technical assistant: Martin-Eero Kõressaar
Poster: Sparrek

Cast:
Mart Aas
Laine Taalberg
Siiri Sillat
Frank Elvedon
Dmirti Lihhatshov
Anneli Kõressaar
Original language: Estonian ; Subtitles: English
Length: 82 minutes ; Format: DCP, DVD
Otros Parámetros Films 2015

Metáfora will have its first screening at Lago Film Fest in Italy in July and will thereafter begin its tour at the festivals of Europe, South America and Asia.

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mJsl4Cxppw

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This Used To Be Our Dream, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt

Synopsis: A very important decision leads a young man to ponder the possibilities of a future that could have been. A short film starring Courtney Birk and Marc Schöttner.

Director, Cinematographer, Editor & Writer……Ashleigh Coffelt
Starring……Courtney Birk, Marc Schöttner, Rashieda Awan
Special Thanks……Holli Baum, Greg Birk, Gabe Coffelt, Josiah David
Score Written and Performed……Hal Rosenfeld

See the film here: https://vimeo.com/129696958

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The Badger Game, written and directed by Josh Wagner and Thomas Zambeck

The challenge with any horror film or psychological thriller is to remain unpredictable up to the very end where audiences hope, and expect, one final twist of the real/metaphorical knife. And The Badger Game does this brilliantly, after taking viewers on an intense, occasionally gory often harrowing 99-minute journey. The acting is strong and committed throughout and the filmmakers wring impressive tension out of the basic revenge/kidnapping plot and limited locales. Sweet-faced blonde Alex (an appealing Augie Duke) convinces ex-friend Shelly (an excellent Jillian Leigh) to become part of a scheme to exact revenge on Alex’s married boyfriend Liam (Sam Boxleitner) who dumped her. The plan: kidnap him and hold him until he agrees to wire money from his fat savings account into Alex’s and then let him go, no real harm done and lesson learned for Liam (don’t fuck with Alex; in fact, don’t fuck around at all anymore, return to the fold of your faithful wife and family).

Unfortunately for their not-best-laid-plans, Alex relies on Kip (Patrick Cronen), her psycho brother, for the muscle who, if he were a driver, would be referred to as having a lead foot. In other words, it doesn’t take much for Kip to flip and bash someone over the head or strangle them to death whether he knows them or not (a third co-conspirator, the alluring Jane (Sasha Higgins) meets a very unfortunate fate not long after Kip flirts with her). Without giving too much away, Liam turns out to be a hemophiliac, thus reacting badly to some rough handling from Kip; a detective Liam’s wife had hired to spy on him gets in between Kip and a lawn tool; and pretty soon Kip realizes his co-conspirators are potential witnesses and, well, there’s only one away to truly get rid of potential witnesses. Kip is resourceful, too, and one can pick up a few pointers here about how to properly dispose of a body sans fingerprints and identifiable teeth.

In The Badger Game (the term refers to a means of blackmail, extortion or intimidation, especially one based on a sexually compromising situation) filmmakers Josh Wagner and Thomas Zambeck keep the tension riding high with occasional moments of slow if still labored breathing. While it’s easy to root for Shelly and Liam to survive, Duke’s Alex is a more complicated case. She’s the instigator of the crime and must know what her unbalanced brother is capable of. When things start to spiral out of control, she struggles with her desire for revenge and the love she still feels for Liam. She didn’t want Liam dead after all, she just wanted some easy money and to teach him a hard lesson. How things will end remains uncertain to the very (satisfying) end, the tension augmented nicely by the music used throughout, ranging from unsettling dissonant jazz to punk, punctuating the very dark doings.

Review written by Mike Fishman.

Visit the website: The Badger Game

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The Badger Game, directed by Thomas Zambeck

Synopsis: Liam is a successful advertising executive with money to burn and a healthy appetite for infidelity. Alex is his scorned mistress, hell-bent on revenge against the married man who wronged her. Matched against each other, the two quickly fall into a downward spiral of sex, extortion, and murder.​

At first, the plan seemed simple: take Liam hostage and threaten to expose his indiscretion, lest he pay a healthy sum of money. But Alex knows she can’t do it alone. Enter Kip (her unhinged brother), Jane (an exotic dancer), and Shelly (a desperate wallflower). With the table set and the team in place, Liam soon finds himself held against his will – his perfect world about to crumble.​

But Liam won’t go down without a fight. Forced to reckon with four mysterious captors and impossible odds, his only hope is to turn the quartet against each other and make it through the night alive.​

Lust, suspense, violence, and cynicism go head-to-head in THE BADGER GAME, a crime-comedy that will have audiences holding their breath until the very last frame.

A press release and trailer can be found at the link below, and additional info on the film can be read at www.thebadgergame.com

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/95033/the-badger-game-exclusive-trailer-premiere-and-distro-news/

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The Return

The Return is a psychological thriller set in and around Glossopdale and follows a film crew who come to Glossop to make a documentary. On their arrival they discover that there is something strange about this sleepy little town…are there ghosts? Parallel dimensions? Or is it all a hoax?

The film’s psychological angle draws you in, whilst building the suspense, and feeding you information to keep your mind racing and questioning what is going on…

The Return is a unique film as it is made by ‘Life you Choose Productions,’ an arts and multimedia group for people with learning difficulties. Our members have all participated in the storyline, camerawork, equipment and acted in the film.

Watch The Return here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_oPQXDsA8w

Made by Life you choose: https://www.facebook.com/lifeyouchoose

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Game of Thrones, Season Five

The season premiere of Game of Thrones (Season Five) airs on April 12 and there is more excitement and anticipation surrounding the HBO show than any film coming down the immediate pike. Has the state of cinema become so dismal that the smaller screen at home (or computer screen or iPad) beckons more strongly than the big screen? It’s getting close, when long-form TV shows like Game of Thrones are giving audiences what certain kinds of films increasingly are not: majestic sweep, epic scope, unpredictability and faces they haven’t seen a hundred times before. HBO itself is largely to thank for this, going back to The Sopranos, that elongated opera of conflicted mobsters that was engrossing, amusing and disturbing. Adjectives that once upon a time described films like Seven Sarmurai or The Godfather or Kill Bill Vol. 2 and are now used to promote the interchangeable entries in the X-Men franchise.

Even as its limited budget occasionally shows its seams (the meager giants in Season Four), Game of Thrones has a certain and undeniable take-no-prisoners authenticity that remains true to tone, from the Season One shocker of Ned Stark (Sean Bean) getting beheaded to the Red Wedding in Season Three, when you could practically hear a collective gasp in the atmosphere outside your living room. When was the last time you heard a collective gasp in the cinema? Perhaps during last year’s powerful Ida, (directed by Pawel Pawlikowsk ) when Wanda (Agata Kulesza jumped out the window. And to be sure there are smaller films that can pack surprises (Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night comes to mind). This is not intended as a slam against the current state of film but more a note on the evolving nature of long-form television. With more advanced TV sets being developed, movie ticket prices climbing, and a paucity of truly stunning films making it through the financially-dependent development process, what many of us used to seek out in movie theaters can increasingly be found in the comfort of our homes. Perhaps we even need a new name for this long-form television, which is perilously close to replacing the film experience in theaters. Filmovision? Kidding. Still, when was the last time you walked out of a movie theater shaking your head and saying “Wow”? I’m willing to bet that lots of people will be doing just that come 10:00pm this Sunday night. Comments welcome.

Mike Fishman

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Lady Bird, written and directed by Greta Gerwig

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