Cinema Bid Adieu, directed by Aneek Chaudhuri

SYNOPSIS: Cinema Bid Adieu connects three time periods i.e. Past, Present and Future which are actually three short silent tales with the common theme, CONFLICT. Moreover, the scenario of WAR has been equated to the struggle and sequence of combats that led to the invention of Cinema and the inception of ‘Arrival of a Train’ by Lumiere Brothers. This is treated to solve the warship scenario that prevails still today, and it is indeed taking a microscopic route that is the combat for sustenance on earth. This is the revolving sequence of Cinema in its original content, however the context is concentrating on the combat to bring up the birth of first cinematic piece i.e. Arrival of a Train.

Stage of Development: The film is ready to be screened however, no current screenings have been planned yet.

Personal Bio: Aneek Chaudhuri, the director of Cinema Bid Adieu has had his films screened at prestigious festivals at Cannes, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and Warsaw. He is a film theorist and has more than a dozen papers published in reputed international journals. He also holds the authorship of four books, out of which two are on Film Studies. He has pursued his Graduation in Films and English in Delhi, India.

Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/Cinema-Bid-Adieu-737354259727884/?notif_t=page_user_activity

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303, directed by Tomasz Magierski

303 from Tomasz Magierski on Vimeo.

Title: 303

Synopsis: The film tells the story of the most successful squadron of the Battle of Britain – the Polish 303 Kosciuszko Squadron – through the eyes of two veteran pilots of the Squadron: Franciszek Kornicki and Stanislaw Socha, as well as through the children of three spectacular aces of 303 Squadron: John Kent, the Canadian Flight commander, Witold Urbanowicz, the legendary Polish commander of 303, Miroslaw Feric, also a chronicler of the squadron.

It is a story of personal courage against great odds when the fate of WW2 was at stake. It shows heroic men and their perseverance in living up to the Kosciuszko motto of fighting “for our freedom and yours”. I believe that this story of men of the greatest generation conveys a universal message which viewers can identify with. The film also explores an American connection, as the Kosciuszko Squadron was established in 1919 in Poland by American volunteer pilots, including Merian Cooper, and it’s insignia was designed by another American pilot, Elliott Chess.

Website: http://tomaszmagierski.com/303/

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Cerebral, directed by Ashleigh Coffelt

Cerebral (Miss Ash Productions) Directors Cut from Ashleigh Coffelt on Vimeo.

Synopsis: After turning herself in for a string of murders, a young women turns the tables on her interrogators.
Starring Courtney Birk, James Bressi and Esther Jones
Directed, edited, cinematography and concept by Ashleigh Coffelt
Made for the 48 Hour Film Project 2015: http://www.48hourfilm.com/home

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FUCKKKYOUUU, directed by Eddie Alcazar

FUCKKKYOUUU – An Exist Films production
(Director: Eddie Alcazar http://www.eddiealcazar.com, Music: Flying Lotus)

SYNOPSIS: With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.
Producers: Eddie Alcazar, Javier Lovato | Executive Producer / Legal: Anthony De Toro | Cast: Jesse Sullivan, Charles Baker.Experimental Short / Music Video.

“The opening sequence of FUCKKKYOUUU is something akin to the shadow of [F.W. Murnau’s 1922 vampire classic] Nosferatu come to life.” – okayplayer

Press Articles below
TRAILER – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfF5LJZ8jkI
Fantastic Fest – http://fantasticfest.com/films/fuckkkyouuu
Twitchfilm – http://alturl.com/5vkbb
Consequence of Sound – http://goo.gl/DUZ9oJ

Film Contact:
Javier Lovato
existfilms@gmail.com

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Capital I – An Existential Psychodrama, Written, Directed and Cinematography Amartya Bhattacharyya

Capital I, a film by Indian director Amartya Bhattacharyya, is a surreal journey of awakening and contradiction. We follow Piyali, a young Indian woman who is studying psychology and is dealing with her inner issues. She is curious as others are in her town about a mysterious death in a house. Her persistent thirst for knowledge and information creates a sort of instability for her and her relationship with others. Her quest is displayed with music, sounds, colors and dreamlike sequences. When she is not discussing philosophy and existentialism with her professor, she is working out her issues with an imaginary female character in her mind. This character seems to represent her free and wild side she struggles to keep hidden. There is a dilemma, especially in a culture like hers, as a woman to keep a veil over her true desires and strength. Truth can only be hidden for so long before it is inevitably revealed and there is no way to avoid or control it. It is in the hiding that distortions and aberrations may arise and do harm.

The film takes a circuitous path, jumping here and there. It seems to say that in life we can do or believe or be what we choose, the destination is the same in the end. Our lives and the concept of time are an illusion, as is the need to always be in control not seeing the grand picture. Humans have a deep need for order, connection and meaning. Questions are what make this film interesting, posing questions and also causing the viewer to question as well. It does not say: here are the answers; it says keep experiencing and questioning. I also enjoyed the focus on the female energy as life, creation, birth and renewal extended to everything in our world and beyond, the theme repeated throughout the film.

Bhattacharyya also uses horoscopic symbolism and the color red, to represent various feelings and states of being. There are drawings accompanied by spoken poetry woven into the story to add more weight to the film. As the film progresses it feels more and more layered and substantial to the point that you are in it and not just a viewer. Occasionally the film’s stylistic leanings caused me to fall out of the story but such moments were few and brief. On the other hand, some moments have the power to fully envelop the viewer. I could see hints of Luis Buñuel’s filmmaking, where discomfort in watching a scene does not detract from its intriguing quality. Whichever moments these may turn out to be for you are personal, of course, dependent upon your own feelings going in and openness as a viewer.

A few minutes into watching this film, I have to confess I could have stopped watching as I was not prepared for its surreal structure, but I am so glad I didn’t. The gift of Capital I is the space it leaves for the audience to think for themselves. Relax and go for the ride.

Review written by Shirley Rodriguez

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Better Than Crazy, written and directed by Mike Restaino

Synopsis: Five cousins gather for the first time in years at a drunken family reunion. They find themselves busy singing country songs about fatty snack foods, dealing with paranormal threats from a dead aunt with dubious fashion sense, and cracking more fat jokes per minute of film than any movie in history.
Starring Amy Bruni, Aaron Daley, Nick Leonti, Deborah O’Brien, Shawn Romias, and Katherine Fullenlove.
Written and Directed By Mike Restaino

Film Site: http://betterthancrazy.com

On Demand Page: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/betterthancrazy
Social Media Links:
https://twitter.com/betterthancrazy
https://www.facebook.com/betterthancrazymovie

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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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