Life After Life a winner at the Senior Movie Film Festival, Szczecin, Poland

I’m very happy to announce that my short experimental film Life After Life, an official selection for the first edition of the Senior Movie Film Festival in Szczecin, Poland, has been awarded second prize, consisting of a statuette and cash prize. 

I grew up in the 70s and 80s in the shadow of the threat of nuclear war. TV shows and commercials depicted the various ways in which we would meet our collective end when the big fireball broke all hell loose. All that anxiety had drifted into the deeper background recesses of my mind until Trump was elected the 45th American president. Now the possibility of total nuclear annihilation is once again on the table and I despair that this unhinged man will destroy us all. Life After Life is a metaphorical examination of this possibility.

60 Seconds or Less Video Festival

 

I’m happy to announce that my short film An Accident of Being has been selected for the 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival in September 2018.

In addition to showcasing great works that are 60 seconds or less they also  screen Short Films that are longer than 60 seconds, but no longer than 30 minutes. The 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival embraces short-form videos in all genres. Sponsored by Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, the festival offers awards and screening opportunities for an international audience.

Awash selected for Voices from the Waters – 2018

 

Super happy that my short film Awash has been selected for Voices from the Waters – 2018, the 12th International Travelling Film Festival on Water, in Bangalore, India. Over the last eleven years the Bangalore Film Society, in collaboration with a consortium of organizations, has brought together film directors, grass-root level water activists, environmentalists, scientists, policy makers, scholars and artists, from all walks of life to engage in a process of learning and debate on various water issues from around the world.

Cefalù Film Festival, Palermo, Italy

I’m excited to announce that two of my recent experimental short films, An Accident of Being and Life After Life, have been selected for the Cefalù Film Festival in Palermo, Italy, and are in competition for the “Pino Scicolone” prize of one thousand euros for the best short film.

 

The Vanishing selected for the Short Film Festival of Biodiversity in Porto Real, Portugal

I’m happy to announce that my experimental short The Vanishing has been selected for the inaugural Short Film Festival of Biodiversity in Porto Real, Portugal.  The main purpose of the Short Film Festival of Biodiversity is the “promotion and diffusion of natural ecosystems and biological heritage through cinematographic and audio-visual works selected according to quality criteria.”

An Accident of Being selected for the 2017 Roma DOC Film Festival & the Beijing International Short Film Festival

I’m very happy to announce that my short experimental film An Accident of Being has been selected for this year’s Roma Cinema DOC in October 2017 & the Beijing International Short Film Festival  in November 2017.

Why am I here rather than there, this rather than that? An accident of being makes me human and not the blind gelatinous subjectivity of the jellyfish. Human mentality is archeological; way down below the level of consciousness, in the deep blackness of the reptilian past, no traces of our coming into being remain. Yet, in ways beyond my knowing we are all, as Freud suggested, jellyfish propelling ourselves onward into death, whether human, sea creature, bird, insect, or plant. Death is inevitable; but not yet. In the meantime, our lives are holy, blessed, beautiful, whether we are human or more-than-human.

Roma Cinema DOC is a monthly film festival based in Italy that features the best short films, documentaries, and web series from around the world. Every month, Judges award the best films of each category. Every winner is given the distinction of an Official Finalist of the annual event in which Judges and Audience will award the best films of each category. The 2nd Roma Cinema DOC event will take place in October 2017.

2017 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition

I’m delighted to announce that my short experimental film The Vanishing was selected as a semi-finalist at the 2017 Kaohsiung Film Festival International Short Film Competition in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Held in October and November 2017, the Kaohsiung International Short Film Competition is dedicated to discover new filmmakers and to enhance cultural exchanges through short films.

The Vanishing is a short experimental art film whose theme is the extinction and disappearance of bird species. The film is not a documentary, but a metaphorical imagining of the vanishing of birds worldwide. It opens with swirling clouds and a white sun rising over a stark mountain landscape; the sky blackens, then we see treetops, clouds behind, and two suns, a black one rising and a golden one setting.

Next, a lightning storm, and small birds twittering and flying in tree branches as the sun moves past. All of this is somewhat abstract; viewers can identify these things but they are all strange-looking and somewhat eerie – the mood is one of disquiet and slight anxiousness. The film ends in a void, with fire and smoke drifting across the screen.

60 Seconds or Less Video Festival

I’m very happy to announce that my film The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis has been selected for the 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival in Maryland, US.

60 Seconds or Less…and now more! In addition to showcasing great works that are 60 seconds or less, this year the Festival is also screening short films that are longer than 60 seconds, but no longer than 30 minutes. The 60 Seconds or Less Video Festival embraces short-form videos in all genres. Sponsored by Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, the festival offers awards and screening opportunities for an international audience.