15-year-old Courvosier Cox knows he is destined to be a star. Struggling to find his place in the complex landscape of adolescence in the urban South, he undertakes a relentless quest to escape into the spotlight. Update: In 2016, Courvosier Cox, 16, was arrested for over three dozen theft-related charges. In May 2017, he pled guilty to three felony charges and received a term of supervised probation + restitution. Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Kelly Creedon Original Score: Sam Beebe Additional Camera: Gabriela Arp, Carter McCall + Callaghan O'Hare Color + Sound Mix: Gary Kirk Project Advisors: Chad Stevens, Laura Ruel + Ross Taylor Awards: 2nd place, Documentary Journalism, Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence, Alexia Foundation Festival Screenings: Indie Grits Film Festival 2016 Independent Film Festival Boston 2016 Roxbury International Film Festival 2016 Atlanta Shortsfest 2016 // Best Documentary Short BlackStar Film Festival 2016 Skyline Indie Film Festival 2016 Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival 2016 Atlanta DocuFest 2016 // Best Dramatic Documentary Short Baltimore International Black Film Festival 2016 BendFilm Festival 2016 15 Short Film Festival 2016 // Jury Pick for Best of Show and Best Documentary Louisville International Festival of Film 2016 New Orleans Film Festival 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival 2016 // Special Jury Award for Documentary Short Citizen Jane Film Festival 2016 Fairhope Film Festival 2016 Southern Screen Film Festival 2016 Carrboro Film Festival 2016 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2017 Longleaf Film Festival 2017 // Made-in-NC Winner http://www.kellycreedon.com
When I met Franco Pascali, I was struck by how much I felt like I was meeting and hanging out with a young street skater. However, instead of witnessing skate tricks he destroyed me by his usage of cards. Much like the world of skateboarding that I was raised in, magic and cardistry are intensely personal and individually orientated in terms of the endless practice that is required to master them. Tricks are performed with decks and each person embodies a style that is distinctly their own. That style is reflective of the influences they devoured when they were coming up and their intrinsic sensibility that they develop as they mature. As I spent time with Franco I immediately wanted to point my camera at him to capture the way he dressed, the way he talked, the breathtaking way he moved cards and the feeling I had in encountering such raw talent. This is our first film. Franco Pascali is 19 years-old and lives in Los Angeles. He is a director of magic at Theory11.  IG - @francopascali Director - Jacob Rosenberg Director of Photography - Logan Triplett Editor - Chris Amos Composer - Steffen Thum Colorist - Tom Poole Sound Mixer - Matt Miller Additional Music - Tomas Pascali Stylist - Emily Nagrecha Producers - Ari Palitz & Kevin McMahon Executive Producer - Ryan Slavin Production Company – The Reserve Featuring - Franco Pascali, Fatty Dabs, Alexander Hansford, Simon Black, Chris Mitchell Editorial Services Provided by Final Cut LA Color Correction provided by Company 3 Music Provided by 14th Street Music Sound Mix provided by Lime Studios Cameras provided by 2020 Camera Rental Special Thanks: Queenie Li, Lorne Balfe, Hana Leshner, Tim Hanaseth, Suzy Ramirez, Jeff Buchanan, Eric McCasline, Alexandra Lubrano, Jenny Montgomery, Chris Adams, RVCC LA, Stephen Vanasco, The Smog Check Center, Canter's, Dena Stein
Photographer Joshua Holko: "The product of more than two years of planning Ghosts of the Arctic was filmed exclusively in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in the depths of Winter. It is my hope that the film will impart some of the haunting beauty of this incredibly precious and endangered polar wilderness; as well as give you some insight into my life as a Polar photographer. I hope you will take six minutes out of your day, set your display to full screen, turn off the lights, crank up the volume, and allow Ghosts of the Arctic to transport you away to one of the world's most spectacular polar regions; in it's rarely seen winter veil. Please Enjoy. My most sincere thanks to both Abraham Joffe and Dom West from Untitled Film Works who worked tirelessly for a week straight putting in eighteen hour days in freezing temperatures to shoot and produce this film. My thanks and gratitude also to my friend Frede Lamo who likewise worked tirelessly with good humour and whose assistance with expedition logistics simply made the impossible, possible. Without the dedication of this team this film would simply not have been possible. It would be remiss of me not to also provide a little insight into what it was like to make this short film. During the shoot we experienced temperatures that were never warmer than -20ºC and frequently plummeted down as low as -30ºC + wind chill factor. We were exposed to the cold and elements for up to sixteen straight hours a day. Many days we drove over two hundred kilometres on our snow mobiles in very difficult terrain and conditions as we searched for wildlife. The bumpy terrain left us battered, bruised and sore. We experienced three cases of first and second degree frostbite during the filming as well as a lot of failed equipment and equipment difficulties as a result of the extreme cold. We had batteries that would loose their charge in mere minutes, drones that wouldn't power up and fly, cameras that wouldn't turn on, steady-cams that would not remain steady, HDMI cables that became brittle and snapped in the cold, frozen audio equipment, broken LCD mounts, broken down snow mobiles and more. We existed on a diet of freeze dried cod and pasta washed down with tepid coffee and the occasional frozen mars bar. It is hard to put the experience into words, but just the simple act of removing ones gloves to change a memory card in these sort of temperatures when you are exhausted comes with a serious risk of frostbite. In my own case, I removed my face covering for one three minute take and suffered frostbite (from which I have not fully recovered) across the entire right hand side of my face. And whilst not all of this will come across in the film, I think I can safely say it was without any shadow of a doubt the toughest film shoot any of us have done. For the technically inclined: Ghosts of the Arctic was shot in the 2.35:1 cinema ratio in 6K+4K resolution. Absolutely no wildlife was interfered with in any way shape or form during the filming and everything you see is totally natural behaviour.
Poetic documentary about the people of MacArthur Park (Los Angeles). Made by Anatoli Ulyanov. *ENGLISH AND RUSSIAN SUBTITLES ARE AVAILABLE UNDER THE CC (CHOOSE CAPTIONS) BUTTON* Los Angeles MacArthur Park has a notorious reputation. Located right on a cross of different gangs territories, it became associated with drugs, violence and its diverse homeless population: undocumented immigrants, abandoned veterans, transgenders, people who lost their job, people with mental disabilities who can’t afford healthcare. For a course of 3 month I visited MacArthur Park filming those who live there. Many of those people came to the US with a dream to find heaven. And LA indeed looks like one. My goal was to show this dramatic contrast between heaven and its tragedy. While filming it, I discovered not only a crowd of unforgettable personalities, – multi-dimensional souls shaped by the rollercoaster of their lives, – but the fact that despite all the struggles these people are still full of dreams. They filled with light. And that’s what impressed me the most as a manifestation of unbreakable human spirit. So I followed the light through these people. And the result is this poetic film. *** FILM BY:
 Anatoli Ulyanov (https://dadakinder.com/visions/) MUSIC BY: Marry Lattimore (https://soundcloud.com/maryphilly) Sephirot (https://soundcloud.com/sephirot) Joakin Jenkins PRODUCTION OF:
 VVHY Visual Lab (https://vvhy.tv) *** Анатолий Ульянов: "Данный фильм является результатом череды воскресений, в которые я, вооружившись киноаппаратом, посещал МакАртур парк (LA) – место, где принято выяснять отношения между бандами, покупать паспорта, отсасывать члены и добывать дозу. Чем больше я в нём находился, тем более явным становился для меня контраст между американской мечтой и её реальностью, райскими пейзажами Южной Калифорнии и судьбами людей, которые в них оказались. Во всём этом меня увлекла не столько социальность такой острой для Лос Анджелеса темы, как бездомные (их тут 60 тысяч), сколько волшебный свет и существующие в нём люди с изгибами, надломами, завихрениями. Я невольно провалился в золотистый пузырь их мира, в это его странное лето, – тёплое и меланхоличное одновременно. В виде такого пузыря мне и хотелось его сохранить..."
Website: cargocollective.com/AlisiTelengut/Nutag-Homeland-2016 Synopsis: A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people that were mass-deported by USSR from 1943-1957 and half of them died before they were allowed to return home. The film manifests itself as an archetype with frame by frame hand painted imagery, bringing back an example of human history on the eternal and universal theme of diaspora and the loss of homeland. Credits Directed and animated by: Alisi Telengut Sound design: Alisi Telengut Song: Fly Fly My Sadness by Bulgarian Voice Angelite and Tuvan music Group Huun-Huur-Tu Song License from: Uli Balß, JARO Medien GmbH Supervisors: Luigi Allemano, Shira Avni Acknowledgements: The film was supported by the animation research facilities at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University Henry P. and Thomas R. Schreiner Documentary Award The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Produced with the assistance of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) - Filmmaker Assistance Program Technical Coordinator: Steve Hallé Studio Administrator: Victoire-Émilie Bessette Studio Coordinator: Dominique Forget Sound Mixer: Geoff Mitchell Online Editor: Yannick Carrier Special Thanks: Luigi Allemano, Shira Avni, Jean-Claude Bustros, Réne Daigle, Charlene Pommerehnke, Colette Brière, Richard Kerr, Marcus Von Holttzendorff, Amely A. Jurgenliemk, Phil Hawes, Maureen Kennedy, Dominique Forget, Steve Hallé, Michael Fukushima, Geoff Mitchell, Yannick Carrier, Trevor Gould, Candice Tarnowski ©2016 Alisi Telengut