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‘Films to Break Projectors’ glues, scrapes and splices 35mm, 16mm and 8mm film to create unprojectable celluloid collages. Reanimating the material reveals the colour music within and traces of ambiguous narratives that emerge from the complex loops. image - iloobia sound - iloobia / dissolving path cinema iloobia 2016 awards: Encounters 2017 BEST OF BRITISH ANIMATION AWARD BUSHO Award 2017 BEST EXPERIMENTAL BUSHO Student Jury Prize BEST EXPERIMENTAL screenings: Flatpack Festival - Birmingham, UK - April 2017 BUSHO Festival - Budapest, Hungary - Sept 2017 Encounters Film Festival - Bristol, UK - Sept 2017 BFI London Film Festival - UK - Oct 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival - UK - Nov 2017 Cinecity - Brighton, UK - Nov 2017 Euroshorts Festival - Poland - Nov 2017 Analogica 7 - Bolzano / Merano, Italy - Nov 2017 FIVA 07 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Dec 2017 London Experimental Film Festival - UK - Dec 2017 Manipulate Visual Theatre Festival - Edinburgh - Jan 2018 London Short Film Festival - UK - Jan 2018 11th British Shorts Film Festival - Berlin - Jan 2018 Analogica Selection 7 Tour - San Francisco - Jan - 2018 Vancouver Island Short Film Fest - Canada - Feb 2018 Short Waves Festival - Poland - March 2018 Cardiff Animation Nights - Wales - March 2018 Approaching the process of making films in a literal sense, ‘Films to Break Projectors’ glues, scrapes and splices 35mm, 16mm, standard and super 8 film to create defective and unprojectable celluloid collages. These are hand edited and constructed from a combination of self shot footage, orphaned material and frames from a 35mm trailer of Get Shorty retrieved from an abandoned projection room. After hand editing the film collages, each strip is scanned at very hi-resolution, frame by frame, and reassembled digitally, so that even though in a conventional sense they are defective and unprojectable as films, this process allows the celluloid to reanimate and reveal its potential motion through digital stop motion. As there are multiple gauges combined in each strip, a single loop can be calibrated for 35mm, 16mm/8mm or super 8mm - each configuration giving a distinctly different dynamic to the moving images. Considering each strip as visual or colour music is of primary consideration during the films hand editing and construction. Shifts in motion, contrast, colour, rhythm and the juxtaposition of action within the filmstrips alongside one another are all taken into account, akin to creating a musical score. With the physical length of the strips allowing an inherent duration and rhythm to exist within them, (an aspect emphasised when they are looping), and with each one being a different length to one another, the tempo and nuance of the visual music is constantly shifting. The project is inspired in part by visiting innumerable projection booths over the past few years at film festivals and cinemas across Europe, North America and the UK. Again and again I would witness an absent space where the 35mm projector once stood, where only traces of these virtually extinct machines remained.
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for kids disabled by Agent Orange, struggles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist. 88th ACADEMY AWARDS® - Nominated: Best Documentary, Short Subject Screened at the United Nations, NY (2016) Screened at the United States Embassy in Vietnam, Hanoi (2016) Screened at the United States Senate, Washington DC (2017) FESTIVALS & AWARDS: Short of the Week Selection 22nd Annual Austin Film Festival - Grand Jury Award Best Documentary Short Film 45th Annual USA Film Festival - National Jury Award Best Documentary Short Film 30th Annual Fort Lauderdale Int'l Film Festival - Grand Jury Award Best Documentary Short Film 5th Annual Irvine Int'l Film Festival - Grand Jury Award Best Documentary Short Film 40th Annual Cleveland Int'l Film Festival - Honorable Mention: Best Documentary Short Film Official Selection Documentary Edge Film Festival Official Selection Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Official Selection New Orleans Film Festival Official Selection Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Official Selection Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Official Selection Florida Film Festival Official Selection Flickers: Rhode Island Int'l Film Festival Official Selection DocsDF Film Festival, Mexico City Official Selection St Louis Int'l Film Festival Official Selection Crested Butte Film Festival Official Selection Split Film Festival, Croatia Official Selection Tallgrass Film Festival Official Selection Loft Film Festival Official Selection Port Townsend Film Festival - Women & Film Official Selection St. Augustine Film Festival