Making Tracks - January 2011

In January 2011, Whirlygig cinema repeated their popular Making Tracks event as part of London Short Film Festival. It presented a mixture of films; some from December, some from past and present LSFF filmmakers and a couple of brand new ones!

The 15 films screened are listed below.

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The Fall of Jimmy Duke by Tom Chick (2008)

Tom Chick grew up in Edinburgh and studied Film Production at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth. In his own words, “I would like to make films that are built from a dialogue of cinematic form and storytelling. John Ford, Budd Boetticher, Yasujiro Ozu, Buster Keaton and Apichatpong Weerasethkul keep me up at night. I have a deep interest in British folk culture and am currently finishing a film of a Scottish folk tale about a girl that falls in love with a seal. I once held George Melies business card and my ambition is to one day make films I like.”

The Fall of Jimmy Duke was filmed on a runaway in the New Forest over the course of two nights. It was an attempt to find an image, built from a conflict of movement between character and camera, that could communicate the mess of confusion Tom saw the world as when he was eighteen.

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Credits: Tom Chick (Director, Writer and Actor), Jon Nash (Camera & Actor), Blake Richards, Tom Dunne (Camera & Actor), Tom Bailey (Actor), Jon Lawrence (Driver)

Taphonomy by Beatrice Baumgartner (2010)

Beatrice Baumgartner graduated from the University of Brighton last year, where she studied a BA in Materials Practice. She created sculptures out of wood, plastic and found materials, which she would then use to make stop frame animations. She is now living in London, making sets and sculptures for new animations.

Taphonomy is an animation of different natural organisms, which come to life in various ways often combined with drawings. The word taphonomy is the study of decaying organisms over time and how they become fossilized. This film is a sort of metaphor for the evolution that nature and inanimate objects could have.

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A Window Door by Ioli Zalimoglou (2009)

Ioli Zalimoglou’s film-making practice is primarily fine art-based. She is constantly trying to find new and rather unusual ways of self-expression which might involve innovative use of various mediums or just simply a point of view slightly out of the ordinary. Through invisible thought processes and constructive imagination, or intuitive observation and recording, she opens up a dialogue of an interplay between perception, imagination, association and interpretation. The viewer then is invited to negotiate alternative modes of consciousness and acknowledge the subjectivity of the Image.

Ioli’s serious engagement with art making started at the age of 16. Two years later she enrolled at Chelsea College of Art and Design and completed her degree in Fine Art in 2010.

Her film A Window Door depicts donkeys passing by a window frame in Santorini, Greece. For Making Tracks, the original background soundscape will be retained and a new score played over the top.

Pinocchio by Lesley Butler (2009)

Lesley Butler works in and lives above the shop Puppet Planet in Clapham. She used to work on documentaries at the BBC, and now loves fiction. Her film Pinocchio is a reversal of the traditional Pinocchio story; instead of a puppet becoming a boy, a woman becomes a puppet.

Entering a deserted, dilapidated Georgian mansion a woman is drawn to a mirror and glimpses a puppet version of herself within. Distracted by the sounds of puppets leading a parallel life, the woman’s journey around this labyrinthine place leads her from curiosity to desperation. Meanwhile, the puppets’ diversions give Gepetto and Pinocchio the time they need to create a 'lookalike' puppet of the woman. The atmosphere conjured up by these other-worldly beings creates the perfect stage for The Cabinet of Living Cinema's style of music.

Credits: Lesley Butler (Director, Producer & Actor), Marco Chiandetti, Ben Magahy, Nick Gordon Smith (Lighting/Camera), Dora Wade (Set Design), Samira Harris, Greta Wade (Scenic Artists), Phil Crossland (Technician), Will Crossland (Gaffer), Carol Fitzwilliam (Wardrobe), Rosey Walbancke (Production Assistant), Kate Middleton (Runner), Michael Mac Cormack, Anna Orson, Jami Quarrell, Sarah Ratheram, Robert Stephenson, Yvonne Stone (Puppeteers), Tom Price (Editor & Sound), Martin Davidson (Equipment), Frank Madone (Colourist), Barry Ramage, Lesley Butler, Albert Popplewell, Schubert, Paul Robson (Original Soundtrack). Copyright Puppet Planet 2009.

1923 (aka Heaven) / 1925 (aka Hell) by Max Hattler (2010)

Max Hattler is a German experimental animator and media artist who studied at Goldsmiths, where now teaches, and the Royal College of Art in London. He lives and works in London and Germany, and is represented worldwide by Partizan. He has had solo exhibitions and retrospectives as well as having work at hundreds of film festivals. Max has already collaborated with several bands including Basement Jaxx, The Egg and Ladyscraper. Now it's time to see what The Cabinet of Living Cinema can add to his work!

We are delighted to have him onboard as part of Making Tracks, and present three of his films, 1923 (aka Heaven), 1925 (aka Hell) and Drift. The former are two animation loops inspired by the paintings of French outsider artist Augustin Lesage. Both loops were created during 5 days in February 2010 with student animators and CG artists at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark.

1923 (aka Heaven) and 1925 (aka Hell) are also showing at the LSFF Music & Video Programme on 15th January, where you can catch them with their original soundtracks.

Credits: 1923, Max Hattler (Director), David René Christensen (Technical Director), Blake Overgaard (Original Sound/Modelling/Animation), Thorvaldur Gunnarsson (Previz/Layout/Modelling/Animation), Arnold Bagasha (Modelling/Animation), Casper Michelsen, Mikkel Vedel (Animation); 1925, Max Hattler (Director), Allan Lønskov (Technical Director/Modelling/Animation/Rendering), Adrian Dexter (Sound/Previz/Layout/Modelling/Animation/Rendering), Casper Wermuth, David Frylund Otzen (Modelling/Animation/Lighting/Rendering), Jakob Kousholt, Kristoffer Mikkelsen (Modelling), Ditte Frandsen (Animation)

Ringmaster, My Sister by The Astburys (2009)

Helena Astbury is a filmmaker working with choreography, literary motifs and cinematic reference. She is one half of The Astburys, together with cinematographer and filmmaker Jake Astbury.

Ringmaster, My Sister is an exploration of coded choreography, with particular attention paid to the female form re-telling the male domain of a ringmaster. A surreal, vivid construction of movements, captured on Super 8 depicting a competitive and at times vicious streak of a female. The film has featured in gallery film programmes in the UK and Europe and well as film festivals such as LSFF.

Credits: Helena Astbury (Director/Editor), Jake Astbury (Lights/Camera), Gemma Louise Isaac Henwood (Cast)

Visions by Bella Fenning (2010)

Bella Fenning works as a Photographer and Film-maker. Her experimental film work is based on experiences of time and space. Playful yet reflective, her films evoke a transient, private mood.

Previous screenings include the 59th Berlinarle (Berlin, 2009), Branchage Film Festival (Jersey, 2009), The London Short Film Festival (ICA, London, 2010) and the East End Film Festival (London, 2010). Bella was recently commissioned to produce a short film for the Shoreditch Stag and Dagger music festival (London, 2010) and has also contributed photography to the film All Tomorrow's Parties (2009). Bella currently lives and works in London.

Credits: Bella Fenning (Director), Robert Simons (Production)

White Body by Kayla Parker (2009)

Kayla Parker is an artist film-maker who explores subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with a particular interest in expanded and 360 cinema.

In her film White Body, the figure of a small white doll grows from a ball of modeling clay, is cut and sewn shut, and then buried and ‘reborn’, among a nest of white granulated sugar and the dark stain of slut’s wool - the fluffy dust that collects under furniture and along skirting boards.

The film explores the artist's early childhood memories of secret play: when, locked in a silent room for a rest after lunch, aged 5 years, she would sculpt tiny figures from balls of Plasticine hidden in the dust under the piano.

White Body was screened in the Femmes Fantastiques programme at the 7th London Short Film Festival.

Credits: Kayla Parker (Director/Producer/Animator), Stuart Moore (Original Sound Design, Sundog Media (Production)

The Creature by Tom Bailey (2009)

Tom cut his creative teeth painting before moving on to study Film Production in Bournemouth. In his work he tries to articulate internal, non verbal ideas through adventures of combined storytelling and cinematic form.

The Creature was shot in a muddy field with an ostrich, Tom’s dad and a dodgy steadicam operator. In the film, a group of people on the edge of a city make a discovery which terrifies but ultimately moves them. The film was screened once before at the 18th Experimental Cinema week in Madrid.

Credits: Tom Bailey (Writer/Director/Producer/Cast), Vijay Sisodia (Producer), Caroline Iandoli (Cinematographer), Sophie Razgui (Production Designer), Florence Kennard (Production Designer), Claire Kurylowski (First Assistant Director), Chris Cummings (Steadicam Operator), P. Lathe, J. Coal, S. Pool, B. Pointer, G. Burnt, E. Schleppi, M. Rendell, K. Kyriacou, S. Dall, J. Pienaar, D. Bailey (Cast)

Flickering Hell by Kiron Hussain (2010)

Kiron Hussain was born and dragged up in Newcastle, where he is a Fine Art student.

We are very excited to be showing his brand new film Flickering Hell which, according to the filmmaker, is "a heavily allegorical fragment of perversity that represents an attempt to replace the high of opium by kindling photo-sensitive epilepsy".

Another of Kiron's films, Slick Horsing is showing at LSFF this year as part of the Leftfield and Luscious Programme.

Credits: Kiron Hussain (Director), Laurence Hussain, Ximene Fiqsante, Kali Wetherspoon (Cast)

Ana Chia by Sophie Windsor Clive (2009)

Sophie started working in film industry as part of the Art Department shortly after leaving the University of Leeds in 2005. She went on to become an independent writer/director/producer in 2009. Ana Chia, shot partly on Super 8, was her first short film and was shown at the ICA January 2010. This year at LSFF her film Murmuration is being shown as part of the Leftfield and Luscious Programme and has been nominated for the UK Film Council Best British Short Film Award. Recently she has worked with the artist Gavin Turk filming for his House of Fairytales. Her short films for the company were exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in October 2010. Her background also includes performance and working with children in the arts.

The synopsis of Ana Chia is simple: it is the first day of summer and little Ana Chia is sitting on a wall watching the boy-next-door playing with his trucks. He does not want her to join his game but she has an idea to get his attention.

Credits: Sophie Windsor Clive (Writer/Director/Producer), Ela Chia Gutierrez (Ana Chia), Seb Hurtado (Little Boy), Richard Warren (Producer), Oliver Bartlett (HD Camera), Zuzana Markova (Super 8), Oliver Mochizuki (Camera Assistant), Doug Slocombe (Art Director), Russell Hancock (Graphics)

Drift by Max Hattler (2007)

Drift considers the body as landscape through close-up images of skin. Using real photography in extreme close-up creates a foreign yet familiar world, removed from reality, yet sometimes almost too close. The film was conceived during an Aldeburgh Music Residency and was originally meant as a collaboration with music composer Mark Bowden, whose music takes a similar close-up view of a series of harp chords and viola harmonics.

Credits: Max Hattler (Director/Producer/Animation), Mark Bowden (Original Music), Maja Flink (Photography), Andrew Denton (Assistant Animation), Cindy Tippett (Cast)

Tralala by Magali Charrier (2004)

Magali Charrier is a French film director and animator based in London. Her background in fine art, performance and animation has led her to develop a very unique approach to the medium of filmmaking. Her award-winning work has been broadcast and toured internationally.

A poetic reflection on innocence, Tralala is a mix of a dance film, a performance, a poem and an animated film. This pure jewel draws the tender and metaphorical portrait of three women in total immersion in an enchanted chalk drawn aquarium. A fairy tale.

Credits: Magali Charrier (Director/Writer/Animator), Viv Moore (Choreography)

The Big Sleep by Kat Magrowitz (2010)

Kat Magrowitz obtained a BA in drama and theatre from Goldsmiths College and worked as a theatre director and producer in London and Berlin before graduating from the London Film School in 2008. She co-founded Edenvale Pictures, which has two films currently in development: political thriller The Chase and drama comedy Cabbie. Whilst still at LFS her short The Crossing (2007) was screened at Curzon Soho as part of the UK premiere of the Oscar winning film The Lives of Others.

In The Big Sleep, a young woman mourns the loss of someone special on the wild cliffs of Hastings.

Credits: Kat Magrowitz (Director/Writer/Producer), Paris Benjamin (Anna), Eduardo Pérez Vidal (Editor)

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