New Filmmakers

Brand new talents ready to be discovered.

NEW FILMMAKERS: JENNIFER SAPARZADEH

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Recently picking an honorable mention in the last Media City Film Festival in Canada, Jennifer Saparzadeh (MFA from the École Cantonale d’art de Lausanne) has been active for some years now as one of the most intriguing filmmakers dealing with the subject matter of personal exile. His films, extracted from the film diary genre, carry a great sense of evocation: intimate yet powerful images that speak of transculturalism and the relationship between mankind and their personal and emotional borders.

NEW FILMMAKERS: JOANA PIMENTA

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Joana Pimenta, from Lisbon, is a teacher in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and a filmmaker with two titles to her name, the films The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees and the new and exceptional An Aviation Field, right from her experience in the Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab. We caught her a day before her trip to Locarno, to premiere Once it was Brasilia, her last work as a cinematographer, and exchanged some words with her. 

NEW FILMMAKER: SU HUI-YU

by José Sarmiento Hinojosa

The work of Hui-Yu can be seen as an exploration of the primary erotic impulses of humanity, not only as a personal occurrence, but as a phenomena that transports itself into mass media. Super Taboo (2016), his latest work, is a dual screen diptych that explores the erotic fantasies of his lead character, which manifests themselves as a giant tableau vivant, where several “scandalous” sex acts take place.

NEW FILMMAKER: FRANK FU

By Mónica Delgado

Frank Fu is a young filmmaker living between EEUU, Australia and China. With his first film, Orange Confucius, he comes across a multi-disciplinary artist with transgressive intentions.

NEW FILMMAKER: DOUWE DIJKSTRA

By Andreea Patru

While most filmmakers use technique to create parallel universes or to conceive perfectly polished images, Douwe Dijkstra reveals his tools in order to demystify the art of cinema. Based in Netherlands, Douwe is an up and coming experimental filmmaker who is interested in exploring quotidian matters through the tools of mixed media. His last short film Voor Film (in English: Supporting Film) is a commissioned piece that premiered at Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen and got selected for the daring Lab Competition from the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival this year.

FEATURED FILMMAKER: JEANNE LIOTTA

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Jeanne Liotta (New York, 1960) calls herself a “professional amateur”, and beyond that particular declaration there’s more than 30 years of amazing work in different fields of art. Of course, she’s better known as one of the best avant-garde filmmakers of all time, but her intertwined work that consists of installations, photography, field recordings and films transcend the experience of cinema in so many different ways. Desistfilm had a chance to talk to her about her initial “intuitions” as an artist, and how did she adapt to the different formats she ended up working with.

FEATURED FILMMAKER: JENNIFER REEDER

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Mother of three, self proclaimed feminist and prolific filmmaker, Jennifer Reeder has slowly shaped cinema into her own little invention, a craft that we can all love, relate to and appreciate. Desistfilm managed to steal some time from her, and we present to you our long and fun conversation.

NEW FILMMAKERS: REI HAYAMA

By Mónica Delgado and José Sarmiento Hinojosa

One of the most intriguing works we watched at the last [S8] 5° Mostra de Cinema Periférico were the short films of visual artist and filmmaker Rei Hayama. A young japanese girl, Hayama’s intuition for a cinema of memory, of child-like wonder cathartic imagery and the exploration of the subconscious mind permeated in the celluloid texture of 8mm, was a refreshing look in an already stimulating exhibition. Desistfilm tracked her down and exchanged a couple of emails, which resulted in the following interview.

NEW FILMMAKERS: CLARISSE HAHN

Kurdish Lover (2010) By José Sarmiento Hinojosa Today, it becomes fundamental to talk about the works of Clarisse Hahn. Few people in the history of cinema have blended the corporeality of the individual, the mere essence of the body, as a political statement and an ontological reality of certain societies within the confines of power […]

ENTREVISTA: MIKEL ZATARAIN

Por Mónica Delgado

El cineasta donostiarra Mikel Zatarain (España, 1983) es el autor de un universo con un lenguaje cinematográfico maduro, pese a contar en su trayectoria con un grupo de cortometrajes. Más bien, sin la promesa del largometraje a cuestas, ha sabido prolongar con sus trabajos el uso del tiempo, el fuera de campo, el paisaje como totalidad difusa, el uso del sonido como otro curso de la narración disociado del acto inmediato de ver.

NEW FILMMAKER: KEIKO TSURUOKA

By Mónica Delgado

Keiko Tsuruoka is a 25 year old filmmaker who made her first feature film less than a year ago. Its title is Town of Whales, a story of adolescence and melancholia in post-earthquake Japan. Tsuruoka is still in the process of studying film in Tokyo, where she made her first short film Tsutomete no kaeramichi (2009). With her first feature, this young filmmaker evidences a style that seeks to capture the details of the juvenile sensibility between a group of three friends, from the city to the suburbs, from love to indifference, from closeness to distance.

RANDOM DISCOVERIES: AN INTERVIEW WITH JAN PHILIPPE CARPIO

By Narda Liotine

Jan Philippe “JP” V. Carpio (Manila, Philippines) is a self-taught writer, filmmaker and performer living in Metro Manila, Philippines. He has been making films for over a decade and has written and directed several shorts and three feature length films shot on video: Girl of My Dreams (2000), Balay Dakû (2002), Hilo (thread)(2007). He is a National Commission for Culture and the Arts Cinema Grant Recipient for the first full length film in the Ilonggo language Balay Dakû, and many other awards. He is a believer and practitioner in cross training between the different art forms, having collaborated and performed with “Actors’ Pleygrawnd” and with dancer Vanni Liwanag. He currently teaches film and mass communication subjects at St. Paul University Manila and at the School of Design and Arts College of St. Benilde. He has also become a staff member of desistfilm.