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.
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.
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.
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.
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.