NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) Presents Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema on December 15th in Hollywood
You’re invited to join NewFilmmakers Los Angeles and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with presenting partners The Arab Film and Media Institute, Shortcutz Amsterdam and Dutch Culture USA on Saturday, December 15th, 2018 for “NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival InFocus: Middle Eastern, Arab & Dutch Cinema.” The event will be hosted at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Mary Pickford Center’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
The evening begins with InFocus: Dutch Cinema – Shortcutz Amsterdam Showcase, a collection of the winners of Shortcutz Amsterdam’s 2018 season so-presented in partnership with Shortcutz Amsterdam and Dutch Culture USA (Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York) and offers highlights of diverse work made by Dutch filmmakers throughout the Netherlands. There are stories of peace, discovering one’s identity, the mundane pains of loss, horror, and more.
Dir. & Writ. Frodo Kuipers
A desolate street in a small village in the Old West. Two cowboys face each other in a good-old-fashioned shootout! But when both of the colts fire their deadly bullets, it appears that those bullets have a will of their own when both of the fired bullets fall in love with each other.
Frodo Kuipers (1976) studied animation at the ABV Tilburg (NL) and at KASK Hogeschool Ghent (Belgium). In 2001 he graduated with great honours with his short ‘Antipoden’. This film won awards at several film festivals and was nominated for the selection of the Cartoon d’Or by Anima Brussels (B) in 2002.
Frodo was an artist in residence at the NIAf (Netherlands Institute for Animation film) for almost 3 years, where he took part in numerous masterclasses and workshops by professionals like Michael Dudok de Wit, Paul Driessen, Normand Roger, Mark Baker, Daan Jippes, Piet Kroon, Konstantin Bronzit, Amanda Forbes and Wendy Tilby. He finished two films at the NIAf: ‘Street’ and ‘Shipwrecked’, which both were successful at international film festivals worldwide. ‘Shipwrecked’ was also noticed by ACME’s Ron Diamond and became a part of ACME’s Animation Show of Shows in 2006.
In 2005 Frodo founded Studio Mosquito, where he focussed mainly on directing independent animation shorts, but he also animated a broad collection of commissioned work.
In 2016 Frodo finished his latest short film ‘Bullet Time’ (Merlijn Passier Productions), which is currently in distribution and is selected at numerous international filmfestivals.
Also, the film was selected to be the Dutch submission for the Oscar® in the Animated Short Film category.
Dir. Jan Pieter Tuinstra & Writ. Keren Levi
A Vogue dancer performs at a Voodoo Carnival Ball, an important dance contest where he will have to prove himself to be accepted by the local ballroom community. He remembers growing up on Sint Maarten, a small island in the Caribbean and all the changes he has been through since. The freedom he longed for seems within reach. Based on the biographical story of Elvin Elejandro Martinez and narrated by him, ‘Otherland’ is a juxtaposition of two narratives that evoke new associations for viewers: while the visual story of the ball is fictional, the film is based on in-depth research into the Dutch ballroom community and all the characters and dancers are part of the European ballroom/vogue community
Jan Pieter Tuinstra was born in 1971 in a small village in the North of the Netherlands. After preuniversity school he attended the Academy of fine Arts St. Joost in the city of Breda. In 1995 he graduated as a director at the audiovisual department. His graduation film was awarded as the best student production at the national film festival. Ever since Tuinstra has been working alternately as a director and director of photography for documentaries, television series and commercials.
Dir. Heleen D’Haens & Eva van Barneveld
Miruna lives with her parents and twelve siblings in a house that’s way too small, in which it gets blisteringly hot in summer. As the eldest daughter, she helps her parents run the family. When she grows up, she wants to be a police woman. But her teacher tells her that she’ll have to improve her marks if he wants to enter the Police Academy. With a twinkle in her eyes, Miruna gets to work.
Dir. Kuba Szutkowski &Edgar Kapp & Writ. Gerry de Hoogh
A troublesome relationship between a shopkeeper and his nagging mother results in a physical confrontation. The shopkeeper pushes his mother’s wheelchair down the cellar stairs. With her in it. Before he gets a chance to realise what he has done a gullible passerby enters his shop. A weird conversation about suspense cinema makes him reflect on his actions and take action.
Kuba Szutkowski (1982, Warsaw, Poland) moved to the Netherlands at the age of six. Here, he studied Psychology and Philosophy before graduating from the Willem de Kooning Art Academy as an audiovisual designer. In 2009 he co-started the production company Popov Film with the celebrated actor Dragan Bakema. Short filmography: Amplify Me to the Moon (2009, short doc), Boijmans TV (2010, tv series), Collecting is a Disease (2014, short doc, winner King Bonn Award best short doc China), Stem van de Doelen (2015, tv series), Vonk (2015, short, co-dir: 50+ festival selections, best film runner-up MiFo Miami, TV Rijnmond Audience Award), PENSIONADO (2016, short, script/ exec prod: winner En Plein Public Award Rotterdam, TV Rijnmond Audience Award)
Edgar Kapp (1965, Amersfoort, The Netherlands) is a director, actor and producer. Together with Kuba Szutkowski he made the short film That’s What she Said for the 48 hour Film Project Rotterdam 2013. The film was nominated for several awards. In 2015 he took part again with Kuba Szutkowski and together they directed Vonk. The film won the Audience Award and became the first 48 Hour Film Project Rotterdam film to be selected for IFFR.
Dir. Eva M.C. Zanen & Writ. Medi Broekman
76 year old Sjaak tries to write a speech for his recently deceased wife, but he is only capable of writing starters. While the ceremony begins, Sjaak is postponing the speech. He has to find the true way to say goodbye to his great love.
The second program of the evening, InFocus: Arab Cinema is co-presented in partnership with The Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) and showcases Palestinian, Tunisian, Lebanese and Qatari stories that cover the often unmentioned hardships of refugees in Europe, tackle the difficult questions of ideology through the eyes of a child, look at history through a mockumentary lens, and in Cyril Aris’ Oscar-Qualifying The President’s Visit, take us to a town whose preparation for an important guest takes an absurd and darkly humorous turn.
The night concludes with InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema, a selection of striking short films from Middle Eastern filmmakers who have made their work all over the world – Lebanon, Israel, France, UK, Canada and the US. They tell stories of the complexity of identity, growing up, and of being stuck in difficult situations, personally and politically.
Doors will open to the public at 3 pm with a pre-reception for the first shorts program, and the night will include a pre-reception before each of the evening’s programs, where attendees can sip cocktails and mingle with industry professionals and festival selected filmmakers in the lounge. The event will conclude at 11:00 pm.
Tickets are available for $15 for an all-night access passes, which provide access to all three film programs with open bar throughout the entire event. NFMLA’s Monthly Film Festivals are presented throughout the year with support from Executive Circle Sponsors FilmLA and HBO, Producers Circle Sponsors SAG-AFTRA, 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA | Golden Globes), LA County Arts Commission and LA City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).
Shorts Program #1 – InFocus: Dutch Cinema – Shortcutz Amsterdam
3:00 PM – Pre-Reception
4:00 PM – Shorts Program #1
5:30 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #2 – InFocus: Arab Cinema
5:45 PM – Pre-Reception
6:15 PM – Shorts Program #2
8:00 PM – Audience Q&A
Shorts Program #3 – InFocus: Middle Eastern Cinema
8:15 PM – Pre-Reception
8:45 PM – Shorts Program #3
10:30 PM – Audience Q&A
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