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Yama (2010)

March 15, 2014 0 music

Music written and recorded by Dead Skeletons (Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt & Jón Sæmundur).

Dead Skeletons are an Icelandic psychadelia band. Yama is a song from their debut album Dead Magick, recorded in 2010. The official video for Yama doesn’t really have a narrative as such – rather it’s a montage of imagery, mostly of Tibetan monks engaged in various rituals, prayers and meditations. Parts of it are repeated, looped and spliced with other images, such as driving along a desert road. We end up with a video that combines with the music to take us on a journey, the images and sequences well matched to the droning, hypnotic rhythm of the song. There is something genuinely striking about the faces of these young and old monks – a serenity and detachment that suggests perhaps a different way of thinking, a different way of life.

Yama is the Hindu deity of death, and closely related to the concepts of karma and reincarnation. The Sanskrit word Yama (यम) can also mean self-restraint, self-control and discipline. Yama also features in Buddhism and Chinese, Korean and Japanese mythology.

ColourBleed (2011)

March 13, 2014 0 drama

Written and directed by Peter Szewczyk
In association with BBC Film Network and BBC HD
Produced by Light + Mathematics

ColourBleed is set in Krakow, Poland, but the dialogue is in English. A young girl, a graffiti artist, tries to bring colour into the ineffably monochrome world around her. Even the way she dresses reflects this – her colourful, alternative style seems to be an act of personal rebellion against the greyness and uniformity of the bleak-looking cityscape. She encounters two opposite entities – a brightly coloured hummingbird, and an elderly woman, a bureaucrat gifted with the sinister power to quite literally drain the colour from people.

The film is beautifully shot with state-of-the-art CGI. Powerful metaphors are brought to life before our eyes. The conflict and contrast is essentially between two opposing forces – the hummingbird, a force for creativity, freedom of expression and spirit – and the malevolent official, who represents everything that is antithetical to art – bureaucracy, repression and control.

ColourBleed won Special Jury Prize at the Sitges International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the Fantasporto Film Festival, and Best International Short at the Hollyshorts Film Festival.

One Man’s Loss (2013)

March 4, 2014 0 comedy

Written and directed by Philip Sansom
Produced by Richard Weager
Director of Photography Ross McLennan

Starring a wonderfully cast Jeremy Mitchell, Tracy Feith and Hande Kodja playing the sultry French-speaking love interest, One Man’s Loss is a neat little comic short about the twists of fate that befall a tramp who, after crossing the path of a thoroughly unlikeable yuppie (Mitchell) treads on a shard of broken glass. What happens next is a reversal of fortunes that see our intitally hapless hobo (Feith) end up the winner of the piece. Philip Sansom, the writer and director, also directed and co-wrote award-winning short The Black Hole.

Great soundtrack at the beginning and end of this one!