The Art of Flying

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The Art Of Flying

Directed by Jan van IJken

Short Documentary
Netherlands | 7 min | 2015


Short film about “murmurations”: the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show.

Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.



The Art of Flying - Jan Van IjkenJan van Ijken
Director, Producer, Writer

Jan van IJken (Amersfoort, the Netherlands 1965) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker.
He is specializing in personal photo- and filmprojects.

He published 3 photo books: A touch of Divinity (2001), New Neighbours (2004) and Dierbaar/Precious Animals (2005). His photos were published in numerous international exhibitions, magazines and newspapers.

In the last few years, he produced 3 short films: Facing Animals (2012, 30 min HD Video) about the complex and  often bizarre relationship between man and animal and Nevermore (2013, 4 min HD Video) about the fast and instinctive creative process of action painting and The art of flying (2015, 7 min HD Video) about the stunning and mysterious flights of the Common Starling.

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Film Information


Director: Jan van IJken
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2015
Language: n/a
Runtime: 7 min
Rated: G

Credits


Producers: Jan van Ijken
Cinematographer/DP:  Jan van Ijken

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Ironhead

Ironhead

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Ironhead

Directed by Thomas C. Johnson

Documentary Short
USA | 10 min. | 2015


Ironhead documents the creative work of ironmonger Kelly Ludeking and the happenings at his Down on the Farm Iron Pour, a yearly communal gathering of local and national artists collaborating to make cast iron art at the Ludeking family farm in Decorah, Iowa.



Thomas C. Johnson, Director - IronheadThomas C. Johnson
Director, Producer, Writer

Thomas C. Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, United States.

This film was produced as part of a Student/Faculty Collaborative Summer Research project funded by the College.


Neal Abbott | Co-director IronheadNeal Abbott
Director, Producer, Writer

Ironhead

Film Information


Director: Thomas C. Johnson, Neal Abbott
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 10 min.
Rated: PG

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Producers: Thomas C. Johnson, Neal Abbott
Featuring:
Kelly Ludeking
Color:
Aaron Lurth
Music: Brooke Joyce

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Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland

Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland 

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Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland

Directed by Bill Wisneski

Short Documentary
USA | 14 min | 2016


With its mysterious rock formations and iconic trees, Joshua Tree National Park provides a haven for those seeking inspiration. Now, scientists predict that the majority of Joshua trees will disappear in the next 80 years due to air pollution, fire, and global warming. Can anything save this amazing wonderland?



Joshua Tree: Threatened Wonderland - Bill WisneskiBill Wisneski
Director, Producer, Writer

Bill Wisneski is an award winning documentary director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. He has received fourteen Pacific Southwest Emmy Awards and dozens of other national accolades for his compelling environmental documentaries. His films have been shown at more than fifty film festivals throughout the country and aired on numerous PBS stations in the Western United States.

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Director: Bill Wisneski
Country:  USA 
Year: 2016
Language: English
Runtime: 14 min
Rated: G

Credits


Producer: Chris Culp
Executive  Producer: Bill Wisneski
Associate Producer: Mona Urban, Mona Witherington
Cinematography: Chris Culp, Bill Wisneski

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Journey to Aleppo

Journey to Aleppo

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Journey to Aleppo

Directed by Juuso Lavonen and Vesa Rajala

Short Documentary
Finland | 21 minutes | 2016


“Panic doesn’t help by sharing news items in social media.” Short documentary tells a story of Syrian born Finnish citizen Rami Adham who delivers humanitarian aid to the children of the world’s most dangerous city, Aleppo.


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Juuso Lavonen, Director Journey to AleppoJuuso Lavonen
Director, Writer

Juuso Lavonen is a Helsinki-based freelance editor and director. He recently graduated from the film department of Aalto University in Helsinki majoring in film editing. He has worked in various projects from 2010 onwards, going from documentaries to short fiction. Many of these films have been shown in various festivals.

He is now expanding working also as a director in effort to contribute more to the story and get his personal subjects to the screen. His work can be described as cinematic puzzles due to his editor backround. This is an attempt to share something unique and universal about being a human in an interesting form. His philosophy on film making comes from the urge of sharing – to get closer on that feeling that is the most important part of humanity.

Vesa Rajala, Director Journey to AleppoVesa Rajala
Director, Writer

Vesa Rajala is a Helsinki-based director-cinematographer.
After years of TV work, he is now working as independent filmmaker and concentrating on human rights and environmental topics.

Film Information


Directors: Juuso Lavonen and Vesa Rajala
Country: Finland
Year: 2016
Language:  Arabic, Finland
Runtime: 21 min
Rated: PG13

Credits


Producer: Rostislav Aalto
Writers: Juuso Lavonen, Vesa Rajala, Rostislav Aalto
Cinematographers: Sami Meshaal, Basel Abu Hamza, Rami Adham, Vesa Rajala
Sound Design: 
Kirsi Korhonen
Key Cast: Rami Adham

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Reinvention of Normal

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The Reinvention of Normal

Directed by Liam Saint-Pierre

Short Narrative
United Kingdom | 8 min | 2015


“Go straight off the wall” said his dad and Dominic does just that. The film follows Dominic Wilcox, an artist / inventor / designer, on his quest for new ideas….Taking the normal and turning it into something unique.



Reinvention of Normal - Liam Saint Pierre DirectorLiam Saint-Pierre
Director, Producer, Writer

Liam’s background was in stills photography and as a documentary camera operator, where he worked with the likes of Shane Meadows at Warp Films. With a desire to tell stories, Liam’s path naturally led to directing, where his skills as a versatile filmmaker allowed him to create beautiful and intimate imagery across a variety of mediums. His cinematic style mixed with a tender realism and subtle humour translates into different genres, with story telling always at the heart. Initially this was in documentaries, but a focus on narrative has been translated into music videos, short films and commercial work.

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Director: Liam Saint-Pierre
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 8 min
Rated: PG13

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Producers: Liam Saint-Pierre

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Tied to the System

Tied to the System

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Tied to the System

Directed by Leah L. Jones

Short Documentary
United States | 20 Minutes| 2016


Four poets illustrate the systematic oppression of black people from slavery to the present. The spoken word pieces are tied together by an adapted reading of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Reverend Nakeesha N. Brown. The letter emphasizes how the current Black Lives Matter movement parallels the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.



Leah Jones, Director Tied to the SystemLeah L. Jones
Director, Producer, Writer

Tied to the System

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Director: Leah L. Jones
Country: United States
Year:  2016
Language: English
Runtime: 20 Minutes

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Producer: Leah L. Jones

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