new filmmaker Laura Holmes: SLEEPWALKING IN THE RIFT BY CARY FUKUNAGA FOR MAIYET

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Laura Holmes - SLEEPWALKING IN THE RIFT BY CARY FUKUNAGA FOR MAIYET

the new filmmaker: What's the story of your film?

Laura Holmes: A collaborative project between Cary Fukunaga and luxury fashion brand Maiyet improvised and shot in Kenya in 2012. The story’s protagonist (Haley Bennet) is a young woman on her first trip to Kenya to meet the grandparents she never knew. Through her grandfather’s Ranger (Fares Fares) she discovers the untamed beauty of Africa as well as her own visceral emotional limitations. In the lead roles are actress Haley Bennett (known from the romantic comedy Music and Lyrics) and Swedish actor of Lebanese origin Fares Fares, who appeared in the film Jalla! Jalla! (screened at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2001) and Kathryn Bigelow’s successful drama Zero Dark Thirty, among others.

the new filmmaker: What inspired you?

Laura Holmes: In shooting the rhapsodic Sleepwalking in the Rift in Africa the director gave a great deal of leeway to the mood of the present tense experiences of the leading actors, bleeding between the past and the future. The strong emotions that accompany the story were the goals of the improvisational production, always meant to feel as authentic moments rather than a chronological narrative. This lead to the mini-episodic presentation of the pieces.

the new filmmaker: What equipment do you shoot with?

Laura Holmes: 2 Canon 5D Mark IIIs

the new filmmaker: Film school or learning by doing?

Laura Holmes: Film school and learning by doing!

new filmmaker Sean Stiegemeier: Hinterlands Teaser

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new filmmaker Joseph Wallace: The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

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Joseph Wallace - The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

the new filmmaker: What's the story of your film?

Joseph Wallace: The film is about an old man called Ivor who lives on the top floor of a tall apartment block in a big city. One day a plant pot falls from his window and he thinks 'what if I fell?'. His paranoia sparks a series of events that turn his world upside down.

the new filmmaker: What inspired you?

Joseph Wallace: Italian landscapes and architecture. The fragility of old people. Picasso.

the new filmmaker: What equipment do you shoot with?

Joseph Wallace: Canon 5D mkii, Dragonframe software, Macbook Pro, Final Cut.

the new filmmaker: Film school or learning by doing?

Joseph Wallace: Learnt by doing every weekend with a video camera when I was little then went to Film School to experiment.

the new filmmaker: Which filmmaker had the greatest influence your style?

Joseph Wallace: There are so many to list.. Gilliam, Jeunet, Greenaway, Trnka.

new filmmaker Kurtis Hough: Cryosphere

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Kurtis Hough - Cryosphere

the new filmmaker: What's the story of your film?

Kurtis Hough: A haunting wailing cry to stop the melting of a glacier.

the new filmmaker: What inspired you?

Kurtis Hough: Experiences hiking on glaciers.

the new filmmaker: What equipment do you shoot with?

Kurtis Hough: Canon 5D Mark II

the new filmmaker: Film school or learning by doing?

Kurtis Hough: I studied computer animation in art school, but lately have been experimenting with live action video and timelapse.

the new filmmaker: Which filmmaker had the greatest influence your style?

Kurtis Hough: Werner Herzog

new filmmaker Evan Houston: A Love Supreme

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Evan Houston - A Love Supreme

the new filmmaker: What's the story of your film?

Evan Houston: Recently released from prison, former high school basketball star Saul is hopeful to meet his daughter, Abigail, for the first time. When he learns that she is unaware of his existence, he struggles to decide what role he will now play in her life.

the new filmmaker: What inspired you?

Evan Houston: Prior to sitting down and writing the script for “A Love Supreme”, I was playing a lot of basketball at the court where we shot the movie. I would be out there for hours, either shooting hoops by myself or playing a pick up game with others, and I would have time to just think about all these ideas that eventually formed the basis for “A Love Supreme”. I thought about what it means to be a child’s father. There is so much responsibility to being a parent…you’re basically devoting the rest of your life to making sure your kid is okay. My Dad’s Dad was never really there for him, and it kind of inspired me how he took something that could have had a really negative impact on his life and decided that he would never do that to his kids. So, someone’s drive to make things right despite the past was a big inspiration for the story. For me, the main inspiration was the idea of two people sharing a chance encounter that has vastly different meanings for each individual. The moment that Saul shares with his daughter is something he has been hoping for, something he will never forget, but will Abigail? For her it is a fleeting moment with a stranger. These different levels of awareness and perception between people, between Saul and Abigail, Mary and Saul, the characters on the screen and the audience watching the film, is what I am most fascinated with and what I intended to explore when making the film.

the new filmmaker: What equipment do you shoot with?

Evan Houston: RED One Camera.

the new filmmaker: Film school or learning by doing?

Evan Houston: Film School is a great way to have contact with like-minded creative people and to have access to equipment that you can learn and play with. That being said: learn by doing, always.

the new filmmaker: Which filmmaker had the greatest influence your style?

Evan Houston: Spike Lee

new filmmaker Lewis Cater: Kodaline

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Lewis Cater - Kodaline

the new filmmaker: What's the story of your film?

Lewis Cater: The video is based around the concept of friendship, trust, morality and deceit. The video follows the life a young boy as he becomes astray by an older gang living on the block. They take him away from him younger friends, making him run tasks and teach him wrong-doings.

the new filmmaker: What inspired you?

Lewis Cater: I wanted to give a sense of reality, this scenario isn't uncommon in some parts of London and I wanted to create awareness of that. Some of the set ups in this video were inspired by Spike Lee's 1989 cult film 'Do The Right Thing', I am a huge Spike Lee fan and I love this film. It's set in Brooklyn and there's actually a very small part in the film, where the old drunk man from the neighbourhood asks a young boy to run to the store to get him a bottle of beer. This is kinda where my idea sprawn from. Bringing 80's Brooklyn influence and applying it to modern day East- London.

the new filmmaker: What equipment do you shoot with?

Lewis Cater: This particular video was shot using a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 7D

the new filmmaker: Film school or learning by doing?

Lewis Cater: I am a graduate of the University of Lincoln with a BA Joint Hons in Film, Television and Journalism. However I have been shooting music videos for over 5 years, before University and after University.

the new filmmaker: Which filmmaker had the greatest influence your style?

Lewis Cater: Like I said previously, in this video particular, I took my influence from Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'.