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SCINEMA 2012 PROGRAM
by theme

CLIMATE + ENERGY
The Polar Explorer
Is the Magnetic Pole About to Flip?
Collaborative Science
Quest for Energy


AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE
Steve Rintoul
Australia : The Time Traveller's Guide Ep4
The Future Makers


A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE
PFAD, VORGARTEN, KOLLAPS, STILLE
The Inertia Trap
The Hungry Tide


OCEANS
Upstream to Downstream (In Our Bloodstreams)
Iskwater
Into The Gyre
Caring for the Lagoon


SPACE AND ASTRONOMY
Into Deep Space
SPACEFARING
Reflector
Wally's Mission on Mars


CRITTERS
Big Dream Little Bears
Duck! (a duckumentary)


SCIENCE ART + TECHNOLOGY
Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme
The Periodic Table Table
The Coffee Ring Effect
Wet and Wild
Resolution
How To: Communicate In The Dark
Quasicrystal Research
Les gardiens du risque
J, Robot
The End of Hearing
Another, Please


THE MIND
Think Brilliance
Out of Our Minds
abNormal
Preclinical body
Madly Gifted


 

2012 Program Alphabetically | 2012 Program by theme

SCINEMA 2012 PROGRAM

abNormal UK D: Barry Gibb 0:30:35
Are you normal? What does it mean to be normal? Is it a good thing, or does it mean you're just plain dull. Is being abnormal more fun, does that make us seem more cooky, quirky, individual - or could it mean we're cut off from society, perceived as odd or even mentally ill?abNormal is an exploration and celebration of what it means to be normal. Examined through the eyes of several very different minds, with their own unique talents and perspectives, abNormal points a microscope at human behaviour, asking viewers to question their perceptions of others, and themselves. Beyond individuals, as society marches inevitably towards a suburban future, the film asks, is society itself destined to slide into a bland state of normality - or are we instead threatening our mental health by the way we live our lives.

Another, Please South Korea D: Jonathan Hardy 0:11:39
An old professor, questioning his work on Chaos theory, consults the local bar tender.  When a regular intrudes into the conversation, the bar itself becomes grounds for experiments.  Soon the bar is riddled with 'chaos' and a big secret about people is revealed.

Australia : The Time Traveller's Guide Ep4 Australia D: Richard Smith 52mins
Of all continents on Earth, none preserve the story of the formation of our planetand the evolution of life quite like Australia. Nowhere else can you simply jump in a car and travel back through the entire history of the world. 'Australia: The Time Traveller's Guide' takes you on a rollicking adventure from the birth of the Earth to the emergence of the world we know today. Buckle up for a rocky ride down the Road of Time with series host Dr Richard Smith. Over four one-hour episodes, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and exploding asteroids. Epic in scope, intimate in nature, this is the untold story of the land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all. So join the good Doctor for the ultimate Outback road trip: an exploration of the history of the planet as seen throughthe mind-altering window of the Australian continent.       

Big Dream Little Bears Australia D: Howard Jackson 0:52:38
Big Dream Little Bears gives a rare glimpse into the mysterious island of Borneo and an insider's view of a ten-year dream to save the smallest bears on earth. In this one-hour documentary Borneo specialist, Dr Audrey Low, returns to her former homeland to assist sun bear expert Siew Te Wong in the most dangerous and unpredictable phase his dream. In a story laced with humor and filled with urgency we follow Audrey's journey of rediscovery, Wong's indefatigable dream and Suria, the youngest and smallest bear, who although ostracized and wounded by the other bears, survives to lead them to freedom. Big Dream Little Bears reaffirms there is hope in the small but significant victories of individuals.           

Caring for the Lagoon France, UK D: Oliver Dickinson 0:52:00
The magnificent lagoon of Mayotte, an island in the Indian Ocean, is at the very heart of local life. The Mahorans are aware of this and try to protect it. From the wooded mountain top to the mangrove and into the sea, we came across dedicated men, women and children, turtles and sea cucumbers, right down to the vibrant coral reefs shimmering below the turquoise water.The lagoon of Mayotte is a cradle of hope: to build a future that will be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.      

Centrefold Hungary, Sweden, UK D: Ellie Land 0:09:12
Over the past decade, female genital cosmetic surgery has increased by a staggering 500%. Centrefold is a unique animated documentary that takes an innovative and balanced approach to this controversial topic. Created by award winning filmmaker Ellie Land and funded by the Wellcome Trust, the film follows three women, aged 24 -41 through their different experiences of labiaplasty (surgery to trim or remove the labia). By documenting what is involved in the procedure and its varying outcomes, the film seeks to offer a non-judgmental view of labia surgery and to encourage informed discussion:  Is labiaplasty anti-female 'pornification', or an empowering personal choice? Centrefold provides the facts. You decide.       

Collaborative Science USA D: Alan Franks 0:10:25
A short film highlighting the collaborative research involved in geologic carbon sequestration technology.            

Duck! (a duckumentary) USA D: Danny Ledonne 1:00:52
They swim, they waddle, and they fly. They are the subjects of art, science, history, and popular entertainment. They are cartoons, stamps, carvings, pets, livestock, urban neighbors, and even dinner. They are ducks! Across America, quirky and often comical interactions can teach us about our feathery neighbors, our planet, and ourselves.Told as ten interwoven stories about one animal across the United States, 'Duck!' is sure to make audiences laugh, learn and love the outdoors - across the country or in their own back yard.  Laugh as two boys introduce you to their pet duck and how to take care of such an unusual pet in suburban America.  Learn as the Boston Duck Tour 'conducktor' traces the history of the city using a submersible World War 2 vehicle known as the DUKW or a scientist who researches how sea ducks hear underwater sounds.  Love the natural landscape that duck hunters, carvers, and painters are inspired to protect.  With a quirky yet vibrant focus on the preservation of wetland habitat, enjoying the great outdoors, and connecting with the heritage and traditions of American culture, 'Duck! (a duckumentary)' is sure to leave you quacking for more!

Hot & Bothered UK D: Giannina LaSalvia 0:04:15
Tom loves his wife, but in this not so distant boiling hot future, he can't bring himself to express his affection.  Thankfully, the right product has come along to solve their bedroom woes, but is another energy-consuming device really the answer?  'Hot & Bothered' is a playful comedy about how sticky we'll allow climate change to become before we decide to find reasonable solutions.The project was developed for the BBC's Climate Change Short Film Challenge and was one of twenty films selected for production.   

How To: Communicate In The Dark Canada D: John D.  Watson 0:02:27 
You're either on or you're off.   

Into Deep Space UK D: Alberto Iordanov and Anne Milne 0:12:30
Astronomer Grant Miller is obsessed with looking for earth-like planets in distant solar systems. Using a 50 year old telescope based at sea level in Scotland, he scans the night sky for earth-like worlds. Not only does he think that life is possible outside of our solar system, he believes that a discovery will be made in his own lifetime. Astro-biologist Duncan Forgan uses number and models to predict how galaxies are formed, and how and where life might appear within a galaxy. A film about our quest to understand life with some of the scientists who are devoting their lives to the most fundamental questions of our time.

Into The Gyre USA D: Scott Elliott 0:44:00

Into the Gyre is a 44-minute film documenting a groundbreaking expedition to study the location, extent and effect of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Gyre. Thirty-four volunteer researchers, scientists and sailors participated in this five-week long journey to the Sargasso Sea, east of Bermuda. Sailing on a 135-foot tall ship, the film closely follows four of the researchers as they collect, count, and archive the plastic. Along the way, the film examines the history of plastics, the adverse effects it is causing in the ocean, and possible solutions to this problem.  

Is the Magnetic Pole About to Flip? France D: Rose Yanick 0:52:00

The earth has two North Poles: the geographic and the magnetic. The magnetic pole is the one that attracts the needles of our compasses. It's always moving, but could it be about to flip? What will be the impact?Paleomagnetism has taught us that the magnetic pole flips regularly, going from north to south and vice versa, once every 250,000 years on average. However, the last inversion occurred 780,000 years ago!Are we on the eve of such a major event?         

Iskwater Philippines D: Nash Anggahan 0:15:00
iskWATER is a documentary film depicting the lives of Filipinos who migrated from far off provinces into Manila, the country's city capital. They settled near the esteros (canals) surrounding the Pasig River, one of the largest bodies of water in the metro. However, they throw their wastes direct to these canals, which in turn pollute both the canal and all the bodies of water connected to it as the current sweeps off the all these into the river. The film revolves on the insights of the people who live near the river and the people who are helping out clean the river and relocate them.           

J, Robot Japan, USA D: Michael Garrigues 0:58:38
In January of 1995, the port city of Kobe, Japan was ravaged by a powerful earthquake and resulting fire which left over 6000 people dead and many more thousands injured. Over the last sixteen years the city has recovered. Now, a heroic figure rises up out of a newly rebuilt city neighborhood:   Tetsujin-28, an 18-meter metal robot sculpture. This is a life-size replica of a beloved anime character created in 1963. (known as Gigantor in the U.S.)In Japan, Kobe citizens are not alone in their love for robots, both real and imagined. Many Japanese have a special fondness for mechanical humanoids.Government, academic and scientific institutions, along with industry leaders are investing time and money in developing the technology to create a humanoid robot workforce. This extraordinary development is fueled by more than the simple motivation of an aging population and the lack of younger workers.'J, Robot'  explores Japan's unique cultural attitudes, artistic sensibilities and technological differences that might make their robotic leap possible.

Les gardiens du risque Switzerland D: Melanie Pitteloud 0:29:00
Behind their screens, operators keep watch around the clock to ensure that risks don't become disasters and that our networks and systems - air and road traffic, electricity, weather forecasts, natural disasters, etc. - run smoothly. Filmed 'behind the scenes' in five different control rooms, the film was made as part of a social science study in which the filmmaker was involved. It offers us a glimpse of the everyday lives of these 'guardians of risk' who live on the cusp of the routine and the unexpected--a job that demands perpetual vigilance and, yet, that no one every talks about... except when things go wrong.Somewhere between scientific research and a documentary, this film is the fruit of close collaboration between the filmmaker and research team. The filmmaker was present from the very first in-depth interviews with the operators - that aimed to understand and capture the specifics of their work, mission, relationship to their tools,... on room by room basis. Then the filmmaker went by the hypotheses that came out of this initial study to write the film. She directed the film shoot in the presence of one of the researchers who conducted the filmed interviews. The film was then co-edited with the research team so that the sequences could be extracted from the investigation's analysis, that aimed both to differentiate between the control rooms and explore their similarities, in order to identify the commonalities and structuring elements that make these operators 'Guardians of Risk.'               

Login 2 Login USA D: 90min
For those who have difficulties finding a sexual partner in the physical world, the virtual world offers a chance to connect               

Love & Other Unstable States Of Matter USA D: David Marmor 0:24:13
Owen, a struggling scientist, is having a really bad day. For starters, he still hasn't finished the device he's been building for years in his parents' garage. To make things worse, Karen--the love of his life--leaves him, convinced his endless tinkering is an excuse to avoid living. And when he activates his device, determined to prove Karen wrong, he accidentally creates a tiny black hole that'll soon end the world. Great. Now, to save the planet (or at least win Karen back), he'll face an angry park ranger, a bunch of condiments, and worst of all--his parents.           

Madly Gifted USA D: None provided 0:50:00
Madly Gifted is a documentary that explores the complexity of the artistic talent and its relation to the Bipolar Spectrum through a combination of interviews, reenactments, and artwork. The purpose of the documentary is to voice the opinion of mentally ill artists about the impact of treatment to their creative mind and quality of life, their concerns and fears. It is a channel to enhance the communication between patients and health professionals to better serve patients' needs. The treatment of the images reflects a non-traditional documentary format that delivers visuals to create an experience of 'seeing through the eyes of a Bipolar Artist', a conflicted contrast between form and content. The documentary will be used as a tool for social activism to educate, reduce stigma, and encourage more extensive investigation to find treatments specially aimed to the artistic community.

Out of Our Minds USA D: Kate Webbink 0:21:15
In an attempt to better understand scientific thinking, a former student of animal behavior revisits current researchers in the field. Her cross-country road trip follows trails of thought from one researcher to another, each illustrating a different aspect of the ties between expectation and observation. Along the way, the film's visuals explore gaps between 'map' and 'territory' in as well as around the field of comparative cognition.

PFAD, VORGARTEN, KOLLAPS, STILLE Germany D: Kai Miedendorp 0:08:15
While politicians are engaged on two fronts in a half-hearted war on climate change and the disappearance of natural resources, we have already entered a period in which we are confronted with the very circumstances that we are still trying to prevent. What will happen after a complete collapse?The need of a peaceful synergy between man and nature is, in the face of unbridled industrial production and its destructive effects on the environment, more urgent than ever. If the threats to nature seem to now reach apocalyptic proportions, then this film is meant to demonstrate that with strength, reason and all those who possess these virtues, one might never lose real hope. A brighter tomorrow awaits our planet and the word future will never lose its meaning.              

Preclinical body Netherlands D: Kaisu Koski 0:10:14
The film is based on a three-month fellowship in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in the University of Alberta. The video piece is a poetic documentary which explores various representations of the body offered in the different learning contexts in the preclinical curriculum of the medical school, moving through so-called discovery learning, clinical skills and anatomy lab experiences. The images and sounds involved derive primarily from thirteen interviews with medical students and their clinical preceptors in the University of Alberta, but they intertwine with studio-based responses rendering the artist-researcher's presence transparent. Next to exploring the representations of the body in medical education, the film also highlights the role of hand in medicine, for instance, as a manifestation of various skills and the primary physical connection between a doctor and a patient.      

Psychomigrations (English Subtitles) Argentina,Israel D: Tzachi Schiff 0:09:58
Horacio Cardo, illustrating the more distinguished newspapers and magazines all over the world, is in the center of a storm that arose following an exhibition of his artistic works that was held in Buenos-Aires, Argentina - his homeland. The theme of the exhibition is Cardo's loathing of psychoanalysis and, mainly, of its founding father - Sigmund Freud. Cardo's works, with or without regard to Freud, are, no doubt, very intense, unique, daring, surprising and impressive. The exhibition was preceded by - and based on - Cardo's book: 'Sigmund, Fraud and psychoanalysis'. (No, it is not a typo - Cardo spells 'Fraud' instead of 'Freud' and this is the shortest possible expression of his views on the issue...).Underlining Cardo's works is the notion that 'Freudism is based upon over-worked imagination, detached from reality and supported by a series of fairy tales'. As Buenos-Aires leads the world in the volume of the population being psychoanalyzed - the offsetting, adverse and smart artistic work of Horacio Cardo is a necessary cultural tool worth using for the purpose of probing the mysterious world of psychoanalysis.Fragments of the book, and works of art, are presented in the film - highlighting the bitter judgments of the artist concerning his nemesis: Freud. 

Quasicrystal Research Germany D: Alexander Tuschinski 0:10:04
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 was awarded to Dan Shechtman 'for the discovery of quasicrystals'.Over centuries it was believed that all crystals whose surfaces are comprised of smooth facets are periodic. This means that they are built from a single unit-cell which repeats itself in all three dimensions.Well, this was the opinion thirty years ago!At the beginning of the 1980s, Daniel Shechtman made a fantastic discovery: Highly-ordered, facetted materials which are not periodic. Materials, which at that time were considered to be pure science fiction! At the University of Stuttgart, experiments are performed which allow to research novel, yet unexplored properties of such Quasicrystals. This film presents complex scientific insights in an easy-to-understand and exciting way.     

Quest for Energy USA D: Vinit Parmar 0:10:00
Over one billion people still live without electricity. Off grid Indian villagers have found a way that is sustainable.

Reflector USA D: Dave Hill 0:25:46
Taking place in 1977, an African police unit is waiting around in the desert, bored.  A call over the radio saying that the captain's brother has been killed interrupts their day.Dan and Sara, American missionaries to South West Africa, have a weekend off.  Dan is an amateur astronomer and brings Sara along to see 'an occultation.'  Their driver doesn't show up, so they decided to walk along the desert road.After a awhile, they stumble upon a car with a dead African man next to it. They take the car and they continue their journey.  Out of nowhere, they run into Dan's friend Jake.  Jake has also come to Africa to see the 'occultation,' but without telling Dan.  We also find out that Dan used the mission trip as a way to pay for his trip to Africa.Sara is upset at this news.  They hear the African police vehicle in the distance.  Jake suggests they leave the car, Dan follows, but Sara hides under the car.  The troops search the car, but find nothing.Dan, Jake, and Sara continue their journey, and Dan finally explains that by seeing the 'occultation,' they'll be the first to count all the rings of Uranus.  Running out of time, they run up a rocky hill, and set up their telescopes.   They end up seeing all 13 rings.  The next morning though, the police officers find them sleeping in their car, order them outside, and haul them away.  Their discoveries are never reported.               

Resolution USA D: Dave Fischer 0:01:00
Insight visualised

Robot Quadrotors Perform James Bond Theme USA D: Kurtis Sensenig 0:01:40
Flying robot quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme by playing various instruments including the keyboard, drums and maracas, a cymbal, and the debut of an adapted guitar built from a couch frame. The quadrotors play this 'couch guitar' by flying over guitar strings stretched across a couch frame; plucking the strings with a stiff wire attached to the base of the quadrotor. A special microphone attached to the frame records the notes made by the 'couch guitar'.These flying quadrotors are completely autonomous, meaning humans are not controlling them; rather they are controlled by a computer programed with instructions to play the instruments.Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science is home to some of the most innovative robotics research on the planet, much of it coming out of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab.         

SPACEFARING Colombia D: Felipe Aguilar 0:07:45
Spacefaring outlines the true story of the high tech Indian Space Program against the backdrop of a rural village that appears to be suspended in time. In the near future will we be able to create sustainable colonies on other planets, or will we make the same mistakes as here on earth? What can we learn from history and tradition? This short film combines documentary field footage with CGI animation, creating a journey full of subtle details that make this world as unique as India itself.         

Steve Rintoul Australia D: Craig Macauley 0:15:00
CSIRO scientist Dr Steve Rintoul talks about his work documenting the changes occuring to the Great Southern Ocean  

Surrogacy USA D: Andrew Duncan Visser 0:06:52
As Gregory prepares for his first child, the surrogate who will carry his child has second thoughts.            

The Coffee Ring Effect USA D: Kurtis Sensenig 0:01:41
This never-before-seen footage from a laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Physics and Astronomy shows microscopic particles moving in a drop as it dries. Penn physicists have recently shown that simply changing particle shape can eliminate the ring-shaped stain that is left behind when drops of certain liquids dry. In this video microscopy footage from their experiments, watch as spherical particles get swept to the edges, while oblong particles are distributed consistently. Video and Music Composition by Kurtis Sensenig 

The Color of Space USA D: George Jenne 0:06:34
To create is to bet on taming impossibility. In THE COLOR OF SPACE, a solitary character lays out, in his deranged but convincing logic, the intangibility of the universe as it applies to the most minute details of a life. Told as an obsessive monologue, this film melds grandiose and cosmic ideas with a myopic and nearly fetishistic view of a man's surroundings. As the narrative develops, deliberately, hypnotically, the audience discovers that the polarities in this character's head are not so far apart. It is a foray into the pathological side of creativity and the curse of acute vision.               

The End of Hearing UK D: Marek Kultys 0:07:10
The film is divided into five chapters: 1) Presentation of the Design for the Future Institute outlining its mission statement and introducing its current project's focus on the future of human aural faculty;2) 'The Otomixer'-in which a radical solution for regulating human hearing is proposed. Instead of trying to reduce noise, why not desensitize our hearing in order to bear with increasing noise pollution around us?3) 'Blasting Sports Arena'-in which a surprising spin-off from a novel technology is identified. Once we are able to make hearing loss reversible, there would be people who would experience noise trauma as an extreme sport.4) 'Augmented Implant Radio'-in which scientific advancements in implantation technologies lead to providing humans with a sixth sense--a radio perception to communicate with humans and machines. How different would a secure wi-fi connection sound from a normal one?5) The DFI's mission is to use science to foresee future challenges, problems and changes in lifestyle. They also call for volunteers to participate in a research experiment, which aims at exploring human beliefs about noise pollution, hearing and the role of design in civilizational development.               

The Future Makers Australia D: Maryella Hatfield 45mins
Concern about global warming has focused attention on the disruption of natural systems from the way we use resources and energy. Australia may be one of the world's largest producers and exporters of coal for electricity, but it also has some of the world's largest renewable energy resources. A number of Australians are world leaders in the field of renewable energy and sustainable solutions. They are serious about creating clean energy options that will make a big difference. Some draw energy and inspiration from nature in their clean technology designs. In this documentary directed by Maryella Hatfield, produced by Lisa Duff and edited by Krissoula Syrmis - The Future Makers explores the visions of these leaders and follows them as their projects unfold.          

The Hungry Tide Australia D:Tom Zyricki 53min
The Pacific nation of Kiribati is on the front line of climate change. Sea level rise is threatening the lives of 105,000 people in this vulnerable and forgotten corner of the Pacific. Maria Tiimon, a Kiribati woman living in Sydney, has been given the task of alerting the world to her sinking homeland. The film follows Maria from a small Sydney high school to the world stage. Shy at first, we watch her grow in confidence as she takes her country's message to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, and a year later to Cancun. Copenhagen ends in failure, and evidence emerges of Australia's' complicity in silencing Pacific nations. Back in Sydney Maria receives troubling news. Via the crackly CB radio link to her home island she finds out that her beloved father is very ill. She must return home immediately. Meanwhile in Kiribati storm tides are sweeping into villages and fragile sea walls are crumbling. The urbane President Anote Tong, acutely aware of these problems, says his government lacks the resources to fix them. The eventual relocation of his people is inevitable, he believes: "we have to assume the worst".          

The Inertia Trap Australia D: Katherine Kelly 0:45:00
Internationally renowned climate scientists give a clear and easy to understand explanation of the changes happening in the world’s oceans. The scientists contributing to the film are Professor James Hansen, Professor David Karoly, Professor Will Steffen, Dr John Church, Dr Susan Wijffels, Dr Steve Rintoul, Dr Bronte Tilbrook, Dr Tessa Vance, Dr Andrew Lenton and Dr Alistair Hobday. They talk about the ocean warming at its surface and in its depths, changes in salinity and the knock-on effects that those salinity changes may have on the global overturning circulation. Northern Europe, the UK and Eastern Canada could become colder rather than warmer if the overturning circulation were to slow, even while temperatures elsewhere continue to rise.Changes to ocean acidity affecting corals and marine creatures with shells or skeletons, melting of glaciers, sea ice and the ice sheets are all discussed and the likely impacts of these changes explained. The serious threats from feed back effects are also discussed. The urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is clear.            

The Periodic Table Table USA D: Kirk  Zamieroski 0:05:20
Wolfram Research co-founder and author Theo Gray walks us through his world renowned collection of bizarre and kitschy element samples and shares with us his prized possession- a homemade periodic table table. Hand crafted, with compartments under every element label, this quirky, geeked out home furnishing is a testament to Theo's outlandish love for chemistry... and also his apparent addiction to Ebay.

The Polar Explorer Canada D: Mark Terry 0:42:30
The film documents the scientific studies and research being done by scientists in the Arctic and the Antarctic in relation to climate change and what their findings mean for the rest of the world. The vital information covered in The Polar Explorer was the reasoning behind it's invitation to the Climate Change Conference and why it makes for a startling and intimate look into what is happening to our precious polar regions.         

The Science of BJs and Throbbing Hearts USA D: Stian Hafstad 0:09:24
Inside the head of a geeky teenage boy, a group of scientists lead by Albert Einstein, are trying to find the ultimate approach to charm the boy's dream girl. They do the calculations, he acts them out. But he soon discovers that mathematical formulas might not be the best way to win a girl's heart.  

The Substance USA D: 1:29:00
A look at the history and uses, legitimate and otherwise, for LSD              

Think Brilliance Canada D: Diego Hernández De la Rocha 0:00:57
An idea who wants to be brilliant, but...               

Upstream to Downstream (In Our Bloodstreams) USA D: Krisanne Baker 0:02:11
This environmental short is one of a series of eerie public service style announcements I make as a Maine ecological art activist on behalf of water quality, water availability, and water rights. The concept of Upstream to Downstream (In Our Bloodstreams) is the layering and accumulation of toxins our worldwide cultures dump into the environment, most of it traveling into our oceans - but then what goes around, comes around creating toxic 'body burden's and endangering our world's ocean lifeblood -- hence the symbolization of the floating body over flowing rivers, factory pollutions, agricultural pollutions, and accumulations of plastics and DNA endocrine disruptors such as Bisphenol A. The purpose of this work is to raise awareness of a need for new systems and goals in support of sustainability issues. It is a Documentary based in and inspired by scientific water quality research, but also of the Experimental genre employing quite a few green screen effects and layered sound -- however I consider it's main worth as an ecological statement. It was filmed primarily on the coasts of Maine, Florida, Georgia, and California in the United States.       

Wally's Mission on Mars USA D: Lisa Mills 1:22:00
Wally Nelson is a spry and quirky 87-year-old on a mission to make NASA do its science homework. The retired rocket scientist has made his own movie to inform everyone of why NASA's plan to go to Mars is too dangerous and too expensive. Enter a woman who once dreamed of being an astronaut, but wound-up becoming a journalist instead. The two make friends and come together in a patriotic mission to ask tough questions about NASA's goals. This may be the first feature film completed that documents the end of the Space Shuttle program. As NASA struggles to find its new identity, Wally is facing his own personal struggles. This is a film about science, free speech, and friendship late in life.     

Wet and Wild  Australia D: Claire Pannell 0:01:17
This stop motion animation is based around an experimental soundtrack I created using a home made piezoelectric buzzer contact microphone, effects and looping pedals, a plastic bottle and a cup to capture the sounds of pouring water. I utilized super absorbent polymers (sodium polyacrylate and polyacrylamide) and a non-Newtonian fluid (stir thickening cornflour slime) to create a fantasy world of liquid movements attracting flies. Music, concept and animations by Claire Pannell aka Furchick.             

 

 

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