SEEfest17 Shorts Program 5: Dreams and Realities
April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Director/Producer: Luka Popadić
Duration: 15 minutes
The Singing Women of Požega, a choir group of enthusiastic elderly women full of life, share their daily routine with us in this poetic and humorous documentary.
Luka Popadić was born in 1980 of Serbian parents and grew up in Baden, Switzerland. After studying political science in Zurich, he enrolled at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade as a film director and earned his M.A. in 2014. During his studies, he made films that have been shown at more than 70 festivals around the world (i.e. Vision du Reel, Tampere, Max Ophüls) and awarded more than 20 times (The Golden Medal of Belgrade, Bronze Egg at the Küstendorf Film Festival, the Audience Award in Beijing). Upon graduation, he worked as an assistant to Želimir Žilnik in Serbia and Africa, and he conducted an acting workshop in Belgrade with Scott Fielding. He is currently preparing the production of his first feature film.
North American Premiere
Director: Sam Geyskens
Producer: Laikin Chang
Duration: 21 minutes
A tragicomic documentary portraying one of the many rest stops where Eastern European truck drivers gather to spend their time off during the weekends, to make their home sickness more bearable.
Sam Geyskens is a Belgian documentary filmmaker. He graduated with honors at the Royal Institute for Theatre and Sound. As a freelancer, he makes documentaries for television. Last year, his student documentary Thuisfront was aired on public broadcast and was recently sold to CNN. Thuisfront is a documentary about a foreign fighter who went to Syria to join ISIS. After a few months, he returned to Belgium and was tried for his participation in Sharia4Belgium. Sam also directed the student documentary, Guhunga, which won the bronze prize at the LA DOC and was later nationally screened on television. In the film, the protagonist, Uwase, contacts her deceased father to tell him how his family fled at the beginning of the genocide. Uwase was only a toddler when the genocide broke out, but her memories of the horrors are still vivid. The documentary brings those recollections back to life through animation, giving a childlike display to her darkest memories. His latest project, Little Bucharest, has so far been selected for the International Film Fest Gent.
BABA USTA: WHERE WE ALL END UP
West Coast Premiere
Director/Producer: Abdurrahman Bastug
Duration: 22 minutes
Baba Usta is a graveyard worker. When his office is threatened, he has to face both the municipality and a mysterious rival with powerful connections.
Abdurrahman Baştuğ was born in Turkey in 1993. He graduated from Bahcesehir University Film & TV in 2016. He has directed several short films and helped many independent film projects. Since 2011, he participates in a music band, and they are continuing their art. Born in Ankara and raised in Istanbul, Ozgun Kabakcioglu had a childhood in the center of a multicultural, chaotic city that ultimately shaped his look on the world. Up until his enlistment and throughout his education in BAU’s Cinema and Television program, Kabakcioglu worked on many short films, taking on roles as writer to editor to anything as needed. He is currently focusing on new projects using different mediums in visual storytelling.
North American Premiere
Director: Saša Pančić
Producer: Architectural Association of Istria (Dai Sai), Croatia
Duration: 10 minutes
Country: Serbia, Croatia
With an act of filling the soil over the foundations of archeological remains, one enters the active intervention of “putting asleep.” A certain plane is being created, a visual field of memories, with deposited inner content which connects the present with the past over imaginary space.
Saša Pančić was born in 1965 in Mostar, Yugoslavia. He graduated painting in 1989 and gained a post-graduate degree in 1992 at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. After finishing his studies, he started his professional career as both a painter and a sculptor. Until now, he has had 25 independent exhibitions and dozens of collective exhibitions in the region and around the world. Between 2007 and 2010, he was the president of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia. He now lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Pančić’s works have taken part in numerous collections such as: Zepter Museum, Belgrade, Serbia / Macura Museum, Belgrade / Telenor Art Collection, Belgrade / Ljuba Erić Art Collection, Belgrade / Luciano Benetton Art Collection, Italy / New Moment Art Collection Gallery, Belgrade / Thalberg Gallery Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland / Gallery Lamusee Art Collection, Tokyo, Japan / Emil Ivanov Art Collection, Sofia, Bulgaria / City Gallery Grožnjan Art Collection, Grožnjan, Croatia / Claude de Saint Pierre Art Collection, Paris, France / Kevin Cottell Art Collection, Los Angeles, USA.
Pančić’s sculptures can also be found in public spaces at: the Belgrade Drama Theater Hall, Belgrade / Sculpture Park “Kakslauttanen” Lapland, Finland / public space of Sofia / and the public space of Belgrade. After 2006, Pančić began to work on short format films including, Dynamic Plane (Dinamička Ravan), 2016 / Bodies of Darkness (Tela Tame), 2015 / and Black Light (Crna Svetlost), 2006. He participated with his short film, Bodies of Darkness (Tela Tame), at the Belgrade International Festival of Short Film.
I WANT TO FLY
West Coast Premiere
Director: Maria Ibrahimova
Producer: Emin Ibrahimov
Duration: 22 minutes
Kamal has a dream: he wants to fly, but many say paragliding is an impossible dream for a man in a wheelchair. An inspiration in the Paralympic community, he’s helped many beat the odds. Now it’s his turn to try.
Award-winning filmmaker Maria Ibrahimova made her debut film, the documentary Miss Gulag, with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Ford Foundation. The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and traveled the world to more than 40 festivals. It was later shown on the BBC Channel and many other channels in Europe and the United States. It is also currently available on iTunes. Awarded a Fulbright to pursue her documentary work on land-mines in Azerbaijan, Maria completed several documentary and TV projects there, including work on episodes of the TV series, Amazing Race and Build It Bigger, as well as on an array of music and tourism videos. In 2015, Maria made her debut narrative short film Letter to God, which won the Audience Award at the DCShorts Film Festival in Washington D.C.