Stories of peer pressure, love, marriage, schools, siblings, friendship, passion, protest, cycling, and activism wrapped in to five beautiful short films made by a group of gay, lesbian and trans filmmakers. Now online for free. For the first time ever, in partnership with the British Council’s fiveFilms4freedom project, five short films from BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival are available to watch online, for free, worldwide. Click here to watch and click here to read more.
On a related note, there are a set of films being brought down to the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Chennai by three curators from Germany. They will present works addressing various kinds of conflict around issues of nationality, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, family history and migration. They look into which cinematic languages are appropriate to show case stories of conflict and how cinema might shape our understanding of conflict. Everybody is welcome and entry is free. Here is the poster – (Event on Facebook)
Curated by two Brazilian film makers, this widely travelled international film festival, explores the entire nuclear life cycle — from the mining of uranium to disposal of radioactive wastes. Choosing from more than 50 documentaries and animation films, the Chennai chapter brings to viewers 20 films over a two-day period. The festival is geared towards engendering a more informed debate on these issues. Read more about the films here.
WHAT: Festival of international documentaries, short films and animation films covering uranium mining, nuclear research, weapons, and power plants and nuclear waste. Discussions led by feature filmmakers and prominent intellectuals.
WHEN: Film Fest on February 5-6, 2013. 9.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Workshop on documentary film-making led by Alphonse Roy and R. Revathi on 7 February (9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.)
WHERE: Asian College of Journalism 2nd Main Road, Taramani (Near Indira Nagar MRTS, Behind MS Swaminathan Research Foundation)
Organised by: Chennai Solidarity Group for Koodankulam Struggle & Poovulagin Nanbargal
Little Scraps of Paper is a series of short documentary films created in 2010 by director Tomas Leach, assisted by Nicolas Cambier and Daniel Diego Lincoln. They explore how different creative people develop ideas and thoughts and what they keep in them.
A short dance film made by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory with narration by Saeed Jaffrey. The main dancer (Brahma) is Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, and the man and woman dancers are Dinu and Anjali Devi from Bhaskar’s Dance Company.
1961, 13mins 39s
Careful what you ask a stranger at the bus stop- you might just get an answer! A look at perceptions of beauty, ethnicity, and body image. Based on a poem by Adrien Luis, this short film is directed beautifully by Karen Lum.
Youth Sounds Factory, 4 mins 07s
How clearly do you remember your first kiss? Award winning Australian filmmaker, Ben Briand, plays with love and memory in this beautiful short film.
2009, 10 mins 39s:
R+I creative, 13 mins 56s
This is a short documentary where Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson explore what it means to be an influencer by talking to various “influential” creatives in New York part of advertising, design, fashion and entertainment. It speaks on how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion, entertainment and life. It attempts to understand the essence of influence, and its consequent responsibilities.