AN ENDLESS SUMMER
A new mother has spent longer than expected with her baby daughter due to the Covid lockdown – but now she must confront the post-pandemic return to work. A docu-drama filmed 100% remotely during the coronavirus lockdown.
FASTER THAN LIFE: THE TT 2021 SHORT CUT
Directors Felipe Kowalczuk and Chris Gulland decided to show their vision on the pandemic against the backdrop of this unique event.
This short provides a boost for the ‘Faster than Life’ documentary to be released in 2022.
Amazing stories about road racing, motorcycles, overcoming, passion, and unique ways of facing life – all this against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Isle of Man and the efforts made for all Manx people to overcome it.
CHERRY BLOSSOM TREE
Directed by Felipe Kowalczuk from OpenWater Films, with the Isle of Man Arts Council
GREAT GUNS: SPONSOR’S SPOTLIGHT
Not only do they use the medium of film to promote huge clients such as Amazon, Aston Martin and Nike in a brilliantly creative way, they also work with top international directors to make narrative short films that win multiple awards.
We’re thrilled that Great Guns and Director Erica Eng have agreed to screen the powerful film ‘Americanized’. Much more than your average coming of age film, this many layered autobiographical short is a portrait of self discovery for a seemingly confident teen who is, in reality, grappling with cross-cultural relationships, self identity and acceptance.
Laura Gregory will be attending the event on Sunday and – along with introducing ‘Americanized’ – will talk to us about their work and give us a preview of some of the superb branded content they have been working on, including the latest campaign for Barclays FA Women’s Premier League.
Directed by Erica Eng
Growing up in Oakland’s hip-hop culture, Eng struggles with her Chinese American identity. To her high school basketball team, she’s just that girl who sits on the bench, but to the Asian kids she’s “Americanized.”
Erica Eng is a fifth-generation Chinese American director based out of Los Angeles. Her films have screened at Atlanta Film Festival, Urbanworld, and HollyShorts among others. “Americanized” took home a Special Jury Award at Palm Springs International ShortFest and won “Best Short Film” at Bentonville Film Festival. The film is based on her experiences playing high school basketball and became Oscar-qualified after winning “Best Dramatic Short” at Cinequest.
Inspired by her Oakland roots, Erica creates work that reflects the diverse community in which she grew up. Her combined background in film and dance influences the rhythm and energy behind her emotional storytelling. Through her character-driven films, Erica creates stories that explore themes of cross-cultural relationships, acceptance and self-discovery.
(OR: THE MELANCHOLY RUMINATIONS OF A SOLITARY FRENCH BULLDOG)
Can be thought of as a comedic short adaptation of Jean Paul Sartre’s Nausea told from the perspective of a dog.
co-written & directed by filmmakers Rupert Clague and Tom Gentle in the depths of lockdown. The Director of Photography was Alan McLaughlin and the Editor was Mark Fraser. The film features an original score by renowned composer Erwann Kermorvant.
The filmmakers believe that this is the first film to ever employ ‘doggie vision’ – the colours reflect how dogs truly see the world!
This short film is about a mother forced to flee from her abusive partner with her daughter finds short-lived refuge, until she is unwittingly tracked down, with dire consequences.
BEFORE YOU GO
The story follows Jack, who struggles to tell his best friend Eddie that he is in love with him.
Behind the film is Harry Henthorn, a Laxey-born award-winning cinematographer, photographer, and filmmaker. An alumnus of the University of York’s Film and Television Production BSc course, Harry worked on numerous projects on the Island and in the UK, before spreading his wings to work internationally in the Caribbean, Meditteranean, and United States. He recently started Grumpy Goose Media, a production company based in Manchester with his Girlfriend Poppy, who he met while filming Before You Go.
One thing’s a dead cert. His new career as a nimble gentleman thief was about to come to a sticky end.
THE LOST WIFE
Amidst the horror and chaos of war, two enemies are forced into an unlikely alliance in the battle for survival. The film stars Ross Tomlinson, Radina Drandova and Adam Ganne.
Now a multi-award winning short written and directed by Isle of Man-born writer/director Ben Desmond, this film was also the winner of the Best of the Fest Award at the 2017 Isle of Man Film Festival, prompting our patron Mark Kermode to describe it as: “A very stylish and promising short from a talented young film-maker on the rise.”
After several years as a script supervisor on British features, and five years as part of BAFTA Crew/BFI NETWORK, Ben made his directorial debut with this film. We will also get a preview of his latest short, Cyn – Short Film, a romantic drama about Cynthia Lennon, which is currently touring film festivals worldwide and Ben will reveal his plans about developing his debut feature.