Again wonderful news. Raffaelo in het Wild is also selected for the Cinekid moviefestival (15-21 october). I will post an update as soon as the screening date is announced.
Forthcoming film Raffaelo in het wild is selected for the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam. Congratulations to director Rachel Visscher.
Wachtnacht by Ken van Mierlo and The Last Wall by Haider Aljezairi have been selected to screen (and participate) at ‘het Nederlands Filmfestival’ in Utrecht this year. Congratulations to the directors.
I’m happy to announce that next semester I will be teaching philosophy at the AKI Academy of Art and Design. The AKI is a inspiring art school that has a strong focus on practice which I find indispensable.
I am looking forward to be able to work with the students on the philosophical foundations of connecting art to thinking.
On Wednesday 6 July at the Fin! Filmfestival the wonderful film The Last Wall by Haider Aljezairi will screen at Lantarenvenster in Rotterdam.
Haider approached me with his remarkable project at the beginning of this year. He was about to travel to Kuwait and Iraq to film a fictional film with a local crew and actors nearby a conflict zone. The film is about local villagers having to leave their homes and families to fight against ISIS. The script is based on a true story and is filmed at the locations were it took place with a crew and actors that have experienced events like the one the film is based on firsthand.
When he first told me the details I was very surprised by the sheer ambition and adventure of his plan. To be honest, I was even a bit skeptical if he could pull it off. At the same time I was so curious about the material he was going to shoot, that I immediately promised to help him out with the sounddesign of his project. The result is this wonderful short film that has combines a local setting and atmosphere with a universal story about the basic human need of shelter.
Haider Aljezairi has a remarkable life story himself. He lived in a lot of different places in the Middle East and used to be a war correspondent during the last Iraqi war. In the Netherlands he started a new life, learned to speak Dutch flawlessly within a couple of years and studied movie direction at the Willem de Kooning Academy. He is undeniably a great talent and I am very curious to see what his next project is going to be.
I’m very proud that ‘Wild Flower’ by Fathia Bazi has won the ‘best debut’ award at the DocuTIFF festival.
The wise and very funny Lule, who is the main focus of the film, was present at the screening. It was her first time in a movie theatre.
I’ve been involved as a sound expert in the libel lawsuit of Dutch artist Tinkebell versus broadcasting organisation Omroep Brabant. More information about the case can be found in this report by the Volkskrant.
On the 4th of June Fathia Bazi’s wonderful film Wild Flower will premiere on the Tirana International Film Festival. It is part of the official DocuTIFF selection.
More screening dates TBA
The trailer is online (full disclosure: design in the trailer is not mine).
Recently I designed a bell sound for a Zen meditation app for Zen.nl. I had lots of fun doing it. The sound is based on a recording of an original Japanese templebell which is very hard to reproduce on a telephone speaker.
If you’re into Zen and have the need for a wonderful timer, check the app out at the iTunes Store or at the Google Play Store.