BIKINI WORDS at 14th Sedicicorto International

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

BIKINI WORDS will play at the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival on October 11th 2017.

Sedicicorto International Film Festival, born in 2004, is a short film festival held every year in the month of October in Forlì close to Bologna, Italy. It boasts submissions from all over the world by filmmakers mainly dealing with short films. The event aims at drawing the attention not only of the filmgoers, but also of the audience interested in the audiovisual world, within an occasion promoting the exchange of ideas.

BIKINI WORDS plays out of competition in the Experia section of the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival, which contains a selection of experimental short films. Together with Werner Biedermann’s JAMAIS VU, Tim Weimann’s UNITED INTEREST, Eileen Byrne’s IRIDESCENE and Benjamin Bardou’s GLORIA VICTIS, BIKINI WORDS will play at Biblioteca Aurelio Saffi (Corso della Repubblica 72 – Forlì) on Wednesday Oct. 11th at 5pm.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

LAST LETTERS at One Screen Short Film Festival

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

Finalist
LAST LETTERS has been shortlisted as a finalist in the documentary category of the One Screen Short Film Festival 2017.

About the One Club
One Screen is the original film festival for the creative community by the creative community. It’s the premiere festival that unites the film and advertising world on One Screen. The One Club for Creativity, producer of the prestigious One Show, ADC Annual Awards and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design. The ADC Annual Awards honors the best work in terms of craft, design and innovation across all disciplines, including Advertising, Digital, Design and Motion. Creative Week takes place in New York City every May and is the preeminent festival celebrating the intersection of advertising and the arts.

The One Club and ADC announced their merger last fall to form The One Club for Creativity, which serves as the umbrella organization for The One Show, ADC Awards, Young Guns, Young Ones, Creative Week, One Screen, Hall of Fame and a wide range of global education and diversity programs. The new entity celebrates the legacy of creative advertising and design, and uses that legacy to inspire future generations.

The awards shows each have their distinct focus: the ADC Annual Awards maintains its historical concentration as the champion for craft, design and innovation, while The One Show continues its focus on creativity of ideas and quality of execution.

The Line Up
I am honoured that LAST LETTERS is part of this year’s strong documentary section line up by competing with exciting films like Anderson Wright’s NZINGHA, Joris Debij’s PERFECTLY NORMAL, Henry Busby’s THE UNBELIEVERS: BURNELL COTLON, Keith Rivers’s THE QUIET MAN, FCB Chicago’s THE UNFORGOTTEN, Wild Breed Productions NEPAL: A FRAGILE STATE, Supply & Demand’s PICKLE and Jon Bunning’s THE TABLE.

The Event and Tickets
Winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony on October 17 at Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street), a Landmark Theatre in New York City’s Lower East Side. You can now secure your tickets if you tickets. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the screening starts at 7:00 pm. After the event there will be a networking reception from 9:00 pm onwards. Ticket prices are $US 15 for members and $US 20 for non-members. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served following the screening.

Last Letters
On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feel while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

LAST LETTERS at 5. DUHOK International Film Festival

Posted on Sep 15, 2017

LAST LETTERS will play at the 5th Duhok International Film Festival on September 15th 2017. Duhok itself is a town with approximately 250,000 inhabitants in the Kurdish region of Iraq. The Duhok International Film Festival “wishes to return a cultural identity to this region, so that it is perceived again as a place of development instead of a place of political conflict.” I very much appreciate the festivals intentions and I’m glad that LAST LETTERS will be part of this unique event.

On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feel while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

Vimeo Staff Pick for PLASTIC GIRLS

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

PLASTIC GIRLS has been selected as a VIMEO STAFF PICK. This totals 6 Staff Picks during the past 6 VIMEO years! So far VIMEO has been an amazing platform and I am truly thankful for all their support. Also I would like to thank everyone, who has been actively supporting me as a filmmaker. All those collaborations throughout the years have been very inspirational and taught me a hell of a lot. A big shout-out to everyone involved!

PLASTIC GIRLS. A short documentary

Posted on Jul 26, 2017

Following BIKINI WORDS and LAST LETTERS, PLASTIC GIRLS is the last part of a Korea based trilogy with a strong focus on issues relating to space and architecture.

I not only feel that PLASTIC GIRLS complements both BIKINI WORDS and LAST LETTERS well within the trilogy, but it also stands out as a film on it’s own due to its unique subject matter and a thoughtful audio visual approach. Ranging between documentary and fiction, it addresses gender issues through a unique document that illustrates one aspect of the sexualisation of public space.

Differences in gender equality between South Korea and other places in the West are significant. Since I moved to Korea in late 2005, I have been confronted with those disparities in my day to day life. But as a foreigner, how do we and how should we address our concerns about something we personally disagree with? The longer I lived away from home, the more I started to really understand that the way a society is structured, is deeply rooted within its culture and history. In a way this is obvious. But still, as an expat it is easy to drift away from the culture you once decided to live in after encountering elements of the host country’s way of life that you find disagreeable. This insight can stop one from bashing the culture and instead lead one to be more accepting of the way society shapes people’s lives. But then by the same token, what kind of criticism can you possibly engage yourself in, if you live in a society, which is so different from your own and possibly conflicts with your beliefs?

PLASTIC GIRLS is not a film that intends to be offensive towards South Korean society or make it look like gender inequality is an issue only with regard to this nation. Despite references to Korean society and culture, I want to make more of a general statement regarding gender inequality. The sexualization of public space, which is the focus of the film, I believe, illustrates a more global tendency, which in general should be of concern. By choosing plastic mannequins as the very peculiar main subjects of the film, I intend to make the audience feel uncomfortable, but also give them enough room to reflect on the sexualisation of public space on a conceptional level rather than specifically within the context of South Korean society. It is my intention to create a certain awkwardness without being directly offensive towards anybody or by utilising national stereotypes. Even though this film is shot in Korea and references various distinct Korean public spaces, I really hope that this film speaks to an international audience and not only makes us look at gender misbalances in Korea, but allows us to reflect on how the culture produces a certain view of women in general and how we think about an on-going trend regarding a sexualisation of public space.

Thank you very much for your interest in this film!

BIKINI WORDS at Green Film Festival in Seoul

Posted on May 19, 2017

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Lift-Off Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented as part of the SUSTAINABLE LIFE section at the 14th Edition of the GREEN FILM FESTIVAL IN SEOUL (GFFIS) between May 18-24, 2017.

GFFIS is a film festival to seek the co-existence between humans and the environment through cinema. The 2017 edition of the GFFIS presents 51 green films from 24 countries at the festival’s venues consisting of Ewha Woman’s University ECC Arthouse MOMO and Samsung Hall.

The SUSTAINABLE LIFE section “showcases works that explore sustainable and alternative lifestyles. The public will have the opportunity to meet films of various themes which include eating healthy, well-being, well- dying, slow life and alternative architecture. This section has the largest line-up this year whereby a total of 18 animation, experimental, fiction and documentary films dealing with subjects such as extinction, alternative agriculture, the value of labor, and the fatal nature of toxic chemicals will be screened.” – (GFFIS Festival Catalogue)

BIKINI WORDS plays in a combined film program together with MICHELLE LATIMER‘s feature documentary RISE: RED POWER at Ewha Womans University ECC Arthouse MOMO 2 (MM2) on Thursday May 18th at 13:30 and on Saturday May 20th at 17:00. The Saturday screening will conclude with a guest talk right after the combined screening.

RISE: RED POWER delves into the evolution of the Red Power Movement. Using today’s unprecedented occupation at Standing Rock as a jumping off point, RISE: Red Power tracks past indigenous resistance into the present. 4,500 strong and growing, the Standing Rock protestagainst the Dakota Access Pipeline is the largest Indigenous resistance movement in generations. Indigenous youth from all over North America are taking part in re-writing history. These are a generation of people who grew up hearing their parent’s stories of occupation-from Wounded Knee to Alcatraz-but are fighting this battle 21st century style. Young women and two spirited youth lead the charge and technology is imperative.” – (GFFIS Festival Catalogue)

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

Arthouse MOMO, ECC Gate 3, Ewha Woman’s University, 311-1 Daehyeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu (서대문구 대현동 11-1 이화여자대학교 ECC Gate 3); +82 2 363 5333

Last Letters on DIRECTORS NOTES

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

poster image of short film Last Letters

LAST LETTERS is featured with an extensive interview on film blog Directors Notes. Directors Notes is a website dedicated to giving a voice to independent filmmakers, covering aspects of filmmaking from concept to completion.

The short film LAST LETTERS is a journey through loss, space and memory. On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feel while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

On April 16th 2017 the families will commemorate the 3rd anniversary of this catastrophe. For 3 years the Korean government has failed in uncovering the truth of the accident nor has it been successful in supporting the victims’ families. Contrary to that, all of us can support the families, by simply not forgetting what happened on the 16th of March 2014. Please remember and spread the word.

In order to read more on Directors Notes, please follow this link.

BIKINI WORDS at CineGlobe Film Festival

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

CineGlobe at CERN selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss as part of their official competition for the 7th Edition of their international film festival.

CineGlobe aims “to challenge the perceived divisions between science and the art by demonstrating that they are both essential to interpreting our world. The festival investigates both science in art and art in science, convinced that science, just like art, is an integral part of our culture, and it must be nourished and explored the same way as the other parts of our culture.

While CineGlobe celebrate its 10th anniversary (and seventh edition), “the festival addresses a theme which is crucial in this day and age – the blurring of the line between fact and fiction. Political, Social, and Scientific, this edition – titled Myths and Realities – will underline the importance of information and rationality in addressing the challenges that face our world. Our survival depends on our efforts to combat the increasingly anti-scientific attitudes which surround our modern day political discussion.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented as part of the “Responsibility” programme at CineGlobe during the festival period of March 21-26, 2017.

The film will screen on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017 at 6pm and on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 at 12:30pm at the Globe of Science and Innovation – Square Galileo Galilei, Route de Meyrin 385, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland.

Bikini Words screens in Budapest

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss to be part of their line up of the 9th Budapest Architecture Film Days in March 2017!

As mentioned on their homepage “the festival presents a wide selection of films, focusing on storytelling and personal relationships with the city, presenting buildings in an elusive and subjective manner. The festival distinguishes itself as the first and biggest architecture-related film festival of Central Europe. Disappearing old neighbourhoods, renamed streets, new districts, the conflicts and contrasts of the street or the newly found multiculturalism of Central European cities – all provide a sharp lens to interpret social changes. The selection does not only offer new viewpoints to look at these changes, they also help our understanding of urban transformation and architectural processes in the region.”

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented on the 5th of March 2017 in Budapest.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

The film will be screened on Sunday the 5th of March 2017 at 15:00 at Toldi Mozi – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38., Budapest, Hungary, 1054.

Short of the Week: Best Films of the Month

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

After having been selected as a SHORT OF THE WEEK, now LAST LETTERS also made it into the Top 3 films of the month December on the prestigious online platform SHORT OF THE WEEK!

Each day SHORT OF THE WEEK features one handpicked film, which they consider to be among “the greatest and most innovative stories from around the world”. This way SHORT OF THE WEEK has been serving up epic, bite-sized films to millions around the world since 2007.

Please follow this link to read Jason Sondhi’s monthly review and to watch LAST LETTERS.

On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. The film LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feels while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.