Above: Manic VR screenshot
The Camden International Film Festival announced today its 2018 lineup, which includes 37 features, 43 short films, one episodic series and 20 virtual reality and immersive experiences from over 30 countries. Included among the features are three world premieres: Young Men and Fire, by Kahil Hudson and Alex Jablonski (a latter one of our 25 New Faces); Lana Wilson’s series, The Cure for Fear; and Jane Gillooly’s Where the Pavement Ends. The Opening Night film is Morgan Neville’s Orson Welles doc, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead. Significantly, the festival is reporting that there’s gender parity across all sections, with half or more of the selections directed or co-directed by women. And, half of the films are made by first or second time filmmakers.
From the press release:
“Our organization has always embodied a spirit of inclusivity, and this spirit goes all the way back to our very first program in 2005, which featured a majority of remarkable women directors. This year, we’re honored to showcase over a hundred of the most inspiring and creative voices from across the globe working in nonfiction storytelling today,” says Ben Fowlie, Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute, and Founder of the Camden International Film Festival. “Our 2018 slate underscores documentary as a creative, diverse, thriving and political art form, one that provides unique opportunities to engage with the world around us.”
“Programming at parity celebrates the contributions of the many formidable women in the field, while also emphasizing the fact that, in a century of documentary filmmaking, we’ve largely known one dominant perspective,” states Senior Programmer Samara Chadwick. She adds: “At CIFF we’re drawn to directorial approaches from outside the canon, and we value all the creative voices and cinematic languages that have been otherwise underrepresented.”
The 2018 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 13 – 16 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. For more information, visit the festival’s website.
A complete list of the VR films follows.
2018 Storyforms Slate
Anote’s Ark VR Matthieu Rytz | Canada | 10 mins
Anote’s Ark VR takes you on a journey to Kiribati to bear witness to one of the biggest challenges facing humanity.
Bloodless, Gina Kim | South Korea | 12 mins
Bloodless is a ten-minute VR film that deals with camp town sex workers for US army stationed in South Korea since the 1950s.
Ch’aak’ S’aagi (Eagle Bone), Tracy Rector | USA | 5 mins
One of the first VR pieces ever created by a Native American filmmaker, Eagle Bone (“Ch’aak’ S’aagi”) combines freestyle spoken word and lush Pacific Northwest scenes in a journey of remembrance and reflection on the lessons of the old ones.
Fireflies: A Brownsville Story (Beta Test), Brownsville Community Justice Center, Peoples Culture | USA
Traverse the structural realities of a Brooklyn neighborhood divided by an ongoing rivalry between public housing developments.
Guardians of the Forest, (360 Cinema), Ben Ross, Brittany Neff | USA | 7 mins
A VR expedition into the Amazon rainforest, where a volunteer monitoring force of the Guajajara tribe brings illegal loggers to justice.
rack/pull focus, Rachel Lee Zheng | USA
A site-specific, sculptural installation of mono-filament, LED lights, and reflective material.
ListenTree, Gershon Dublon, Edwina Portocarrero | USA, Mexico
An “audio-haptic display” embedded in the natural environment, ListenTree points to a future where digital information might become enmeshed in material.
Manic VR, Kalina Bertin | Canada | 10 mins
Through room-scale interaction and 3D animation, Manic VRunearths the destabilizing effects of bipolarity – delve into the heightening of senses and the untamed imagination that accompanies this complex and mysterious condition.
Mind at War, Sutu | USA | 22 mins
This immersive virtual reality project explores the banality and horrors of war and England’s battle with mental illness through hand-drawn VR illustrations of places based on his memories.
Roxham, Michel Huneault | Canada | 15 mins
This immersive story centres on Roxham Road, a small section of the border where people are arrested and welcomed at the same time.
Sanctuaries of Silence, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Adam Loften | USA | 7 mins
Silence just might be on the verge of extinction and acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton believes that even the most remote corners of the globe are impacted by noise pollution. In “Sanctuaries of Silence,” join Hempton on an immersive listening journey into Olympic National Park, one of the quietest places in North America.
She Flies by Her Own Wings, Jesse Ayala | USA | 10 mins
Shannon Scott driven by the military tenet of “Leave No One Behind,” pulls the levers of democracy urging freedom and justice for all be secured from the marbled halls of Washington D.C. to the hallowed ground of those who championed LGBTQ equality before her.
Terminal 3, Asad J. Malik | USA, Pakistan | 12 mins
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S. through the lens of an airport interrogation.
The Hidden, Lindsay Branham | USA, India | 10 mins
There are currently more people living in slavery than at any other time in human history. Indian government representatives, supported by the human rights group International Justice Mission, plot a daring raid to free a family enslaved in a rock quarry in southern India for 10 years.
The Real Thing, Benoit Felici, Mathias Chelebourg (co-director) | France | 16 mins
Around China’s largest cities, entire neighbourhoods have been inspired by foreign models. The Real Thing is a VR journey into a copy of our world.
This is Climate Change: FEAST, Danfung Dennis, Eric Strauss | Brazil, USA | 9 mins
Witness the beautiful expanse of Brazil’s ecologically valuable rainforest, threatened by loggers as massive trees are cleared to make way for sprawling industrial cattle ranches. Can the Amazon survive the growing global demand for beef?
This is Climate Change: FIRE, Danfung Dennis, Eric Strauss | USA | 11 mins
In just the last three decades, changes in climate have doubled the amount of land burned by wildfires in the western United States. Experience the scorching California fires of 2017, and follow the dedicated fighters – by air and on the ground – whose jobs have turned into year-round battles against these catastrophic blazes.
Tidal Drift, Allison Moore | Canada | 24 mins
This immersive cinematic experience uses ambient textures exploring the micro / macrocosm of natural wonders. Hypnotic marine-landscapes superimpose with growing plants, crystals, cloud formations, and the glowing cosmic stars.
Topophilia, Peter Bo Rappmund | USA | 62 mins
Topophilia traces the 800 mile path of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), and examines one of the most historically productive oil routes in the United States.
Walden, Daniel Zimmermann | Switzerland | 106 mins
In the forest of the Catholic Monastery of Admont in Austria a fir tree is felled and processed into planks of wood. By train, truck, boat and finally by hand, the stack is transported to a mysterious destination right in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest.