Check out this music video I shot in Pakistan!
Qatil Akh (Widow Spider) by East Side Story
Direction: Ammar Rasool
Cinematography and color: Dani Sanchez-Lopez
Producer: Hira Tariq
Editor: Saad H K
Post: Qasim Naeem
Cast: Juggun Kazim and Atif Ayub Abbasi
Casting: Tabinda Ghaffar
Heal ( subtitulada en español)
Cortometraje de 23 minutos.
35mm. Kodak 5260 más proceso de DI.
En “HEAL”, un cortometraje enclavado entre Afghanistan y Pakistán (país del director, Mian Adnan Ahmad) en mitad del conflicto, tuvimos que conseguir que la cámara contuviera esa honestidad característica de las películas de Oriente Medio sin revelar que estábamos rodando en el sur de California, las imágenes necesitaban transportarnos allí, a la frontera.
Lo logramos gracias a un diseño de producción muy ambicioso y a una ávida exploración y selección de localizaciones. Un diseño de planos muy restringido y la búsqueda de una profundidad de campo mínima (utilizando solamente luz del exterior en interiores y varios filtros de densidad neutral y polarizados para escenas a cielo abierto) recrearon la asfixia en esa pequeña aldea sin importancia en la que nuestro personaje, un niño de 7 años trata de escribir un poema sobre la esperanza en medio de la guerra actual.
https://vimeo.com/24983703 (In English)
WINNER, Best Short Film, Delhi International Film Festival 2012
HEAL won in 3 categories at the 2011 Silent River Film Festival. Awards received include:
- River Rock Award for “Best Child Actor” (Ameer Zhowandai)
- River Pearl Award for “Best Child Actress” (Hannah Sher)
- River Admiration Award for “Outstanding Short Film”
WINNER, Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Film, Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2011
WINNER, Frank Capra Award, Fallbrook Film Festival 2011
WINNER, Narrative Competition, Reynolda Film Festival 2011
WINNER, Best Student Film, Victoria Film Festival 2011
WINNER, Audience Award (Student Film), Sacramento Film & Music Festival 2011
WINNER, Jesse Epstein Humanitarian Award, Cleveland International Film Festival 2010
WINNER, Audience Award, The 9th International Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy 2010
WINNER, Best Subject, International Festival of Cameramen “Golden Eye” 2010
WINNER, Outstanding Filmmaker (Overall Directing), HATCHfest 2010
WINNER, Best Cinematography, HATCHfest 2010
WINNER, Jury Prize for Best International Shorts (Special Mention), Fantasia International Film Festival 2010
WINNER, Best of Festival, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010 (while in competition against short films, feature films and documentaries. HEAL is the first short film to have ever received this award)
WINNER, Best Student Film, Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010
HEAL was nominated in five categories at Chapman University’s annual CECIL Awards ceremony, winning in four, including BEST PICTURE. List of awards won include:
- Best Picture
- Excellence in Producing
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design
Heal was nominated to an ASC Heritage Award for best cinematography
Leo Freedman Award, presented by the Leo Freedman Foundation
Award from The Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers & Directors
Art Week Amman 2013, Jordan (September 5th - 15th)
Delhi International Film Festival 2012, India (December 21st - 27th)
Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival 2011, USA (July 21st - 24th)
Berkshire International Film Festival 2011, USA (June 2nd - 5th)
Tiburon International Film Festival 2011, USA (April 7th - 15th)
Fallbrook Film Festival 2011, USA (April 8th - 10th)
Reynolda Film Festival 2011, USA (March 30th - April 2nd)
Victoria Film Festival 2011, Canada (February 14th - 13th)
Sacramento Film & Music Festival WinterFEST 2011, USA (January 15th - 17th)
Foyle Film Festival 2010, Northern Ireland, U.K (November 19th – November 27th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards
9th International Film & Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy 2010, China (November 9th – 11th)
Third Eye Asian Film Festival 2010, India (October 28th – November 4th)
San Diego Asian Film Festival 2010, USA (October 21st – October 28th)
UN Association (O.C) Human Rights Film Festival 2010, USA (October 24th)
BendFilm Festival 2010, USA (October 7th – October 10th)
HATCHfest 2010, USA (September 22nd – September 26th)
Big Bear Film Festival 2010, USA (September 17th – 19th)
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2010, USA (August 10th – 15th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards
Fantasia International Film Festival 2010, Canada (July 8th – 28th)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2010, Japan (June 10th – August 31st). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards
Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival 2010, France (May 12th – 22nd)
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 2010, USA (April 22nd – 25th)
Gulf Film Festival 2010 (Out of Competition), United Arab Emirates (April 8th – 14th)
34th Cleveland International Film Festival 2010, USA (March 18th – 28th). Qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards
Gulabi Gang (the documentary)
Please do not confuse this documentary about the feminist movement in rural India with the Bollywood fiction take on it.
Gulabi Gang shows Sampat Pal, the founder of the pink stick movement, at her brightest, most humane and hardest situations. The precisely constructed edit (Arjun Gourisaria) condenses her path this far, and elevates the piece into an allegory of the feminist movement in India. The camera (Rakesh Haridas) is invisible until it lets us breath some beauty, or unless the voice of the director appears. Nishtha Jain has short and appropriate interventions when the position of a character needs to be clarified, or when her right to observe is endangered.
Sometimes people ask me what my favorite Hindi movie is… I often ask if Bengali movies count. Now I can answer.
Every thursday evening, Pappu Saeen (one of the most recognized percussionist in Pakistan) plays the dhool for hours at the tomb of Shah Jamal.
Hash is consumed smoking 1 cigarette in each gap between the fingers, and everyone shares joints and tea.
It is, nonetheless, upstairs where we find the most interesting scene. His brother, Goonga Sain, a deaf-mute, plays the dhool only by vibrations.
Three dancers don’t stop their trance, twirling their heads or spinning in circles.
Excuse the rather noisy chiaroscuro picture, something to be experienced