Saturday, July 21, 2012

"Dreams, Emotions and Life's Lessons" EPCOR CENTRE Presents Local Directors' Short Films

EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts partnering with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society is presenting 3 selected Albertan directed short films in the months of August 2nd - October 28th. The initiative, called the Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA), is to support Alberta's artists and curators by providing a prominant space to showcase their work. The 3 selected short films for the upcoming season are by Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (Calgary), Subliminal Rabbit (Calgary), and Kyle Armstrong (Edmonton).   

Binzento was asked by his TV network to cover this story and meet 2 of the short film directors :) I'll be covering each of them in different posts. The first short film in this series is "The Score" by Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi.

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (The Score - Samantha Savage Smith)

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, a YYC based film director has been in film production for quite some time. Having been in touch with many commercial productions, "The Score" music video was one of Ramin's fun projects of artsy experimentation.
"The Score" DP Phil Bowen (photo courtesy: Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi)

The song itself, performed by Samanthan Savage Smith forms a natural chemistry that balances both the sound fromm her vocal and Ramin's visuals in the video. I saw "The Score" at the Sled Island Film a month ago with KO. Below is the clip found on YouTube:
"The Score"

I thought it was a very cute music video that brought a smile on my face. It was neat to see, in slow motion, actors' response when various colorful eatables were thrown at them. The surprise came when we began seeing some of the "deadly" objects like frying pan, trophy, ax, type-writter… I was like "ooooh nooo!", but of course the 2nd half of "throwing" scenes were manipulated to look like those deadly objects were really thrown at them. The imagery I got from this video was representative of facing challenges in life. When life isn't the way you expected it to be and "challenges" are "thrown" at you, are you going to sit there and take it? or are you going to dodge it?
Binzento; Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi; Kerri Savage (EPCOR Centre Communications Manager)

Ramin was very friendly and I had a great time interviewing him. He also talked about some of his works in progress, which may continue to explore filming slow motions. Be sure to check out my interview with him on Fairchild Television (air date: TBA). I will be posting more info about it very soon! :)

The EPCOR CENTRE's GAMA selection of the 3 short-films will be shown on monitors in 3 different locations throughout the centre:
(1) +15 near CKUA; 2nd level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
(2) West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
(3) Near Baraka Cafe and the stained glass window

There will be an artist reception at the EPCOR CENTRE's Centre Court on September 6th, from 5-8pm. For those who are interested in meeting the directors, be sure to check it out! For my next post, I will be talking about another 1 of the 3 short films in this series, by a really fun, and talented creative group called the Subliminal Rabbit, STAYED TUNE!! :)

I like to thank EPCOR Centre's Communications Manager Kerri Savage for helping the network arranging interviews :)

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