At the moment I am working on
“My American Dream”.
Protagonist Miss T’s American Dream is an existential search played out along the mythical roadside Americana of amongst others Route 66. Dinosaurs from the heyday of American car culture are the faded, funny and forlorn Pop architecture that sprang up all over the US in the optimistic 1940’s and 50’s. Miss T uses these loopy landmarks as stage sets for her surrealist antics and in so doing, plays with and parodies American icons and myths. Each scene is a tableau blending the sublime and the ridiculous as Miss T and her cast of colorful characters create a variety show of musical numbers, absurd sketches and dreamlike fantasies.
My American Dream is an interactive series of approx 12 short films (3-5 min.) that form a surrealistic road movie in which the viewer gets to choose their own destinations.
Miss T is the alterego of dutch visual artist Sietske Tjallingii. Following her graduation from the Rietveld Academie she founded her company Take T Productions and made several videoinstallations and started developing Miss T. After the initial research period for the M.A.D. project, Sietske realised she wanted to focus on the artistic part of this project. In 2007 through Peter van Hoof, short film programmer IFFR she was introduced to producer Sasha Dees and her company SDPM to collaborate with her on M.A.D. Based on the research they wrote the artistic and bizness plan and raised the funds together (’08/’09) and are now in full production (’10/’11). The project is planned to be presented through an online component as well as in galleries and filmfestivals internationally.
Concept/director: Sietske Tjallingii
Producer: Sasha Dees
DP: Micha Douwes (PA), Khamisi Norwood jr. (CA, AZ, IN, IL, MO), Ben Geraerts (TN, VI, SC), Diana Spaghetto Manfredi (NV)
Editor: Giusy Naitana
My American Dream is a SDPM & Take T Production funded in part by the Foundation for the Visual Arts (Fonds BKVB), Dutch Filmfund (Filmfonds) and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).
Last week I have been editing a fashion video for Simon Ekrelius new collection.
The video was shot by my dear friend Helena Ahonen and I had full freedom for the editing.
Together with Chris Costa, who composed the music for the video, I went on a nice journey looking for the right feel, energy and style.
The collaboration between the whole team, let me not forget to mention Yannis Tsakiridis who is the director of the Video and had some sharp observations and comments during the editing process.
What I liked most of all was that I did not know any of these people except for Helena and it was exciting and fascinating to see how good we worked together.
Last but not least I would like to give a big compliment to the model Carmen Tânia Obied
and all other people that worked on set!
watch a scene from my first ever Danish movie, it was a joy working with Rasmus and all the others on this intruiging story about Fisherman Verner and his passion for the sea.
Click here! scene from Liv ( Denmark, 2011 )
LIV / Denmark /2011/S16 /short fiction
Director Rasmus Kloster Bro
Producer Signe Bruntse
Editor Giusy Naitana
Liv er såvel navnet på Rasmus Kloster Bros film som på fiskeren Verners kutter.
Navnet klinger dobbelttydigt. Kutteren er det eneste sted i verden, Verner har lyst til at opholde sig, men det tunge fiskeriarbejde er samtidig den faktor, der til sidst får hans svage hjerte til at give op.
Den ordknappe Verner indrammes i majestætiske billeder af havet og himmelen, der synger hans sjæls klagesang, og Bro får lokket imponerende naturlige præstationer ud af de lokale nordjyske skuespillere.
Især Thomas Rasmussen er hjerteskærende som den fjortenårige Jeppe, der altid har en dårlig fødselsdag, fordi den samtidig markerer årsdagen for hans fars forsvinden på havet. Alligevel er det eneste, Jeppe drømmer om, at blive fisker.
One of the most beautiful films I worked on ever!
come and see LIV on 27th of April in Empire Bio.