Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mysterious objects in Singapore

Cannes has Apichatpong Weerasethakul's latest feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives while Singapore has his first.

Mysterious Object at Noon (ดอกฟ้าในมือมาร, Dokfa Nai Meuman), a black-and-white 16mm documentary-style exercise in storytelling made 10 years ago, will open the first Experimental Film Forum at The Substation in Singapore. It runs from Thursday until Sunday.

Victric Thng curates a program of Singapore Experimental Shorts, screening on Friday. It includes works by Loo Zihan, Nelson Yeo, Ho Wen-Shing, Wesley Leon Aroozoo and K. Rajagopal. There's also the Spotlight on Tania Sng, whose shorts have been shown worldwide.

Saturday features a Super8 workshop by Russell and Gozde Zehnder, a pair who run a Singapore production house and specialize in experimental film and video. And there will be a screening of Super8mm films on a Super8 film projector, curated by Norwood Cheek, who runs the Flicker Film Festival in Los Angeles, an event solely dedicated to Super8 films.

Also on Saturday is the International Experimental Shorts. This includes When the Movie Listen, a 2007 short by Tulapop Saenjaroen. Also: Mobile Men by Apichatpong, from the ART for The World project. And there's Block B by Karaoke director Chris Chong (Malaysia/Canada), which was edited by Lee Chatametikool.

Other filmmakers include Margaret Bong from Malaysia, Austria's
Michaela Schwentner, Spain's León Siminiani, Australia's
Sarah van Oosterom and Clare Rae, the U.K.'s Emily Richardson.

Closing the festival will be Ho Tzu Nyen’s Earth, which last travelled to the 66th Venice Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Find out more about the Experiemental Film Forum at Facebook.

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