All photos by Foteini Christofilopoulou www.foteini.com
The films can be seen here: http://www.postcardsfilms.com/pages/films.html
At a time when refugees arriving in Europe seems to be such an important issue again, it made me reflect on the short film "Home" that we made in 2002, and how relevant it still is. This film was a community project as well as a dance/documentary film, and in it we explored the theme of 'home' and what it meant to young people and their families living in East London. In our journey to make the film, we discovered that many of the families at our local schools had come to the UK as asylum seekers from war-torn countries, or had been affected by war in other ways. We told some of their stories through a combination of interview and through choreography.
This is from a performance I shot last year at a private event. I really love 13 year-old Mary's performance of The Dying Swan by Anna Pavlova.
Composer: Saint-Saëns – Le Cygne / The Dying Swan
Dancer: Mary Riley
Choreographer: Natalia Kremen
Musicians: Krzysztof Moskalewicz – Piano, Leander Kippenberg – Cello
Filmed & Edited by Anton Califano
Whilst in Jeju, South Korea - delivering a mobile-device filmmaking project, and making a documentary, me and my UCA Farnham (UK) students went with some students from NLCS, Jeju to the beach for the morning and made this little dance film. We had a lot of fun, and a really pleased with the finished result. Take a look at the film (below).
The Harubang are the Gods that protect the islanders in Jeju, South Korea. This short dance film explores the myths and traditions around the Harubang and how they are seen by the new generation of South Koreans.
This film was made as a result of a unique collaboration between staff and students from UCA Farnham (UK) and NLCS, Jeju (South Korea).
Choreographer: Claire Benson
Filmmaker: Anton Califano
This is a short piece of video I shot last week for Greg Billingsley for his Remembrance dance piece which is currently a 'work in progress'. This video is from the 2nd rehearsal which took place at the English National Ballet.
Rose has come to the studio to dance away her grief for the loss of her partner Albert who was shot on the Front Line. His spirit joins her and they dance one last time and she has a vision of the moment of his death.
Choreography: Wayne Eagling
Rose: Elena Glurjidze
Albert : Simon Williams
Music: 'What Passion Cannot Music Raise or Quell' from Handel's Ode For St Cecilia's day
My short documentary about Vocab Dance's unique project exploring gang culture on Britain's housing estates has been voted into the Final of the Film of the Month competition for July 2015. In the first round Shooting People's members who are predominantly made up of independent filmmakers and actors vote for their favourite film. The top 5 films then go through to the final round - with votes being reset, The final top 3 films after the second round of voting then are sent the judge, who this month is Asif Kapadia, the BAFTA winning director of Amy and Senna. He will then choose his overall winner.
See the leaderboard here: