This film is one of three shorts I made during a week in Beirut in May 2011. The films were commissioned by Reel Festivals and Creative Scotland and the remit was make a series of short films "inspired by" the festival of poets that Reel Festivals was running in Lebanon. It was an amazing week, it's not every day that you get to meet poets from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Scotland.
I filmed it on a Canon EOS 7D, with a Rhode SVM Mic attached to it and also recorded seperate sound on a Zoom H2 mic.
It was a real honour to make a film with Mazen Maarouf, he's an extraordinary man, who is a real artistic collaborator and embraced the filmmaking with true panache. It would be great to go back and make a longer film about his life together.
Once the festival was over, I came back home to sunny Scotland and collaborated with my usual suspects, the gorgeous Maryam Ghorbankarimi on editing
I'm hoping to get more funding to go back to Lebanon
(and hopefully Syria) and continue filming with the poets, I feel there are many more stories to tell, and also continue my collaboration with the wonderful Reel Festivals. check them out here,they are pretty amazing folk reelfestivals.org/
There will also be some shorts I'll make of the fantastic Scottish poets too, coming soon..
Produced, Directed and Filmed by Roxana Vilk
Edited by Maryam Ghorbankarimi
Sound Design & Music by Peter Vilk
Executive Produced by GOL Productions & Reel Festivals
Production Assistant Stefanie Van De Peer
Filmed on location in Beirut 2011, with a Canon EOS 7D
and film sound recorded on a Zoom H2 mic and Rhode SVM Mic ( attached to the camera)
Commissioned by Reel Festivals 2011, Creative Scotland and Scottish Poetry Library and Firefly International.