Simply Rob is a portrait of Bronx based Poet and Activist Rob Vassilarakis. Estranged from his family when he was just a teenager because of his homosexuality, Rob fell into a world of self hatred and drug abuse.
In 1993 he was diagnosed with HIV, he was 22 years old.
After years of rehabilitation, Rob now uses his eloquence and honesty to inspire and educate others. Told through his poetry the film weaves lyrical imagery with Rob's resonating words to tell a personal journey of a man coming to terms with his sexuality and living with HIV.
The film has screened at over 20 major international film festivals and won two awards.
Best Social Awareness Film - I've Seen Films International Film Festival 2012
Best Short Documentary - Edmonton International Film Festival 2011
Director, Cinematographer, Editor - Tom Shrapnel
Producer - Gigi Berardi
Executive Producer - Tony Clark
Music - Barney Freeman
Sound - Finn Curry
Additional Music - The Dead Texan
Best Visual Effects at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2016
Special Mention Award at Landshuter Short Film Festival 2016
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016
InShadow Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies 2016
Choreoscope Dance Film Festival of Barcelona 2016
Bestias Danzantes 2016
Cascada Dance & Cinema Festival 2016
Interfilm Berlin 2016
Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2016
Extreme Short Film Festival Seoul 2016
Filmfestival Bunter Hund 2016
Regensburger Short Film Week 2017
Reggio Film Festival 2016
Hayah International Short Film Festival 2016
Maremetraggio Film Festival 2017
Shorts Attack 2017
Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele 2016
Twin Cities Film Fest 2016
Contemporary Dance Festival India 2017
Cluj Shorts 2017
Jumping Frames 2016
Spark Animation 2016
Très Court 2016
Rabbit Animation Festival 2016
Film Festival Münster 2017
Sedicicorto Film Festival 2017
Film Fest Weiterstadt 2017
Kannibal Film Festival 2017
Open Eyes Film Festival 2017
Shorts Film Festival Italy 2017
Concours de Courts 2017
Ismailia Filmfest 2017
Future Film Festival 2017
Bogota Film Festival 2016
Film Festival Cottbus 2017
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage 2017
Spark Animation Festival 2016
Panama Film Festival 2016
Tour Film Festival 2017
"The wavering images in “Disco” are animated in such a way that makes the movement of the models appear seamless and smooth, which is simultaneously juxtaposed by the scratchy flickering variations in each new sketch, creating an interesting contrast of chaotic disarray and graceful linearity."
THE CREATORS PROJECT
"This will easily be one of the most beautiful videos you see all month."
"The viewers of “Disco” can gaze at the dancer going from gentle to a more intense pace of the routine, still keeping her graceful, ballet-like posture and moves. At some point, it’s even hard to remember that you’re looking at a bunch of hand-drawn pictures and not a real person’s performance."
"This is absolutely gorgeous. […] it feels like you’re watching something completely mind bending."
"Despite the wild variety of mediums and techniques used in the hundreds of sketches, the frame to frame continuity almost serves to enhance and accentuate the motions of the dancers."
"The lyricless song calls attention to the visual aesthetics and provides a unique multi-sensory experience."
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