In March 2013 I took a trip to Uganda and Tanzania with two of my siblings to visit my sister who was volunteering at the time for Jenga, a community development organisation in Mbale, Uganda. This is a glimpse of our time there..
**AWARDED BEST NON-NARRATIVE & BEST EDITING at the South Australian Screen Awards 2014**
Date: 03 Nov 2012 — 28 Jan 2013
Route: Boa Vista to Santarém by canoe, down the Rio Branco, Rio Negro & Rio Amazonas
States: Roraima, Amazonas & Pará
Total expedition distance covered: 2345km (1457miles)
We are crossing Brazil from north to south on a historical ‘human-powered’ journey of over 9000km (5500 miles), travelling by foot, paddle and pedal.
After 126 days and 2345km (1457miles) we arrived in Santarém. Our time amongst the Amazonian people, known as 'caboclos', has been magical. This teaser video gives you a glimpse into life on the river and some of the stories we've been gathering.
A very special thank you to our equipment sponsors and all the kind folks whose donations are helping to keep our voyage across Brazil going.
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We hope you all enjoy the video and until the next time,
Gareth & Aaron
Brought to you by the Skeeto Lounge
Filmed & produced by Aaron Chervenak & Gareth Jones
Music by Huw Jones
Translation - Matheus Begas
Motion Graphics - Chris Oneill & Aaron Chervenak
Special thanks to Mark Bellamy, Eric Yu, Cínthia Coelho Lopes & Fernando Belusso.
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York. ‘This is Shanghai’ explores the diversities and eccentricities of the metropolis that is Shanghai going beyond the famous skyline.
Photographer Rob Whitworth and urban identity expert JT Singh joined forces combining deep city exploration and pioneering filmmaking. ‘This is Shanghai’ is a roller coaster ride seamlessly weaving between the iconic, sparkling and mismatched buildings of the financial district travelling by boat and taxi touring Shanghai’s impressive infrastructure whilst glimpsing some of the lesser-known aspects of Shanghai life such as the lower stratum areas or the stunning graffiti of Moganshan road. And of course there is the opportunity to try some of the vast variety of street food and Shanghai’s most popular homegrown delicacy, the pan-fried pork dumplings, the shengjian bao.
Wherever you travel in Shanghai the cities skyline is always present. The looming silhouette of the almost constructed Shanghai Tower now dominates and perfectly encapsulates the new heights this city is yet to reach. Once completed, in 2014, it will be the tallest building in China and the second tallest in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
To understand the city, the team carried out rigorous urban exploration. In the words of JT “we walked, walked and walked, the Jane Jacobs way”. Weibo, China’s main social media platform was used to ask local Shanghainese people to share ideas of different vantage points and what they thought were the over-riding characteristics of the city. Stealth and curiosity were required to find and gain access to rooftops and locations. It became addictive for the team discovering breath-taking vantage points of the city. There was always an adrenaline rush upon reaching the top of a different building to see the vast urban jungle of Shanghai.
Rob Whitworth (robwhitworth.co.uk/) is a creative time lapse photographer from the UK based in Asia. His previous videos, ‘Traffic in Frenetic HCMC’ and ‘Kuala Lumpur DAY-NIGHT’ have received international attention including being short listed for 7 film festivals, and have had received well over 2 million online views.
JT Singh (jtsingh.com/) has explored hundreds of emerging cities around the world and is a next generation thinker about the value and impact of 21st century cities. Having grown up in Toronto JT is now based in China. He explains:
“The over-riding reason we made this video was to creatively show the world visually how China is rising, in particular Chinese cities. Just as New York City exemplified the strengths and ambitions of emerging America in the 20th century, Shanghai, perhaps more than any old or emerging rival, will personify the power and dreams of rising Asia in the 21st century.”
written and directed by JOSCHKA LAUKENINKS
produced by BENJAMIN HORSTKOTTE
produced by TOBIAS WICHURA
cinematography by EIKE RIECHE
edited by VERA BERG
starring JAN STAPELFELDT, JESSICA MCINTYRE, XENIA ASSENZA
narrated by PHILIPP MOOG
music GERMAN WAHNSINN
production company THE MARMALADE FILMS
'BACKSTORY' was shot in Germany in 17 shooting days over a period of 1,5 years. It has been screened at more than 110 festivals worldwide and, so far, has won more than 30 international awards. Our love goes out to all the wonderful people who worked so hard on this film for such a long time! :-)
here is some of the 33 AWARDS we have won
* BEST SUPER SHORT* at NEW YORK CITY INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL New York City, US
*BEST SHORT* at ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL, Orlando, US
*BEST FOREIGN SHORT* at TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL Woodward, US
*BEST FILM* COLCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL, Colchester, UK
*BEST OF FESTIVAL* at FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL Schull, Cork, Ireland
*ROGER DEAKINS AWARD* at PLYMOUTH FILM FESTIVAL Plymouth, UK
*JURY AWARD* at HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL, Hamilton, US
*BEST DIRECTOR* at FARM FILM FESTIVAL, Sicily, Italy
*BEST FOREIGN SHORT* at ANOTHER INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, Wisconsin, USA
*BEST IN SHOW* at CREATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Ottawa, Canada
*AUDIENCE AWARD* at OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Porto, Portugal
*BEST STORY* at REVOLUTION ME FESTIVAL, New York City, US