Abdullah Ibrahim is South Africa’s most distinguished pianist, a global jazz icon. His music inspired a generation and his most famous song, Mannenberg, became a theme song of the struggle against Apartheid.
Ibrahim himself lived mostly in exile from the early 60’s, in New York and Europe, and is one of very few surviving artists of that era who continues to have a vibrant recording and performing career, well into his eighties.
We were approach by Abdullah’s management agency, Black Major, to produce a short film on the artist at this new stage of his life and career. In addition to being a master musician, Ibrahim is also a martial artist, with a lifelong interest in zen philosophy and a rigorous daily practice of Budō. A personal encounter will leave you in no doubt of his vitality and vibrancy. At an age where many are slowing into the twilight of their life and careers, Abdullah remains extremely focused.
mikecelona.net - Recorded live in the studio with DJ Skanntron on July 3rd, 2015, "Disruptor" consists of found and original footage depicting the varied and often disturbing daydreams of a young child who falls asleep during a boring class in an elaboration of the classic Chuck Jones cartoons featuring the character of Ralph Philips.
mikecelona.net - Video mix performed by Mike Celona to a set by DJ Snacks which branches off of an opening sample from the movie “Vibrations” in which a former rock musician who lost his hands in a car accident is given a whirlwind introduction to the world of electronic music by his friends.
Winner, Grand Prize, Toronto Animation Arts Festival Intl., 2014
Winner, Audience Award, Toronto Animation Arts Festival Intl., 2014
Winner, Best Animation, Provincetown Intl. Film Festival, 2014
Winner, Best Short Animation, San Francisco Intl. Film Festival, 2014
Winner, Best Short Animation, Dallas Intl. Film Festival, 2014
Winner, Best Short Animation, Reel 2 Real Intl. Film Festival, 2014
Winner, Best Film, Chicago Irish Film Festival, 2014
Winner, Best Animation, Ventura Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Audience Award, Motion Plus, 2013
Winner, Best Irish Animation, Foyle Film Festival, 2013
Winner, The Grand Prix Irish, Cork Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best Animation, Indie Memphis Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best Animation, Savannah Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best European Short Film, Seminci, Valladolid Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best Animation, New Hampshire Film Festival, 2013
Winner, Best Animation, Galway Film Fleadh, 2013
Shortlisted, Best Animated Short – 86th Academy Awards, 2014
Nominated, Best Short Film, European Film Awards, 2014
Nominated, Best Short Film, Irish Film & Television Awards (IFTAs), 2014
Narrator: George Takei
Writer / Animator / Director: Eoin Duffy
Producer: Jamie Hogan
Script Editor: Richard Duffy
Music Company: Echolab
Composer: Tobias Norberg, Gavin Little (Echolab)
Sound Designers: Gavin Little, Joe McHugh (Echolab)
Post Production: Windmill Lane
Legal: Gordon Judge
Accounting: Stephen Proctor
Funders Representatives –
Emma Scott: Production Executive for the Irish Film Board
Pauline McNamara: Executive Producer – RTE
Fionnuala Sweeney: Film Specialist – Arts Council
Jill McGregor: Schemes & Applications Co-ordinator for the Irish Film Board