Directed by Eliot Rausch
Produced by Preston Lee / Christopher Cho
An Über Content / Goodgate Films Production
Written by Unknown
Executive Producer Cristobal Sotomayor
Director of Photography Benjamin Loeb
Edited by Eliot Rausch
Wardrobe Marcela Carboni
Casting by Alejandra Alaff
Cast Luis Dubó & Jamie McManus
Score Adam Taylor
Production Manage Felipe Briones
1st AD Arle Bordas
1st AC Jamie Alvarez
2nd AC Camilo Navarrete
Gaffer Rodrigo Ramirez
Best Boy Leandro Chacana
Sound Mixer Mauricio Labra
DIT Andres Araya
Translation Joseph Banuelos
Script Assistant Adam Litt
Drivers Cristian Cacerers
Colorist Ben Estrada
Post Production Supervisor Henry Kaplan
Sound Engineer Ryan Pribyl
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The Mexican replied, “only a little while. The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish? The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?” The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.” The American scoffed, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.” The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?” To which the American replied, “15 – 20 years.” “But what then?” Asked the Mexican. The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions!” “Millions – then what?” The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”
This video is about the self-contained nature of mind and matter.
The physical processing of sounds by the brain leave remnants in its structure as it learns about the outside world. Eventually the universe and the platonic realm of laws and structures are perceived. But while the natural laws and their resulting universe seem to create and contain the mind, the mind ultimately contains them all.
Screened at the Group exhibition at Culture Station Seoul 284, 1st Prize Audience Award 7th Premiers Courts International Filmfestival 2012, shortlisted for the 2013 Film Grant Award of "The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film".
URBAN ISLAND is a music video by Nils Clauss and Namhui Park for the song VARÚÐ by Icelandic band SIGUR RÓS. It is a portrait of a homeless man in his forties, who has lived on the streets of Seoul for more than 8 years. He has been part of a small homeless community for the past four years, which camps out in a little park next to the train tracks of Yongsan Station. As the man strictly refuses to receive charity, he frequents the city streets each night to make a living by collecting recyclables.
Documenting the hardships of a homeless person working and living within the metropolitan city, challenges general prejudices against people living on the margins of society. The little park next to Yongsan Station, which this community frequents, can be considered as a significant space to find escape and shelter. It also though shows how people are excluded and fenced away from general society. Not only visually, but also in reality this little park is like a small island in the middle of the urban center of Seoul. It is for the audience to decide, if it is island of refugee or exile.