A short film in collaboration with HK URBEX (Hong Kong Urban Exploration) fb.com/hkurbex

'Miles to Go' is set in a bleak depopulated Hong Kong, long abandoned by its former inhabitants. The film follows a courier who traverses the barren cityscape to deliver a special package to a mysterious individual...from another time.

Made in memoriam of Occupy Central 28/09/2014 - 15/12/2014:
This was a huge civil disobedience campaign in Hong Kong to demand genuine universal suffrage. Thousands of people occupied three sites across Hong Kong in peaceful demonstration. Protesters were eventually evicted and their demands never met. But the spirit and respect earned by these pro-democracy protesters will never fade in vain. The fight for true democracy still rages on. People familiar with the movement may recognise the Occupy Central references in the film. More details: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupy_Central_with_Love_and_Peace

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Background:

When we stood alongside activists amidst showers of tear gas during Occupy Central 佔領中環, we at HK URBEX wondered how we could best use our skills to contribute to the Umbrella Movement. Some of us were journalists reporting news at the time, some delivered water and supplies, and others helped create art pieces. During those long uncertain days we often wondered what kind of Hong Kong we could wake up to the next morning.

But as filmmakers we also wanted to create something that could manifest our feelings towards the powerful street occupation and its eventual demise. Although it has since ended, the movement still lives on, and a few scattered tents and scribbles poignantly remind us that the war is far from over – even though the battle was unfairly lost. Let us not forget that this was all instigated by a young generation who were, and are, not afraid to stand up for what they believe in – a generation who, it was thought, only cared about smartphones and selfies. Even though they could not persuade the uncompromisingly staunch de facto government to modify the political reform proposal even slightly, the movement has nevertheless galvanised and politicised Hong Kong’s youth, and changed the city for good.

This film seeks to encapsulate the spirit of the movement. Even though the main character witnesses the future downfall of the movement, he discovers that everyone steadfastly fights on until the bitter end.

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This is an alternate version of the original Miles to Go video which incorporated British band Stateless' song of the same title: youtu.be/JXj7FEnXj7c

This version was specially made for screening at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Gear:
Panasonic GH4
GoPro Hero 3+ & 4 Black
DJI Phantom 2
Feiyu G3 gimbal

Music: 'Future Noir' by Noir Deco

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