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Indie Fest Award

August 22, 2017

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at www.theindiefest.com.

Lee, and Touched with Fire starring Katie Holmes.  Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”

Indie Fest Awards –
Press Release

Pleasure Dome

Time My Dear

Our 2016 collaborative film and exhibition Pleasure Dome, is an alternate biography of a place. This experimental documentary was filmed in the environs of a building lived in by William Jardine, a figure instrumental in the start of the Opium Wars of the 19th century. Our film presented a meandering journey, accompanied by an immersive soundscape, and text appropriated from online retailers advertising the sale of their modern-day opiates or ‘legal highs’. For the exhibition at Edinburgh’s Suede Gallery, three accompanying films, a publication and a sound installation were made which further traced this connection between past/present, East/West, and attitudes towards the drug trade.

In the spring of 2017 we collaborated on Time, My Dear. This short follows the chance encounter of 2 artists in the Scottish Highlands. The film has elements of documentary, behind the scenes footage, and performance as boundaries between fact and fiction are clouded. The work calls to mind the 1970’s experiments of Joseph Beuys and Richard Demarco in the Scottish Highlands, becoming a study on the passions and motivations of being an artist, as well as the mythic, inspirational call of the wild and primal connections to the sublime natural world.

Links : Suede Gallery
Daniel Cook & Callum Russell

The King and I

June 21, 2017

An artist whose work resonates is Daniel Cook. Similarly to Waddell, Cook explores individuals thought of as living ‘outside the norm’. His brilliant and bizarre film The King and I explores the worlds of two individuals living on the margins of society, margins which have slowly been eroded by the continual growth of the younger professional community in Edinburgh. The film has a certain Grey Gardens quality to it in which we are at once exposed to a completely unique way of living, while also being taken aback by how different it is from ‘the norm’.

The Skinny

Links : Video
Daniel Cook
Music : Fergus Cook
Narrator : Fay Fife
Sound : Callum Russell

V: Faux Pas

January 6, 2017

For its third release, synth-heavy track Faux Pas by enigmatic act V, Glasgow-based label Nautilus Rising enlisted filmmaker Daniel Cook and performance group Stasis for a night dance through the empty city streets. Here, the Glasgow and London-based Stasis offer their ideas behind the collaboration:

“The video reacts against tired tropes of overly polished and produced images of young women generated for the visual pleasure of a largely male audience.
“The film openly shows how the female form can and will take up space, reclaim streets at night and above all, have fun”

“It invokes collective identity formation and empowerment, openly showing how the female form can and will take up space, reclaim streets at night and above all, have fun for the sake of having fun without regard for onlookers.”
Nowness

Links : Video
Music : V – Faux Pas
Director of Photography : Daniel Cook
Co-direction, Choreography, Performance and Styling : Stasis
Producers : Richard Phillips-Kerr & Nautilus Rising