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LF Director Anita Doron a TED Fellow

Hi all,

It’s been a long time since we posted here. Sorry about that folks. Frankly, we all just got super busy with our next set of projects. But as Easter approaches we will be posting some updates.

First up: Anita Doron, director of Faye’s journey in Late Fragment, was chosen to be a TED Fellow this year 2010.

She gave a rousing speech about making sure that we treat life as blank canvas as much as we can…well here it si in her own words:

“I see things that are impossible to believe and experience people and situations that permanently misplace my previous knowledge constructs. And losing my conceptual frameworks and assumptions is not unlike losing the backpacks upon immigrating to Israel. I possess nothing more than a temporary understanding. And I’m unexpectedly grateful.

If I tried to control reality by making sense of it, by needing certainties and truths, I would miss all that is invisible and obscure and overlook the fluid places where magic lies. I gather my knowledge in fragments, and when they begin to form into a solid, singular piece, I break them apart by the introduction of another fragment. When the fragments crash, it sounds like heavy metal played by forest creatures in leather dunce caps and frayed silk wings. It’s haunting.

I call on us to experience the joy of relinquishing the judgments we’ve made. Let’s fight when we want to surrender and surrender when we want to fight. Let’s live as a deranged creature, hungry for the unknown, repeatedly ripping up plans and blueprints to see what emerges from nothingness, from bare faith. ”

Anita Doron, Filmmaker–

Her TED Fellow talk, will be up shortly. We are working on another interactive film project with Anita and will be sending you updates about *that* soon.

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WIRED Magazine + Late Fragment

It was a pleasant New Year’s surprise to open up the January issue of Wired Magazine (page 56 I believe) and see a full page spread on Late Fragment! What’s even more exciting is the amount of feedback we’re getting from other like-minded folks who are also into interactive film. Stay tuned here for some details of other projects.

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The Best of 2008

Among a list of gems this year, such as Milk, The Wrestler, Shot In Bombay and The Dark Knight, Late Fragment has found itself on a list of Diamonds in the Rough: Best of 2008 on CinemaWriter.com

From Canada arrived a unique experiment in interactive cinema and New Media filmmaking. The directorial trio of Daryl Cloran, Anita Doron and Mathieu Guez managed to craft an engaging exercise in eliciting audience involvement (we used a remote control to guide the course of their web-like narrative at key points) without losing the essentially mesmerizing nature of the unfolding narrative — intertwining dark stories of murder, abuse and guilt, all beautifully acted and executed.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

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Happy Holidays!

The Late Fragment team would like to wish everyone a happy holidy season!

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Reviews from Manila

Check out some of the reviews from the Manila press! 

Business World Online:  The Director is Dead

Global Nation:  Master of the Movieverse

Manila Bulletin:Interactivity Makes for a New Film Experience 

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DEKADA CINEMANILA 2008

Thursday October 23rd, 2008.  The big day had finally arrived.  The premiere of Late Fragment at the Dekada Cinemanila Film Festival was scheduled to screen 7:00pm.   Benji Boctol, festival coordinator, set us up in the projection booth at the Gateway Cineplex10 in Cubao. Although there were a few technical obstacles in finding a compatible projector for our Apple G5 computer, the tech team remained professional and solution driven.   Anima Aguiluz, the Cinemanila Secretariat, took the lead in the problem solving the issues at hand and we were set up with a working projector in no time.

After a short introduction by Ana Serrano and Festival Director, Tikoy Aguiluz, the lights dimmed and the curtains were drawn.  The film was performed by yours truly from the projection booth.  We were showered with applause at the roll of the credits. Mateo, Jeff and Ana said a few thank-yous to our loyal audience and to the Cinemanila team for their support of the film.  There was a very short Q&A period that continued in more depth in the cinema foyer. Mateo and Jeff spent some times chatting with some of our intrigued fans.  Ana took some time to explain a bit of the interactive design process with a group of students from the University of the Philippines.

 

A special thanks goes out to the Cinemanila team:  Tikoy Aguiluz, Anima Aguiluz, Benji Boctol, and the technical crew.  

 

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Alliance Francaise

The screening at Alliance Francaise was held on Tuesday October 21st at 8:00pm.  Cocktails were served and the foyer was filling up. Our audience was small, but well selected; from AFM members to filmmakers and journalists.  This was one of our promotional events to gear up for our Asian debut at Cinemanila.  

After a few press interviews with Jeff and Mateo, the crowd headed into the private screening room.  Olivier Dintiger, Director of Alliance Francaise de Manille introduced Ana, Mateo and Jeff.  The lights dimmed for the start of the film and Ana VJ’d the first act.  We then passed the remote control around the room to let the audience take control in the sequencing of the rest of the film.  Some viewers were more timid with clicking, allowing scenes to play through.  Others were much bolder and clicked more frequently.  This was probably the best audience cut I’ve seen so far.  Not only did the audience get the full stories of all three characters, but they found many of the best clicking sequences.  After the credits rolled, the audience was eager to ask the filmmakers their questions.   The questions were intelligent and honest, and centered around the unique process of interactive filmmaking. 

A short reception followed and the crowd got to mingle with the filmmakers over French wine and kabobs.   A special thank you goes out to  Olivier Dintinger, Director, Sabrina Durand, Cultural Officer, Earl Parco, Cultural Officer, Mang Albert, Technician and the rest of the Alliance Francaise team for co-sponsoring this successful event.

 

 

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Late Fragment in Manila

There’s something about the smell when you walk out of the Ninoy Acquino Airport — a mix of Sampaguita , roast pork and Jeepney exhaust.  Whatever it is, it makes any Balikbayan feel at home.

I met Ria Limjap at the airport. We hired Ria as our publicist for the Late Fragment screenings.  Not only is she our publicist, but our saving grace in Manila.  She navigated us through the Edsa traffic as well as through her rich network of cream of the crop writers, artists and filmmakers in the city.

Saturday rolled around and Ana Serrano and Jeff Parazzo arrived.  We spent the first day orienting ourselves, picking up our $1 SIM cards for our cell phones and eating approximately every 2 hours as required when in the Philippines.  One thing that makes me feel at home here is the food. Filipinos love to eat.  Officially, there are 7 meals a day:  breakfast, snack, lunch, merienda, merienda ceyna, dinner, and a bedtime merienda victory lap.  Only to do it all over again the next day and the day after that…

Luckily, we had some work to do to burn off some of these calories.  On Monday, we ran our technical test at Alliance Franciase for our first private screening which will be held on Tuesday.  After that, we headed over
to NU 107 in Makati, where Ana and Jeff gave a shout out to Dekada Cinemanila 2008 where Late Fragment will be having its Asian premier on Thursday October 23rd at 7pm at the Gateway Cinemas (Cinema 2).  Check out the interview here!

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The Film Cynics say “Rent Late Fragment!”

Hey everyone,

Check out Steve Johnston and Brian Dutkewich’s latest review on Late Fragment at www.filmcynics.com!

The Bottom Line: Rent Late Fragment!

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Celebrating 20 Years at TIFF ‘08

The Late Fragment team wants to wish everyone at the CFC a Happy 20th Anniversary! The CFC threw yet another successful BBQ last Sunday September 7th to celebrate 20 years of outstanding work.  Originally opening its doors in 1988 as a film training centre, the CFC has grown into Canada’s largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. In twenty years, the CFC has produced movies, short films, interactive films and games, TV pilots, and a host of new media applications that are revolutionizing the content business. The CFC proudly has more than 1000 alumni working in Canada and abroad with alumni spanning the country and beyond our borders.

A big congratulations goes out to Charles Officer and the CFC Feature Film Program for their successful debut of Nurse.Fighter.Boy. at this year’s TIFF.

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