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Les Coffrets
2020

Texts / directorial suggestions: Mark C. Hewitt
Editing / image manipulation: Matt Parsons


A collection of 10 stylistically coherent micro-videos - all less than 90 seconds duration - made in collaboration with artist
Matt Parsons. Each is voiced by a different actor (apart from a couple voiced by the author). The vids were created as visual counterpoints to a poem sequence with the overarching title, Les Coffrets, related to the shape of the poems on the page: small boxes, each of thirteen and a half lines, surrounded by a lot of white. In this sequence, ‘the authorial voice’ is largely abandoned in favour of chance elements, such as words seen on clothing or adverts or overheard on a train journey or in the street. As such, they offer no consoling message, but as playwright Howard Barker once observed: “who trusts the message giver anymore?

The videos
Bamboo (performed by Vanessa Labrie)
White (performed by Richard Attlee)
Premium (performed by Melissa Sirol)
Premium sans musique accessoire (performed by Melissa Sirol)
Limelight (performed by Mark C. Hewitt)
Camp (performed by Jonathan Cullen)
Boobs (performed by Isabella McCarthy Sommerville)
Excuses (performed by John Cormack)
Excuses alternative version (performed by John Cormack)
Apprenticeship (performed by Mark C. Hewitt and ad hoc chorus)

These enigmatic filmpoems typically have a retro noir quality and are highly surrealistic in feel and construction. Individually they have been screened virtually at over 20 short film festivals in more than 14 countries, earning a plethora of laurels and awards. (See below.)

See the TRAILER for the collection of films on the Blank Productions YouTube channel »

LIMELIGHT (TITLE STILL)
BOOBS (TITLE STILL)
Locket 1080 x 1920
Above: still from Premium

Shadow 1080 x 1920
Above: still from Premium

Camp 2
Above: still from Camp

Excuses 5
Above: still from Excuses

WINDOW 2
Above: still from Apprenticeship

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• Premium is October 2020 WINNER in the One Minute Film category at Cult Critic Movie Awards in Calcutta, India.
• Apprenticeship is an Official Selection at London-based Under the Floorboards virtual film festival, Nov 2020.
• Boobs is a Semi-Finalist in La Notte dei Corti Comici film event in Milano, (a celebration of the experimental, absurd, alternative, satirical and tragicomic).
• Premium earns an Outstanding Achievement award and Camp an Honorable Mention at Berlin Flash Film Festival, Dec 2020.
• Excuses receives an Outstanding Achievement Award at Berlin Flash Film Festival, Jan 2021; Boobs, Bamboo and Limelight are official selections.
• Boobs is an Official Selection for Screener Short Films virtual festival in London, Feb 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Roma Short Film Festival, (Micro Film category, Feb 2021). Excuses is an Official Selection.
Premium is an Official Selection at Paris International Short Festival, Feb 2021.
• Bamboo and Premium are both Finalists at Sweden Film Awards, the other six are Semi-Finalists.
Boobs is a Finalist at New York Flash Film Festival. Premium, Excuses and Camp are Official Selections.
• Excuses is a Finalist at Seoul International Short Film Festival, March 2021.
• Premium is WINNER in the Micro Film category at New York Tri-State Film Festival, (March 2021).
• Premium is a Finalist at Toronto International Film Festival (March 2021)
• Premium is an Official Selection at San Francisco Indie Short Festival, Vienna Indie Short Festival, London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames and New York City Independent Film Festival, March 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Vancouver Independent Film Festival (March 2021)
• Premium is WINNER in Best Microfilm category at New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich (March 2021); Excuses is an Official Selection.
• Apprenticeship is a Finalist at Roma Short Film Festival, April 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Tokyo International Short Film Festival.
• Excuses and Boobs are Official Selections at Sydney Indie Short Festival, Australia.
• Premium and Bamboo are Official Selections at Hong Kong Indie Film Festival.
• Apprenticeship receives an Honorable Mention at Berlin Flash Film Festival, April 2021.
• Premium (sans musique accessoire) and Camp are Finalists at Paris International Short Festival, April 2021
Premium is a Finalist at the Short Shot Fest in Moscow, due for screening in July 2021.