Distribution Catalogue 2013-2014

AV-arkki’s Distribution Catalogue 2013-2014 is a DVD-release intended for professional preview. The catalogue will be distributed via AV-arkki’s international distribution program. It is also given out to professional audiences in numerous events, film festivals and art fairs world wide.

Selection team for the Distribution Catalogue 2013-2014 is Juhani Alanen (Executive Director, Tampere Film Festival), Elina Rislakki (Director, Helsinki Short Film Festival & Finnish Film Contact), Vesa Puhakka (Distribution Manager, AV-arkki) and Mikko Mällinen (Distribution Coordinator, AV-arkki).

Disc #1:

1. Mika Taanila: Six Day Run
2. Jan Ijäs: Two Islands
3. Juha Mäki-Jussila: Suddenly, last summer
4. Jenni Hiltunen: Grind
5. Hannaleena Heiska: Today we live
6. Maria Duncker: Pam Pam
7. Jukka Silokunnas: Structural Change
8. Kati Åberg: Seeing Things
9. Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: Minispectacles 2 x Against
10. Juha Van Ingen: The Stakeout
11. Timo Wright: Unfit
12. Marjatta Oja & Dave Berg: Bookville
13. Erkka Nissinen: Polis X
14. Risto-Pekka Blom: Kudryavka – Little ball of hair
15. Elena Näsänen: Passerby

Disc #2:

1. Pilvi Takala: Drive With Care (2014, 13:00)
2. Hanna Ojamo: Children Of The Lost Era (2013, 07:45)
3. Kati Åberg: Walk On Sound (2014, 11:05)
4. Sami Sänpäkkilä: Psychedelic Alphabet For The Newborn (2013, 05:34)
5. Marja Viitahuhta: Garden Of Death (2013, 20:00)
6. Anssi Kasitonni: The Wapiti (2014, 02:29)
7. Cecilia Stenbom: The Case (2013, 08:53)
8. Sini Pelkki: A Replacement (2014, 06:45)
9. Tellervo Kalleinen & Niina Lehtonen-Braun: Play This At My Funeral (2013, 03:40)
10. Outi Sunila: Tea Party (2013, 04:30)
11. Azar Sayiar: Ring (2013, 02:45)
12. Jukka Silokunnas: Disemboat (2013, 00:37)

 

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Disc #1:

1. Mika Taanila: Six Day Run

Synopsis:

Six Day Run is a short film about one of the most extreme individual endurance sports dating back to the 1870s. The Competitors run for six days with minimal sleep, all the while trying to accumulate as many miles as possible on a one-mile paved loop in a park in Queens, New York City. The Protagonist of the film is the Finnish ultra distance runner Ashprihanal Pekka Aalto.

2. Jan Ijäs: Two Islands

Synopsis:

Two Islands is a film about two enormous waste dumps in Staten Island and Hart Island, NYC. One is a now closed landfill, which at one point was the largest in the world, the other is a cemetary of unidentified people, still in use. Two Islands bluntly asks: what does the existence of these two huge mountains of economic and social waste tell about our civilization, and what kind of legacy will the archaeologists see in them when they are studying these a few centuries from now?

3. Juha Mäki-Jussila: Suddenly, last summer

Synopsis:

Suddenly, Last Summer is an experimental animation based freely on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. Some frag- ments of the original play are restaged frame by frame by new botanical performers.

4. Jenni Hiltunen: Grind

Synopsis:

Dancehall Queen Style is a Jamaican dance fashion which became popular in the 1990s through music videos and The Grind show on MTV. The video is a playful take on the dancehall culture with its provocative costumes, suggestive poses, roles and blatant sexuality.

5. Hannaleena Heiska: Today we live

Synopsis:

Today We Live is an anonymous group portrait, shot in a rock club. Slow motion footage underlines the dancing audience’s fleeing motions and facial expressions. Erik Satie’s orchestral music makes a counterpoint to the dancer’s aggressive movements.

6. Maria Duncker: Pam Pam

Synopsis:

Sunrise, sunset… if I say so. The protagonist shoots the sun and makes the bright star fall behind the horizon.

7. Jukka Silokunnas: Structural Change

Synopsis:

A real house with a sauna is deconstructed in this stop motion animation. The building was taken down manually, with an electric saw, an axe and a crowbar. Good things don’t always come easy.

8. Kati Åberg: Seeing Things

Synopsis:

Seeing Things tells the true story of a woman who unexpectedly goes blind at the age of fifty. The piece follows her as she drifts further from the sighted community into her own imaginary world, which gradually becomes oppressive, ever frightening. Now you see it… now you don’t.

9. Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: Minispectacles 2 x Against

Synopsis:

Minispectacles is a continuing series of one-minute films, cinematic haikus. Minispectacles 2 x Against goes against with the French Resistance and Occupy Oakland.

10. Juha Van Ingen: The Stakeout

Synopsis:

A couple of tough undercover cops are on a boring routine stakeout. Suddenly something starts happening. The video is a rhythmical reconstruction of a short low-resolution sequence from the film Gone in 60 seconds from 1974. A one second loop creates a stage and a background sound for the one frame inserts.

11. Timo Wright: Unfit

Synopsis:

Digital image processing and nervous, fast forwarded movement dissolve the outline and vanish the image of the dancer’s body.

12. Marjatta Oja & Dave Berg: Bookville

Synopsis:

A lyrical music video and a poetic portrait of city life, books and traveling.

13. Erkka Nissinen: Polis X

Synopsis:

The word Polis comes from Greek, meaning a city or an entity composed of citizens. Polis X is a kaleidoscope of human destinies that reference the ancient Greek ideal of the city-state. Instead of depicting a perfected state of an utopian community, the viewer is confronted by the obscene historical traces of mankind’s inhumanity.

14. Risto-Pekka Blom: Kudryavka – Little ball of hair

Synopsis:

In an expanding universe, in the cosmic noise of celebratory speeches, with an eye always blackened by a punch. Kudryavka – Little ball of fur is a piece compiled mainly of archive material, centering around the launch of Laika the dog into space in 1957. Laika’s original name was Kudryavka.

15. Elena Näsänen: Passerby

Synopsis:

A young Japanese woman arrives to spend a day and night in Helsinki. She goes around by tram photographing buildings by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Her pilgrimage takes her to the Finlandia Hall, Stora Enso’s Head Office, Aalto’s own home and his studio. This laconically constructed work takes us on a hypnotic journey into the main character’s inner world, and to Aalto’s buildings.

Disc #2:

1. Pilvi Takala: Drive With Care

Synopsis:

Drive with Care investigates the life of a teacher at an elite boarding school in the US. Utilising dry-humoured post-documentation of staged activity, Takala examines the boundaries within this particular community. The project explores people’s strategies for survival as faculty members in the school negotiate their own space within the institution, finding loopholes – places to breathe – while being careful not to violate shared rules.

2. Hanna Ojamo: Children Of The Lost Era

Synopsis:

Children of the Lost Era presents found footage Pathé 9.5mm film material from the 1930s. The reels were originally used as leftover and for transferring purposes and found in the trash in Finland. The film concentrates on the way children have been portrayed in historical fiction and documentaries of the era of fascism and political upheaval.

3. Kati Åberg: Walk On Sound

Synopsis:

“Walk on Sound” follows Riikka Hänninen, a musician who was born blind, as she walks along unknown streets in Helsinki. She explains how she perceives her surrounding through sound and her other senses. We experience the city as she does.

4. Sami Sänpäkkilä: Psychedelic Alphabet For The Newborn

Synopsis:

Psychedelic Alphabet for the Newborn is a video I made as a present for my dear friends new born baby. Life is beauty, violence, comfort, danger and lipstick. Even for the newborn.

5. Marja Viitahuhta: Garden Of Death

Synopsis:

An eight year old girl spends a day at the cemetary, taking care of the garden of death.

6. Anssi Kasitonni: The Wapiti

Synopsis:

An educational reenactment about the life of deviant wapitis.

7. Cecilia Stenbom: The Case

Synopsis:

The Case looks at how crime fiction prey and perpetuate anxieties whilst being a source of entertainment. The dialogue and voice over segments in the film are reenactments from a series of transcribed recordings with the general public about perception of crime. The Case was commissioned by Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival

8. Sini Pelkki: A Replacement

Synopsis:

The camera tracks inside a defined space. The room seems to consist of multiple images. Foreground and background merge and shift into each other. The film studies the tension between the still and the moving image.

9. Tellervo Kalleinen & Niina Lehtonen-Braun: Play This At My Funeral

Synopsis:

Different people in Helsinki and Berlin are posing in their homes with the instruments they wish to be played at their funeral. The participants, aged between 4 and 90 years, were found through an open call distributed within social media. The video is is matched to the song “Play this at my funeral” by Swedish band Blood Music.

10. Outi Sunila: Tea Party

Synopsis:

Five blind guests attend a tea party.
In the darkness the other person feels like a potential threat and the tea party turns out to be a nightmarish experience.

11. Azar Sayiar: Ring

Synopsis:

From monday morning to friday evening.

12. Jukka Silokunnas: Disemboat

Synopsis:

The last journey of a wooden rowboat.