Waste no. 6 How Great was selected for the short film section of the SILVESTRE competition, among with titles by e.g. Ana Vaz, Stefano Canapa, and Mark Jenkin.
Waste no. 6 How Great is a new part of Ijäs’s ongoing documentary film series Waste. Before, we would stick our photos in cardboard albums, keep our letters and other correspondence safely tucked away and display our music and movies on our bookshelves. Now that same data sits on our phones and computer hard drives and lurks on a cloud. That cloud is usually portrayed as blue against white background.
Another recent short by Jan Ijäs, Absolute Street, was selected for non-competitive Director’s Cut programme. Samuel Beckett made a single work for projected cinema. The film was shot in New York in the summer of 1964. Beckett needed one exterior street scene for the opening of the film. He wanted that street image to be shot in street that he described as ”absolute street”. All images in Jan Ijäs’s Absolute Street are from streets where Beckett did his location scouting, looking for his ”absolute street”.
Media artist and film director Jan Ijäs (b. 1975) studied documentary film making at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at the Aalto University in Helsinki. His work can be described as a blend of avant garde, experimental media art and documentary film making. His films have been screened at more than 200 Finnish and international film festivals and as installations in museums and art galleries. He has won numerous awards, including the Finnish Risto Jarva Prize in 2011 for SWEET MOV(I)E, Raft of the Médusa, film about immigration won Amnesty International Award 2018 at the IndieLisboa film festival in Portugal.
IndieLisboa, August 25 – September 5 2020, Lisboa, Portugal
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