iPhone Film festival, , , , , , , — March 3, 2011 11:37 — 0 Comments

Rose’s Kreuzberg included in this year’s iPhone Film Festival

Aaron Rose's Kreuzberg shot on an iPhone 4

Aaron Rose's elegiac Kreuzberg is a homage to Berlin's artistic community

Aaron Rose’s poetic celebration of the Kreuzberg district in Berlin is one of the most recent submissions to the iPhone Film Festival (IFF).

Rose, who directed the inspirational Beautiful Losers, said his 3:15 minute iPhone 4 film is a tribute to Brian Eno and David Bowie who collaborated in the Turkish neighbourhood of Kreuzberg in the 1970s during the making of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy.

Since then the area in the former west of the city has been home to artists, musicians and anarchists. The film’s score is by Nathan Harrington with local art historian Fiona Geuess reading excerpts from Boris Goys’ essay Light Luggage.

Kreuzberg is a wonderful evocative film; dark, edgy and creative – like the city and was one of the early iPhone 4 films to showcase the potential of the Apple mobile device.

With less than a month to go to the IFF submission deadline, founder Ruben Kazantsev said in a recent radio interview he was surprised at the response to the festival.

“When I set it up I had no idea how many submissions we would get — one, 20 or none at all,” he said.

The festival has over 100 entries, and Kazantsev said smartphones and iPhones “are going to change a lot of things” in the film industry.

As an example of how quickly things are changing look no further than South Korean director Park Chan-Wook and his brother Chan-kyong, who won the Golden Bear Award for best short film at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival with Night Fishing (Paranmanjang), which was shot completely on an iPhone 4.

As reported on iPhone-Productions, the film is about a man who transcends his current and former lives after catching a woman while fishing in a river in the middle of the night.

“The film we chose is nothing but a small miracle. Throughout the multi-layered original story of a simple man who is forced to confront his life and death through his shape-shifting, we experienced transformation, judgment and deep forgiveness,” wrote the jury of the festival’s shorts section on its website.

The winners of the iPhone Film Festival will be announced on 6 April.

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Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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