‘Rocks in my Pockets’ by Signe Baumane – trailer

Check out the trailer for Signe Baumane’s first feature expiring mental illness through the stories of five women in her family – ‘a funny film about depression’.

Upcoming screenings around the world in Sept & Oct 2014 listed here:
http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/Screenings.html

And a series of ‘making of’ shorts here: http://www.rocksinmypocketsmovie.com/Process.html

Signe’s portfolio site here: http://www.signebaumane.com

‘Camp 14 – Total Control Zone’ by Marc Wiese

Camp 14 - Total Control Zone

Screening in London on the 18th & 20th March as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, this feature tells the story of Shin Dong-Huyk, born into a North Korean prison camp as the son of political prisoners.

Using animated sequences which are not perhaps the most elegant, the film nonetheless take us into a brutal and challenging world, both inside and outside the camp.

Festival info here: http://ff.hrw.org/film/camp-14-total-control-zone?city=4

Read more and watch the trailer on the film’s website here: http://www.camp14-film.com/CAMP_14_ENGL/Home.html

‘Money As Debt’ feature by Paul Grignon

A Canadian feature doc which explores recent financial developments and asks questions about the global banking system.

Watch on Youtube here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdHar4hSsU&feature=player_embedded

There’s a review from Top Documentary Stream here.

There are two sequels and subsequent additional shorts on the film’s website here.

‘Another Day of Life’ feature in production

A Spanish, German and Belgian co-production, directors Raul de la Fuente & Damian Nenow are making a film based on war reporter Ryszard Kapuścińki’s book about the trip he made to Angola in 1975.

The images are beautiful, but funny how they bear more than a passing resemblance to a certain animadoc war feature we have all seen. Is this similarity about what funders will fund, or are we animadoc makers suffering from a lack of vision?

Read the article here.

‘Wham! Bam! Islam!’ by Isaac Solotaroff

A live action documentary which follows the creation of Muslim comic book heroes and uses animated sequences to bring the characters to life.

“WHAM! BAM! ISLAM! tells the story of Naif Al-Mutawa and his venture to create the first team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99. Following the tumultuous journey of THE 99 from concept to reality, from acclaim to censure, from the edge of bankruptcy to a multi-million dollar animation series, Al-Mutawa dodges cultural minefields and confronts the harsh realities of the global marketplace in pursuit of his vision to bring new heroes to children around the world.”

You can watch clips on the film’ website: http://whambamislam.com and download the film from iTunes’ US store here.