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Memory at Sprout Film Festival

Sprout Film Festival 2012

When I made the film for the Master degree project, Memory of You | Reflection of Me, at COFA, it was more about mental illness. It is an honour that is selected in Sprout Film Festival 2012, which the subject is developmental disabilities:

By presenting films of artistry and intellect, the festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the general public to important issues facing this population. The goal is an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help breakdown stereotypes, promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.

It is held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The film is scheduled in Program 6: Friday, April 27 7pm-adult content: nudity, violence, strong language,…

Tee Rak

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When a friend in LA message me on Facebook how she loved this Thai film, Eternity (Tee Rak) he saw in the film festival over there, I was anticipating to see it but not sure if I ever get a chance. Either it had already been screened before I was back in the country or would never seen the light in Thai cinemas. Until Wise Kwai blogged about it as a limited screening, I just had to put it my weekend schedule.

There is something about this film that moves you without following the classic story telling rules. The tagline is just about the love of a young couple which happens to be the parents of Siraroj Kongsakul, the director. He tells the story through snipplets of memories of his late father, mainly on the young girl’s first visit to his hometown. And that is it, no big arguement between them or no culture crash of the city girl and the country folks.

Everything is understated. The transitions of the first sequence to the main story and the last act are very subtle. Some scenes are just the two people talking without cutting and they even turn their back on the camera. We can only see medium shots of them each twice. But when these strings of momeries are tied up together, it becomes a haunting experience.

A great love story always comes with pain. In this film, it subsides so deeply that you can only feel it. We see the adorable ones build their relationship along the journey but in the end, nothing lasts and one has to live with it, like anyone of us will…

The Social Network: A New Media of a Penis Contest

Somehow, I think I should expand what I tweeted the other day:

Just watched the Social Network and feeling horny.

As a twisted gay man, I could not resist that basic instinct when those fraternity men waving around their penises and try to beat one to each other with their sizes.

It begins with a break-up of Mark and his girlfriend because he wants to get into a prestige club, which is famous for their big dicks. He holds a grudge and revenges her by verbally exposed her tits on the Internet and sneaked his dick into the secured zone in the university.

Chicks consequentially hate him but higher-rank dicks are impressed with his smart dick and invite him to work for them on their new project. He agrees but, instead, he uses his own dick on his own similar project and asks for a start-up fund from his best friend.

While the higher-rank dicks’ project is going nowhere, Mark’s becomes a hit. They are furious and want to show off their bigger dicks to him but one of them wants to keep the righteous dicks in the place.

Now, even though Mark’s dick and his best friend’s are much cooler and more attracted to chicks more than ever, when he runs into his ex-girlfriend, she shakes him off like a flea. He decides to enlarge his dick.

The expansion gets an attention of Mark’s idol, whom is famous for his battles with big corporation dicks. He eventually lost the war and got broke but claims that he was the one who knocked their dicks down and changed the world. Ironically, this dick is played by Justine Timberlake, who is actually works with those corporate dicks in real life.

The idol dick becomes Mark’s mentor, permanent houseguest when they move to California, capital fundraiser and, finally, their dick partner. While everything is happening into the place of Mark’s dick, his best friend is left behind in New York, feels very resentful about the whole idol thing and freezes the fund he should be managing in order to exhibit that he is also has got a dick. However, he goes with the big dick plan where the big money is, anyway.

Meanwhile, the higher-rank dicks get more and more bitter. When they find out Mark’s dick has crossed the territory over the Atlantic, they all agree to put pants down and enter the dick competition. The last shot we see them is the three men hugging each other with pride in a luxurious suite in the UK.

The final straw is when the 1-million-minion party of Mark’s dick. His best friend is called into find that he is forced to leave the dick he has given the start-up money. And that is how he has to get his dignity back to his dick.

And on the same evening, the idol also reveals his true colour of his sleazy dick when he is arrested in the party with drug and chicks which one of them happens to be an underage intern.

Mark loses his best friend and his mentor over the night that marks his dick conquers the world. In the end, after he is informed that all the dick contests will be settled, he sits down in a meeting room of his lawyer who always seems to be the biggest dick after all the disputes, looking at his ex-girlfriend’s profile in his dick empire… alone.

Have I told you there is a bunch dickheads in the movie?

Memory for the Public

Memory of You | Reflection of Me from ApostrophePong on Vimeo.

When Tony Hollingsworth asked me if he could post this film on his blog, Black Dog Ride, raising awareness of depression, initially, I turned him down. But after I wrote the blog post last evening with tears in my eyes, Stilgherrian reminded me that I told him I would consider open it up to promote the EXiST fundraising campaign.

The only reason I did not put the short film to the public was some film festival rule about the works on the Internet. However, I only shopped around the festivals with no entry fee which they did not restrict to that rule. Most of all, it will be fair to let the supporters see how I intend to make a trilogy mental health on DASS (Depression Anxiety Stess Scale). And to see the first one is the best way for it.

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My Film at Fordham Fest

For the ones in UK, Memory of You | Reflection of Me will be screened in Strawberry Shorts Film Marquee as a part of Fordham Music Festival this year. I believe this the first time the short film will be premiered outside Australia. Originally, I submitted the film for Strawberry Fair in Cambridge but unfortunately, it has been officially cancelled. However, the Fair organiser is invited to have their own stage in the Festival.

Apart from the film being shown amongst with other interesting film, I find it is quite amazing to see local communities support each other. I have done event management in the past life in Thailand but most of them were commercial and they were not cheap. My bosses were willing to slash their fees when it came to community works and they actually somehow made us proud.

If anyone has a chance to be at Fordham Music Festival, please check out the Strawberry Fair Stage. The films in the program are very interesting to see. To be specific, my film is scheduled on Programme 9, 7 August, 10.30pm-12.30am.