4’33” Times Three: Homage to an Artist and a Chair
Holding a Thonet chair in his hands and with meticulous and calculating steps, Professor Amos Hetz enters the space of the Polonsky Academy of Advanced Studies. At the age of 83, he re-dances his movement composition “4.33”, created as an homage to the Avant-garde musical piece by John Cage.
Hetz is one of Noa Eshkol’s most prominent students, who co-created the Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation. Like her, he is a revolutionary innovator who found himself on the margins of the Israeli Dance Scene.
In the film, a poetic Docu-Dance that weaves together excerpts from Hetz’s dance and artistic declarations, we are treated to new perspectives on Dance, Art and the meanings we take for granted of Chairs and Sitting in them.
A hybrid experimental piece that integrates dance and the choreography of space within the structure of narrative film. The film portrays immigration as a dehumanizing process executed by an indifferent bureaucratic machine. It follows a young immigrant woman, waiting her turn to see the bureaucrat in-charge of her case.
The camera delves into the world of paper work and investigates, through movement and multiple points of view, alienated interpersonal relationships as they are molded by the structure of space the bureaucratic machine operates in. Space is deconstructed and reconstructed in an attempt to reach a reference point for the bureaucratic world and to connect the un-connectable – the gap between those who seek aid and those who are trying to give it.
Aesthetica Film Festival, Artists’ Film category, York, UK.
Epos, international art film festival, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel.
ADF’s Movies By Movers, The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USA.
Choreoscope, the international dance film festival of Barcelona, Spain.
Perth Dance Festival – Screendance Awards, Perth City, Perth, Scotland, UK.
Awards and prizes:
Special Jury Award, SHORT to the Point, Romania.
Award Winner, Best Experimental Short Film, Lanus International Film Festival, Argentina.
Social Justice Award, In/Motion Dance Film Festival, Loyola University, Chicago.
A recounting of violent event through the integration of narrative film and dance:
A female laundry worker desperately attempts to abort the fruit of a violent encounter.
When the consequences of her action are reveled, the memories she has repressed re-emerge
Official competition of the 29th Jerusalem film festival, Israel
The international competition of the 32nd Munich International Festival of Film Schools
The 6th International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf, Drvengrad, Serbia
The 35th Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
The international competition of Short Shorts film festival & Asia, Tokyo, Japan
Awards and prizes:
Best Experimental Film Award, The 7th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jury Prize, Dances with camera, Short Waves Festival, Poznan, Poland.
The film draws a portrait of Kibbutz ‘Givat Hashlosha’ Cemetery, one of the few places in Israel that allows a secular burial.
It follows a single life cycle observing the cemetery as it withers and blooms again.
There between being and non-being, holes are bored open in the earth, reserve signs are planted and empty plastic chairs await for sitters to come….
Screenings and awards:
Third place, The Student’s competition, Docaviv – international documentary film festival, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Honorable Mention, Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City, USA.
A woman is sitting and looking at spinning laundry drum while she eats a cotton candy.
Her hands become sticky and she becomes dirty, a violent encounter with a stranger resurfaces.
Her action of eating in the present merges with the past memory; the Laundromat becomes both an interior and exterior space filled with cotton candy.
The machines repetitive noise fills the Laundromat and dictates the movement inside it.
The sweetness becomes too sweet, sticky and soiling.
And she is spinning.
A non-genre film that combines elements from Video-art, Video-dance and fictional-cinema
The New York Video Art &Experimental Film Festival, USA.
Official competition of the 6th International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus, Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The 19th ‘Women Make Waves’ Film Festival (WMWFF),Taipei, Taiwan.
Jury Award and Audience Award, The category of experimental film, The Online New England Film Festival.