Emerging Singaporean Filmmakers present Contrasting Aspects of City-State at Southeast Asia Film Lab Present Contrast Aspec of a City's State at the Southeast Asian Film Laboratory
The Southeast Asian Film Lab, which is part of the Singapore Media Festival, shows the rich tapestry of city-state culture.
The filmmakers lab project Practical Consumption is currently in the script development stage. The project follows a secondary school boy who was troubled with stealing syllabus.
The documentary is a theoretical and exploratory take on Singapore's hunger for endless consumption, which combines the obliteracy of an urban world of astronomy with the unimaginable desire for urban sprawl and urban culture. In many ways, this film is an experimental and experimental take of the essence of Singapores relentless hunger, based on the experience of self-discovery, that often develops and extends societal ideals, in countless ways if viewed as '
Tan has been working on the movie The Cycle (2017), which received considerable festival play and attended his film workshop, where he brought 48 international filmmakers to Peruvian jungle to create a film based on fever dreams.
Chan Sze-Wei is a contemporary dancer and has directed several dance-based shorts and is the mentor of several filmmakers including Gabriela Tropia and Alex Reuben. In early 2017, the dance director decided to take up the opportunity and began filming I Am Walking, which is another lab selection.
This is the project that I have been preparing for my entire life without knowing it as a dance filmmaker, as an arts journalist and researcher on Southeast Asia, and as the activists who use choreography and improvisation to question politics and privilege, Chan told Variety. At the same time, Ive been on long journey with my sexual orientation and gender identity.
The production of I Am Walking, which follows the journey of four misfits, was paused by the pandemic, and the shoot will recommence in 2022.
In the early stages of conceptualizing and writing, Giselle Lin's short, The grief-themed Time Flows on Sundays, debuted at Locarno earlier this year, where she was nominated for Leopards of Tomorrow award. The work, the director of the university of Singapore, is a solitary teacher who confronts long denied truths about her own sexuality and regrets.
Deep down I always knew that my first feature was this, and while I am very grateful to be able to work on it for ten years, it is scary to finally see that as something other than a secret, Lin told Variety. The story is from my own struggles with sexual identity and growing pains and it has come to me, that I think the first one of the most intriguing things, so I'm not afraid of seeing it as anything other.
The Southeast Asia Film Lab is mentored by Indonesian filmmaker Edwin (Locarno winner Vengeance is mine, All Others Pay Cash), Thailands Taiki Sakpisit (Rotterdam winner The Edge of Daybreak and Singapore s Tan Chui Mui (Busan winner: Love Conquers All).