Spinning a Yarn?

June 11, 2014
gloriaku
Documentary, Experimental, Film
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Spinning Title

 

The new short, “Spinning a Yarn?” is a transcendental journey. As the unusual protagonist, a silkworm, spins a yarn about his fellow kind’s regrets, an unexpected parallel strikes surprisingly close to home.

I had a pleasure to film it last year in Muang Thee, Isaan (Thailand) and it was only possible thanks to help of those amazing people:

- Joy Pasakanon and the whole Pasakanon family
- Goob Gift (Gip) and her family
- JJ Harrison
- Brandon James
- Weavers from Ban Tha Sawang
- Richie Bennett

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The film is not yet available online as it now on it’s festival circuit. “Spinning a Yarn?” has already won a grand award at the Faces of Wisdom Film Festival in Helsinki.

Official Selection:
- Faces of Wisodm Film Festival, Finland (April 2014) – Grand Prize Winner
- Long Beach Indie, USA (August, 2014)
- Avvantura Zadar International Film Festival, Croatia (August, 2014)
- Seoul international Extreme-Short Image and Film Festival, South Korea (September, 2014)
- Film Fest Granada, Spain (October, 2014)
- Festival de Cine Rural Arica Nativa, Chile (October, 2014)
- BOGOSHORTS, Colombia (December, 2014)
- Eastern Breeze International Film Festival, Canada (May, 2015)

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Director/DP/Editor/Producer: Gloria Kurnik

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// Camera : Canon 5d Mark II
// Lenses : Canon 100 f2.8 IS, Canon 17-40 f4
// Editing/Grading : After Effects, Premiere Pro

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Living the Love – Documentary about Thaipusam

February 28, 2014
gloriaku
Documentary, Film, Video
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thaipusam red 2 def 4

 

Every religion has its culture of atonements and vows. Bigger the wish or deeper the gratitude, more eager is the follower to undertake an arduous and grueling journey. A Christian would walk miles on his knees out of faith. A Buddhist would prostrate and crawl on her stomach to gain her inner peace. A Muslim would self-flagellate to convey his sorrow while a Hindu would renounce the things she loves most out of devotion. But some take it even further.

Piercing the body out of faith is a custom in most of the older religions. Though it may induce fear, doubt and anxiety, it is also associated with a certain sense of mysticism and spirituality. I witnessed Thaipusam – the magical Hindu festival where devotees in a state of trance, painlessly carry offerings and symbols of faith in the form of heavy burdens (milk pots, kavadi, karagam) and/or have a range of intriguing attachments hooked to their body. But beyond the images of unbelievable crowds and fanfare, I also witnessed love, trust and devotion merging into an expression of faith through self-sacrifice. For many, Thaipusam is all about the flourish and the obscure customs. For many tourists, it is the defining evidence of the unique multi-cultural life in Malaysia. For many amateur photographers, it’s one of those places where you capture that ‘one’ unforgettable picture.

For me it’s a story of love. I decided to capture this event through the eyes of a couple – a, married childless couple who apart from their love for their God have been loving each other for 9 long years. It’s a personal story and a personal journey…

karagam red 2 def

kavadi red 2 def

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Greatest thanks to the people without whom the production of this video wouldn’t be possible: Malliga, Murugan, Paulius, Sayan, Chris, Ragu and Durai.

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// Director/DP/Editor: Gloria Kurnik

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// Camera : Canon 7d, Canon 5d Mark II
// Lenses : Canon 24mm 1.4, Canon 50 1.8
// Editing/Grading : Premiere Pro
// Music : Karma Groove from jewelbeat.com

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For postcards and posters, check out the project on behance.

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