Arthur Balder was presented by Eleni Vlassi, artistic director and founder of the Ierapetra International Documentary Film Festival, with the Michel Foucré Award for Best Directing for his work in AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY, which was part of the official selection.
The festival’s audience, spread over the prefecture of the Greek island of Crete, out of the 167 films in participation in its different sections additionally bestowed the Audience Award 2019 on AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY.
With these two wins AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY became most awarded film of 6th Ierapetra International Documentary Film Festival, alongside with “Searching for Andreas: Political Leadership in Times of Crisis”, directed by Harris Mylonas and Theo Prodromidis, which also garnered two awards from the Greek competition of the festival.
C-AWARDS organization’s chapter in Europe (Europe Cinematography Awards) awarded AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY in July’s selection process as Best Film of Month (Arthur Balder), Best Lead Acting (Susan Sarandon), Best Original Soundtrack (Mark Petrie, additional music by Andrew Prahlow), and Best Documentary Film (Arthur Balder).
“‘American Mirror’ is (…) a strange beast of a feature“
“there’s a lingering, finely-drawn intelligence to Arthur Balder’s hallucinogenic compilation, one which welcomes many readings no matter how you look at it”
“with a healthy dose of David Lynch” (…) strikingly original, (…) what the art represents in an allegorical sense”
“Perplexing (…). It definitely shrugs off any expected genre conventions“
“‘American Mirror’ eschews any traditional documentary formats when attempting to align Balder’s own film theory digressions alongside the scattered memories of his main subject, which makes for a mystifying, if not wholly fascinating experiment”
“a fractured mosaic of brooding introspection, abstract memory play and candid celebrity interview, it’s hard to define…”
On July 4th 2019, actress and co-star Florence Faivre Attends Red Carpet of 10th New Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, where AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY was Official Selection and Finalist on Best Trailer category.
(Broadwayworld.com, Melbourne, Australia.)
Without remaining in the slipstream of the film festivals out of which Melbourne Documentary Film Festival extracts some of its highlights (TIFF, Tribeca, Hot Docs, DOC NYC, and such likes), the fourth edition of this young though quite well-known film event in the circuit promises also to add again its own line-up of discoveries. Nine feature documentaries picked up by Netflix, while other nine Feature documentaries that became Oscar eligible were screened previously at MDFF. Only 2018 saw four feature documentaries of its official selection make the Oscar longlist, one of the highest of any documentary-only film festival in Australia.
A rough look into the 2020 program grid boasts more than hundred documentary films, shorts and features.
Among them, there are three films that were awarded or premiered at DOC LA (the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival curated by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute): “Ballad for a righteous merchant”, directed by Herbert Goldberg, featuring Werner Herzog, ‘American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality”, featuring Susan Sarandon, directed by Arthur Balder (winner also of the Parajanov-Vartanov Award 2018), and “Pain is Mine”, directed by Farshid Akhlaghi. Another film festival located on the US west coast out of which MDFF seems to have drained inspiration is the American Documentary Film Festival. Six of the movies selected by MDFF premiered there, among them “David’s Way”, by Tom Donahue, “The Beeman”, by Frances Elliott and Samantha Marlowe, the provocative “For Your Consideration”, by Patrick Green, “Chasing A Million”, by Albert Klein Haneveld and Stefan Egberts. Four films had premiered internationally at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, among them “Thursday Fields” by Harry Zernike, “Pariah Dog” by Jesse Alk, “Right to Harm” by Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher. The line-up reveals six movies that had premiered at DOC NYC, while two of them had made it so at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the number of films from Slamdance, Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Tribeca Film Festival and others do not rises over two films each, while from DOX:CPH only one film made it into the MDFF official selection.
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, whose director is Lyndon Stone, has established a good and rising international reputation in a short period of time, as some of the specialized magazines have recognized of late, becoming the port of entry for international documentary productions into the Australian arena. Three times now, it has been rated as a Top 100 Film Festival on submission platforms well audited and has consistently been ranked in the top 2% of the over 6,000 film festival in the world over the last 3 years.
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival is currently rated as the Documentary Film Festival of the Year (2018) by FilmDaily and named Top Documentary Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere on Guide Doc. It premieres, screens and showcases more quality local Australian and International documentaries each year than any other documentary only film festival in Australia and gives more talented Indie Filmmakers a chance to compete and screen to a big, receptive audience in Melbourne, Australia.
Visit the Utah Film Festival official site the complete list of winners and nominees.
‘American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality’ was part of the worldwide curation Vision Du Reel Industry Selection 2019, Nyon, Switzerland.
(From Broadwayworld.com) On June 4-6, 2019 will take off at The Landmark 10850 W. Pico Blvd. LA CA 90064 the 10th Annual New Media Film Festival, presenting 128 New Media Films & Content from 23 countries across 6 Continents. 47 World Premieres, 9 U.S. Premieres, 20 L.A. Premieres. In a world where technology is ever-evolving, it is a story that will satiate the soul of humans. Not just any story, but stories worth telling. New Media Film Festival year after year strives to produce a festival that highlights and honors the hard working and uprising content creators in the New Media Industry. It highlights the best from the USA, UK, Germany, France, Canada, and Australia amongst many others together with VIP soirees, Q&A’s and panels are part of the festival program.
The Best Trailer category zooms in on the power of condensing a whole story in its shortest -and most demanding among the pros- edit possible.
At the intersection of high cinematic art and social media.
Arthur Balder wonders what is the true beauty in his new project “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality”. On our Instagram or Facebook pages, we show only the best part of ourselves, the “beautiful” part of our lives. We hide in this fake. We are so immersed in the process of creating our ideal virtual personality that we forget about real life. We forget the simple truth that beauty is inside. In this film produced by David Shara (Optimum Diamonds), Susan Sarandon like Mona Lisa and Tigran Tsitoghdzyan like Leonardo da Vinci invite you to the path of understanding yourself. Focusing on the idea that the eyes are a mirror of the soul, the painter, together with the creators of the project, represents a very graceful and elegant work.
Screenwriter, director and producer Paul Haggis, two-time Academy award-winner:
“I congratulate you for having made me feel uneasy, for having abandoned the safe zone and tried to go beyond.”
Declarations after winners announced by Paul Haggis, who had been Jury President Fabrique Du Cinema Awards 2018, published by Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, Rome, Italy. “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality” was winner Best International Documentary.
AMERICAN MIRROR – INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY rose as winner among the four finalists selected out of more than five hundred documentary films from 61 countries submitted to the jury of Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, this year presided by two-times Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY). The great party of the new Italian cinema, hosted by the most influential cinema magazine in Italy, Fabrique Du Cinema, gathered together the most important rising stars of Italian film-landscape (link photo gallery).
The fourth edition of Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards took place past Saturday December 15th at the Teatro India in Rome, Italy, where the 2018 winners were announced. AMERICAN MIRROR, directed and produced by Arthur Balder, rose as winner of the Best International Documentary award, being the only USA-production to garner an accolade in the international competition, while the Canadian THE GRIZZLIES, directed by Miranda de Pencier got Best International Feature Film. The ceremony, conducted by renowned Italian actors Laura Adriani (‘Blame Freud’, ‘Questi jorni’, L’Oréal Paris per il Cinema Award) and Riccardo Festa, presented also rising stars of Italian cinema with accolades, such as Sara Serraiocco, who won Best Italian Actress for TRAVELING WITH ADELE, or GIANNI ZANASI, director of the surprising and innovative feature film TOO MUCH GRACE, which won the Best Italian Experimental Film award. Italian director Mario Martone introduced the trailer of the soon-to-be-in-cinemas CAPRI-REVOLUTION (in competition at the 75th Mostra di Venezia 2018).
Paul Haggis, president of the Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards Jury 2018, highlighted ‘the extraordinary quality of the more than 1400 films submitted’. Haggis, the screenwriter of such iconic movies as CRASH, or MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Clint Eastwood, Hillary Swank) recognized he ‘felt himself uneasy, moved, intrigued by the talent of filmmakers ready to breaktrhough internationally’, and thanked Fabrique Du Cinéma organization ‘for its generosity inviting me to preside over such an incredibly wonderful event’.
Fabrique Du Cinéma has become one of the most influential Italian magazines since its inception, fully focused on cinema, and with an extra emphasis on promoting the ‘new Italian cinema, directors and actors’. With an Italian imprint of more than 20,000 nationwide, Fabrique Du Cinema gathered on Saturday a crowd film-lovers and professionals of more than five hundred people that crammed the three hundred seats of the Teatro India in Rome, while many others waited at the hall of the cultural center, where a reception was organized and where the after-party of the event took place.
The 2018 Fabrique Awards list of winners of the fourth edition were:
Best Short Film Screenplay – Plot : Courtesy by Nicholas Di Valeria
Best International Documentary : American Mirror by Arthur Balder
Best International Web Series : Er cavaliere de Roma by Luca Arseni
Best International Short Film : Robot Will Protect You by Nicola Piovesan
Best International Short Film Director : Victor Perez for Echo
Best Italian Short Film : Red Hands by Francesco Filippi
Best Music Theme : Minkyu Kim for The Forrest
Best Italian Actor : Guglielmo Poggi for The Handyman
Best Italian Actress : Sara Serraiocco for Traveling with Adele
Best International Feature Film : The Grizzlies by Miranda de Pencier
Best Italian Debut Feature Film : The Land of Enough by Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo
Best Italian Innovative and Experimental Feature Film : Too much grace by Gianni Zanasi
Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards, organized by the magazine Fabrique Du Cinéma from Rome, Italy, which defines itself as ‘the magazine of the new Italian cinema’, and whose 2018 jury is presided over by two-times Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis, has unveiled 2018 Award Finalists. There are three US-coproductions among the international selection. The only feature category where an English-spoken film has been finalist is the Best Documentary Film, where AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY, directed by Arthur Balder, most awarded film at DOC LA 2018 presented by the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute in Los Angeles, contends against three other Italian films: BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero (Italy), which was presented at Biennale di Venezia in 2017 and has been widely awarded internationally, AS TIME GOES BY by Simone Aleandri, and SAND UNDER THE SNOW by Emilio Romeo, also two extraordinary Italian documentary films.
BEAUTIFUL THINGS, by acclaimed Italian director Giorgio Ferrero, was presented by the Biennale di Venezia, winning the ARCA Award Best Italian Film, and it went on to win the CPH:DOX Next Award in Copenhagen, and was finalist at Taipei 20th international Film Festival and Edinburg International Film Festival, among others.
Canadian screenwriter, film producer, and director of film and television Paul Haggis presides over the Fabrique Du Cinéma Awards 2018 (official website announcement). In 2017 it was actor and producer Willem Dafoe who had been appointed President of the Jury, and Fabrique Awards had more than films 1300 participants.
Below is the entire lists of finalists in all categories:
Documentary films section
BEAUTIFUL THINGS by Giorgio Ferrero (Italy)
AMERICAN MIRROR by Arthur Balder (USA)
AS TIME GOES BY by Simone Aleandri (Italy)
SAND UNDER THE SNOW by Emilio Romeo (Italy)
More in the Italian news:
“American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’ won Best Cinematography and Best Innovative Film accolades during the award ceremony and closing night of the 13th Pomegranate Film Festival of Toronto.
Honey Shara (Optimum Diamonds) and Tigran Tsitoghdzyan attend 13th Pomegranate Film Festival’s red carpet and gala screening.
Optimum Diamonds’ executive producer Honey Shara expressed thankfulness for the great work during the last three years accomplished in coordination with Da Vinci Films. ‘American Mirror’ garnered Best Cinematography, Best Composer, Best Innovative Film and Parajanov-Vartanov Award at DOC LA Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival past October 21 after a star-studded world premiere attended, among others, by Hollywood star Emilio Rivera.
“American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality”, directed, produced, written and edited by Arthur Balder, was the most awarded film at DOC LA, the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2018, where it garnered Best Innovative Film (Arthur Balder), Best Cinematography, Best Composer (Mark Petrie) and
the top prize, the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award (Susan Sarandon).
Actress Florence Faivre poses for the press with one of the four coveted awards on the red carpet event of DOC LA, the Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, October 21st 2018. (Foto Credit: DOC LA.)
“American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality”, directed, produced, written and edited by Arthur Balder, lands top prize Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award.
The institute, championing the legacy of the brothers-in-arts Sergei Parajanov (1924-1990) & Mikhail Vartanov (1937-2009) who overcame persecution and won the admiration of cinema’s greatest artists,
has awarded this year Susan Sarandon for ‘American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’, directed and produced by Arthur Balder.
Francis Ford Coppola congratulated the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award recipients, the Grammy-winning rock band System Of A Down for their historic justice world tour Wake Up the Souls. The event at Chateau Marmont Hollywood on 21 October 2015 benefited the restoration of Parajanov: The Last Spring film trilogy at UCLA. Agnieszka Holland has also released a statement for the occasion.
One of cinema’s greatest masters, Martin Scorsese, accepted the 2014 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award on behalf of his World Cinema Project and The Film Foundation for the restoration of The Color of Pomegranates and introduced the masterpiece at the 52nd New York Film Festival. NYFF first screened the film in 1980, and hosted Sergei Paradjanov in 1988.
The Documentary Film Festival of Los Angeles (DOC LA), presented by the prestigious Parajanov-Vartanov Film Institute, will host next Sunday October 21, at 7:15 PM, the world premiere of ‘American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’, directed and produced by Arthur Balder, starring Susan Sarandon, Florence Faivre, Tigran Tsitoghdzyan, with the participation of Donald Kuspit, Ashley Hinshaw, Hillary Rhoda. The event will take place at the Chaplin Theater, Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, CA 90038. Tickets for sale online: https://www.docla.org/2018americanmirror
Since the inception of the project, director and producer Arthur Balder understood that music was set to play a fundamental role in the making of AMERICAN MIRROR: INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY. After several trials, the director selected and appointed composer Mark Petrie as the right person to bring the script and sequences edited to their best artistic achievement.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Mark moved to the US upon winning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he was able to study the craft of composing music for film. After Berklee, Mark moved to LA to continue pursuing his childhood dream of scoring films. The same year, he won the the BMI Peter Carpenter Fellowship, learning from TV music icon Mike Post.Always drawn to cinematic, sweeping and epic writing, Mark began focusing more and more on trailers, where his epic music was right at home.
Over the past ten years, Mark’s music has been featured in dozens of game and movie trailers, including recently: “Blade Runner 2049”, “Deepwater Horizon”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Tomorrowland” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
His trailer music has become popular with fans of the genre – Mark’s Facebook page has over 20,000 fans and YouTube videos devoted to his music have been played millions of times. Mark’s albums ‘Genesis’ (2012) and ‘Binary’ (2017) have become two of CDBaby’s top selling classical albums. Amongst the epic trailer work, Mark has also scored more than 50 films, including the award winning New Zealand film “Apron Strings”, featuring a score that combined ethnic Indian instruments with orchestra, and “The Calling”, with a mysterious and tense ambient score, starring Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland and Topher Grace.
In 2014 Mark made his game scoring debut with EA Sports’ storied title, Madden NFL.
Andrew began his career in music as an intern at John Powell’s studio while completing his studies at the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television (SMPTV) Graduate Program at University of Southern California.
From 2011-2014, he worked on the music of “The Legend of Korra” for Jeremy Zuckerman and also on Kung Fu Panda: “Legends of Awesomeness” for Jeremy Zuckerman and Benjamin Wynn, which won a Daytime Emmy in 2013.
In 2013, Andrew composed and recorded the score for the indie video game “Outer Wilds”, which won the Seumas McNally Grand Prize award at the 2015 Independent Games Festival. He also composed the lo-fi piano score for the short film “The Broken Camera”, as well as the post-rock score for the film “Present Trauma”, and chamber music for the feature length film “Piloto”.
In 2015, his music was featured in trailers for Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”, and also during the E3 reveal of the video game “Evolve”. He also had the opportunity to compose and produce an extended version of Hozier’s “Arsonist’s Lullabye” for Netflix’s Marco Polo.
Andrew composed ambient guitar soundscapes for the Madden NFL franchise from 2015-2016, and most recently wrote the score to in-production virtual reality game, Eclipse, created by lead level designer of the God of War Trilogy.
In addition to his solo composing, Andrew often collaborates with composer Mark Petrie. Their music has received placements in campaigns for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Game of Thrones, FIFA 2015, LEGO, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Earth to Echo, Insurgent, and Selma.