Documentary Review: “Pacing the pool”

A personal “Good News Documentary” that we can all benefit from watching. We owe this director a massive thank you!WJ

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If director Radheya Jegatheva, was to inspire potential viewers within this short documentary, then its safe to say those vital points will exceed viewerships expectations. This is an excellent short.

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The cinematography, the sound, music composition and the main character (Richard Pace) story warrants a four out of five stars review. The filmmakers did a remarkable job in convincing Richard to share his story.

Imagine recanting a disability you have had for 60 years while showing the world how to continue to live otherwise. More so than not, people lives are celebrated during a eulogy or at a retirement ceremony. Watch the film, his colleagues and family would laugh at the premature notion.

Congrats Mr Pacing you have done that, we are smiling. In closing hats off to the director for capturing a remarkable those examples on film.

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Documentary: “Navras”

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Not just your average travelling run and shoot documentary!

It took Director Marco Huertas, three years to picture puzzle through film the life and death variations in six countries. (Cambodia, Germany, India, Macao, Nepal, Thailand). Why? We encourage you to ask him.

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From our standpoint we were wondering exactly that? Throughout the near 15 minute documentary we waited patiently but what kept our interest was the remarkable cinematography and sound that complimented his objective. Its good!

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Music video: “Talkin that Mumbo Jumbo 2018”

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Visual artist and director, George Wada, somehow manages to set examples of what an illustrated musical composition should look like in digital storytelling.

The 1945 film noir “Detour” is the backdrop for Texas blues rocker Steve Hill song “Talkin’ that Mumbo Jumbo” as we take a journey through America’s media culture.

Mr Wada, of Dog Paw Productions, has taken a simple concept of editing with unlimited resources from a collection of films and applied it to a song that wouldn’t normally see the light of day. We do hope Steve Hill appreciates the concept of Wada’s vision that has complimented his music.

For more information contact George Wada at Dog Paw Production

Music video Review: “Ride A Wave”

A Music Video Review: “Ride A Wave”

One question for Director George Wada… where did this idea come from? The video is witty, entertaining and most definitely support traditional methods of creativity. The componing parts may come across as a form of “let us put something together to keep the stick in the fire of the industry“, but the quality overlaps that theory. It is a musical adventure.

Short Film: “Below A Darkwood”

“A remarkable film, that verifies the truth eventually always surfaces!”- Samansta Leoncio Fitts III

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Director Bill Slovick, film Below A Darkwood, displays the mirrored experiences we all faces when someone leaves within an uncertainty of no return. The memories that are left behind are just as painful as saying goodbye, but eventually we all have to. The cinematography in the film shows a return of what the industry use to consider as “Fantastic B Rated/ Independent Film” .

Synopsis: A missing woman. A troubled man. A dark wood full of mystery. What moves among the trees? What secrets lie buried? And what comes creeping in the dead of night?

Bill Slovick is an international award-winning director, producer, sound designer, and editor, and an award-nominated cinematographer and scorer. He lives in Ballston Lake, New York with his wife June, where he is a full-time daddy to their 3-year-old son. His most recent project was editing the comedy feature film “Melt On This” in 2020, accomplished during naptimes, evenings, and weekends, soon to be available on Amazon Prime.
Bill’s first film “Below A Dark Wood” has been recognized by 108 film festivals and competitions across all 6 continents and won 19 awards as a 62-time nominee/finalist. His film has screened to live audiences in over 10 different countries and across all regions of the USA.

Gato Encerrado (“Trapped Cat”)

This comedy is very funny. After watching this we can only assume this was unscripted. I wonder how many times this has happened to others. Karma!

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“Smart, clever, creative and funny!”

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If one cannot take two minutes of their busy lifestyle to laugh then they probably are wasting their time reading this. This short film consists of everything that should be added to a smartphone short film. We love it. This is what one would call: “Utilizing your skillset when you are stuck in confinement!”

“Gato Ence Rrado (Trapped Cat)”

Written, Produced, Directed by: Jaime Fidalgo Key Cast: Raul Insa , Poyete The Cat

The Director: Jaime Fidalgo

Of creative mind and restless spirit, always in search of the next film challenge, Jaime Fidalgo is a writer-director born in Madrid, Spain, but raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he spent his childhood and discovered his passion for movie making. Trained at the New York Film Academy in filmmaking and specialized in screenwriting at the Vancouver Film School, he has written and directed eight music videos and fourteen short films that have been screened around the world, with a positive route in the most varied film festivals in which more than 400 official selections and 40 awards are added.

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“Putting One Foot In Front Of The Other.. Part 1”

By Crystal Ellis

“Next year will be my year!” “Next year will be my year!” For years, I would tell myself over and over again, I was going to the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. The year 2019 was the year. September to be exact. The event was always on my bucket list, but somehow I never made it my priority. Finally, during this past summer after saying I would go so many times I decided to make it happen. I booked plane tickets for late September and started to plan my trip. Being a woman of colour it’s safe to say that I was more than a little hesitant to be going to Germany alone. After booking the trip anxiety kicked in and I really started to question if this was the right decision for me. All of a sudden every bad article or internet video flashed into my mind. After a slight breakdown, I had to remind myself that you can’t always believe what you read or view online.

Crystal Ellis enjoying the festivities of Oktoberfest 2019 in Munich, Germany. Photos Used By Kind Permission.2019

This gave me even more of a reason to go rather than my initial Ocktoberfest dream. I needed to put my fears aside and take a leap of faith that everything would turn out alright. I “put one foot in front of the other” and just did it. Upon arriving at the hostel, I immediately made friends with others staying at the hostel who were also attending the well-renowned gathering in Munich.  

Oktoberfest turned out to be one of the best experiences I have had. I met so many amazing people and the German people were not as cold as expected but rather the exact opposite. They were inviting, generous and probably the friendliest people I have met thus far in Europe. Oktoberfest was my original motive but the friendships I made and mutual understandings of our different cultures is what it was about- the positive energy was priceless.

Hmm.. next step forward?.

Crystal

Good News Documentary Review-“Shaholly”

Reviewed By:  Jerome Fitts

The spirit in which top fashion model Shaholly Ayers details her path to stardom in the short documentary Shaholly, is exactly what The Cacique Film Festival Series definition of a “Good News Documentary” is.  Award winning director Wojeciech Lorenc did a near perfect job of highlighting Ms. Ayers personality that compliments her stunning beauty. The story itself is something we encourage our readers to patiently watch. The thing of it is, you may find yourself watching it over and over. This is turning adversity into triumph.

As a society we all want to be in a place and time when we are not  judged from the first sight of one another, but unfortunately the world has not developed into that place- just yet. Hopefully this documentary, produced by Mary O’Connell, could lead us to taking another look at our ethics.

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After watching the documentary for a second time, we (WJ) found ourselves searching for more information on Ms. Ayers and by no one surprise, her story is a continued journey. It is exciting and inspirational following her steps toward building onto her dreams.  Shaholly Ayers is a master piece of beauty in her own right and the word special has to be replaced by an adjective that hasn’t been written yet.

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Our take on the film is that; opportunities taken for granted should be withdrawn from those who think they are entitled to it. Within the film Ms. Ayers mentions the doors that were closed by certain shallow thinkers and how her tenacity to fulfilling her childhood dream eventually became a reality. It should be noted that there was never a mention of self pity or acknowledgement of her disability that withheld her from overcoming those obstacles. 

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Watch the documentary! It takes less than 5 minutes to feel good about the rest of your day and on one those worse days when you are not counting your blessings, do yourself some justice by watching it again.

Remarkable “Good News” documentary- WJ

TIME!- “Our Most Valuable Commodity”-

By: Edward Lane

Time is the one thing most of us take for granted, even though it is the one thing we possess that is limited and finite. As a dear friend of mine says, “We all have the same 24 hours!” and in my opinion it is the absolute truth! However, with that being said, my thinking of late takes it one step further – “we all don’t have the same amount of sand in the hourglass.” 

No one knows how many grains of sand anyone has been blessed with. God Almighty makes this a mystery to man, for all our perceived wisdom and intelligence, no one can know this answer!

“How do we spend this most precious and valuable commodity? With what or whom do we share it with?

Obviously this is a unique question that every individual must decide for themselves. No two answers, in my opinion, would be the same – nor should they. It is something that I have noticed from my journey through life which has been change with time. Many things have made me reevaluate the way I think about time. Marriage, death, my children, my faith and friends are all things that have forced me to examine myself.

Spending time with one of my twins.

Lets face it, within our societies we forget to step back, slow down and think prior to proceeding. Do we ask ourselves if somethings we force our time with causes us to try to extend those twenty-four hours in which we all have? Is it really that important that we cramp certain things within that time frame that makes us forget what is really important and time we cannot get back? What is the point if we miss what is important to us such as time with love ones that we can not replace in the future? We all try to make up the time but in reality its not the same. 

Family time part of our those invaluable commodities.

I have watched friends, family and colleagues leave this earth far too young. But who am I to say this? Am I God? Certainly not! It is He that holds the hourglass and only He that knows the amount of sand within. In my youth I spent majority of my time chasing other people’s dreams. Things that were laid out before me like a golden road. Following the footsteps of generations before me, it seemed like the obvious and correct path to take. Of course I can only look back and evaluate the past. I cannot change it, but I can learn from it.

I have often wondered, as many have likely done, if I spent my time differently would I or could I have changed anything? Perhaps, but probably not much, because that time spent helped shaped us into the person we are today.  

Time.. How to.. ? A social media post from a “Social Media” friend

The objective of this piece: WE have to choose how to use the remaining sands of “OUR” hourglass. 

Take time for a peaceful walk through the woods or park. Stop and listen to the birds sing. Sit with your family and turn off your phone! Have an ice cream or nice meal them and fellowship! Have a discussion with someone you care about and ask them how they are doing as a human. Actually listen! Tell the people in your life how much you love them, if you do. Because guess what – your last grain of sand could pass before you speak with them again. 

Time “Our Most Valued Commodity”
Photo by: Sebo Films/Pivatell Distribution.2018

Spend the precious commodity of time with the right people, but still reserve some for a stranger you meet at a shop for a short chat. 

I hope sharing my insight and opinion will be helpful to maybe begin that process in someone that reads this. Like it or not, time is not a commodity we can hoard in a bank or should be taken for granted as if we are allowed credit.  We are forced to spend it as “Father Time” is undefeated. So spend it joyfully and live well!

Thanks for reading and God Bless!

J.Edward Lane

“A Night With A Stranger”- Short Film Review

Reviewed By: Jerome Fitts

Does anyone remember a time when we could meet someone in a park after a night out and discuss a mutual problem? The short film “A Night With A Stranger” by independent filmmaker and director Uladzimir Taukachou submitted to us via Cacique Film Awards was filmed in an unusual social scene, (a park in New York City). The indie filmmaker has made a short that touches certain embarrassing attributes that most Americans have. (* From our view!)

A Night with a Stranger official trailer from Uladzimir Taukachou on Vimeo.

The 5 criteria based questions of a short film such as; who, what, when, where and then how are covered. There are also topics that has become a norm for societies world-wide.

Who: Girl walks and sits in a New York City park and is approached by a stranger.

What: A discussion with a stranger as they both give a brief history of themselves as well as discuss the margins of their personal lives.   (** Our questions are: “Is America this shallow?”, “Does it matter where someone comes from?”, “Has society forgotten to be nice to one another?” and worse “Why should this be a strange encounter?”)

When: Actress Titi Arewa, who is making her film debut, walks in a park after a regretful night, to come up with a solution for her most recent problem. The stranger Kim Palmer, played by Marty Novitsky, gives his resolution as well as compares his life to hers.

Where: New York City- very unusual, but that is the obvious point as strangers seldom speak to one another let alone vent their problems in hope of a solution.

How: The thirteen and twenty second short was filmed on a DSLR camera with an indie budget and film crew of 3 people. Other than certain scenes with  lighting challenges, Uladzimir Taukachou  has done a fair job of making the most of his limitations without making excuses. Here is validated proof that sometimes the best art is created with a set of limitations.

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Its safe to say that we can all appreciate the efforts the director and cast has made.  Paying close attention to the film you may find the more so often than not unfortunate descriptions, margins and perimeters of others  unsocial-able misfortunes that disables one another to opening up to others. We get it and we hope you do to.

WJ

“A Night With A Stranger” is a UTC Film Production.2016