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BURNING MAN SERIES


Shot in the Black Rock desert, Nevada. U.S

DVCam. PAL

120’

Golden Rabbit Films/ Burning Man LLC. 2006/2008.



3 films constitute this series:


Hope & Fears at Burning man 2006. 120’

The Green Man. B.M 2007. 180’

The American Dream. 2008. 70’ (not completed)



Every year during the week of Labor Day week end, tens of thousands of people (45 000 in 2008) gathered in the Black Rock Desert in the state of Nevada for the Burning Man Art Festival .

These people make the journey to the Black Rock Desert for one week out of the year to be part of an experimental community, which challenges its members to express themselves and rely on themselves to a degree that is not normally encountered in one's day-to-day life.

The result of this experiment is Black Rock City, home to the Burning Man event.

WATERS IN THE WEST


Shot mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and California (U.S).

DVCam PAL.  720/576.

26’

Golden Rabbit Films/ Sedgwick Foundation. U.S. 2005.



In the American West, the inequalities between urban centers such as Los Angeles or Las Vegas and the local farming communities for the access of the Colorado waters have raised numerous legal battles, since the last forty years.

The situation has become worst the last few years with the increasing frequency of the droughts and the aridity of the fields.



Shot entirely on the Cabot Sedgwick Ranch, between Tucson and Nogales (Arizona) and with the cooperation of the Sedgwick Water Foundation led by Anthony Sedgwick, this program describes the different issues that American Ranchers in the West are facing today.

From the disappearance of small streams and an increase in the aridity of the soils to an historical background of waters rights since the opening of the West, Anthony Sedgwick, rancher and lawyer, led us through a chapter of American History usually unknown to the general public and where water is generally taken for granted.

WATER’S WARS SERIES:



JORDAN: BETWEEN a ROCK and a HARD PLACE”


Based on the French script “Water: the Middle East in the wedge”

Shot in Jordan.

Standart Definition. DVCam PAL. 720/576.

60’

Golden Rabbit films/ Jordan Royal Film Commission/ Suez Environment. 2004


Through the example of a private / public partnership in regards to the country's water management, (with the French company Suez Environment and US Aid) the program evaluates the effects of this intervention in the agricultural and urban sector and its positive impacts on the quality of life.

It also provides a model of sustainability, a drive toward a more opened society and democratization in an otherwise very unstable region.


Made with the full cooperation of the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, the program shows a diversity of water management examples in urban centers, as well as water preservation and recycling in the agriculture sector in order to create and maintain a productive and sustainable agriculture industry.


The application of new technologies, such as drip irrigation, recycling of used water, computerized openings of canals and weather studies, help in the maintenance and progress of a rich local economy.

At the dawn of the 21st century, one can witness in Jordan the continuation of a rich and ancient heritage of water management put in place a long time ago with the Nabateans and for which Petra, the “Pink City” remains a true vestige.



Petra/Dead Sea


2 meditative programs.

Shot in Jordan. Stand Def. DVCam PAL

26’ each

Golden Rabbit Films/ Jordan Royal Film Commission. 2004.


Also available is an industrial film on Jordan treatments water plants and

Water distribution in Amman Jordan paid by Suez Environment. France



Syria/Egypt/Lebanon

Programs about Lebanon/ Syria /Egypt. Water’s issues and conflicts

are not completed in post.


EGYPT. JOURNEYS on the NILE


This exploration film was shot in Egypt on the Nile, mostly between Aswan and Abu Simbel and the Sudanese border  when ancient Nubia used to be located.


DVCam. PAL. 720x 576.

45’

Golden Rabbit films/ U.N.E.S.C.O. France/ Egypt. 2004


In the early 1900s a dam was built along the Nile River in Aswan, Egypt to help control flooding and to provide hydroelectric power to the region. However, in times of extreme flooding, it proved inadequate and the land and towns thought protected by the dam would be covered with floodwaters. In the 1960s, it was decided that a second dam would be built at Aswan to solve the problem. This dam created a 500-mile-long lake. The area used to create the lake was located on the site of an ancient civilization known as Nubia. Prior to completion of the dam, the United Nations began a rescue operation to excavate the area so that endangered Nubian monuments could be uncovered and moved to other locations. All together, twenty-four monuments were dismantled and relocated and many others were identified and documented before the area was flooded to make the lake.


Over 150,000 Nubians and Sudanese were forced to relocate off the land their ancestors had called home for over 5,000 years. Over 45 Nubian villages were washed away along the banks of the Nile south of Aswan.

Les Grünewald du Musée de Colmar



DVD Cam. PAL St. Def. 720x 576

45 ‘

in French. (subtitles English vaialable upon request)

Philippe Fredet Production/ Golden Rabbit Films. 2004.


This program focuses on the Mathis Grünewald masterpiece: “The retable of Issenheim” placed in what is today the Colmar Museum.

This museum of north eastern France is the ancient cloister of Issenheim were the painting was originally conceived

Based on the Huysman’s text related to the paintings, the documentary leads the spectator into the nine panels constituting the famous altar. This introspective documentary completed in 2004, marries the Huysman’s text and the visuals, in order to give a unique, compelling, intimate, and original view of this unique world re known masterpiece.

TURKEY, THE MIRACLE OF WATER


Shot entirely in Turkey.

In South east Anatolia and border with Syria.

DVCam. PAL Stand Def. 720X576.

26’

Turkey/ France. 2003.



With the setting up of the GAP, project of development of the Anatolia region which consists in the building of 22 dams and 19 hydro electrical plants on the Euphrates and the Tigris, Turkey is not only stirring up the tensions with its neighbors but also with the local communities and the people living in these regions, of Kurdish origin.


Coming down from the high snowy high peaks locate north of Turkey, the flow of the Euphrates and the Tigris is strong and the dams are stocking large quantities of water thanks to vast artificial lakes. These large reservoirs flood entire regions, dismantle many villages and displace thousand of people.

Shot in south east Anatolia in the Harran plain and at the Turkish Syrian border, the film “Miracle of Water” examines how the building of these large dams affects the local populations, and what the consequences are on the environment in these arid regions.


Finally, the film gives an update on how the geopolitics of the region has been transformed by the building of these large dams.

JOE DOWNING (1925- 2007)

An Artist’s Life


3 films constitute this series :


Le Bonheur de Joe (Joe’s Happiness) (45’)

Le Bonheur retrouve ( Happiness regained) (26’)

Looking for Joe. (26’)


Shot in France  (Paris and Ménerbes, Provence) and in U.S (Kentucky)

DVCam. PAL Stand. Def. 720x576.

Golden Rabbit films/ Joe Downing / Martine Lelouch Productions, France .2003.


Raised in rural Kentucky, Joe Downing was sent to Normandy at the end of World War 2. Upon his return to America, Joe studied optometry in Chicago; it is at the Art Institute of Chicago where he was taking night classes, that he first encountered the Art world and French painters; the likes of Degas, the Fauves, and Picasso (whom he will meet later in Paris) to name a few.


After a few years of study in Chicago, he decided to return to France for a short while, in the early 50’s.  He ended up staying in Paris where he became one the first artist involved in the Abstract Lyricism movement…in vogue at the time in the Parisian artistic circles… 


The documentary, partially biographical, follows Joe Downing’s s path, from his early days in Chicago to Menerbes, a village in Provence where he lived until 2007, passing through the prolific Parisian art scene of the 50’s, and the Abstract Lyricism movement.


The stories/ anecdotes are narrated through interviews with the painter at his home in Paris and Menerbes in French and in English but also through archival materials, photos and films as well as through his very colorful and diverse palette, paintings and earth sculptures.

TIBET in EXILE


Shot in Dharamsala/ Mc Leod Gang, India.

DVCam PAL. St Def. 720x 576.

Golden Rabbit Films. 2001/2002.


If the fate of Tibet and Buddhism is largely known all around the world, the conditions and situation of its exile is much less witnessed by a general audience.


As our bus crawled into the misty highlands of Dharamsala, we felt like we had left India behind. The humid heat and raucous chaos were all gone, only to be replaced by cool mountain air and calm serenity. Tibetan monks stroll languidly through the town’s narrow alleys. Since China claimed Tibetan territories, the Tibet government including His Holiness the Dalai Lamai have been in exile here in Dharamsala, India. Tucked in the highlands of the Indian Himalayas, Dharamsala/ Mc Leod Gang has a mystic air for both its heavenly location and its spiritual residents. (Lonely Planet 2000)


This 2 parts series examines the exile of Tibet in India and Nepal in refugees camps with a strong focus  also on the preservation of Buddhism and Tibetan culture through crafts, language, visual arts (thangkas), dances, folklore and libraries.


In supplement : "Compassion in Exile"

by Mickey Lemle

Camera: P. Morell

Blue pollen Productions. 2006

RAINHARVEST in NEPAL.


Shot entirely in Nepal.

52’

DVCam. PAL. St, Def.  720x576.

Golden Rabbit Films/ ICIMOD Kathmandu. 2001/02.


This program focuses on new alternative and sustainable methods of “harvesting” rainwater, in the High and Middle Himalayan regions of Nepal.

INDIA : The Sacred & the Profane


Shot entirely in India.

DVCam. PAL. Stand Def. 720x576

India/ France. 2000/ 2001.



"The Sacred and the Profane" acquaints viewers with very unique scenes of India’s cultural and spiritual traditions, and reflects on environmental factors, caused in this special case ( the Tehri Dam)  by the politics of building large Dams in very sensitive areas from a seismic point of view, and in heavy populated regions.


“The Sacred & the Profane” examines the impacts of a large dam, the Tehri Dam, on the Ganges River and its populated surroundings, half way between Gomukh (the source of the Ganges) and Rishikesh at the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganges enters the plains; the most important impact being the displacement of thousands of “Hill People” to the urban areas of the middle plains.


The film “The Sacred & the Profane”  has not been completed.


With

Ganga, Ganga, Will you Remember my Name?


DVCam. PAL. Stand Def. 720x576

India/ France. 2000/ 2001.


Completed and available


Varanasi, City of Lights


DVCam.PAL.Stand def. 720x576

India/ France. 2000/ 2001.


Completed and available.

BAIKAL, Sacred Sea of Siberia


Shot in Siberia, Russia.


DV Cam. PAL. Stand. Def. 720x 576

52’

Jakaranda Productions. Fr/ Visual Arts Productions. Int. U.S. 1997/ 2000.


“Lake Baikal, Sacred Sea of Siberia” is an environmental and sociological study of the impacts of a Pulp and Paper plant built by the Soviets during the Cold war, on the southern bank of the lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is located in the southern part of Siberia, at the confines of Mongolia and the Republic of Buriatya.

Lake Baikal was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994.


In supplement:


The Nerpa, A Species Endangered


DV Cam. PAL. Stand. Def. 720x 576

52’


Jakaranda Productions. Fr/ Visual Arts Productions. Int. U.S. 1997/ 2000.


Second part of the series on Baikal which examines, from a scientific point of view, the impacts of the pulp and paper plant on the Nerpa, the only fresh water seal on the planet.


The Lake Baikal films were co produced by the French production Company Jakaranda and were shown in France on TV 5, in 2000 and are available on Beta cam Pal or DV Cam Pal.


DVDs and related materials available.

SOULS GROWN DEEP


Shot in Georgia and Alabama. U.S.


Hi 8/ Beta Cam NTSC.

A.C.T/ Visual Arts Productions. 1996/97



“Souls grown deep” 97, based on the art show exhibited during the Olympic Games at the High Museum in Atlanta in 1996, depicts the portrait of three generations of self taught black artists from Birmingham Alabama and the surrounding areas.


Interviews and art works blend in order to give an original portrait as well as a social study of  self taught black Artists in the South, today.


For copy of the film and stock footage please contact

Arts Cultures & Technologies/ Iva Kaufman/ Video 35. NYC or myself at Golden Rabbit Films.

PASSIONS for the LIGHT


Shot in St Petersburg Russia.

Hi 8/ Beta Cam. PAL. 720x 576

Arte Fr. / Visual Arts Productions. 1996.



This program is an exploration of the New Russian artistic “Avant Garde” who flourished in the late 80’s and early 90’s at the time of the “Perestroika” in St Petersburg, with the City’s strong cultural and intellectual heritage as a background.


The main subject focuses on an exhibition at the Russian Museum (St Petersburg) entitled “The Golden Ass” which can be described as a series of contemporary “Tableaux Vivants” (photos) illustrating the twelve chapters of the book by Ovides “The Golden Ass” which retraced the time travels of a lad through different Time periods of the Antiquity.

ALASKA: CROSSROAD OF CONTINENTS.


Shot in the Inupiak villages of the north coast of Alaska and in the Bering Strait (U.S).

Hi 8/ Beta Cam. NTSC.

University of Anchorage/ Smiltsonian Institute/ Visual Arts Productions. 1994.



This series of 7 films, sponsored by the University of Anchorage, the Peabody Museum and Bering Air, is an illustration in videos and filmed interviews of the Smithsonian Project titled “Crossroads of Continents:” an anthropological study of the American Eskimos and their Siberian neighbors and cousins, at the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991.

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