We are looking for Music to use for our Short-docu-film ” Charlie Goes To Burningman’. It’s something about dust and fire and an 82 year old professor dancing in the dessert with a red clown nose. Any Suggestions Are Welcome. )°(
The last two months I’ve spend in Amsterdam ( IDFA )and in DUBAI to try to connect with interesting people who could help Thank God It’s Friday to find it’s public worldwide.
There are no agents / Television companies / distributors/ Mediamongols or what so ever behind TGIF.
Just Independent Pirates who got touched and inspired by people on the way -and try to show the documentary they made.
If you know someone who might help us out on our mission – please let us know.
At Idfa I got deeply touched and blown away by Return To Homs – العودة إلى حمص – Go and watch it If you have the chance to see this docu!
There is good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that tomorrow- after 2.5 years of hard work- our documentary “Thank God It’s Friday” is going to be released in Belgium. The bad news is that yesterday, the Israelian department of youtube decided to remove our trailer.
People who visited our website yesterday didn’t see tear bombs and protests, instead they saw white noise and the message: “Removed- because it’s content violated the Youtube term’s of Service”.
Our documentary portrays the Palestinian village Nabi Saleh and the Israelian settlement Halamish. For two years we focused on the protests held by Palestinians every Friday. The people from Nabi Saleh want to react against the occupation of their land and the settlements in general. A few metres up the hill, Jewish settlers are preparing Shabbat.
When the Palestinian Mustafa was killed during one of the protests we recorded reactions on both sides.
About two months ago our documentary was released on the Human Rights filmfestival in Buenos Aires. We won the first prize and were awarded the Prize of the public.
Two weeks ago one of the settlers wrote a negative comment on youtube as a reaction to the trailer. Two days later I received a note from youtube, in Hebrew, that my trailer would be removed unless I “could provide a written consent from everyone who appears in the trailer.”
As a filmmaker it’s not my job to gather signatures. Everyone we interviewed and followed for our documentary has given their permission. If they asked to stop filming, we always respected this. But, after 8 months of postproduction, I felt the need – as a person and a documentarian- I to go back and show the documentary to both Israelis and Palestinians.
The response was very intense. On both sides. We integrated the reactions in the documentary. We wanted to be fair to everyone. For 2.5 years we put our heart and soul into this project and one day before the official release they remove my trailer.
“Just upload it on VIMEO” I hear you say. That’s not the point! As an independent film maker youtube is one of the most important channels to reach a large audience. Taking this away is suppressing my freedom of speech. How does youtube monitor the 100 hours of uploads per minute anyway? “Girl crawling in her own shit @ tomorrowland”: that’s OK for youtube. And no doubt everyone who featured in “Man Gets His Penis Cut off For Raping Girl” signed a paper. As long as we can witness a naked Miley Cyrus on a ball and click “advertisement” everything is fine. Click advertisement. Everything’s fine.
A political game. Hypocrisy. Censorship 2.0
(Because the focus of our work is not on the fact that youtube deleted our thank god it’s friday trailer we decided to go back online through Vimeo. At the moment we are getting Legal advice to see what we can do about youtube deleting documentary trailers.)
The message i received from youtube before they deleted my trailer
The translation: “Thanks you for your email. Please provide us with a privacy waiver by the individual involved. Alternatively, you may provide a consent form for your production, so we can give full consideration to the reasons you may win this lawsuit.”
The summer of 2010 was the first time I went to burning man.
I considered my first burn as one of the most intense experiences I had in my live. So I wanted to go back for a reality check.
Was it really that intense, utopical and mind-blowing then how I remembered it was?
After tree years I returned back to Black rock City and I am more then happy to tell you that it still is.
Burning man blew my mind away once more.
Even though I could not compare my second burn with my first on.
This year I went with a mission.
This year I received a gift ticket,
I took my plane with a back bag full of camera gear, a focus and the hunger to burn.
10 days I’ve spend on the playa – in between the night and the fire – the dust and the day – some missions came on my way.
I helped out Terry Prat and Tom Taporte to film for profiles in dust. Basically we filmed the progress and the burn of the international regional projects. Burning man has a limit on his population in black rock city – that’s why BM invests to distribute the burning man culture worldwide. Groups from China, Israel, The Netherlands and so many more countries build artworks around the man and we basically filmed their adventure.
Off course I was also tripping on my personal project. I made a short movie called ‘Charlie goes to burning man’.
‘Charlie goes to Burning man’ tells the story of a 81 year old media-professor from New York who goes for the first time to Burning man.
The footage is incredible – and I am looking forward to share this gift with you. Sooner or later.
With Mister charlie on the left and brother Laporte on the right.
So many stages at night but no camera crew. That’s why I decided to shoot a gift for the white ocean stage. This stage was deep down in between flame throwers around 10 & Esplanade.
People walking towards the white ocean.
I shot the set of Major Lazer at Nexus because I’ve learned the word ‘ Twerk’ over there.
I was making photos. Cause I am a Photographer. Once I even made a photobook about cooking with Acid and Teargass – Wallah!
Lot’s of missions in between dust and day you blurry Belgian guy!
Well…. I tried to find the right balance between my passion and to just burn. So I went to a phone booth in deep playa and I explained to god what I was doing here. First I didn’t believe the phone booth would work but it took God 2 seconds to pick up the phone . God urged me to work a bit less and and to receive a bit more. God told me to get a massage and go to jump on a trampoline as a little baby.
I told god I would.
I stayed a wake for another 24 hours.
Shot a lot of footage.
The man burned
So why don’t you chill the fuck down you blurry Belgian guy?
The temple burned.
No massage – no trampoline.
Shooting too many footage for a mollywood that doesn’t even exists.
My work as a gift.
So….. How was your burn?
Next years burn was better!