VIFF 2017 Interview: RHYTHM OF BEING director Giada Ghiringhelli
By Jason Whyte
Posted 10/01/17 01:34:39
"RHYTHM OF BEING is an experimental, sensorial and existential film that is an ode to the rhythm of being. In simple terms, it is about life and the fact that all existence is a flux of becoming and never at rest, a perpetual generative process that we can not escape. By using projections, body and sound to compose the frame, a surreal and strange world is created." Director Giada Ghiringhelli on RYTHYM OF BEING which screens at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Is this your first VIFF experience and will you be in Vancouver to attend your screenings?
This is my first VIFF experience and I'm very excited to be able to attend the screening in Vancouver.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your background, and how you got into the whole filmmaking business.
I started to explore moving images during my studies in Switzerland and continued to develop my interest in experimental film and sound during my Master in New York with an MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts). Being in New York, home of some of the most amazing video artists and avant garde filmmakers in history, was very inspiring. I remember being left in admiration at an exhibition at the MOMA, in front of a video of Bruce Nauman painting his own body, I remember thinking "OK that's it, I'm hooked". And then I just kept working.
How did this movie come together from your perspective?
As many of my films, it started with images in mind, concepts I wanted to explore, ideas that I was trying to develop. There was not a clear story or process to follow. It always starts with an idea or a feeling and the desire to explore it. So it is about performing in front of the camera and working with lights, projections, objects in order to create something that express those ideas. Not knowing exactly what would be the result was very liberating, but also quite frustrating and made the whole process long and painful. You're not sure exactly what you're looking for, you just know when you find it. It took me three years to find it. It was true experimentation, both when I was in front of the camera and in the post phase. The film was like a monster and I was just following its growth and its path without knowing where it would lead me. The fact that I mainly work alone, or with just a few close friends, makes often things more difficult because you get stuck in processes and ideas; it is a cycle from which is difficult to break free.
While you are working on a movie, what keeps you going? What drives you, creatively? How much coffee?
Lots of coffee, music, nature, but mainly what surrounds me and the work of other filmmakers and artists that I admire. It's a form of expression for me so it comes natural.
For the aspiring filmmakers who read our site, I would love to know about the technical side of the film!
I mainly worked alone. I put myself in front of the camera, a Canon 5D, and projected images on me and because I could not control the camera too much while in front of the camera, my friend Antoine Birot helped me with camera operation and photography. My budget was almost non existent so the Canon 5D seemed like the best affordable option. It was all created in my living room. I then edited, created some simple sfx and composed the sounds on my own with Ableton and ProTools and got help for the final surround mix by Joshua Younger. The titles are created by another friend, Steve West.
What are you looking forward to the most about showing your movie to audiences here at VIFF?
I want the viewer to feel something even if it will not totally understand it. Each others' story is different so interpretation varies depending on individual past and present experiences. So I am interested to see how everyone feels the film and understands it.
Where is this movie going to show next?
The film is next going to Antimatter Media Art festival in Victoria, Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden, Aesthetica Short Film Festival in UK, Video Art and Experimental Festival in New York and Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival in Spain.
Any ideas of how you would like to distribute the film?
I am letting the film having its journey at the festivals, and when that is done, I will probably put the film on Vimeo and let everyone see it online.
If you could show your movie in any theater in the world, which one would you choose and why?
I have always been fascinated by the strange theatres captured by Sugimoto in the Theatres photography series, so I would choose one of those, in particular I think the Castro Theatre
in San Francisco.
Movie theaters are the best place to see a movie, but sometimes they can be distracting! What would you say or do to someone who is talking, texting or being overall disruptive during a screening of your film?
There are many aspiring filmmakers reading us for our articles and reviews for inspiration. If you could offer a nugget of advice to them on how to get their start, what would you say to them?
Don't be afraid of strange ideas, don't worry about perfection and don't worry about money, because limitations open your mind and expand your creativity.
And finally, what is the best movie you have ever seen at a film festival, and why?
I saw OBSERVANDO EL CIELO by Jeanne LIOTTA at the New York Film Festival many years ago and never forgot it.
This is one of the many films screening at the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival taking place in beautiful Vancouver from September 28th to October 13th. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to www.viff.org.
Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com
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