PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
A TOMB FOR BORIS D.
THE WORLD OF VIJA VETRA
WALK OF LIFE
CAPIO – Feature Film
An amateur astronomer discovers a strange new star in the sky that leads him into the heart of a dark conspiracy to control humanity by exploiting its addiction to technology.
Currently in post-production. “Capio” is both a science-fiction drama and social commentary, about a mysterious entity which manipulates with people and their hunger for new technology to enslave a city that is more than willing to submit. This feature film examines the impact of the unprecedented infiltration of AI technology into our daily lives and the extent to which it may be undermining our capacity to perceive and interact with the world and the people around us. It is the stark human isolation, induced by technology and its destructive consequences, that drive the main current of the feature film “Capio”.
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Parallel Dreams – Short Film
4K, 7min, 2015
“All that we see or seem but a dream within a dream” – Edgar Allan Poe
An artist Joseph Cornell immerses himself in the music of Debussy as he makes his art, watching his creation slowly come alive. At the same time, a dream is visiting Cornell, influencing his thoughts and decisions, and guiding him on how to complete his artwork. The experience leaves the viewer uncertain and unnerved about where the real world begins and ends. It’s almost as if there is a parallel universe mirroring our life on Earth — and it is the dream that spans over like a bridge connecting those universes.
“Sometimes when I wake up I don’t know if I am awake or I am still dreaming. My dreams appear so realistic that they leave me uncertain of where I exited them to enter the real world”- Aleksandar Kostic.
This film “Parallel Dreams” was made in between the original “Parallel Dreams” performances,and is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and donations from Materials for the Arts.
– Screening KEW GARDENS FESTIVAL OF CINEMA, QUEENS, NEW YORK (2017).
– Screening QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, in REDSTONE THEATRE at MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE, QUEENS, NEW YORK (2017).
– AWARD at BaNeFF STOCKHOLM SWEDEN, CATEGORY FOR EXPERIMENTAL FILM. (2016)
– Best Experimental Film Award at Chandler International Film Festival in Arizona. (2016)
Parallel Dreams – WEB SITE
Persistence of Memory – Experimental film
This 30-minute video documents the live experience of “Persistence of Memory” for the film only go to film web site below.
HD, 30min, 2012
Creating this film back then took me 3 months where I used natural materials, water, colors, deferent type of liquids, sand, trees, clouds, stars, lighting, and improvised lenses and I didn’t want to use any of VFX. I wanted to create a film that will come from the real world that I experience shooting day and night.
Joan La Barbara presented Aleksandar Kostic with the chance procedures idea, inspired by the collaboration process of composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, to create an event in which the film and music would be produced separately and played and projected simultaneously for the first time on opening night in Berlin. The only rules that Joan and Aleksandar set before collaborating on this project were that the film and music should each have a duration of 30 minutes and that Aleksandar would not even hear Joan’s music nor Joan would see a film until the opening night in Berlin.
An experimental film “Persistence of Memory” with Joan La Barbara’s original music premiered in Berlin, Germany on the opening night of MaerzMusic festival 17. march 2012 “Cage and Consequences”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, as part of the live performance by Joan La Barbara and Ne(x)tworks.
PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY – WEB SITE
– World premiere opening night of MaerzMusik festival, 2012, “Cage and Consequences”, Berlin, Germany
Journey – Short Film
HD, 5 min, 2012
The ghost of Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch returns to Greenwich House, the community settlement she founded over a century earlier and roams through the musical landscape that now thrives there.
Journey – WEB SITE
– Screened at Big Apple Film Festival New York, 2012
A Tomb For Boris Davidovich – Short Film
2011, Narated by Miki Manojlovic, HD, 3min
Danilo Kis (February 22, 1935-October 15, 1989) was a Yugoslavian author and poet whose work was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. This short film is inspired by Kis story, “A Tomb for Boris Davidovich”.
– Screened at Festival Krokodil, Belgrade, Serbia 2011
The World of Vija Vetra
Video, 48 min, 2008
This documentary tells the fascinating story of Vija Vetra, a world-renowned Latvian dancer, choreographer and teacher. At the age of 84, Vetra remains a vital and creative force, and her tale offers inspiration for both artists and lovers of the arts. In a career spanning seven decades, she has mastered diverse styles ranging from ballet to traditional Indian dance, and her talent has won her acclaim as a ‘spirit in human form’ and ‘the bridge between East and West.’ Her life is a celebration of the power and beauty of the art of dance but is also a powerful story of struggle, loneliness and sacrifice.
– 2010 Silver ACE Award in Las Vegas Film Festival
– 2010 Included in library of Documentary Edge Resource Center Auckland, NZ
– Screened at Asheville Film Festival NC 2009
– Screened at Harvard Independent Film Group, NY 2008
– Screened at Docufest Atlanta GA 2008
– NYC premier Two Boots Pioneer Theatre 2008
– Screened at Flickering @ Cornerstone Festival 2008
The World of Vija Vetra – WEB SITE
Room – Short Film
16 mm, 9 min, 2004
A lonely elderly man confines himself to his tiny one-room apartment, mourning the loss of his beloved wife. Over time, he forges a bond with The Room, bringing into existence a presence that eases the loneliness of his final days. Tenants come and go in the years that follow, but none form a connection with The Room and its spirit fades away.
– Award for Outstanding Conceptual Peace at New School University 2004
– Screened at Anthology Archives, New York City 2004
– Screened at Barcelona International Film Festival 2005
– Screened at Flickering @ Cornerstone Festival, Chicago, IL, 2004
Walk of Life – Short Film
16 mm, 3 min, 2003
This film examines the circle of life and the mystery of our existence.
We struggle to overcome destiny, but in the end our souls return to the same source that first give us a life.
– Screened at Anthology Archives, New York City, NY 2003