The short Bravo!FACT, NFB, BookShorts film directed by Rachel Peters, written by Martin Ewen, puppetted by Lee Zimmerman and composed by Becky Booker
recently made the “Best of the Fest” by audience choice, at the Hamilton Film Festival, in Hamilton Ontario.
Congratulations to all involved!
First and foremost, I’d like to announce that “Nagasaki Circus” aired on BRAVO last night, Oct. 4th, 2009. I didn’t, myself, see it, but I’ve been told. Happy day for “Nagasaki Circus”! Sad day for the cast and I missing it.
For those wishing to watch “Nagasaki Circus” on the big screen, it’ll be showing up in a couple new venues this fall.
First, check out the Pleasure Dome screening in Toronto.
Fresh and hot off the youtube!
Watch the story of how the film “Nagasaki Circus” came to be.
Get glimpses of the marionette filming process and hear Martin Ewen’s take on life as a cynical, stilt-walking mime.
Click on the photo once for it to fill the screen, and again in the bottom right-hand corner for its full, high-resolution size.
Gummi teeth and eyeballs in Jello brain molds.
Don’t invite me to potlucks.
I’ve spent the last year creating 6 minutes of film entitled “Nagasaki Circus”.
My longest work yet (I am a commercial maker) was written by a cynical, stilt-walking mime named Martin “Lurk” Ewen.
Martin, a mime, turned out to be one of the most articulate human beings I’ve ever encountered (innately poetic, no?) and upon reading his short story of the same name, I couldn’t help but want to try to do it justice in film.
The story sat in my mind for close to a year, searching for a style and a medium worthy of its surreal nature, and then I discovered Lee Zimmerman and his hypnotic marionette show.
I believe Lee was the piece of the puzzle that brought us all together. We all knew each other from the variety performance community, which created a great dynamic. In variety performance, there’s about a half-a-degree of separation from everyone else. I love my hippy world. I’m glad it was able to successfully cross over into my other hippy world.
Eventually the project was taken on by executive producer, Judith Keenan and Bookshorts and we ended up with funding and encouragement from Bravo!FACT as well as the National Film Board of Canada.
This was my second film with the National Film Board’s involvement and I hope it’s the sign of a long lasting relationship.
The final piece is now touring with the Moving Stories Film Festival and will be submitting to other film festivals shortly. Bravo!FACT has graciously let us hold off on airing the film until the summer of 2009 so that we can get the most out of our festival endeavors.
To read more about “Nagasaki Circus”, see what The Moving Stories Film Festival has to say in their press release.
Also, be sure to take a look at the Moving Stories tour schedule to see when it might be passing through your area!