Twin Cities Film Fest: Film Panel: Capturing the Image

Twin Cities Film Fest: Film Panel: Capturing the Image
Event on 2015-10-31 11:00:00
FILM PANEL: Capturing the Image
PANELISTS: Award-winning DP Adrian Danciu, McKnight Fellows Ann Prim & Norah Shapiro, and Checco Varese, ASC
LOCATION: TCFF Lounge, 1658 West End Blvd
DATE & TIME: Saturday, 10/31 @ 11am-12:30pm
COST: FREE Admission

A discussion on the challenges and tools of telling stories through images.

We plan to discuss cinematography, capturing the image, moving from script to screen, and the tools used to do all of these things, such as digital video, celluloid, lenses, and filters. Filmmakers also adjust color, scene lighting, and the mise-en-scène (object arrangement) to help tell their story.

The panel will be moderated by local filmmaker and educator, Keith Langsdorf, guiding this open discussion with the panelists and audience, and will feature clips of each panelist’s works.

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During the festival, Twin Cities Film Fest will host panels featuring several celebrated film professionals. These panels will allow for critical discussion about movies and the craft, help share resources for aspiring filmmakers, and inspire love for film.

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Award winning DP, Adrian Danciu, has over 15 years of video production experience in local, national and international broadcast TV & indie productions. At times projects have taken him as far as exotic China, the Syrian Desert, and the Amazon rainforest. Adrian has been the DP for documentary films, commercials, episodic TV shows and local art projects. He recently shot Ann Prim’s last two narrative films “Notes From There” and “Viktor.”

Adrian is a frequent contributor to Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”; his work also appears on NBC, PBS, Nat Geo Channel, HGTV & The Weather Channel, in commercials and indie documentaries. When he’s not working you can find him rock climbing or planning his next photographic adventure project.

Ann is a narrative and experimental filmmaker, screenwriter and editor who has created provocative film shorts for over 12 years.

Prim’s approach to filmmaking is from an artist’s perspective, incorporating her knowledge of art, music and photography all of which is coupled with an obsessive creative inquisitiveness. She loves compressing a film’s drama into a brief space of time. For her ‘short form’ is the poetry of cinema and not a way station to a feature length film.

Ann is a recipient of two Jerome Foundation Film/Video Grants and was the recent recipient of the 2015 McKnight Media Arts Fellowship.

Her narrative and experimental films have had national and international festival play. Locally her work has screened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Saint Paul International Film Festival and has been broadcast on TPT for 6 seasons.

Ann is currently in postproduction for her latest film ‘Viktor’ which is about an American-Russian family whose only son –– 8 year old Viktor, prefers dresses over pants.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Norah Shapiro left a decade-long career as a public defender to pursue documentary filmmaking. Her first feature, If You Dare about an inner-city theater company working with at-risk children, premiered at the 2009 Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, aired on Twin Cities Public Television, and has been collected by universities and libraries across the US and Canada. Her latest documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile had its world premiere at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival, received the 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival “Best Minnesota Made Feature Documentary,” and is currently on the festival circuit.  Ms. Shapiro was awarded a McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship in 2012 and has received numerous production and completion funding grants from funders including the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Fund. Her latest documentary Minnesota 13 (co-directed & co-produced with Kelly Nathe), about the untold story of Moonshine in Minnesota, is now in post-production.  Her production company, Flying Pieces Productions also produces freelance documentary-style videos to help nonprofits, artists, and businesses throughout the Twin Cities harness the power of video to tell their stories. 

Checco Varese, ASC (Director of Photography) shot the soon to be released feature, THE 33, directed by Patricia Riggen and starring Antonio Banderas, Oscar(R) winner Juliette Binoche and Rodrigo Santoro. Shot entirely on location in Chile's stunning Atacama desert and deep within the mines of Colombia, THE 33 follows the extraordinary real-life survival story that captivated the world's attention in 2010 -- the catastrophic collapse of the Copiapó gold and copper mine and miraculous rescue of all 33 miners after 69 days trapped 800 meters below the surface of the earth, under a megaton boulder twice the size of the Empire State Building.

Checco's works include: Their Eyes Were Watching God, starring Halle Barry and produced by Oprah Winfrey; El Aura, the follow-up film from Nine Queens director Fabian Bielinsky; Under the Same Moon (Director: Patricia Riggen); HBO's vampire series True Blood (Director: Alan Ball) ; Kevin Costner's film The New Daughter (Director: Luis Berdejo); 5 Days of War (Director: Renny Harlin); writer Carlton Cuse's The Colony (Director: Juan Campanella), The Returned (Director: Keith Gordon), and Point of Honor (Director: Randall Wallace). Checco's relationship with Guillermo Del Toro, which began with second unit on Pacific Rim, continued on The Strain, also written and directed by Del Toro.

In the mid 1990s, Checco established himself as a leading director of photography, shooting hundreds of music videos, including Dave Matthew's Band's "Crash" and Prince's "Black Sweat," for which he was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. TV commercial clients continually seek Varese's visual talent and expertise.

Born in Peru, Checco began his career in the mid-1980's, spending nearly a decade shooting news coverage and documentaries within the major global hot zones of conflict: Latin America (Chiapas Uprising, Salvador and Nicaragua Wars, Panama Invasion, Colombia Drug War, Shining Path, Chile's Military Junta); The Caribbean (Haiti Crisis); Europe (Bosnia Crisis, Chechnya Crisis); the Middle East (Gulf War, West Bank and Gaza Strip Crisis) and Africa (South African Riots and the Rwanda Crisis).

Checco currently lives in Los Angeles.

Keith Langsdorf is a local multimedia producer who has been involved with film and video for over twenty years. He has an extensive production and post-production background, having produced, directed, and edited everything from feature and short films to music videos, documentaries, and commercial productions.

Introduced to the film industry by his parents at a young age, Keith spent countless hours of his youth working on-set during the Minnesota film boom of the 1990s. After high school, Keith continued working in the film industry, but eventually enlisted in the US Navy as a Russian linguist. During his time in the military, Keith continued his passion for films by working on a number of short and feature films while stationed in Baltimore, MD. After finishing his enlistment, Keith entered film school and obtained his BA in film and media production, eventually returning to Minnesota and starting Whiteout Media, a boutique-style media company that specializes in corporate, music, promotional, and web videos.

Keith continues to pursue his passion-projects as Creative Director for Whiteout Media, and also teaches post-production at IPR and works as a motion graphics editor for a local advertising agency.

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