Director Biography – Yalan Hu (DOLL IT UP)

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Yalan Hu hails from Wuhan, China, the birthplace of the Xinhai Revolution that overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty. The only child of a traditional intellectual family, she fulfilled the family’s expectation of being an A student through her school years, while finding escape from the crushing sameness of Western blockbusters through the films of Bernardo Bertolucci and Lars Van Trier. Inspired to become a rule-breaking filmmaker, she first worked as a TV director/screenwriter in China for six years to get a foot in the industry. In tackling social injustice and human hardship, she allowed her unique style of poignant humor to represent her view of society. She is graduating from Florida State University, USA., with a Master degree in Film Production.

Director Statement

My dark comedy Doll It Up provides adult audience who enjoys poignant dark humor like Harold and Maude, and Lars and the Real Girl with the opportunity to explore modern changes in sexuality, fidelity, and relationship through an absurd lens of satire, gently poking fun at men who trade up their partners.

Short Film: DOLL IT UP, 6min., USA, Comedy/Satire

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Feeling his marriage with Natalie, a sex doll he has been with for three years, has grown stale, Gunther decides to purchase a new doll, Dorri, that he adores and esteems as “true love.” However, the honeymoon period is always ephemeral. When he finds out his new wife isn’t as innocent as she looks, Gunther is faced with the fact that he might have lost both of them.

  • Film Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 2, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography – Nicole Berger (HOLES)

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Nicole Berger is one of television’s most versatile and sought after choreographers. In 2006, while on set as a principle dancer in Julie Taymor’s ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, she was mentored by acclaimed cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel on the how to’s of capturing dance on Film. credits: DEADWOOD, The GOOD PLACE, BROOKLYN NINE NINE, VEEP, PARKS AND RECREATION, BLESS THIS MESS and SONY Picture Classics film THE WACKNESS. She is the Artistic Director of Los Angeles based dance theater company COMPANY RHOME, and a founding member of COMPANY RHOME PRODUCTIONS.

Director Statement

Nicole sends a huge thank you to the iconic rock band THE POLICE for their permission to use their song Hole In My Life to serve as our characters dialogue. And many thanks to Cherry Tree Music Company, UMe and Sony/AVT for helping it all come together!

Short Film: HOLES, 7min., USA, Experimental/Dance

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A young couple juggles infidelity, hot donut holes and chance encounters amid their dissolving relationship. Music by the iconic rock band THE POLICE, serves as inner dialogue for the two main characters. Heaviness is the hole in Hannah’s life as she tries to hold on to Daurin, who is more interested in filling any hole he can find.

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Director Biography – Kurdwin Ayub (Hyäne Fischer – Im Rausch der Zeit)

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Kurdwin Ayub was born in Iraq in 1990. Currently, she works as a director, screenwriter, and video and performance artist in Vienna, Austria. Studies in Painting and Animation with Christian Ludwig Attersee and Judith Eisler at the University for Applied Arts Vienna from 2008 to 2013. Since 2011, studies in Performing Arts with Carola Dertnig at the University of Fine Arts Vienna.
Her shorts have been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. In 2013, Ayub was awarded the Vienna Independent Short Newcomer Prize, in 2011 and 2012, she received the Viennale Mehrwert Short Film Prize. In 2012, she presented a series of her short films at the Viennale. Her feature documentary Paradise! Paradise! – direction, screenplay and cinematography by Ayub – won Best Camera at the Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film, the New Waves Non Fiction Award at the Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo and the Carte Blanche Prize of the Duisburger Filmwoche in 2016.

Short Film: HYANE FISCHER, 4min., Austria, Experimental

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Little is known about “hyena fisher”. Where did she go to school, when did she take the B or A driving license? Was a teacher training program interrupted, why does she sing with a German accent in the style of the local artist Gustav?

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Director Biography – Nesli Erten (KOYUN)

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Sevinç is a multimedia storyteller based in Istanbul. She received a MFA from the University of Southern California’s Animation & Digital Arts program. Her interdisciplinary projects combine her passions for animation, storytelling, and activism. Her background in dance and political science enhance and inform her technique as an experimental animator. By utilizing multi-media platforms to showcase her art, she strives to foster environments that engage audiences.

Director Statement

Please do not credit it me in any posts or programming. If you must have a name in the program please use my alternative name: Sevinç Mutlu. I would appreciate remaining anonymous on print. Thank you for your sensitivity. As you can imagine, it is not easy bringing fraught topics into the public consciousness in a country where the freedom of speech & expression rarely exist.