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Overview


Alexander
Zhuravel

Film Director

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Overview


Alexander
Zhuravel

Film Director

Alexander Zhuravel is a writer and filmmaker based in Atlanta USA. His films premiered at SXSW, Atlanta and Cucalorus film festivals, featured in Film Comment Magazine, Staff Picks on Vimeo and HIGH Museum of Art.

My goal is to create moments on film that transcend the expectations and  lift up the consciousness of the viewer. To tell stories inspired by real communities and highlight unique and underprivileged individuals. Reflecting on my personal journey and the experiences of the people around me, led me to see great importance in storytelling through film. The cinematic form allows for a more introspective and expressive language that transcends social and cultural barriers. In my work I seek to inspire and bring wonder, through an expressive look at our world.  

My recent documentary films focus on creatives and artists in my immediate community. Exploring their respective art forms with their unique approach and vision. What inspires and drives these artists to create, in spite of the obstacles they face. These documentary films highlight the people who strife to step outside of their confront zone and want to explore a vision for the future. I aim to focus on the most expressive and transforming elements of their personal stories, and help the audience to be immersed in their vision. To share with the audience the environment in which they create.  

My narrative films are expressive and gentle in their emotional tone. Layered with ethereal atmosphere and striking imagery. Exploring words of dreams and places not yet created. The goal of my films is to transcend the usual and the mundane, and to bring in the viewer a feeling of wonder and emotional resonance. The stillness of time and importance of each moment, play a big role in my work. Soundscapes that weave with images to form a single vision, which capture the imagination of the viewer. The stories with are symbolic and mysterious, whose true intend and meaning should be felt rather than understood.

In my writing work I look for inspiration and ideas that been with me for a long time. Exploring their nuance and meaning - allows me to have a better understanding and approach to my writing even before I start putting words to the page. The writing creates worlds and temperaments that come from one mind but aspire to reflect in many. Sometimes the most private and subtle could be the most universal and meaningful to others. It is my goal to share with my audience ideas and images that I find fascinating and needing to exist.

- Alexander Zhuravel 

 
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Biography


Biography


 

Biography

 

Alex Zhuravel is a Ukrainian-American filmmaker based in Atlanta, USA. He graduated from Georgia State University with degree in Film Production. Over the past years he directed over a dozen of films and collaborated with outstanding filmmakers and artists. His short films were part of the official selection at SXSW, Atlanta and Salt Lake City Film Festivals. His film work was featured in Film Comment Magazine, Vimeo Staff Picks and The High Museum of Art. He has directed music video, performance art films, and commercials. Two of his films premiered at the SXSW festival at the same year; "Kelly" and "LaDonna" are now available on Vimeo.

He was commissioned to create a film installation for Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, which is currently exhibiting this work. He is the founder of the documentary film series titled Artist Film Series, that focuses on creatives and artists in his community. Alex is currently working on a documentary about modern dance collective Fly on a Wall. The film focuses on the inspiration and drive behind creative expression; and the tribulations in the life of practicing artists. 

Alex has worked with Volunteers of America to create a three part video series that highlights organizations work in the state of Utah. The films follow the initiatives to help homeless youth who found themselves in need of a supporting place. Featuring interviews from Volunteers of America staff, volunteers, clients and homeless voices that share with us the realities of their life. The three films which documents the journey of the homeless youth through the Volunteers of America system is not available to the public.

 

FILM FESTIVALS SELECTIONS

South by Southwest SXSW

Atlanta Film Festival

Cucaloris Film Festival

Salt Lake City Film Festival

Atlanta Horror Film Festival

RECOGNITIONs

Film Comment Magazine

High Museum of Art 

Hartsfield–Jackson Airport

Vimeo Staff Pick

Short of the Week

Clients & collaborators

Georgia State University

Atlanta United FC

Mercedes Benz Motors

Soccer in The Streets 

Deloitte

WonderRoot Arts Center

HotHouse Inc

WEBMD

Atlanta Journal CONSTITUTION

Volunteers of America

Chevrolet

mimaki Printers

 
 
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Work


Work


Portfolio

In my professional career I never stayed stagnant and always made my goal to progress. I had a chance to work for my companies and create a variety of diverse content. I always initiated a creative approach to all my projects and productions. For me a quality product always starts with a passionate and intriguing concept. By having an engaging collaboration with the client, I would take each project from its inception to the final delivery. Quality and integrity my commercial work are the main reasons for its success.

Over the past years, I had pleasure to work with many non-profit organizations. These companies ranged from Healthcare Initiatives, Art Programs and Youth Empowerment organizations. Collaborating with individuals whose goal is helping others, introduced me to new ideas and relationships. I found these experiences some of the most rewarding and important work that I had done. Some of the highlights from my recent clients are Volunteers of America, Peer Guides Initiative, Soccer in The Streets, WonderRoot Arts Center, Girl Talk and others. 

Director Reel

Nonprofit Highlights

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Volunteers of America provides a bridge to self-reliance for vulnerable youth who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness. These documentary films highlight circumstances that led to homelessness and ways VOA is providing help to transform peoples lives.

 

GIRL TALK PROGRAM

Girl Talk is an international non-profit peer-to-peer mentoring program for high school girls mentoring middle school girls to help them deal with the issues they face. Girl Talk mission is to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. 

 

PEER GUIDE INITIATIVE

Linkage to Care Peer Guide Training Program is designed to prepare persons as Peer Guides to help link to medical care those who have been recently diagnosed as HIV-positive, or have fallen out of care. Facilitated by Georgia State University's School of Public Health.

 

SOCCER IN THE STREETS

Soccer in the Streets empowers undeserved youth through soccer training, character development and mentoring programs. The organization reaches kids on the field, in small-group classroom sessions and through hands-on experiences and activities.

 

FLY ON A WALL

Fly on a Wall is a performance art collective that creates interactive and conceptional art. Their work ranges from dance performance on city rooftops,theater for toddlers, art installations in public parks, improvisational dance at art museums and much more. 


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Volunteers


Volunteers of America

Short Form Documentaries

Volunteers


Volunteers of America

Short Form Documentaries

Part One: Their Story

Volunteers of America, Utah

About

Volunteers of America, Utah is a human services nonprofit organization with more than 150 paid staff who serve more than 10,000 people across the state each year through programs addressing homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. Thousands of volunteers and partners join with us to accomplish our mission to reach and uplift those in greatest need. Volunteers of America, Utah provides a bridge to self-reliance and health for vulnerable individuals and populations who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness in our communities. 

Part Two: The Help

Volunteers of America, Utah

Volunteers of America, Utah's Youth Resource Center is a drop in resource center and emergency shelter for all youth aged 15-22 at-risk or experiencing homelessness. They provide essential basic need items, 3 hot meals a day, pantry food, showers, laundry, life-skills groups, housing and employment case management, dental and medical care assistance, with access to mental health services on-site. Youth that are working toward self-sufficiency are encouraged to apply for a first come, first serve program named the "Self-Reliance Program." This program allows for 15 youth to work closely with an LCSW Clinician and Youth Advocate to achieve goals toward self-sufficiency as well as guaranteeing a shelter bed while they are on this program.

Part Three: The Dream

Volunteers of America, Utah

This series of documentary films was commissioned by Volunteers of America, Utah is order to present their mission and resources to a wider audience. The films highlight multiple resources that the organization offers as well as giving a glimpse on their current clients. We hear about their current conditions and circumstances that led to their homelessness. But most importantly these films capture the courage and hope that the youth carries in their hearts. Their pursuit to reach their dream and will not to give up.

Documentary Films DIRECTED BY Alexander ZhuraveL

 
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GSU Honors College


GSU Honors College

Short Form Documentaries

GSU Honors College


GSU Honors College

Short Form Documentaries

Part One: Overview

GSU Honors College

About

The Honors College at Georgia State University recognizes the most outstanding incoming scholars by awarding them the university's most prestigious and valuable academic award—the Presidential Scholarship. Presidential Scholars were leaders in their high schools with superior academic achievement, a commitment to service and inspiring personal qualities. The scholarship provides coverage of tuition, fees and housing, a yearly living expense stipend, $2,500 for study abroad, paid research or work study on campus, and individualized classes and mentoring.

Part Two: Bailey

GSU Honors College

Bailey is a recipient of Georgia State University's Presidential Scholarship—the university's most prestigious and valuable academic award. The scholarship program has afforded her the ability to be competitive on the beach volley ball court and pursue her passion for public service.

Part Three: Jenny

GSU Honors College

Jenny is a recipient of Georgia State University's Presidential Scholarship—the university's most prestigious and valuable academic award. The scholarship program has afforded her the opportunity to be a student ambassador, intern at the State Capitol and conduct research with Honors College Dean Larry Berman.

Part Four: Nish

GSU Honors College

Nish is a recipient of Georgia State University's Presidential Scholarship—the university's most prestigious and valuable academic award. The scholarship program has afforded him the opportunity to maximize his computer science and entrepreneurship education by supporting him as he develops and markets his own app.

 

Part Four: Students

GSU Honors College

Commissioned by Georgia State University, the video highlights four exceptional students from the Honors College. Diverse in their respective majors and interests, the students share with us their path to GSU and reasons for joining the Honors College. We learn about their studies, fields of research and the support which they received from the College.

Documentary Films DIRECTED BY Alexander ZhuraveL

 
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Joe Camoosa


ARTIST FILM SERIES

Joe Camoosa

Joe Camoosa


ARTIST FILM SERIES

Joe Camoosa

JOE CAMOOSA

Creating Form - DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL

Synopses 

The documentary follows a visual artist and painter Joe Camoosa. His work is equally fascinating on the large scale and its up-close detail. The art takes influence from architectural, experimentation and finding meaning in the abstract. The long intersecting lines, variety of textures and forms, all combine in a un-doubtful striking presence to his work. It creates wonder, and pushes the viewers to create their own interpretations rather than rely on the guidance of the artist. Through the film we learn of Joe’s inspiration behind his ideas. His journey as an artist with and his approaches to his studio work. The film is a day in a life of a working artist who makes it his mission to push the boundaries of the art medium.

Concept: 

Artist Film Series is a initiative of documentary short films that focuses on performers and creatives in our communities. Each film features a day in a life of an artist, centering on their creative work, exploring their inspirations, approaches and ideas. The series aims to learn more about the person as well as their art, and to help the audience better understand the nature and purpose of their work.

Joe Camoosa

About the Artist: 

Joe Camoosa was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey and lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received an MFA in painting and drawing from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia and graduated from Florida State University where he studied Mass Communication and Anthropology. Camoosa has exhibited in galleries in Atlanta, Nashville, Richmond and New York.  / Website

 
 
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Eleanor Neal


ANCESTRAL VOICE

ELEANOR NEAL

Eleanor Neal


ANCESTRAL VOICE

ELEANOR NEAL

ELEANOR NEAL

DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL

Synopses 

The film follows a day in the life of Eleanor Neal, a visual artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her series of ink paintings is inspired by history and literature of the Ossabaw Island near Georgia Coast. Eleanor contemplates on the traumatic history of slave trade and people who persevered through their exploitation. She is inspired by the women who escaped the enslavement and were able to establish free communities on the Gullah Islands near Georgia coast. Their struggle to find strength and survive on their own in the wildness of nature, served as an inspiration and driving force behind this work. Eleanor reflects on the history of her ancestors to better understand her personal journey.

Concept

In her work, she seeks to channel these emotions and to connect to the historical culture. Spiritual beliefs and story-telling transitions were an essential part of the Island communities. The intricate line work and color in her paintings is reminiscent of the unseen forces and spirits that would roam the forests of the islands. The energy of the water and complex structure of Spanish moss both serve as an inspiration behind the abstract line-work and scale of her paintings.

Artist Film Series is a initiative of documentary short films that focuses on performers and creatives in our communities. Each film features a day in a life of an artist, centering on their creative work, exploring their inspirations, approaches and ideas. The series aims to learn more about the person as well as their art, and to help the audience better understand the nature and purpose of their work.

ELEANOR NEAL

About the Artist

Atlanta-based artist Eleanor Neal's rise to national prominence comes from her unique methodology, utilizing bee's wax, specially treated paper, tree moss and other raw materials found in nature.  This has attracted the attention of top institutions and curators across the country.  Eleanor received her B.F.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. She is currently a graduate student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts, MFA Program. / Website

 
 
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Alessandra Hoshor


EXPLORING VISION

Alessandra Hoshor

Alessandra Hoshor


EXPLORING VISION

Alessandra Hoshor

ALESSANDRA HOSHOR

DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL

Synopses 

The film features the artist and musician Alessandra Hoshor. Her multidisciplinary work ranges from digital art, experimental video, classical painting and music composition. We follow her through her creative journey, as she prepares for her live music show later in the day. Alessandra shares her inspiration and approach to her art work. As well ideas behind her painting series “Golden Paradise”.

Concept 

Artist Film Series is a initiative of documentary short films that focuses on performers and creatives in our communities. Each film features a day in a life of an artist, centering on their creative work, exploring their inspirations, approaches and ideas. The series aims to learn more about the person as well as their art, and to help the audience better understand the nature and purpose of their work.

Alessandra Hoshor

Featured Artist 

Alessandra Hoshor is Creative Director of Nasty Cowboy, an advertising associate at ART PAPERS, and records music as Pamela_ and her sons and, in tandem with Valentina Tapia, as BIG DED. She formerly co-directed Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah, alongside Alycia Linke and Samantha Felton. / Website

 
 
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LOW


LOW MUSEUM

Documentary

LOW


LOW MUSEUM

Documentary

LOW Museum

DOCUMENTARY FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL & arkia jahani

Synopses

The film focuses on The LOW Museum, located in downtown Atlanta. The gallery was started by three artists who've turned their residential home into an exhibition space. The gallery is dedicated to cultural undercurrents and underground art scenes in the city. LOW founders visit WRAS 88.5 college radio station to discuss their mission and to learn more about the station's current situation. The following day Jordan Stubbs presents his work "You Tell Me" at the LOW; a collection of interactive sculptural installations that are made from found objects.

 

About the Artists 

Jordan Stubbs is an artist living and working in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Photography from Georgia State University in 2014. In 2013 he co-founded the LOW Museum and was the gallery director for three years. Jordan was a 2015/16 MINT Leap Year Fellow and has been the assistant gallery manager at Swan Coach House Gallery for over two years.

Pastiche Lumumba is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His multidisciplinary work examines the element of context and its effect on subjective experience. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2013, Pastiche founded The LOW Museum and served as executive director for the next three years.

Theodore McLee is an art and political organizer in Atlanta, who unapologetically situates her work in the frame of radical, intersectional politics. Theodore have focused the bulk of her organizing efforts on projects that aim to empower oppressed peoples through the arts.

Language: English / Running time: 9:50 minutes / Color

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LaDonna


LADONNA

THRILLER SHORT FILM

LaDonna


LADONNA

THRILLER SHORT FILM

LADONNA

narrative FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL & nathan honnold

Synopses

While on a walk with her man, LaDonna is looking for something new and exciting. The couple spots an abandoned trailer and decide to come inside. This bizarre place strangely reminds LaDonna of her childhood home and they decide to stay there for the night. They make the trailer their private getaway which reinvigorates their stagnant relationship. The romance hits a speedbump as the sullen owner of the trailer learns of their transpassing. 

Concept 

The film was inspired by real location of an abandoned trailer house. An underground tunnel was dug by previous residents to smuggle out illegal methamphetamines. This unique architecture led to the development of the story of a dangerous place, taking risks and dealing with their consequence. LaDonna and Bill are a couple in real life and had perfect relationship and chemistry for the film. Their devoted commitment to the homonymous characters of the film, created an tone of authenticity to the eccentric nature of the story. 

Language: English / Running time: 9:20 minutes / Color

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Kelly


KELLYNarrative short

Kelly


KELLYNarrative short

KELLY

narrative FILM DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL & nathan honnold

Synopses 

The film follows Kelly through her day at work, as self-taught entrepreneur. She is a door-to-door saleswoman with a product that she feels will be her key to success. Her determination and vigor drive her to push forth even when the doors in front of her are shut closed. Channeling the well-meant message of her business and self-help books, Kelly knows that her triumph is near.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUNNING TIME: 4:20 MINUTES / COLOR

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Myopia


MYOPIA

Supernatural Thriller

Myopia


MYOPIA

Supernatural Thriller

MYOPIA

Supernatural Thriller DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL & Roger Okamoto

Synopses 

Tormented by the actions from his past, an off-duty police officer comes back to the scene of a recent crime. He breaks into the empty house to explore what had truly happened there. Suddenly his whole world is turned upside down, when a mysterious presence inside the house makes itself known to him. Determined to solve this crime and clear his conscience, the policeman ventures into a downward spiral of supernatural introspection. 

Concept 

The film was fueled by the conspicuous nature of police violence and its reckless nature. The term Myopia means, lack of foresight and introspection, which reflects the attitude expressed by protagonist of the film. Exploring the psyche of a police officer involved in the fatal shooting, led us into the dreamlike aesthetic for the film. Myopia has become a spiderweb of vivid nightmares that symbolize his inner journey. The films deals with the subject of guilt and personal torment. The irreversible action that the officer commitment in his past, now takes a suffocating grip on his psyche. He must face its consequence and find contentment by truly facing the nightmares that haunt him.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUNNING TIME: 10 MINUTES / COLOR

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Ideal


IDEAL

art film

Ideal


IDEAL

art film

IDEAL

short film DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL

Synopses

Ideal is a vision of a young woman lost in the forest of her dreams. Burdened by the daily life, she seeks to find solace in her imagination. There she finds her ideal future self and becomes enthralled by this ideal image. This vision inspires her to transcend her present life and seek to manifest her dreams.

Concept

The story started to take a life of its own.The images of a young woman who is lost in her dreams began to emerge, as I thought more about the film. Its aesthetic became more gentle and graceful; a visual poem with images reminiscent of dream-like symbolism. With this film I wanted to build upon the ideas I had in the recent years. Day-dreams of my future, and how I envisioned myself succeeding at my goals. I took this idea of future projection, as the basis for Ideal and tried to merge it with the atmospheric and tranquil visual style.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUNNING TIME: 4:40 MINUTES / COLOR

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Bethlehem


BETHLEHEM

Psychological Drama

Bethlehem


BETHLEHEM

Psychological Drama

BETHLEHEM

Short Film DIRECTED BY ALEXANDER ZHURAVEL

Synopses

A story of a young girl and her father set in a small Southern town.  Finding his daughter too rebellious, Joseph disciplines her with beatings. He tries to run away from home but is found out by her fathers co-worker Robbie. As her resentment to her father growth she begins to expresses feeling for Robbie. Joseph’s deep religious vigor is shaken when he learns of their betrayer. After interrogating his daughter he learns more that what he bargained and struck if shock. Joseph no longer can let things be and must punish the guilty in his eyes. His daughter and young co-worker awaiting the moment of his judgment.

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Vessels As Shadows


VESSELS AS SHADOWS

music video for MAKEUP

Vessels As Shadows


VESSELS AS SHADOWS

music video for MAKEUP

VESSELS AND SHADOWS

music video Directed by Alexander Zhuravel & Arkia Jahani

Synopses 

This music video is commissioned by electronic artist MAKEUP. The dark and downbeat tones of the song were crucial in inspiring the aesthetic for the video. Topics of self identity and transformation translate through the actors on screen. Male and female, the transcendence of gender and its role in our lives. Veiled and hidden in the darkness, the movement of the bodies gives of their emotion. Sexual ambiguous, in a movement of transition between one another. During the song's climax, we see in their unveiling a new life, white and purified. Unhinged and freed from the troubles of their past identities, they are now anew and reborn. A union of two, one and the same.

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About the Artist 

MAKEUP is a electronic music project created by artist Arkia Jahani. Accompanied by designer look, the down tempo sound is rich in emotion and tone. Ranging from beat driven composition to experimental mood-scapes, his music cannot be easily labeled. Rather is it an artistic journey that invites the audience to explore the sound of the future and past. / Website

 
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Ultimatum


ULTIMATUM

music video

Ultimatum


ULTIMATUM

music video

ULTIMATUM

Music Video Directed by Alexander Zhuravel

Concept

This video commissioned by electronic music composer Chris Hunt for his Tomb EP. Ultimatum builds sonically into an emotional crescendo of distorted landscapes. The industrial and aggressive tone of the album brings forth the ideas of isolation, anonymity and stillness of movement. The images are the journey of unmasking through a traumatic destruction. The faceless man is set on an endless journey, walking through desolate landscapes of a concrete city. His is called towards a place that will see his end, hunted my a ghost of night. Veiled in black, the woman is armed a long bow, waits for his arrival. The songs climactic chorus is visualized through the shot of arrow that strikes the mans body. He finds one’s self in the arms of another and finding peace in that stillness.

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About Musician

Chris Hunt is a Atlanta based musician. Hunt offers up a counterpart to his debut, titled Tomb II. Unlike its predecessor, this second installment is an instrumental affair, and a huge, atmospheric effort steeped in monstrous drones and dark abstraction. The glittering darkness that underlies both Tomb and Tomb II resonates with a tragic period from Hunt’s life book-ended by having to move when a tree crushed his home. / Website

 
 
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Dust House


DUST HOUSE

with performance by Fly on a Wall

Dust House


DUST HOUSE

with performance by Fly on a Wall

DUST HOUSE

PERFORMANCE Art Film Directed by Alexander Zhuravel

Synopses

Dust House is a silent story of the forgotten spaces, passing time and memories embedded in the walls of an old house. As the characters move through the rooms of the building, they reminiscent of the past and people who inhabited it many years ago. Their expression comes from contemplative dance, a pure language of their emotion. Through their movement we learn of the relationship they ones had. And of their stories that remained untold. The film presents a contemplative meditation that reflects on the memories and things unseen to our eyes. An expressive reverence to human spirit and its strife to remain. 

Concept 

This performance art film was commissioned by the Dashboard Collective as part of the incentive to incentivise art culture in the downtown Atlanta. Dust House was conceptualized by Fly on a Wall dance collective. Their unique approach to choreography and choreography inspired them to record their performance in an abandoned family house. Touching on symbolism of memories, aging and forgotten space, they invited filmmakers to make their idea into a motion picture. Fly on a Wall collaboration with film director Alexander Zhuravel created the visionary work titled Dust House. Combining dream-like visual style, expressive colors and solemn atmosphere, the film reflects on the ideas and choreography of the initial concept.

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Varanasi


VARANASI

Silent Short Film

Varanasi


VARANASI

Silent Short Film

VARANASI

short film Directed by Alexander Zhuravel

 
 

Synopses 

Varanasi is a magical tale of letting go and taking steps towards one's goals. The story follows a young woman, trapped in a lonely house and daydreaming of her desired life. Her heart is filled with joy as she dreams of her future, doing what she loves. But the overprotective presence of the house, is holding her from reaching-out towards her goals. The space of comfort is luring her to stay away from that step towards the new unknown. At a dire moment, the girl runs towards the door. She leaves the house of her past behind, by overcoming her fears and guilt. Her poised perseverance and luminous hope, leads her to the reality which she dreamed of for so long. 

The film was commissioned by Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, as part of the cultural arts exhibition at its international terminal. The airport is currently holds the honor of being the busiest airport in the world with over 100 million passengers yearly. The film exhibition is displayed on over 30 large screens through the Airport international terminal. The screens are located in the main lobby areas with full access for the public. The screenings are ongoing, playing the film daily for length of a full year. The goal of the film exhibit is to enrich cultural and artistic presence at the airport. 

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUNNING TIME: 8 MINUTES / COLOR