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Conversations on the craft of filmmaking
Stascha Bader - Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

Stascha Bader is a Swiss writer and documentary director.

He was drawn by Reggae when he had first heard it in the 1970s and based his doctoral thesis on it, “Electro-Oral Poetry in Jamaica and England.” It earned him a Ph.D. degree from Zurich University and was also published in Germany.  and was also published in Germany as “Words like Fire: Dance Hall-Reggae and Ragamuffin.”

Stascha also studied music, script writing, and directing in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles and has worked, for several years, as a freelance writer and director of television documentaries.   His documentaries have been broadcast on Swiss National Television and 3sat. Stascha specializes in music documentaries and programs.

When he reflected back on his mass collection of Jamaican recordings, Stacha was reminded of his favorites earliest Reggae songs, from the Rocksteady era (1966-1968).  The outcome is the previously untold story of Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, which is Bader’s first feature film.

Direct download: StaschaBader.mp3
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Christian Biegai - Film Composer and Classical Saxophonist

Christian Biegai, from Berlin, Germany, has written film scores for feature films, documentaries, and animated films around the world.

These films include: the short film Whistle (directed by Duncan Jones), films for Marc Meyer, and with Helena Bulaja on the animated fairytale Regoch and her experimental interactive movie inspired by
Nikola Tesla which also features Laurie Anderson and Terry Gilliam.

Working at Park Road Post as an editor, Christian contributed a string quartet piece for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee, Eagle vs. Shark and contributed to the score for the New Zealand documentary The Big Picture. He also scored Brigitte Bertele's feature film: Nacht Vor Augen (A Hero's Welcome), which premiered at Berlin.

Christian is a classical saxophonist who has played with large orchestras, small quartets, and artist collectives. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the clair-obscur saxophone quartet, Antony and the Johnsons, and the artist collective Edison Woods, and on the score for 3:20, written for solo saxophone for him by Gerald Busby.

Direct download: ChristianBiegai.mp3
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Aaron Hughes - Backwards

Aaron Hughes' 3rd animated short film is called Backwards which is about strange love shown in reverse.  

Backwards has also won many awards including the Ruby Ram Jury Grand Prize Award in the MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

In honor of the style of the this film, Aaron's interview was also conducted in reverse.

Previously Aaron also wrote and illustrated a weekly-published cartoon. He does still enjoy dabbling in other non-animated art-forms as well.

Aaron's animated shorts, Petunia and Fred’s Box, have screened and have been awarded in festivals around the world.

Aaron has been working professionally on a number of animation projects.  He currently teaches courses at NYU and Pratt.

Aaron lives in Brooklyn after growing up grew up in Texas after moving to NYC following graduation from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Direct download: AaronHughes-Backwards.mp3
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Mike Roush - The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl

Born in East Moline, Illinois, Mike Roush found his way to California, earning his BFA in Animation from California State University, Fullerton.

Mike Roush has been with Titmouse Shorts, Inc., contributing storyboards, design, and animation to high profile TV, music video and commercial clients and serves as Supervising Animator on [adult swim]’s smash hit Metalocalypse.

Mike made his directorial debut with The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl – an innovative blend of live action elements and unconventional Flash animation. 

The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl has screened many film festivals worldwide like Annecy, Palm Springs, and the Fantasia Film Festival

The Hidden Life of the Burrowing Owl has won many awards including the Headtrip Audience Choice Award in the MergingArts Short Short Story Film Festival.

Direct download: MikeRoush.mp3
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Conor Ferguson - The Wednesdays and Atlantic

Conor Ferguson has worked as a copywriter in advertising in Ireland for several years. Conor has mastered the art of short film with 2 award winning poignant short films, The Wednesdays and Atlantic.  These have been produced as part of the Irish film production company, Park Films. The Wednesdays is about a retired couple who manage to re-ignite the love they’d almost forgotten about through unconventional means.

Atlantic, starring Liam Cunningham from The Wind That Shakes The Barley, is an atmospheric tale of a lonely farmer passing his days, unaware of the letter that’s on its way from the woman he once loved.  Both films have screened worldwide to enthusiastic audiences.  Atlantic is also an official selection in the MergingArts Short-Short Story Film Festival in the Heartstrings Program.

Direct download: ConorFerguson.mp3
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