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Patrik Eklund  - Instead of Abracadabra

Swedish filmmaker Patrik Eklund made his directional debut with One Christmas Morning which won several awards including The Tromsö Palm for best Nordic short.  Patrick's next short film, Situation Frank, was selected for Critic's Week in Cannes.

Patrik’s film Instead of Abracadabra received several awards at international festivals including Sundance 2009. It is an Academy Award Nominee for Live Action Short

Instead of Abracadabra is about a man who still lives with his parents and tries to realize his dream of becoming a magician.  The film, Instead of Abracadabra, features an array of charming characters and moments of magic and surprise.

Patrik has also completed Seeds of the Fall which has also been featured in SundanceSeeds of the Fall is about middle-aged couple that lives in a passionless relationship full of sexual frustration where something happens that will change their relationship forever.

Direct download: PatrikEklund.mp3
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Harrod Blank - Automorphosis

Harrod Blank grew up Santa Cruz, CA and began his lifelong love-affair with art cars by decorating his 1965 VW Beetle with plastic fruit, rubber chickens, and a television, among other items.  He dubbed the car Oh My God!.

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz and drawing from the influence of his documentarian father Les Blank, Harrod began photographing art cars around the country.  This led to his first documentary Wild Wheels, which has been seen by an estimated 55 million people around the world.

Harrod has continued to create art cars, his second being The Camera Van which included several working cameras among the 2500 cameras attached to the van and a third interactive musical art car called Pico De Gallo.

Harrod's most recent feature documentary film Automorphosis looks into the minds and hearts of a delightful collection of eccentrics, visionaries, and just plain folks who have transformed their autos into artworks.

Direct download: HarrodBlank-Automorphosis.mp3
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Tom Quinn - The New Year Parade

Tom Quinn grew up in Bucks County, PA, where he directed a few shorts and freelanced as a camera assistant.

His debut feature, The New Year Parade, was selected for the IFP Narrative Rough Cut Labs, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at Slamdance, and was a Gotham Award nominee for “Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You.”

The New Year Parade follows Jack and Kat over the course of a year as their parents separate, struggle with their decisions, and eventually divorce.

The New Year Parade is set against the backdrop of Philadelphia’s Mummery, one of the oldest American folk traditions.  Over the period of a year in the stages of separation and divorce, Jack and Kat question their own identities while struggling to build meaningful relationships.

Tom has been listed one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine and “Ten Young Writer-Directors to Watch,” by MovieMaker Magazine. He was fortunate to be the first American filmmaker accepted to the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab.  He was also a John Cassavetes Award Nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Direct download: TomQuinn-NewYearParade.mp3
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Tarik Saleh - Gitmo and Metropia

Tarik Saleh is the co-founder of Atmo, a Film and TV production company in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tarik started his career as a graffiti artist as a member of the internationally acclaimed All In One crew. His murals can still be spotted in suburbs west of Stockholm.  In Sweden, Tarik is also well known as a TV-host, director and debater.

In 2001, he co-directed Sacrificio – Who Betrayed Che Guevara?. He has directed several other award-winning creative documentaries including Gitmo – The New Rules of War, about the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base with additional visits to Washington, Stockholm, Bucharest, and Abu Ghraib, along with co-director Erik Gandini.

Tarik’s passion for animation drove him to form Atmo Animation.

The Atmo Animation group has written and produced over 30 short animation films and his 1st animated feature Metropia, about is running out of oil and the undergrounds have been connected into a gigantic subway network beneath Europe.  Its voice cast includes: Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alexander Skarsgård.

Direct download: TarikSaleh.mp3
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