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When The End Of Winter Is Almost Spring

Posted in New Titles, Screenings by being on June 3, 2010

Fresh from the oven: When The End Of Winter Is Almost Spring directed by Sherman Ong and lensed by Lei Yuan Bin, a dance film for the Singapore Arts Festival 2010.

Screening details: 1pm, 5 Jun Cathay Cineplex Hall5, Handy Rd

More info: http://objectifs.com.sg/artsfest/dance/index.html

Great coverage behind the scenes: http://natnemsej.blogspot.com/2010/04/3-years-to-mountain.html

The wonderful stills by han

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Some good news

Posted in News by being on May 12, 2010

1. After playing to full-house audience in Buenos Aires, Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai won the Special Jury Prize in the Jeonju International Film Festival. The Special Jury Prize, also known as the JB Bank Award of KW7m, is awarded by the International Competition Jury made up of critic/curators Philip Cheah and Michael Witt and filmmakers Nacer Khemir, Bae Chang-ho and Lav Diaz.

They praised Red Dragonflies as “a film that we valued above all for its mysterious evocation of Singapore’s disappearing history – both social and personal – and its gentle depiction of innocence and passing youth […] We felt that there were moments in this small, relatively low-budget, non-formulaic film by first time director Liao Jiekai that displayed great sensitivity and promise for the future.

More here on
Screen International http://www.allbusiness.com/trends-events/arts-festivals-exhibitions/14413552-1.html and
Zaobao 本地电影《红蜻蜓》 韩国全州电影节夺奖 http://www.zaobao.com/fk/fk100512_014.shtml
Sindie Interview with filmmaker
http://sindieonly.blogspot.com/2010/05/production-talk-red-dragonflies-by-liao.html
A Nutshell Review http://anutshellreview.blogspot.com/2010/05/red-dragonflies-wins-at-jeonju.html

2. Red Dragonflies by Liao Jiekai and White Days by Lei Yuan Bin each screened to 2 large halls of full-house audience in Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films (BAFICI), ranked top 10 in terms of audience by www.filmfestivalworld.com.

3.  In The House Of Straw by Chris Yeo Siew Hua and Memories Of A Burning Tree by Sherman Ong screened to full-house audience at the Singapore International Film Festival. The latter is the only Singapore film selected for the Asian Feature Film Competition.

4. Flooding in the Time of Drought by Sherman Ong was just shown at the Barcelona Asian Film Festival.

5. Matahari by Azharr Rudin was one of 10 projects selected by EAVE (Udine and Pusan Promotion Plan) and we will be participating in the Udine Far East Film Festival and the Pusan International Film Festival.

6. Betok by Sherman Ong,  earlier selected for the Hong Kong Asia Financing Film Forum (HAF), Hong Kong International Film Festival, is one of 29 projects awarded by Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) for Script & Project development.

7. For I’ve Loved by Lai Weijie and Elizabeth Wijay is on schedule and will shoot in Siem Reap in June!

8. 3 projects from 13 Little Pictures have been selected by MDA to bring to the Cannes Market: Bridge by Daniel Hui, For I’ve Loved by Lai Weijie and Elizabeth Wijay and Matahari by Azharr Rudin.

9. We have 3 new completed short films – Sayang and Rumah Sendiri by Daniel Hui and When the End of Winter Is Almost Spring (for Singapore International Arts Festival) by Sherman Ong, photographed by Lei Yuan Bin.

9. In post – Night Lights by Daniel Hui and Roadside Picnic by Lei Yuan Bin.

10. In development – Betok by Sherman Ong, Bridge by Daniel Hui, Matahari by Azharr Rudin, In The Absence of the Sun by Lucky Kuswandi and Redhill Close by Lei Yuan Bin.

Other Singapore films (not by 13 LP) released recently that you may also be interested to catch:

The Blue Mansion by Glen Goei
Kidnapper by Kelvin Tong
Being Human by Jack Neo
Happy-Go-Lucky by Harry Yap
The Birdsong Trilogy by Royston Tan (telemovie)
Roulette City by Thomas Lim (Singapore Panorama, Singapore International Film Festival)
Sandcastle by Boo Junfeng (Critic’s Week, Cannes 2010)
Gurushetram – 24 Hours of Anger by T T Dhavamanni (first Tamil feature film from Singapore)
Forever by Wee Li Lin (in post but here’s an interview with the cast and crew http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/entertainment/47638.html)

Our heartiest congratulations too: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Competition, Cannes 2010) and The Tiger Factory by Woo Ming Jin (Director’s Fortnight, Cannes 2010).

Upcoming April Screenings from 13 Little Pictures

Posted in News, Screenings by being on March 29, 2010

Hot on the heels of our premieres in Hong Kong and Rotterdam, more upcoming screenings of our works will happen in April.

1. Red Dragonflies will be in International Competition at BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films):
10 Apr / 19:45 h
11 Apr / 19:30 h
12 Apr / 14:45 h

A young artist goes back to Singapore from New York. She returns home, to old friends and familiar places. Not everything fits in. Memories and friendships are like roots but also like mysteries, and like such, they’re inexact, slippery, at times revealing, at times mere detours. Two teenage boys and a girl, all in their school uniforms, walk near a train track around an area of abundant vegetation; their gait is an exploratory one, charged with fears, amazements and new things (yes, there’s echoes of Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me) One of them gets lost. In that loss, and in the memories of a grown woman, there’s a sense of unease, a search, and the chance of meeting with the past and the people from it. A film of derivations with a subtle and singular sensibility, Liao Jiekai’s opera prima leads us to discuss the always hard to accomplish –even to mention– idea of cinema as poetry, which in this case is made of soft connections, juxtapositions, rhymes, and bars, that seem as free as necessary.

2. White Days by Lei Yuan Bin will have its South American premiere at BAFICI (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Films):

16 Apr / 20:45 h
17 Apr / 11:00 h
18 Apr / 19:15 h

Dreaming of a trip to Taiwan but stuck in a city they can’t seem to leave from, three young people get together to create a friendship net that would save them from their inanimate loneliness. An unsterilized black & white image, with a documentary-like gray realism, provides the setting for a series of conversations and situations that have as much everyday nihilism as religious theories bordering the ridicule. With an overwhelming contemporary spirit, and a lucid pop art cinephilia, Tsai Ming-liang and Richard Linklater come together as explicit and essential references for White Days’ main characters, but also for its director, who combines the theme of young lethargic people engaging in sharp dialog –Linkater’s slackers– with the challenging aesthetics that implies taking a wide shot and creating a universe populated by Tsai’s vanishing point. Lei Yuan Bin’s film debut is one of the most promising of Singaporean cinema, which is quietly positioning itself as one of the more vital exponents of the continuing Asian renewal.

3. In The House Of Straw by Chris Yeo Siew Hua will premiere in Singapore International Film Festival

“A brave, complex, crazy, funny, weird, uncompromising coming-of-age film for the facebook generation.” –  Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, NETPAC Juror and writer for Bioscope

“Straw is one example of the more exciting things to come from the real New Wave that’s percolating underneath the mainstream.” – Mayo Martin, TODAY. Read his wonderful article here.

The Arts House Theatre on 17th Apr, 4:15pm

4. Memories of a Burning Tree will be in Asian Feature Film Competition at the Singapore International Film Festival

With understated performances from non-professional actors speaking Swahili, the film gives a striking impression of urban African life without pushing violence, poverty or disease.” Ian Mundell, Senses Of Cinema

Sinema Old School on 18th Apr, 2:00pm

5. Two more screenings in Hong Kong too on the 3 April:

RED DRAGONFLIES by Liao Jiekai >> tickets

03 Apr 2010 at 7:15 PM at Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE by Sherman Ong >> tickets

03 Apr 2010 at 9:30 PM at UA Langham Place

Though not a 13 LP film, Roulette City by first-time Singapore filmmaker, Thomas Lim, will also screen under the Singapore Panorama section in Singapore International Film Festival. Do check out this debut on
16th Apr, 9:15pm at Sinema Old School.

Postcards from Hong Kong 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by being on March 28, 2010

13 Little Pictures in Hong Kong

Posted in New Titles, News, Screenings, Upcoming Projects by being on March 7, 2010

It was in Hong Kong last year that 13 Little Pictures first presented our first films. This year we returned with two new feature films in official selection in the Hong Kong International Film Festival and a project selected for the highly competitive Hong Kong Asia Financing Film Forum (HAF). So there’ll be quite a contingent of us there.

At the film festival, 13 Little Pictures will be presenting the completed feature-length films: MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE by Sherman Ong and RED DRAGONFLIES by Liao Jiekai.  This will be the Asian premiere of Sherman’s film and the world premiere for first-time filmmaker, Liao Jiekai. The latter will be competing for the FIPRESCI critics prize.

MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE is a road movie set in Tanzania and the first Singapore feature film shot on the digital SLR camera. The title of RED DRAGONFLIES is taken from an iconic song by The Little Tigers (小虎隊) and uses the flight of the red dragonfly as a childhood metaphor for the process of growing up and pursuit of dreams.

Their films will screen in the Indie Power section alongside SHE, A CHINESE (winner of Locarno International Film Festival) and MUNDANE HISTORY (winner of International Film Festival of Rotterdam). Another Singapore film, THE BLUE MANSIONS by Glen Goei will be presented in the Global Visions section of the festival.

MEMORIES OF A BURNING TREE by Sherman Ong >> tickets

28 Mar 2010 at 4:00 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker)
03 Apr 2010 at 9:30 PM at UA Langham Place

RED DRAGONFLIES by Liao Jiekai >> tickets

25 Mar 2010 at 7:15 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker, cast and crew)
03 Apr 2010 at 7:15 PM at Hong Kong Space Museum Lecture Hall

THE BLUE  MANSIONS by Glen Goei >> tickets
23 Mar 2010 at 9:30 PM at UA Cityplaza (meet the filmmaker)
26 Mar 2010 at 5:30 PM at UA Times Square

Widely recognised as one of the most important film-financing platforms in Asia, the Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) this year selects only 25 Asian filmmakers with upcoming film projects to Hong Kong. One of them is BETOK, a project in development at 13 Little Pictures. A romance between a non-Muslim Chinese man and a Muslim Chinese woman set in Malaysia, BETOK plots the tensions between the different ethnic, religious and political groups that share this nation.

Two other Singapore projects have also been chosen: THE ARRIVAL by Tan Pin Pin and  CHANG AND ENG by Ekachai. Other projects are by Leon Dai (Golden Horse Best Film winner of NO PUEDO VIVIR SIN TI) and Teddy CHEN, director of BODYGUARDS AND ASSASINS.

This will also be my first time attending the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong, the Oscars of Asia, as one of the jury members. Whereas more people might know of the Golden Horse, that only caters to Chinese language films, the Asian Film Awards covers Korea, Japan and also India and middle east. Let’s walk the red carpet together!

Date: 28 Mar 2010Meet the audience session
Time: 4:00 PM
Code: 28UC3M3
Venue: UA Cityplaza
Date: 03 Apr 2010
Time: 9:30 PM
Code: 03UL4E2
Venue: UA Langham Place

13 Little Pictures in NUS

Posted in News, Screenings by being on February 28, 2010

If you have not seen FLOODING IN THE TIME OF DROUGHT and WHITE DAYS from the 13 Little Pictures, join us this weekend.

Under the programme “Spotlight on NUS Alumni Filmmakers”, the NUS  Centre for the Arts and NUS Office of Alumni Relations will be screening works from two NUS alumni filmmakers Sherman Ong (NUS Alumnus – Law)and Lei Yuan Bin (NUS Alumnus – Sociology).

Date: 13 March 2010
Venue: Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House (11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244 – more specific directions here)
Free admission
Register here: https://www.alum.nus.edu.sg/registration/?reference=13032010
Time: 2-9pm
Programme:
2pm – Screening of Drought
4pm – Screening of Flood
5.45pm – Panel Discussion with filmmakers Sherman Ong and Lei Yuan Bin, moderated by NUS student film critics Daniel Koh and Chris Yeo Siew Hua
7.00pm – Light bites (provided by NUS Office of Alumni Relations)
7.30pm – Screening of White Days

Flooding In The Time Of Drought by Sherman Ong (PG)
Malaysia, Singapore | 2009 | 184 min | Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Tagalog, Mandarin, German Japanese, Korean, Thai, Malay, Hokkien | English subtitles

What if suddenly the water supply runs dry in Singapore? This fusion of documentary and fiction narrative depicts the lives of foreign migrants as an impending water crisis begins to seep into their lives. With water, or the lack of it, becoming the central motif, this two-part feature length film takes us on a journey across 8 interweaved stories and 10 languages, as the protagonists, consisting of non-professional actors, grapple with this hopefully temporary discomfort, amidst their dalliance with human foibles, and their fantasies of everlasting loves and broken romances. This aberration is a memento mori as the narratives grazed across the vague impressions of the racial tensions lingering past the 1997 riots in Indonesia, World War II, ritual beliefs, and ethnic discrimination in Southeast Asia which has been ingrained over generations and transported along with the migrant communities. Nonetheless, amidst the sporadic ventures into death and violence, sexual relations and sexualities, these are the lines of division that bind us to each other, in one way or another, as people survive through their crises. Also titled Banjir Kemarau.

  • In Competition at the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival 2009
  • Official Selection in the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010

“Decades from now, these movies are going to serve as some of the most authentic cinematic documents of how we actually lived in Singapore in the early 21st century. I’m impressed.” – Ng Yi-Sheng

White Days by Lei Yuan Bin (NC-16)
Singapore | 92 min | English, Mandarin & Hokkien | English Subtitles
White Days involves three characters who are dealing with their own personal crises. The film begins with a young man, whose trip out of the country is abruptly canceled when the friend whom he was supposed to go with dies. He reconnects with his friends back home, including a religious fanatic who has just returned from a pilgrimage to Israel, and a translator who has always wanted to move out of Singapore. Through a series of mordantly funny conversations, these young people gradually realize that what faces them is not the futility of life, but rather the transience and impermanence of it.

  • Competed for Fipresci Critics Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival 2009
  • Official Selection in Singapore International Film Festival 2009, Bangkok World Film Festival 2009, Bueno Aires International Film Festival 2010

An impishly enjoyable debut that is notable for being so relaxed; and this in itself is refreshing.” – Mathias Ortmann (Read the full review)

An experimental feature… that seems like a masterpiece. ” – Stefan Shih

Organised by the NUS Centre for the Arts and the NUS Office of Alumni Relations as part of the NUS Arts Festival. Co-presented by the NUS Office of Alumni Affairs and Asian Film Archive, in conjunction with its 5th Anniversary celebrations. In collaboration with 13 Little Pictures.

Rotterdam 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by being on February 15, 2010

Photo by Chananun Chotrungroj: frontrow – Vel, Bee Thiam, Song Hwee, Wai Sum. backrow – Kirsten, Mingjin, Sherman, Daniel, Wai, Yuan Bin.

Yuan Bin, Bee Thiam, Tsai Dao, Vel, Daniel.

Bee Thiam, Daniel, Yuan Bin.

11 Singapore films @ Rotterdam 2010

Posted in Uncategorized by being on January 23, 2010

A record 11 films from Singapore have been officially selected to screen at the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (27 Jan – 7 Feb), the mecca that showcases the most exciting filmmakers in the world. 13 Little Pictures is honoured to have co-produced 4 of them: 2 feature films, Flooding in the Time of Drought (Sherman Ong) and Memories of a Burning Tree (Sherman Ong. Shot in Tanzania, Africa; see still above) and 2 short films, Tickets (Sherman Ong) and One Day In June (Daniel Hui). Ho Tzu Nyen will have 2 works presented: Earth (short feature) and Newton (short). Other short films are made by acclaimed filmmaker Royston Tan, as well as up and coming filmmakers Kirsten Tan, Ng Wai Ha, Vladimir Todorovic and Wesley Leon Aroozoo.

Other participants from Singapore include Philip Cheah (Jury for Tiger Awards), Fran Borgia and James Leong (both for the Rotterdam Lab), Lim Song Hwee and Hee Wai Siam (film scholars researching on contemporary Singaporean/Malaysian filmmaking).

Tickets by Sherman Ong
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/tickets/
A woman moves from China to Singapore in the hope of starting a career as an actress. For now she doesn’t make it any further than selling tickets in an old cinema. It’s a good place to dream about a life as a film star. Here, the film maker makes her dreams come true.

Lantaren 1 Thu 28 Jan 11:45
Pathé 4 Thu 28 Jan 19:00
Cinerama 5 Sat 30 Jan 09:30
Cinerama 7 Wed 03 Feb 17:15

Kissing Faces by Wesley Leon Aroozoo http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/kissing-faces/
A girl takes a taxi to an unknown destination and muses a bit on her life. Curious and intriguing mix of the kitschy dream world of karaoke and the neon reality of a city that mainly feels empty and desolate.

Lantaren 1 Thu 28 Jan 14:00
Cinerama 4 Fri 29 Jan 12:30
Venster 2 Sat 06 Feb 14:30

One Day In June by Daniel Hui
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/one-day-in-june/
Melancholy on a day in June. Circumstances force a mother and daughter to live together once again; each copes in her own way. In long, poetic shots, the sorrow and loneliness are tangible. Hui made a small-scale drama that evokes questions, but doesn’t answer them.

Venster 2 Thu 28 Jan 14:15
Venster 2 Sat 30 Jan 22:30

Little Note by Royston Tan
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/little-note/
A sweet little film. Very sweet, even. Royston Tan is the kind of film maker who doesn’t worry about boundaries or good taste. He likes going over the top. Here the love between a mother and her child is made so sweet and the pictures so polished that it must have been done on purpose.

Venster 2 Thu 28 Jan 14:15
Venster 2 Sat 30 Jan 22:30

May by Ng Wai Ha
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/may/
A safety net set up by the government does not exist in Asia. An elderly woman with passable status loses her husband and has no choice but to take a job cleaning. A small-scale, socially realistic drama about loss of face.

Venster 2 Thu 28 Jan 14:15
Venster 2 Sat 30 Jan 22:30

Sink by Kirsten Tan
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/sink/
Stylised black-and-white film about the relationship between a man and a sink in the sea. Playful with the uninhibited boy, reserved towards the violent young man and deteriorating but resigned with the old man, this sink symbolises man’s different life stages and prompts reflection.

Lantaren 2 Thu 28 Jan 16:30
Lantaren 2 Fri 29 Jan 14:15

Snail On The Slope by Vladimir Todorovic
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/the-snail-on-the-slope/
Critical questions on the relation between man and nature lead us through a forest. The deeper we enter the forest, the more unsettling this relation. The texts (based on a novel by the Strugatsky brothers), the animations and the sound design trigger a hypnotising experience.

Lantaren 2 Thu 28 Jan 16:30
Lantaren 2 Fri 29 Jan 14:15

Earth by Ho Tzu Nyen
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/earth/
Experimental science fiction. The earth after a disaster. People lie gasping between the rubble, barely conscious. Only occasionally do they make impotent movements. In the shadow, they seem to form a whole. The film is one continuous shot. A work of art.

Lantaren 2 Thu 28 Jan 16:30
Lantaren 2 Fri 29 Jan 14:15

Newton by Ho Tzu Nyen
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/newton/
In this case, minimal really means minimal. In a white set, a Chinese in white makeup repeats a moment from the life of the scientist Isaac Newton. He gets a book on his head. That must be the moment when gravity was discovered.

Lantaren 2 Thu 28 Jan 16:30
Lantaren 2 Fri 29 Jan 14:15

Memories of a Burning Tree by Sherman Ong
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/kumbukumbu-za-mti-uunguao/
A film maker who makes friends quickly settles in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Because he can’t afford to pay any actors, he teaches his new friends to act. Because he hasn’t written the screenplay, he asks his new actors for stories. Because he can film, the result looks great.

Just like the other film makers in the Forget Africa project, Sherman Ong had never previously been to Africa. His budget was also not higher than that of his colleagues. He did stay rather longer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, because he stretched his financial means to the limit, but that does not explain the fact that Ong was able to make a full-length feature in that short time, in a strange country and with such limited means.

The secret is in his approach. Previously, Ong showed in his film Hashi (2008), shot in Japan, that he was able to improvise a feature in a strange country where he doesn’t speak the language. Memories of a Burning Tree also came about in improvisations. Ong loves the approach of dancers and theatre makers who put together a show step-by-step. Here, all the performers were amateurs. Most had no acting experience at all. Ong’s answer to that is to rehearse calmly and patiently and to involve his actors in building up the story and situation.

The basis is simple. A man called Smith arrives in Dar es Salaam to sort out some affairs. He meets the tourist guide Link, who wants to help him. Gradually he needs more helpers, such as the grave digger Abdul and the scrap collector Toatoa. Each of them is searching in his own way.

Schouwburg Kleine Zaal Wed 03 Feb 12:30
Schouwburg Kleine Zaal Thu 04 Feb 19:30
Cinerama 2 Fri 05 Feb 10:00

Flooding in the Time of Drought by Sherman Ong
http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/banjir-kemarau/
A full-length feature with many documentary elements follows eight immigrant couples in Singapore who play scenes from their lives, often shot in their small dwellings. These immigrants are the basis of Singapore’s success, but get the hardest knocks when things go wrong.

A film with an unusual length and an unusual form. It’s twice as long as a normal feature and made in two parts. It’s not a documentary, but has many elements of one. The film follows eight couples of immigrants in today’s Singapore. In this way, a lot is made clear about the political and social situation of Singapore, of which the flourishing economy is largely dependent on guest workers. Instead of interviewing the immigrants, the film maker has them play scenes from their own lives. A fiction film, but much more realistic than usual.

Another fictional element in the film is the introduction of a water crisis in Singapore. It’s the immigrants who have most problems with this. For a large part, the film is set in the small dwellings where the various immigrant couples live. And also in other regards, the film maker works down to the square centimetre.

Pathé 4 Thu 04 Feb 12:00
Venster 4 Fri 05 Feb 12:15
Venster 2 Sat 06 Feb 17:00

* Above synopses from Rotterdam website.

A list of the Southeast Asian feature films @ Rotterdam 2010 can be found here: http://bthiam.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/southeast-asian-films-feature-rotterdam/.

The Year With 13 Pictures

Posted in News, Screenings by being on December 30, 2009

When we started 13 Little Pictures, I never thought we will go on to make this many little films and to be able to share them with audience from Hong Kong to Bangkok to India to Amsterdam. We are just a group of filmmakers who meet regularly for screenings and spend hours talking about cinema. Making films is an excuse to hang out with one another and to experiment with our arguments.

It’s been a great start and a great year for 13 Little Pictures. We’ve premiered 3 feature films (Flooding In The Time Of Drought, White Days and In The House Of Straw) in festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, New Delhi. We are glad they are critically received. Along the way, each of them was also selected to compete for top honours, including Asian Digital Cinema (HK), Golden Kinnaree (BKK), Chameloeon (Seoul), Fipresci (HK), Netpac (BKK).

“Decades from now, these movies are going to serve as some of the most authentic cinematic documents of how we actually lived in Singapore in the early 21st century. I’m impressed.” – Ng Yi-Sheng, Poet, Playwright and winner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2008, on Flooding In The Time Of Drought.

“An impishly enjoyable debut!” Mathias Ortmann,  Film critic on White Days.

“A brave, complex, crazy, funny, weird, uncompromising coming-of-age film for the facebook generation.” – Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, NETPAC Juror and writer for Bioscope, on In The House Of Straw.

“A Singapore New Wave that actually warrants the term because of the innovations made and not just referring to the “next generation.”” Mayo Martin, TODAY Arts critic.

Of the three films, White Days was picked up for a theatrical run for five months at Sinema Old School after playing to a full house audience at the Singapore International Film Festival.

In addition, we’ve completed shoot on 4 other feature films (Memories Of A Burning Tree, Night LightsRed Dragonflies and one more secret feature project), all in post-production now. We are developing 6 new feature films for 2010.

Next month, Sherman will lead the pack with a hat-trick of premieres in Europe. Flooding In The Time Of Drought, Memories Of A Burning Tree and Ticket (short) will preem at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Flooding In The Time Of Drought will also screen at the Centre Pompidou as part of the Singapore Malaysia Showcase – Singapour, Malaisie Le Cinema!. One Day In June (short) by Daniel Hui (director of Night Lights) will also have its world premiere at Rotterdam.

We hope to share more of our films more frequently and we invite people who wish to screen them to get in touch with us. We already have a film marathon booking on 13 March in NUS. We are looking at doing a showcase in KL next year. Apart from film screenings, we hope to dialogue with our audience by writing more and writing about the cinema we stand for and envision.

Thank you for your belief in our little films and thank you for letting us share them with you.

“In the times of bigness, spectaculars, one hundred million dollar movie productions, I want to speak for the small, invisible acts of human spirit: so subtle, so small, that they die when brought out under the clean lights. I want to celebrate the small forms of cinema: the lyrical form, the poem, the watercolor, etude, sketch, portrait, arabesque, and bagatelle, and little 8mm songs. In the times when everybody wants to succeed and sell, I want to celebrate those who embrace social and daily tailor to pursue the invisible, the personal things that bring no money and no bread and make no contemporary history, art history or any other history. I am for art which we do for each other, as friends. The real history of cinema is invisible history: history of friends getting together, doing the thing they love.” – Jonas Mekas in his Anti-100 Years of Cinema Manifesto


Wee Keong and Sherman presenting Flooding In the Time Of Drought at the Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival (CinDi).


Sherman with Philip and Cheuk-To at Cindi.


Bangkok World Film Festival – Flooding In The Time Of Drought and White Days.


Vel (actress – White Days), Tulapop, Big (programmer – Bangkok World Film Festival), Sherman (director – Flooding in the time of Drought), Jiekai (editor – White Days and director – Red Dragonflies), Bee Thiam, Yuan Bin (director – White Days, art director – Flooding in the Time of Drought, Director of Photography – Red Dragonflies).


Victor, festival director of Bangkok World Film Festival and Yuan Bin.

Making of Memories

Posted in New Titles, News by being on November 30, 2009

Another feature film completed shoot and is now in post. Commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam as part of the Forget Africa Project, Memories of a Burning Tree is conceived and directed by Sherman, shot in Tanzania, with the collaboration of the local filmmakers. Memories is supported by Canon Singapore.