cinematography reel with excerpts from fiction, documentary and experimental works both collaborative and commissioned
music composition by the gracious @inte8rior which baptized the piece

states uprooted


Shot during my travels in between 2012-2017, using personal archive and combining 8mm film with digital files, states uprooted tries to challenge the idea of rituals in transition, identity and it's perception on different lands: Romania and USA.

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival - Best Film - National Competition 2018

screened at:
Girls on Film, UNATC
Society for Photographic Education Media Festival, Cleveland, OH, 2019
Balkans Beyond Borders, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2018
Bucharest International Dance Film Festival, 2018
Filmul de Piatra, Piatra Neamț, Romania, 2018
A4Activism part of Romanian Design Week, Bucharest, 2018
Short to the Point, Bucharest, 2018
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, Romanian Cinematic Experiments, 2018
part of the ''Let's Be Dragons - Strangers in a Strange Place'' MFA installation at Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse, NY, 2017

collins 70's

short poetic documentary / 10'/HD/stereo/2016

glimpses of missing/remembering someone on a daily basis; in a familial/familiar environment

cast /// collins barber and beauty shop, their family and community 

the other life of charon

experimental, poetic documentary/40'/HD/stereo/2015

At the Central Cemetery in a small Romanian town, there are four gravediggers on duty. They are part of a Roma community that lives just outside the cemetery fence. They're digging graves and attending funerals, no matter what. 

cast /// Marin Kalanyos, Rozalia Kalanyos, Cosmin and Andrea

Lucian Mișca, Monica Luți, Iasmina Mișca, Ionuț Mișca

Vasile Apostol, Ovidiu Kalanyos, Mihai Otvos, Gavril Tămaș

thesis project, MA in Documentary Filmmaking, 2015 at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theatre and TV, Romania and with the support from College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse New York

presented at:

FEST Pitch/Training Ground, Portugal
Jihlava Inspiration Forum, Jihlava Film Festival, Czech Republic
VerzioDoc Lab, Budapest, Hungary
One World Romania, Bucharest, Romania

developed at:

East Silver Market, Jihlava International Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2015
Euro-­-Mediterranean Documentary market, Nomads, Barcelona, 2015
Doc Outlook-International Market, Visions du reel, Nyon, Switzerland, 2015

selected >>

Filmette Film Festival, NY 2017
Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, 2017
Avant Edge Film Festival, Chicago, 2016
Toamna la Voronet, Voronet, 2016
Docu Art, Bucharest 2016
Newark Film Festival, New Jersey, 2016
Golden Apricot International Film Festival, Armenia (International Documentary Competition), 2016
China Women Film Festival, 2016
14th Vision Youth Awards, 2016
Gopo Awards - nominated for Best Short, Documentary section 2015
Spring Fest, Syracuse, NY, 2015

little father

short fiction/08'31''/HD/stereo/2015 

An illegal immigrant has to decide if he goes home to deal with a family crisis without being able to come back or remain in US investing in the new life he's trying to build.

cast /// 

Ehsan Mazinani, Babak Kasaee, Parisa Afshari, Gianpietro Elias, Laura Gonzalez, Jila Nikpay

crew /// 

Munjal Yagnik - camera operator

Donato Rossi - direct sound

Kathryn Ferentchak - production assistant

Krishan Agarwal - colorist

selected >>

Access Code Film Festival, India, 2017 
Avant Edge Film Festival, Chicago, 2016
Balkans Beyond Borders, Bulgaria, 2016 
European Film Festival (mainstream&underground), Moscow, Russia, 2016 - Best Actor Award
Sudan International Film Festival, 2016
Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York, 2016
Cannes Film Festival, Romanian New Wave Program 2015
Syracuse International Film Festival, New filmmakers showcase 2015
Euroshorts, Short Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland 2015
FFest, Cluj Napoca, România, 2015

screened :

Les Films de Cannes a Bucarest, România, 2015
Les Courts de Cannes a Chișinău, Republica Moldova, 2015
Cinemawomen Biannual, Berlin, 2015

television :

Republica Moldova Television Channel, 2015

Brick in the wall

short documentary/23'26''/HD/color/stereo/2013

The film was made by Gregory Brzozowski (director, Poland), Ioana Țurcan (cinematographer, Romania), Iulia Matei (editor, Romania). as part of the 8th edition of Aristoteles Workshop (Suceava, Romania) and was awarded the best documentary prize.

cast /// Gheorghe, Virginia and Iulian Lupașcu 

The film shows the life of an elderly couple and their son. They are trying to finalize the construction of a house bigger than their powers. The team of young filmmakers have recorded this family’s trial to lead a normal life in the shadow of an unfulfilled dream. Their endless work stems from a superstition, the fear their life will end with the finalization of the construction.

selected >>

International Premiere at IDFA, Amsterdam in the Panorama section, 2014
Jury Award Prize at FFest, 2013
Nominated for Gopo Awards at the Short Documentary category, 2013 

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