Category Archives: Gulf Film Festival

Dubai Forever

Gérard Courant’s new film, Dubai For Ever:

Featuring: Abdulhamid Juma, Sheila Baldago-Tobias, Mohamed Idris Moosa, Salah Sermini, Rola Shamas, Francesco Cabras, Samira Mesbahi, Essam Zakarea, Delphine Garde-Mroueh, Marie-Eve Dubois, Hauvick Habechian, Tarek Boussaha, Bashar Ibrahem, Subhy Otry, Sear Rashiq, Rawaa Kalassina, Georges Yazbeck, Bassam Al-Thawadi, Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Walid Al Awadi, Ramy A. Razek, Shimaa Bakr Othman, Pratiti Vadhar, Haya Obaid, Katy Chang, J.R. Osborn, Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Hoda Kerbage, Sahim Omar Kalifa, Fareed Rämadan, Wasia Pasha, Abdullah Boushahri, Nouf Al Hammadi, Amjad Abu Al-Ala, Mohammed Jassim, Osama Al Saif, Kirpal Singh Mankotia

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Gulf Film Festival Days 2 & 3

Wonderful festival programing so far! It’s been a round-the-clock happening: from morning trips to the Burj Khalifa through the midnight Gulf Nights discussion sessions and beyond. Gérard Courant’s Cinématon is mesmerizing on a large screen, and Gérard has been busily collecting more portraits for the ever-evolving film. We really liked the shorts programs.
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Glitter Dust Second Screening at GFF

Second showing of “Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai” at the 5th Gulf Film Festival is today: 13 April 21:30 in Dubai Festival City.
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Behind the Scenes: Cinématon

Professor J.R. Osborn made a behind the scene’s look at Gérard Courant filming Cinématon, the world longest running film production, at the 5th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai, 2012. We were lucky enough to get our portraits taken yesterday. We are now co-stars with such luminaries as Godard, Terry Gilliam, Ultraviolet, and of course Gérard himself. Gérard’s work is showcased at this year’s festival, where he is screening selections of Cinématon that were filmed in Dubai over the past year. We chose to honor Gérard by filming him filming us.

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Gulf Film Festival Night 1: Tora Bora

The opening film for the 2012 Gulf Film Festival was Walid Al Awadi’s Tora Bora. A moving, emotional film that made me feel the specificity of its setting and why the Gulf Film Festival, and other film festivals in the region including DIFF and DTFF, are so important. There are stories to be told! In Hollywood, the concept of the Middle East is so homogeneous: all Middle Easterners and/or Muslims are “Arabs.” But watch films at GFF and the nuances surface: Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Pashto, Emirati — these are all distinct cultures. Yet, still, the universality of specificity: I kept hitting my seatmate and saying “I would totally do that!” whenever the mother character, Um Tareq, asked to put the passports in her bag for safekeeping.

After such a gripping film, Glitter Dust Producer/Editor J.R. Osborn tried to shake it off on the dance floor:

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First Thoughts of the Gulf Film Festival

We’re getting ready for the red carpet. We went to the hypermarket, a supermarket on steroids, and bought carrot juice, Homer Simpson shaving cream, and Desperate in Dubai you know, just the essentials.

Gérard Courant, I have admired your work (and productivity) for a long time and promise to learn French! Films we’re excited to see: All of Gérard’s portraits, Jodan Baynes’s “The Sea Is All I Know”, Jassim Al Nofaly’s “Panda”, “Ta7reek(Movement)”, Naima Bachiri’s “L’envol (Bird)” – hop schwyz!, and Mohammed Al Ibrahim’s Lockdown: Red Moon Escape. Many more great films to add to the list, I’m sure!

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Glitter Dust #5 of the Culturist’s Top 20 Picks

The Culturist puts Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai among her top films of GFF 2012.

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Screening Times in Dubai

We have screening times for Glitter Dust! It would make me happy if you would kindly join us. And pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Hope to see you there! Tickets are free. Each morning the box office opens for that day’s screenings. All films will be screened at the Grand Festival Cinemas in Dubai Festival City.

Wed April 11th, 2012 6:15 PM Grand Cinema Festival City
Fri April 13th, 2012 9:30 PM Grand Cinema Festival City

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Glitter Dust at the Gulf Film Festival 2012


We’re thrilled to announce that our documentary feature Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai will premiere at the 5th Gulf Film Festival in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from April 10-16, 2012. The screening schedule will be announced soon, with a Q&A session from the filmmakers and artists. For more information, please contact J.R. Osborn at whosborn @ gmail.com or our press page (with hi-res images) www.glitterdustfilm.com/press/, on Facebook www.facebook.com/glitterdustfilm, on Twitter @artindubai www.twitter.com/artindubai. Screening times and locations will also be posted on the Gulf Film Festival website (Arabic: www.gulffilmfest.com/index.php/ar/ and English: www.gulffilmfest.com/index.php/en)

Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested. Thanks for all your support! Hope to see you there!

Synopsis:
The documentary feature GLITTER DUST: FINDING ART IN DUBAI follows the city’s cultural capital. Three artists come to terms with truth and artificiality. Delightful hand-drawn animations interplay with live footage; art and life are truly intertwined. In turns funny and poignant, this documentary explores the artists behind the flash of Dubai. The idea of a “drawcumentary” came from the doodles in director Katy Chang’s journal and a feeling that no realistic camera image could accurately capture the surrealism of the city. The free form, playful animations comment on the objective viewpoint of the film and visually disrupt the footage in order to emphasize the dislocation of the city’s migrant population.

Film Information:
Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai
Documentary
www.facebook.com/glitterdustfilm
Twitter: @artindubai www.twitter.com/artindubai
Runtime: 63 minutes
Director: Katy Chang
Producer/Editor: J.R. Osborn
Original Music: Ben Bracken
Sound: Drew Kennedy

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