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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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Gesturo Dubai

J.R. Osborn and I made this short film in 2010. With the end of Art Dubai, please write to let us know if our Dubai guide was helpful or how it can be updated. A little more about the film: “GesturoDubai: A Mer-chan Souvenir offers tourists and locals alternative keepsakes of popular sites in Dubai.”

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Movie Poster

Wallah! Our poster is available in English and Arabic. Glitter Dust is transliterated. The translator says “Glitter Dust” in Arabic means glittery honors. Hmmm that sounds promising (and sparkly). Actually that might sum up Dubai pretty well. What do you guys think? Also see the English version here.

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Indexing Dubai

Dubai based design magazine Brusselssprout has come up with a clever Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia. “What the first edition Dubai graphic and visual encyclopedia presents is a reality that acts as a counterpoint to all the excess of attempts to decipher and understand Dubai. Attempts that are mostly unable to uncover items that shed light on the question ‘What’s it all about’?”

I often asked myself that as we filmed. In the encyclopedia, the images of Dubai are reduced to simplified silhouettes, perhaps as a reaction to the bewildering experience of life in Dubai: vibrant colors, dusty horizons, and mind-boggling bureaucracy. My reaction to such excess was to join the fray; GLITTER DUST: FINDING ART IN DUBAI layers the cacophony of voices on topics covering contemporary art to censorship to consumerism to construction workers’ rights, and that’s only the C-words!

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Skins of Orientalism

Jean-Luc Moerman takes on the Old Masters and puts tribal tattoos over them. Recently at Gallery IVDE in Dubai, Moerman’s Ingres’s La Grande Odalisque owns her gaze as her contorted outline becomes more grounded with an overlay of intricate body art.

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Gulf Art Week

There’s a thrum of art activity and satellite fairs around Art Dubai. Dubai Galleries Night, Design Days Dubai, SIKKA Art Fair, Sharjah Art Foundation’s March Meeting, Art Dubai. Just a little over is Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival. And just an hour away by plane, the Global Art Forum at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha and in a time zone an hour behind Dubai so you find yourself landing at the same time you took off. Art is good for defying physics and transposing time and space!

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New Distribution Model for Indie Films

I just had a really interesting interview with a super bright young journalist about Glitter Dust, the Middle East region and films being subject to government control. She often goes back and promised to smuggle copies of Glitter Dust to get the word out. We were joking of course and I’d never want her to get in any trouble, but it would be cool to have some sort of international film distribution network for banned films via pirates. If borders mean nothing to pirates in terms of copyright, can we turn that around to circumvent censorship? There’s no market for such films in countries where cinema is highly restricted, so why not just distribute freely so people can see your film? With that said, I’m thrilled to announce to we got a distributor for the film:

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Dancing Under the Twin Towers

Making a documentary involves a lot of waiting around. And sometimes you get lucky and get to watch something intriguing reveals itself. Only in Dubai: Chinese line dancing under the Twin Towers as locals walk by. It’s not in the film, but I’m sure glad I caught it.

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Physical Perils of Filmmaking

Hey remember the time I was filming Glitter Dust…

And the ground crumbled underneath me and I slipped under the manhole cover…

And I crawled out of the sewer and sat on the side of the road, filthy and sad…

And a road crew came to fix the hole, which meant putting a cone next to it and that’s all!

I’m happy to say the lens didn’t get a speck of dust on it. Save the camera!

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