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London's wintry weather was mercifully tame as we made our way past Buckingham Palace to where Mannequin Dreams was screening - The Institute of Contemporary Art, tucked away in a corner of The Mall of London a block away. It had rained pretty consistently the prior day, so I was thankful to have a respite in the precipitation in anticipation of the event.
The venue was packed with talent. The screening was grouped into a category called "A Musical Box", and consisted of a variety of unique uses of music and sound. From dancing shamans to musical boxers, the visuals were of an aesthetic that could tilt the mind up to the stars and beyond.
Some examples of the other films...
I felt humbled at the recognition that Mannequin Dreams got. It was a beautiful evening, and I'm immensely thankful to Linda Privè, Austin Altman, Tim Baldon, Stephen Folden, my aunt, uncle, and cousin Adelaide for letting me stay in their house, and my loving parents for supporting me in this endeavor. For a tiny little film made on a near-$0 budget, we held up pretty well against the other films in competition.
A smorgasbord style selection of musical landscapes and resonances. This selection of short films mixes experimental work and animation, and takes us from the boxing ring to urban & forest areas, alongside choreographed moves in TECHNOSHAMAN, .TICK, UDSTØDT, and WILLIAM.
It's official! Mannequin Dreams is a selection of the London Short Film Festival in 2015! You can see the listing here.
Mannequin Dreams began as a simple fashion project between Darwin Carlisle and Linda Privè at First Class Reels, then grew into something far beyond that when the film's concept inspired them to collaborate on something above and beyond their initial intentions. Viewers will be able to watch the film in London on January 11th, 2015