REBIRTH, 12min., USA, Animation/Doc
Directed by Frank Kilpatrick
Rebirth: Intended to foster environmental climate change awareness by children, Rebirth is A Child’s Environmentally-Friendly Fairytale -- a 12-minute animated musical suite depicting the respective seasons in four movements: The mini-symphony features (recorded-live) violins, cellos, clarinet, oboe and timpani, among other instruments, as it gathers momentum to provide a personal experience of nature’s growth cycles - with trees dancing and tendrils triumphantly bursting forth through the soil. Further, it doubles as a meditation mindfulness exercise as it allows us to teach children to move a little bit more methodically – react less and observe more. To pay attention instead of being distracted.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film?
We saw value for this type of art and message as the earth becomes increasingly challenged. We believe that young people must become aware of the need to connect with and take care of our planet.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you
to make this film?
Rebirth was produced over three months.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
An "Environmental Fairytale"
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
None really. The Partners were able to efficiently discuss the themes they believed necessary to tell the desired story, and then to add harmoniously the elements that tied the piece together.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
We were so pleased that the reviewers would "get it" so immediately – what we were trying to convey. In fact, they expanded on our descriptions. Thanks to them!
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
After we had begun to create the music, we started to imagine how a visual presentation could further its message of environmental stewardship from a young age.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
I'm not sure of the others, but I've always resonated with 2001: A Space Odyssey, (Especially in today's world...)
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking
None we can think of. You have done a fine job!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
Film Freeway has done an efficient job on both distributing the film as well as providing efficient feedback and status updates.
10. What is your favorite meal?
11. What is next for you? A new film?
We are completing a short piece right now, Visible To Me, that acknowledges the courage of a Myanmar-based advocate (named "Ei) for her work in education, amidst very dangerous conditions.