#madeforREBIRTH x DJ Furth
Numéro x Nowness x Berlin Film Festivals
In 2021, we continued with our commissions with visual artists from around the world for their iterations of REBIRTH.
Kicked off the year with director DJ Furth. The piece, Ways of Seeing.
- Covered by Numéro China and Nowness Asia (February 2021);
- Winner of Best Director at Mexico City Videodance Festival (September 2021);
- Shortlisted for Young Director Award (June 2021), Berlin Commercial Film Festival and Berlin Fashion Film Festival; and
- Selected by Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (June 2021) and Quinzena de Dança de Almada Dance Film Festival (2021).
Here's a few words from DJ about his thoughts for the piece, Ways of Seeing.
"Ways of Seeing is a film about the transformative, healing power of nature and female wisdom as expressed through movement.
I wanted to bring attention to the courage it takes to sit with the inevitable pain we experience as we seek to grow.
The film seeks to focus on the ways our inner world is expressed in how we move - particularly subconscious movement. And, based on this, to investigate the healing effects of liberated movement.
The film also draws on my fascination of nature’s capacity to humble and inspire us and, given this, the ways through which we can become more aware of, and receptive to, that innate strength.
Similarly, I’m convinced that even the most seemingly mundane experiences can have profound, lasting impact on our lives. So the film is a reflection of my feeling that a slight shift in perspective - of how we perceive something or ourselves - can dramatically change our experience.
I’m comforted by remembering the value of these small, simple experiences - that today, or any day, might bring about something that could change the trajectory of our life.
For me, it’s about reminding ourselves to accept the invitation to submit to our unknowable futures and relax into that ambiguity."
Commissioner and Executive Producer | Patsy Lo
Zheng Lingmin and Amy Grubb | Dance Artists
Sharon Chiu | Styling
Chen Minghui & Geyan | Producers
Dustin Tung | DOP
Jingjing 静静 | Art Director
Gao Meng 高猛 | 1st ac
Zhang Xin 张鑫 | 2nd ac
Hu Jun 胡俊, Yang Qi 杨琪, Zhao Hongxing 赵宏兴, & Jia Kaifan 贾凯帆 | Photography & Grip Crew
Jimmy/Huang Guobin 黄国宾 | Gaffer
Xiaopi/Pi Jingping 皮荆平, Wang Weijia 王伟嘉, Wang Rongfei 王荣飞, Feng Xiucai 冯修才, Ren Qiang 任强 | Gaffer Crew
Anna Hu | Make-up Artist
fmlik | Color Grading
Gumlab | VFX
Grond/Fu Dakun 傅达坤 | Steadicam
IXYXI | Music & sound design
Jia Kai 贾凯, Wang Shaofei 王少飞, & Zhou Zhuan 周专 | Props
Zhao Hongxing 赵红星, Shi Yanghua 石杨华, & Shi Wang 石旺 | Set crew
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