A New Experimental Film & Soundtrack Label
In etymology the 4th ‘Art’ – is classified as music and the ‘7th’ – is film. Our premise for this label is to bring films that meld and push boundaries of filmmaking, that encourage discovery and take the audience into a higher consciousness with emphasis on experimentation.
Mehsampur | Dir: Kabir Chowdry | Country: India| English subs. | Genre: Experimental, Music, Mystery, Mockumentary | Status: COMPLETED (2018)
A pushy filmmaker, arrives in Punjab for a film on slain folk-singing duo Chamkila & Amarjot, killed in Mehsampur by religious zealots. His meetings don’t go as planned. Lal, a survivor of the assassination, begrudgingly agrees to accompany him. He then rescues an Actress from lechers, they end up in his room and next morning convinces her to play Amarjot in his film, thus begins their doomed journey to Mehsampur.
Australia Premiere: Sydney IFF 2018
The Gold-Laden Sheep and The Sacred Mountain
Dir: Ridham Janve | Country: India| Language: Gaddi | Genre: Mystery, Ethno-fiction | STATUS: IN POST (SOUND) 2018
After an Indian Air Force Jet crashes in the Dhauladhar mountain range, an old Shepherd leaves his Herd to find its pilot. The Mountain where the jet fell is sacred and the Shepherd’s intentions are not. He struggles across dimensions of time-space as he treads on forbidden grounds. The herd left head-less behind disintegrates, and predators roam around.
Director’s Statement : ‘The sacred mountain’ has existed in many cultures, portrayed as a mystical figure and a godly existence that could bless you or destroy you. It has been used as a symbol of the earth, spirituality, and eternity. As stated in the mythology of Vishnu, if we could witness the passing of millenniums we would see the mountains rise and fall like ripples in water. This film is about one such sacred mountain in the Dauladhar Range of the Himalayas, where we observe it’s myth in the making. I have tried to capture the essence of the mountain, and of the local contemporary beliefs associated with it. The film has been constructed with an all non-actor cast from the tribal Gaddi mountain community who play themselves in the film, following the events after a jet mysteriously disappears near the sacred mountain where they graze their sheep.’