INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL HAMBURG
October 29 - November 3, 2012
Screening Clayton Patterson's Film CAPTURED on Nov 1st
CENTRO SOCIALE | Sternstr. 2 | Hamburg-St. Pauli | November 1, 2012
PLOT: CAPTURED | documentary | USA 2008, engl. 84 Min. | Regie: D. Levin, Ben Solomon | Since 1979 Clayton Patterson has dedicated his life to documenting the final era of raw creativity and lawlessness in New York City's Lower East Side, a neighborhood famed for art, music and revolutionary minds. Traversing the outside edge he's recorded a dark and colorful society, from drag, hardcore, heroin, homelessness, political chaos and ultimately gentrification. His odyssey from voyeur to provocateur reveals that it can take losing everything you love to find your own significance.
From October 29 to November 3, 2012, the Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary and offers an insight into the current independent film scene with over 60 selected films.
In 2008 Radar started with the mission to bring new, independent and international films to Hamburg's screens. The project, which initially took place only in cinemas on St. Pauli, has turned into a bustling festival week with venues throughout the city: 3001, B-Movie, Lichtmess, Hamburger Botschaft, Golem, Centro Sociale and Gewerbe 5.
The cinemas and off-locations will show films in the categories of feature film, documentary, short film, music film, animation and Heimatfilm. At the end of the festival, the prizes for the best films will be awarded at the Golem.
RADAR will screen approx. 50-70 features from 29th Oct to 3rd Nov. 2012, which will compete in the traditional categories: Fiction, Documentaries, Shorts, Heimat and Music. Mainly in the heart of the city in famous St Pauli but in other quarters of Hamburg as well.
The founders Boris Castro and Ale Dumbsky are well-equipped activists who are promoting RADAR HAMBURG with a bright variety of know-how. Castro worked as a traditional businessman in many fields and gathered worldwide contacts and experiences. He started working as an author in 2002 and has produced documentaries since 2005. He experienced the festival circuit as well and had been recently awarded for his feature "Slippin Into Darkness". Dumbsky went through the early School of Punk Rock and made his benefits with a record label and as a publisher. He has organised screenings of rare old and fresh new features for many years.
RADAR HAMBURG will focus on creating a professional environment for visiting filmmakers and a visual adventure for the audience, which will put the movie city Hamburg on another level.
The Radar Film Festival cooks up a menu of interesting, new films year after year; the many filmmakers whose contributions make for a truly international menu; the ever-surprising ingredients, etc., etc... yawn, yawn. I'll save it. Worn-out euphemisms, which are conjured around the stove er, nerves colossal, often a bland aftertaste and nauseous in the finish so why. Whereby: I bring one then but: There are 5 candles burning on the cake. I want to say: Five years of RADAR!
We celebrate with what we do best: A film festival, of course... and true to the iron motto of the International Festival Veterans Association (IFFV), never change a winning menu, things are running roughly as usual. RADAR is not only a window into the world of current independent film, it's still a competition. This year, the films will run in the categories of feature film, documentary, short film, music film, animation and Heimatfilm.
New: the Ghetto category falls surprisingly flat in 2012, there just weren't any films coming in.
We sifted through the 400-odd films that were submitted with due diligence, sifted them and put the best ones into themed packages. As every year, an amazing pleasure, but see for yourself, dear audience! Who wins and who doesn't is decided by an incorruptible jury. This year, this jury is made up of the personalities presented in words and pictures alongside.
Missing from the jury bench will be filmmaker Nocem Collado. She was severely beaten up by the police while filming in India with a group of pariahs and will need surgery. ¡Que te mejores, Nocem! Hasta al año proximo.
Looking back at former jurors, we noticed one thing, by the way: The actresses Anna Bederke (2010) and Pheline Roggan (2008) later appeared in various "Tatort" productions. Is someone playing a funny game with us? Our festival as a career ladder into public television? Could we perhaps have a talk about it? Should we perhaps even show TV films at the end? We are very happy to leave that to, well, others.
The winning films are traditionally endowed with 500,- Euro per category. The money is donated by Karsten Jahnke, Joker Brand, Fritz Kola, Carharrt, the Mojo Club and Cleptomanicx. Most of the mentioned donate the prizes since 2008 and have long since padded places of honor in the guild of radar supporters (GIRASUP) - thank you again and again! In terms of venues, there are now also long-standing regulars: The 3001, the Lichtmess and the B-Movie. The Hamburg Embassy has re-entered the scene, and rookies are the Golem, the Centro Sociale and the Gewerbe 5. The latter will also be the hangout for R-Week, i.e. this is where filmmakers and audiences can meet for a chat and a drink during the day and after the screenings. This year, the award ceremony will take place behind the book wall in the Golem and, as experience has shown, will end in a glittering party. You can look forward to a lot of good films. And we are looking forward to seeing you!
Ale Dumbsky [went through the early School of Punk Rock and made his benefits with a record label and as a publisher. He has organized screenings of rare old and fresh new features for many years.]
Boris Castro [son of a KGB Officer in Havanna and Tropicana Dancer, had been on vacation in East-Berlin, when the wall came down. Today he is producing documentary features. ]
ABOUT RADAR HAMBURG
The development of independent movies accelerated by the digital medium has enabled filmmakers to produce at tremendously low costs. As a consequence there are loads of good features that are sometimes produced by people without having attended film academies, acting courses or script clinics. Unfortunately, most of them never make it to the big screen, to TV or to a DVD release, because established institutions are overrun by the mass of productions.
RADAR HAMBURG´s mission is to kick that door wide open for small and independent productions.
RADAR will screen about 100 films from 2nd to 7th November 2009, which will compete in the traditional categories: Fiction, Documentaries, Shorts, Art and Animations. It is no coincidence that the quarter St Pauli has been chosen as the main location. On the one hand it is probably the most famous red lights district with a perfect mix of clubs, bars, concert halls and theaters, and on the other hand it is a melting pot and home for people from all over the world. Last but not least many stars like The Beatles started their career on the Streets of St. Pauli.
The founders Boris Castro and Ale Dumbsky are well-equipped activists that are promoting RADAR HAMBURG with a bright variety of know-how. Castro worked as a traditional businessman in many fields and gathered worldwide contacts and experiences. He started working as an author in 2002 and has produced documentaries since 2005. He experienced the festival circuit as well and had been recently awarded for his feature "Slippin Into Darkness". Dumbsky went through the early School of Punk Rock and made his benefits with a record label and as a publisher. He has organized screenings of rare old and fresh new features for many years.
RADAR HAMBURG is creating a professional environment for visiting filmmakers and a visual adventure for the audience, which put the movie city Hamburg on to another level.