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Video: Carson Mell, Pippa Bianco & Kevin Phillips Talk Shop

Those who had the chance to catch the excellent shorts program of MEMORY Presents: Program No. 1 during the Toronto Int. Film Festival saw quite a number of emerging filmmaking artists (see the entire list after the jump below) and their short film work. In exclusive the snip-it of video, we find future all-stars Carson Mell, Pippa Bianco and Kevin Phillips discuss their work and inspiration. Now the traveling road show is making it’s next stop in Montreal (October 6th – 7:15PM Phi Centre) with upcoming dates to be set up in the U.S.

MEMORY Presents “Program No.1”, an exclusive never before seen collection of 10 short films by emerging filmmakers from the US and Canada. This 90 minute one night only event consists of award winning films from festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, and SXSW, as well as exclusive premieres. Three of the directors featured in the program recently premiered feature films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Venice Film Festival.

The program includes the following films:

THE REFLEKTOR TAPES “Porno” (Director’s Cut) – Directed by Kahlil Joseph (EXCLUSIVE)
An theater specific excerpt from Joseph’s full length documentary THE REFLEKTOR TAPES, starring the Canadian band Arcade Fire, that is having its world premiere at TIFF 2015.
Produced by: What Matters Most • Site:

BROTHERS – Directed by Robert Eggers (WORLD PREMIERE)
Robert Eggers first feature film THE WITCH which won the U.S Dramatic Competition Directing Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival will be having its Canadian premiere at TIFF 2015 as a Special Presentation. His short film Brothers is a world premiere.
Produced by: Code Red • Site:

SEDIMENT – Directed by Derek Branscombe (EXCLUSIVE) **MONTREAL NATIVE
Montreal’s very own Derek Branscombe, both a director and cinematographer, premieres his haunting atmospheric underwater exploration of the ocean in SEDIMENT.

SHARE – Directed by Pippa Bianco (CANADIAN PREMIERE)
Pippa Bianco’s short film has won both the Cinéfondation award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and Special Jury Recognition at this years’ SXSW Film festival. Pippa was also recognized as 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine.

Kevin Phillips, a Cinematographer turned Director, premiered his first narrative film at the Semaine De La Critique at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Produced by: Ways & Means + Neighborhood Watch • Site: +

Known for his stylish and provocative Music Video work, Isaiah Seret directs this never before seen visual treat shot by famed Cinematographer Bradford Young (Last year’s TIFF selection PAWN SACRIFICE, SELMA, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR) on 35 mm film.
Produced by: Pretty Bird • Site:

HANG LOOSE – Directed by Sammy Harkham & Patrick Brice (WORLD PREMIERE)
Co-Director Sammy Harkham is an acclaimed and awarding winning graphic novelist, as well as the editor of the “Kramer’s Ergot” series, that is considered amongst most influential comic anthologies today. Co-Director Patrick Brice’s is the director of the indie comedy hit THE OVERNIGHT, as well as the found footage indie horror film CREEP.
Produced by: MEMORY • Site:

TARANTULA – Directed by Carson D. Mell
The latest in a series of animated shorts created by writer and director Carson Mell who is known for his Sundance selected short films as well as his writing work on HBO comedy hits EASTBOUND AND DOWN and SILICON VALLEY.
Produced by: Carson D. Mell • Site:

THE AUDITION – Directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall
Famed choreographer, Celia Rowlson-Hall was recently named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and her first feature film MA is having its world premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.
Produced by: Celia Rowlson-Hall • Site:

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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