There’s much excitement at Aconite this week in anticipation of the sold out Scottish premiere screening of BRASILIA: Life After Design tomorrow night at Glasgow Film Festival. BRASILIA is Canadian filmmaker Bart Simpson’s directorial debut and is a co-production between Aconite and Lowik Media in Montreal.
Here’s some comments from audience members who had a sneak preview of the film last week –
“Really enjoyed being transported to Brasilia this morning”
“fascinating and really engrossing… people with hearts and souls looking for a sense of community”
“the film triumphs in showcasing the lives of the city’s modern day residents against the backdrop of its visionary and brutalist architectural design and growing population”
“An intimate portrait of a city told through its inhabitants that can engross… There are few other films like it”
Although the premiere tomorrow evening is sold out Glasgow Film Festival has added a second screening on Thursday morning at 11.00 at CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street.
Get Full Price tickets at a 50% discount by entering the coupon code GFF50 at checkout at http://glasgowfilm.org/glasgow-film-festival/whats-on/all/booking?eventid=31363
It’s a busy week for us at GFF as Producer, Aimara Reques and Director, Bart Simpson will also be taking part in various industry events during the festival. We hope to see you there!
In Scotland BRASILIA: Life After Design is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Last year was without a doubt Aconite’s most successful and exciting year to date. We attended many international events, festivals and markets in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany helping us further cement our position as a truly international production company with a global vision and big ambitions. Our achievements to date and our plans for the future have been recognised by Scottish Enterprise, Business Gateway and South Lanarkshire Council all of whom are continuing to support Aconite as we grow. With their support we have moved into a new home which we want to turn into a hub for creativity and vision.
As we kick off the new year, 2017 promises to be another stellar year for the company. First off we are beginning our recruitment drive to find two great people with a passion for creative documentary to join the Aconite team and help us grow. If you think that could be you then please do get in touch.
At the heart of everything we do are extraordinary stories of global significance and passionate directors with unique artistic visions.
Here is an update on our projects:
AQUARELA, our flagship production directed by Victor Kossakovsky, went into production last spring and took us to some quite astounding shooting locations over the year from the calving icebergs of majestic Greenland to Angel Falls, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall located in the heart of Venezuela’s Canaima National Park and considered among the world’s most dazzling wonders. Over the coming months our visually poetic journey with water will continue to take us across the globe as we aim to complete shooting and post-production by the autumn.
We are delighted that BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN, a co-production with our Canadian partner Lowik Media, will have its domestic premiere at Glasgow Film Festival on Wednesday 22 February at 6.15pm. A meditation on living in one of the most planned cities on earth, the film is the directorial debut of Canadian filmmaker Bart Simpson who is widely admired for his work as a producer, particularly on the multi award-winning THE CORPORATION, Canada’s highest grossing domestic documentary of all time.
We are thrilled to announce that in the Spring we will go into pre-production on our latest project, THE HIPPIES: PUNK ROCKED MY CRADLE, a co-production between Aconite and Pinball Films, Newcastle, directed by award winning film artist Matt Hulse. The Hippies were a bizarre English punk band formed in 1979 by the Hulse children, Toby (12), Matt (11) and Polly (8). The band’s star shone bright as they performed ticketed live shows to their maverick mother’s chaotic group of friends. What truly happened back then? Exciting & experimental, THE HIPPIES: PUNK ROCKED MY CRADLE is a hybrid documentary film that promises an energetic, jarring, comical, musical ride through Matt Hulse’s fractured family history.
We are continuing to develop ELECTRIC MALADY, a poignant and moving first-hand account of the personal impact of living with Electrosensitivity by Swedish director Marie Lidén. And Managing Director Aimara Reques will be focusing on completing editing on a long term project that is dear to her heart. THE BOY FROM GEORGIA follows the extraordinary journey of a charismatic former street child from Georgia as he undertakes a life saving operation and pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
With such inspiring stories to tell and a dedicated team behind us this year promises great strides and greater achievements for Aconite. We hope you’ll join us on our journey. Please keep up-to-date with all our news via the website and on our social media pages.
Thanks to Creative Scotland for their continued support of all our projects.
Photo courtesy of Stine Hillmann
Things are accelerating fast here at Aconite! We are excited to announce we are in Greenland the week of 18th July to commence shooting on Aquarela.
Recently, Aconite were in Berlin for a colour grading test at The Arri Group and the results were breathtaking. We are not alone in our excitement; having just returned from Sheffield Doc/Fest we are pleased to note there was a palpable buzz and interest about Aquarela.
Quite simply, Aconite have been dealing with the impossible to make this project happen. Blood, sweat and tears have gone into making it, and we believe the outcome will be something spectacular.
It is a huge operation. Aconite will be in the middle of nowhere; needing to prepare camping and living conditions for a diverse crew ranging from Germany; Denmark; Scotland; England as well as locals in Greenland.
Using unprecedented visuals and advanced camera technology, as well as drones, helicopters, and a crew of specialised divers over numerous locations, this highlights the scale of Aquarela.
It is one of the most ambitious documentaries in our current roster of productions of the international documentary world. This ambition reflects our passion at Aconite to bring content that matters to the global stage. This is possible because we love our job; everyone is on the same wavelength and endeavours to create meaningful and passionate material.
Below is an update on our current projects:
Aquarela by Victor Kossakovsky
Directed by the iconic Victor Kossakovsky, his unique vision is going to take us on an epic and visually poetic journey, reflecting our connection to water on many levels. Using innovative filming techniques, Victor is going to bring water to life!
Aquarela is an international co-production with ma.ja.de (Germany); Louverture Films (USA) & Danish Documentary Productions (Denmark). Thanks to Creative Scotland; British Film Institute; Danish Film Institute; Sundance Film Institute; Tribeca Film Institute; Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung; Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg; RBB TV as well as to our private investors:- Cactus World Films, and our incognito investor in the UK.
Brasilia: Life After Design by Bart Simpson
Filming and editing for Brasilia: Life After Design is complete, and the timing could not be better with 2016 being designated as the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland. With the current political strife in Brazil, alongside the hosting of the Olympics, we believe this documentary is necessary and relevant in addressing socio-cultural issues in Brazil’s capital city. Congratulations to Bart for completing this project.
Our co-production is with our Canadian partners Lowik Media, produced by Lucie Tremblay of Lowik Media (Canada), and co-produced by our own Aimara Reques. In Scotland this project is being supported by Creative Scotland.
Electric Malady by Marie Lidén
This digital interactive experience and feature documentary explores the struggles and effects of Electro-sensitivity, a major health hazard of the 21st century according to some experts. Director Marie Lidén and cinematographer Michael Sherrington recently returned from Sweden after filming and continue to carry out research for the film.
This is a co-production with Lowik Media (Canada) and we’ll soon announce our co-production partner in Sweden, as well as other international partners. The interactive platform is being developed by Up Creatives and Unit 9 (London). Another thanks to Creative Scotland for supporting this project’s development.
The Boy from Georgia by Aimara Reques
A touching story revealing the human capacity to fight against all the odds. It follows the journey of David Wallace Hird (formally known as Dato). He had been rescued from the streets of Georgia by a caring community called TEMI. Lucky to be alive, he is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible and he is becoming a strong, determined and talented young man. This film showcases his inspiring transformation.
A big thank you to the Scottish Documentary Institute for their support, which helped Aconite enter the post-production phase of this project. Thanks also to Creative Scotland and CH4 for supporting the development of this project.
Please keep up-to-date with all our forthcoming news via the website and on our social media pages.
Passion is our heart. Mobilization is our key.
The Aconite team.
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