As we enter the 2nd quarter of the year, Aconite keeps going from strength to strength. Not only do we have multiple exciting projects in production, but we are attending numerous essential events and meeting many potential financing partners and collaborators.
At Aconite, we believe passion is key and this is reflected in our current productions.
Aconite had the pleasure of attending Hot Docs 2016 as part of the Scottish Delegation. 10 producers and directors, including our very own Aimara Reques and Marie Lidén, were selected to attend the Festival and Forum. We are now jetting off to Cannes (11th-22nd May), and then on to Sheffield Doc/Fest (10-15th June), where we hope to showcase Aconite’s enthusiasm and experience for global filmmaking.
We have exciting news in the works about making our productions more readily available online. Watch this space!
Below is an update on our current projects:
Aquarela by Victor Kossakovsky
We have been busy preparing location scouting in Greenland for Aquarela. Aconite is extremely excited about our flagship project. The picture above is of director Victor Kossakovsky approaching an iceberg. As the picture was taken, a sheet of ice fell into the water, making a loud noise. It was the iceberg’s way of saying hello to Victor! Shooting begins in July and we look forward to keeping you updated as we go along.
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 has now completed, and the timing could not be better with 2016 being designated as the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design in Scotland. At Aconite, we believe this is closely associated with Brasilia, where such achievements are showcased, celebrated and discussed. Also, 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.
Off Grid (previously 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.
Marie Lidén and Aimara Reques (Producer) also attended Hot Docs where they had a very fruitful experience meeting potential financing partners.
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
We are pleased to announce some fantastic news for David. The Boy From Georgia has gone from surviving extremely harsh living conditions in his native country, to one of the young champions in the U15 Scottish Basketball team competing at the national junior league finals in Worcester. David (on the left) was a key member of the team, winning a silver medal at the international competition. His story is truly an inspiration, demonstrating the human capacity to overcome all odds.
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.
Finally, we have some great news regarding Everybody’s Child director, Garry Fraser. He recently was confirmed as 2nd unit director for Trainspotting 2. Garry has faced many trials and tribulations, and it is uplifting to see his hard work finally pay off. At Aconite we wish Garry the upmost congratulations on his success. Below is an article highlighting Garry’s appointment:
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.
Aconite Productions is proud to be entering 2016 with some wonderful news…
The year has started with a rather positive bang!
Scottish Enterprise (SE) has agreed to recognise Aconite as a Growth Pipeline company – that’s a business with high-growth potential. This makes us eligible to access proper investment support from SE. We are currently assessing the needs of the company with our local business adviser and aim to have new staff; better premises and screening facilities later this current year.
It’s encouraging for us to see that through our ambition and hard work, the company is gaining the recognition it deserves.
And here is an update on our projects:
Our flagship project AQUARELA is entering into production this spring. Our incredibly committed team has been working hard to get this project off the ground. We are very proud to be working with such a group of dedicated professionals and want to give special thanks our co-production partners without whom we would have never reached this far: ma.ja.de (Germany); Louverture Films (USA) & Danish Documentary Productions (Denmark). We have a significant deal with a major partner in Los Angeles – full details to be announced soon. In this film, acclaimed director Victor Kossakovsky takes us on an epic journey around the world, the heart of which is the vital and majestic element:- ‘Water’. 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
Our co-production with our Canadian partners Lowik Media will be completed in February. Directed by admired filmmaker Bart Simpson (The Corporation; Big Boys Gone Bananas), produced by Lucie Tremblay of Lowik Media (Canada) and co-produced by our own Aimara Reques , BLAD will be released in spring this year.
Bart Simpson and his crew were in Brasilia early in January to complete the filming but are now back in Scotland to continue with the editing. We are grateful for the participation of award winning editor Colin Monie. Here in Scotland, this project is being supported by Creative Scotland. The world premier of the film will be announced soon and in Scotland we are in the process of linking the film to appropriate events such as the Festival of Architecture 2016.
Directed by talented Marie Liden, it is a documentary film and combined interactive experience that explores what it means to suffer from the controversial illness Electrosensitivity. Marie was in Sweden during the Christmas period working on the development of her story. She is currently busy doing more research into this controversial subject. Some experts consider it to be the major health hazard of the 21st century. This is a co-production with Lowik Media in Canada and we’ll shortly 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 in London. In 2015 the film pitched at Dok:Leipzig, where it received fantastic support and feedback. Our thanks again go to Creative Scotland for supporting the development of this project.
THE BOY FROM GEORGIA
This is a poignant story that reveals the human capacity to fight against all the odds. Following the extraordinary journey of David Wallace Hird (formally known as Dato). When we first met David, he had been rescued from the streets of Georgia by a caring community called TEMI, located in a town situated in the foothills of the Caucasian mountains. 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. He recently celebrated his 15th birthday with his newly adopted Scottish family. This film shows his inspiring transformation.
Thanks to the support of the Scottish Documentary Institute, we have entered the post-production phase of this project. Thanks also to Creative Scotland and CH4 for supporting the development of this project.
As Aconite goes from strength to strength, we know 2016 will be a year full of positivity and abundance, so please join us along the way! With so much happening at Aconite this year, please keep up-to-date with all our forthcoming news via the website and on our social media pages.