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To Help the Human Eye

In the early 20th century, a series of gnostic spells cast in India fall on a Spanish priest, destroying both his honor and his life and cursing forever his descendants. Almost a century later, his great-grandson –a priest himself–, haunted by this curse, will be forced to run away from a village, then from the city, and will eventually end up in an underwater cathedral, down in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Wizards, thugs, insects, archons, and Satan himself are some of the ominous characters he will have to face to survive his evangelizing adventure.



Velasco Broca: Director
Julián Génisson: Director
Julián Génisson: Writer
Velasco Broca: Writer
Lorena Iglesias: Writer
Luis Cerveró: Producer
Ignacio Martín de la Cruz: Producer
Enrique P. Vergara: Producer
Julián Génisson: Key Cast
Ramón Churruca: Key Cast
Nacho Vera: Key Cast
Andrés Gertrudix: Key Cast
Nacho Vigalondo: Key Cast
Esperanza Palacios: Key Cast
Carmen Escalante: Key Cast
Isabel M. Delgado: Key Cast
Daniel Terroba: Key Cast
Alejandro Maestro: Key Cast
Carmen Sánchez-Vergara: Key Cast
Pilar Fernández: Key Cast
Lorena Iglesias: Key Cast
Salvador Boluda: Key Cast
Chema García: Key Cast
Guillermo Llansó: Key Cast
Aaron Rux: Key Cast
Claudia Soto: Key Cast
Yolanda Sola: Key Cast
Javier Botet: Key Cast
Carmen Gómez: Key Cast
Miguel Vidal: Key Cast
Velasco Broca: Key Cast
Joe Crepúsculo: Key Cast
Bárbara Mingo: Key Cast
Beatriz Lobo: Key Cast
Juan Antonio Herreruela: Key Cast
Satish Kumar: Key Cast
Black Baba: Key Cast


Project Title (Original Language): Ayudar al ojo humano
Film Type: Feature
Genres: Drama, Sci-fi, Comedy, Mystery, Fantastic, Experimental
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Completion Date: November 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: India, Spain
Film Language: Spanish
Shooting Format: Digital, 16mm
Film Color: Black & White and Color


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“CHRYSALIS” is an experimental film by first-time filmmaker Nic Nassuet; a multi-ethnic, disabled, veteran, award-winning songwriter and recording artist. “CHRYSALIS” has its roots in the alchemical process of transmutation as experienced via a transition from the military into civilian life as a disabled veteran. The film was created for Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) Veterans Make Movies program in which veterans study filmmaking and create their own short films for the museum’s archives in just eight weeks.

“CHRYSALIS” is the only movie of any length to have ever filmed on location in the tombs beneath the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Through the intention imbued into every effect, color, sound, click, knock, angle, set, and frame, the cycles of creation, sustenance, and destruction, are exemplified as are the Masonic, Rosicrucian, and Eastern mysteries as they relate to the “Solve et Coagula” formula of destruction and reconstitution.

The title “CHRYSALIS” is necessarily written entirely in capital letters. This is because the external state of the chrysalis is outwardly still and silent, while the internal state is one of noise and ordered chaos.


Nic Nassuet: Director
Nic Nassuet: Writer
Nic Nassuet: Producer
Anna Lee: Key Cast
Robert R. Ryel: Key Cast
David Nassau: Key Cast
Charles Claymore: Key Cast
Wolf Ramsey: Key Cast
Nic Nassuet: Cinematography
Nic Nassuet: Post Production


Film Type: Short
Genres: Experimental, postmodern, occult, religious, spiritual, mystical, hermetic, cult, metaphysical
Runtime: 5 minutes 6 seconds
Completion Date: September 10, 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color


Director Statement:
Long before we could speak, or understand our mother tongue(s), we had thoughts and feelings. Those thoughts and feelings are expressed in color, sound, and symbol. Each of us has our own internal language that we express through collectively understood external languages. Understanding the personal language of another requires the deconstruction of the hallucination of collective language and culture. The colors, sounds, symbols, and moods expressed in this piece transcend time and culture, and should not be interpreted through the lenses of language, location, or era.

Many people will not understand this film, and that is okay. It will reach and make sense to the people who need to experience it and understand. Art is communication, and not all communication is intended to be interpreted by all people.

Regardless, it stands on its own as an aesthetically pleasing work of art, so I hope that anyone who engages with the work will have a pleasurable experience without feeling that it is necessary to comprehend the piece.

This film is intended to be an initiatory experience of its own and is offered without elaboration upon the themes and symbols. For those who desire a complete explanation can read the walkthrough guide:

Walkthrough Guide for the Film “CHRYSALIS”


Title Card:
– A nude woman from behind standing in front of a statue of Satan and wearing a jacket that says “Lucifer”
– This represents all of the things of the Earth that bind us to our false impressions of self.
– The Alpha and Omega are separated at this point. Divided by Satan’s self-examination and the pleasures of the flesh. There is no balance or unity.
– The seven colors on her jacket are the seven phases that she will descend through in the next scenes.
Opening scene:
– Static noise at a high volume with static that decreases in volume. When I begin to lose consciousness due to a medical emergency, I hear a ringing in my ears and static. The sounds increase until I am unconscious. This sequence of sounds is reversed in the movie, indicating that we just came from an emergency situation and are going backward in time.
– Soldier in white against white light posts. The androgynous soldier is just one of many objects standing erect. She blends in and has no identity of her own.
Second scene:
– Close up of the soldier. We see that she has no obvious facial features. She has no identity. She is white and lost in the purity of her collective identity.
– Inverted pentagram rank insignia. This indicates that she is of the Earth. Part of the lower sphere of consciousness often associated with “Satan”. It is also the direction of her movement. Everything after this, before she is reconstituted in the womb of the tomb, is a descent. It is a colorless silver/grey.
Third through ninth scenes:
– Her movement: she walks backward in every scene and the footage is reversed so that it appears as though she is moving forward. She is literally moving forward in reverse.
– Her direction of movement: she moves from, and to, a different point in each scene. If you were to map these out, you would see that she is moving in a counter-clockwise direction. This indicates her descent through color and sound.
– The colors: she descends through the color spectrum.
– The sounds: the sounds match the frequencies of the colors. She descends through the audible spectrum.
– Her position in the frame: her position is lower and lower in each frame.
– The angle of the camera: the camera height was lowered in each scene from above head height to resting it on the floor in the last scene.
– The zoom of the camera: the camera gets closer to each scene so that she fills more of the frame.
– The art: the art in the background goes from very modern – The Berlin Wall, to very ancient – “Mummies from ancient Egypt that are several thousand years old. The art also represents different phases in the process of alchemy from a variety of cultures around the world. For example, the old Chinese drawing is “The Taoist Immortals”. One of the paintings is “The Wedding of the Virgin”. In addition to this, she goes from crossing behind
some of the art to crossing in front of the art.
10th scene:
– She stands at attention, then goes to parade rest (military postures). She consents to the process of destruction and awaits her fate. The first appearance of the ruffians
– The Ruffians first appear against a vine-lined wall, this is the Eastern wall of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (East is the rising sun and birth) but the camera faces West (West represents death and the setting sun) upon which is a picture of the Hindu trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
– The soundtrack is a voice intoning the sound “AUM.
– The Ruffians are from Freemasonic Lore.
– The name of each ruffian ends in a sound that corresponds with the word “AUM”; JubelA, JubelO, and JubeluM.
– Each of the three sounds in AUM represents a process governed by one of the Hindu trinity;
Brahma – Creation – A
Vishnu – Sustainment – U
Shiva – Destruction – M
– Therefore each of the three Ruffians represents an aspect of each of the Hindu trinity. Combined they form the complete formula of AUM and fulfill the duties and work of the divine.
The stripping and death of the soldier/initiate:
– She is stripped bare and reduced to just her body. Her outer layer, the uniform that defined her, is gone.
– Each Ruffian uses a different builder’s tool to strike injury. The tools to mold the Earth represent the Earthly aspects of the Gods as they mold mankind. In this instance, they are destroying the soldier so that she can be reborn anew without an identity bound in uniforms, names, eras, and labels.
– The Ruffians strike her heart, her throat, and her head – her feelings, her expressions, and her thoughts. This leaves her with nothing.
– We are left in blackness. We have become nothing. From the blackness, a crescendo of static and a high pitched noise emerge.
– We quickly, and without warning, are awakened from darkness to see a woman in a white robe holding a lantern and giving the sign of silence/sign of Harpocrates.
– The white robe and lantern are the purity of the inner light.
– The sign of harpocrates is used in some secret societies to represent the first degree of initiation.
Descent through the tomb
– We follow the lantern through the tomb opening, through the offering chamber, and past the crypt where Osiris rules the underworld.
The figure in black
– The soundtrack is the word IAO, which is a formula for the process of Isis, Apophis, and Osiris as exemplified in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Isis represents Nature, ruined by Apophis, the destroyed, and restored to life by the Redeemer Osiris.
– The figure in black stands in front of Osiris, God of change and of the underworld, as she gives “The Sign of Osiris Slain”, and the camera pans down into the crypt.
– The camera goes black again. This is our final descent.
– The camera fades in on the bones in the crypt then moves upward.
– The figure in black stands in front of the mural of Osiris and gives “The Sign of Osiris Risen”
The ascent through the tomb
– The figure reappears in a white robe with a pentagram on the front. This time the Pentagram is a single point up. It is the opposite of what she wore on her uniform. She is now on a higher plane and leading her new Self to incarnation. It is red, the color of vital life, and points upward indicating her coming ascent into a new life.
– She holds a rose cross and entices the white-robed infant to follow her with the rose cross.
The rose cross is an ancient mystical symbol.
– The child exits the tomb and we hear him start to cry in the soundtrack. The crying begins just
as he exits the threshold of the tomb. This represents the child leaving the womb and crying
upon birth.
– The child is attracted to the Rose Cross. He takes his first breaths and makes his first sounds.
He attains the rose cross and achieves the equilibrium that was lacking on the title card.
The garden
– Alive and vibrant in a sea of growing greenery, the child is born alive and explores his Earthly
environment with fresh eyes. He touches and ingests the earth.
– The soldier was female and Asian. The child is male and Middle Eastern/Hispanic/Caucasian. This demonstrates that we are not our outer flesh and that through the processes of stress, putrefaction, and recombination of our elements, we can maintain our essential Self while discarding the old and taking on new forms. We are informed by the past, not bound to it.
The final scene after the credits roll
– The sound is a crescendo of Hindu monks in the worship of the Divine Mother, whose womb, disguised as a tomb, we just left in order to become cleansed and regenerated as something new and different than we were before.
– The visual is the total completion of the cycle and the attainment of the highest knowledge – Yeshua. Yeshua is the “unspeakable name of God” to people of the Jewish faith and to those who practice Kabbalah. In the center of the letters, Yod He Vau He the letter Shin is placed, making is “Yeshua”. The three branches of the letter shin represent the three dimensions of the human being, the triune nature of God, the three patriarchs, the three pillars, the Jewish Messiah, and the world that is to come. This makes Yeshua a complete, unified, and balanced formula that completes the cycle we started with the opening title card where the Alpha and Omega was separate and incomplete, and knowledge was based on Earth, not spirit.
There are other alchemical, psychological, and initiatory meanings and interpretations to this film, but these are the main points. The explanation above specifically relates to the initiatory and personally transformative alchemical processes that I undertook as a way to “become human” again after leaving the Army, and that I came to understand in dealing with a chronic and degenerative disability.


© CHRYSALIS – All rights reserved.



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SHIVTA is a short dance film telling a cinematic and kinetic exploration of two lost desert wanderers. In a form of Fata-Morgana, a doubtful portal appears in the distance. Curiosity takes over and the two, as the narrative rolls forward, find themselves bewitched and possessed by a celestial fortune teller.


Or Meir Schraiber: Director
Or Meir Schraiber: Writer
Achsheli Productions: Producer
Derrick Belcham: Cinematography
Or Meir Schraiber: Key Cast
Ori Ofri: Key Cast
Bobbi Jene Smith: Key Cast
Matan Kohn: Key Cast
Omri Drumlevich: Key Cast
Emanuel Keller: Key Cast
Gili Ben Harush: Key Cast
Guy Shamay: Key Cast
Nadav Cohen: Key Cast
Keir GoGwilt: Music
Emanuel Keller: Music
Ben Rempel: Music
Guillaume de Machaut: Music
Kyle Motl: Music
Roberto Prado: Music
Bobbi Jene Smith: Art
Hila Mayzels: Art
Nirit Schraiber: Art
Anat Boontjis: Art
Orian Oscar: Costumes and Makeup
Ori Kroll: Costumes and Makeup


Film Type: Experimental, Short, Student, Web / New Media, Other
Genres: Dance, Choreography, Mystery, Adventure, Musical, Silent
Runtime: 10 minutes 58 seconds
Completion Date: December 13, 2017
Country of Origin: Israel
Country of Filming: Israel, State of Palestine
Shooting Format: Digital (R3D, Slog2)
Film Color: Color


© SHIVTA – All rights reserved.



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Above and Below

This short film envelope a tale of an old shaman, a spiritual leader of a primitive tribe on her deathbed. She will bid farewell to her tribe in a mystical ritual and will be buried in a ceremonial burial preceded by a feast in her honor. This short film is an artistic reconstruction based on Prehistoric findings from the Galilee, Israel. With animation, the film will attempt to visualize life and death in primordial Israel and will bring to life ancient artifacts and finds.


Liron Narunsky: Director
Oved Poran: Director


Project Title (Original Language): מעל ומתחת
Film Type: Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
Genres: Historical, Pre-historic, Science Fiction, Stop Motion, Puppet, Choreography
Runtime: 9 minutes 36 seconds
Completion Date: July 3, 2016
Country of Origin: Israel
Country of Filming: Israel
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color


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Hermetica Komhata HK320

From 1941 to 1943, Dr. Joseph H. Stanislaw produced a science fiction film with which he intended to disclose his theories and research concerning the study of the influence of cosmic emanations on the human mind, through his experiments with a film of Ectoplasmic sensitivity.
The story of this unique scientist and his unreleased film (Sadly destroyed by Soviet authorities during the siege of Leningrad )
It seemed lost forever …
Until 1965 when some of the most important pieces of his invaluable legacy were found in the depository of Kresty prison. Now at last, after a painstaking restoration, and thanks to the magic of cinema’s science,
We are going to travel into a utopian world where all his theories have been implemented.



Ricardo Salvador: Director
Erik Alexander Wilson: Director of Photography


Film Type: Feature
Genres: Sci-fi, experimental, Surreal, metaphysical
Runtime: 1 hour 32 minutes 19 seconds
Completion Date: September 18, 2016
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: Spain
Film Language: English, Spanish
Shooting Format: S 16 mm
Film Color: Black & White and Color


Director Statement:
Ric Salvador is passionate about metaphysics, mysticism, kabbala, spiritism … and uses the genre of Science Fiction / Terror in an underground and experimental way, to transmute within his films, transcendental and pseudo-scientific themes into a unique amalgam of cinematic techniques and manipulation.


© Hermetica Komhata HK320 – All rights reserved.



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Based on the novel “Manuscript found in Saragosse” of Jan Potocki.

Un viaggio da Bitonto a Napoli fuori dalle rotte più comuni. Come è fuori dagli schemi e controcorrente il film di Rondalli, che si svolge in un’Alta Murgia popolata da briganti, zingari, forche, cabalisti e demoni. Se Matteo Garrone si era cimentato con l’opera di Giambattista Basile, Rondalli si è spinto oltre, partendo da Il manoscritto trovato a Saragozza del nobile polacco Jan Potocki. Il conte dedicò a questa complessa opera buona parte della vita, prima di suicidarsi, nel 1815. Difficile anche solo accennare ai vari livelli del film, tra sogno, fantasy ed esoterismo. Rondalli comunque ha “ridotto” le sessantasei giornate del romanzo, ambientate in Spagna, in dieci giorni nell’Alta Murgia, e la definizione di Decamerone nero o gotico è perfetta. Il film comincia con il conte polacco che scrive e medita il suicidio. Poi si passa al 1734, all’indomani della battaglia di Bitonto. Alfonso van Worden, un giovane ufficiale vallone, deve raggiungere il suo reggimento a Napoli. Si mette in cammino, nonostante il suo servitore cerchi di dissuarderlo dall’attraversare l’altopiano delle Murge. Il seguito è un intreccio fantastico tra sogno e realtà. Un percorso iniziatico per Alfonso, tra allucinazioni, magia, caverne, locande malfamate, apparizioni diaboliche e amori scabrosi.



Alberto Rondalli: Director
Alberto Rondalli: Writer
Ramo Spa: Producer
Nahuel Perez Biscayart: Key Cast “Alfonso”
Alessio Boni: Key Cast “Pietro da Oria”
Valentina Cervi: Key Cast “Ines”


Film Type: Feature
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
Completion Date: December 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language:  Italian, French, Spanish
Shooting Format: Alexa
Film Color: Color


© Agadah – All rights reserved.



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In a not too distant future, there has been a world-wide dictatorship that automatically defines “The System”. The power grip of this structure has been so well orchestrated and implemented that the same population does not appear to experience the bond of slavery for which it has been reduced. In such a context, contingent contingents of rebels try to oppose the appalling vice of the System. Our story takes hold of the moment when the rebel leader chooses to deliver himself spontaneously in the opponent’s arms, knowing to go to the first “Public Rieducation”, or a brainwash in the public square.




Film Type: Short
Runtime: 16 minutes 9 seconds
Completion Date: January 25, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: DIGITAL
Film Color: Color


© Vestitio, marvin88production – All rights reserved.



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A young woman experiences strange, mysterious phenomena in New York City after discovering three chests in the woods. An ode to classic Italian fantastique horror.


Joshua Alexander Matteo: Director
Joshua Alexander Matteo: Writer
Joshua Alexander Matteo: Producer
Maria Jose: Key Cast
Massima Desire: Key Cast
Mars Hobrecker: Key Cast
Untitled Queen: Key Cast
Alec Bandzes: Key Cast
B.D. Rosa: Music
Adam Powers: Editor and Sound
Benjamin Boyles (TinyTiger Media): Director of Photography


Film Type: Short
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Fairy Tale
Runtime: 15 minutes
Completion Date: August 14, 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color


Director Statement:
METANOIA, METANOIA was originally written without any esoteric research or themes. My mission was simply to make an Italian style fantasy thriller, in the style of Dario Argento’s Inferno. After doing a bit of esoteric research, I discovered Gnosticism. I found that the myths and the themes of the Gnostics fit in eerily perfectly with my film. It truly was divine inspiration. The film was delayed, and I embarked on a 4-month deep research journey. The plot was relatively the same as the first script, but now with more meat and soul. It excited, frightened, and moved me to see how perfectly it fit-almost as if the spirits were calling upon me to make this film. Although the film remains esoteric and the riddles and mysteries are not concretely explained, all Gnostic figures and themes are accurately depicted in the film. The antiques in the film are all certified true Gnostic antiques, some of them 1700 years old. It was a joy to become forever inspired by Gnosticism and I truly believe the spirits touched this film. I hope the magic is tangible to you, the viewer. Please enjoy the dream that is METANOIA, METANOIA and perhaps you can figure out the mystery.
Joshua Alexander Matteo


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Stella Erratica

Alone on a desolate planet. Or is he?

This experimental lo-fi sci-fi, shot on super 8 film, charts a voyage through space to another world. Although the monsters may lie much closer to home…
Props from the film were also used by David Bowie’s production team for his penultimate music video, ‘Blackstar’.
The film was painstakingly edited by hand, using optical effects to create an authentic, vintage style.



Ben Barton: Director
Michael Slade: Key Cast
K.B. Gibson: Key Cast


Film Type: Experimental, Short
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Experimental, Short
Runtime: 9 minutes 25 seconds
Completion Date: January 30, 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: United Kingdom
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Super 8


Director Statement:
“I was so lucky that production of this film coincided with David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’. When his team contacted us about hiring the spacesuit we had reserved for the production, we were happy to help him out. In return, he funded our little film. I was delighted. Of course, at the time we didn’t know it would be his final project before he died. So it’s bittersweet, in a way. But I’m happy to be connected with that amazing legacy.”


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This documentary explores the life and intellectual works of Italian long forgotten mythologist Furio Jesi. His extraordinary life-journey as an infant prodigy, a young archaeologist who dropped out of high school at 16 to travel around the Mediterranean, studying the myths of ancient cultures. During the ’60s he was involved in the communist uprisings in Italy while working as a freelance encyclopedist. He accepted a job at the University of Palermo, and he was the last professor appointed without any degree. His short life left a legacy of wonder in all those who met him. The movie explores also some of his outstanding philosophical concepts such as the “mythological machine” or the “wordless ideas”.



Carlo Trombino: Director
Claudia Martino: Director
Carlo Trombino: Writer
Diego Bonsangue: Producer
Giuseppe Di Lorenzo: Producer
Simone Trombino: Producer
Gianni Vattimo: Key Cast
Gianandrea Piccioli: Key Cast
Elisabetta Chicco Vitzizzai: Key Cast
Gianni Gebbia: Key Cast
Gianni Puglisi: Key Cast
Margherita Cottone: Key Cast
Manfredi Bernardini: Editing


Film Type: Documentary
Genres: Philosophy, History, Gnosticism, Egyptology
Runtime: 1 hour
Completion Date: July 20, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color


© FURIO JESI – MAN FROM UTOPIA – All rights reserved.



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Loneliness and an obsession with vanity have pushed one woman to take unconventional measures to find happiness. After her daily beauty regimen, she decides to perform more drastic procedures on her body which trigger her inner thoughts to drive her mad. She Finally leaves her home to venture into the outside world only to find more sadistic ways to enhance her beauty regimen. Symbols of birth, death, and rebirth grace the film and ask the audience to ponder the question: How far would you go to turn back time?



Marinah Janello: Director
Marinah Janello: Writer
Evan Phennicie: Producer
Sissy O’Hara: Key Cast
Amanda McGrady: Director of Photography


Film Type: Short
Runtime: 14 minutes 55 seconds
Completion Date: September 27, 2017
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: 16mm
Film Color: Color


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After a long journey through space, the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originate from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and to make the biggest discovery in history. Yamaka, the outcaste rabbi, is searching for something subtler. He believes that Jerusalem is not just a mystical idea, but an actual place, where he might find the feeling of holiness missing in his life. Together they followed the clues and arrived at their destination, but instead of a living planet and a holy city, they find only the fragments of what once was…



Yoni Salmon: Director
Alon Rothem: Writer
the thousandth crane productions, Alon Rothem: Producer


Film Type: Animation
Runtime: 12 minutes 25 seconds
Completion Date: January 11, 2017
Country of Origin: Israel
Country of Filming: Israel
Film Language: Hebrew
Shooting Format: 2D Animation
Film Color: Color


© NIGGUN – All rights reserved.



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Deeply Absurd Lucidity

A man trapped in a limbo of absurd and randomly projected visions that seem to be driven by an obscure shapeshifter who has hacked into his mental and emotional intelligence.



Sammy Sayed: Director
Sammy Sayed: Writer
Medrar for Contemporary Art: Producer
Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI): Producer
Sammy Sayed: Key Cast
Maiam: Key Cast
Mena El Shazly: Key Cast
Rukia: Key Cast
Saber: Key Cast
Amr Diab: Key Cast
Omar Abou Doma: Director of Photography
Valeria Misko: Additional Footage
Sherif Sharkawy: Additional Footage
Mena El Shazly: Additional Footage
Mahmoud Eissa: Line Producer
Mostafa Ezzat: Camera Operators
Marwan Zakaria: Camera Operators
Amr Diab: Lighting Technicians
Saber: Lighting Technicians
Ahmed Ezzat: Film Editor
Mohamed El Sherbieny: Film Editor
Mohamed El Sherbieny: Visual Effects
Mohamed El Sherbieny: Color Grading
Sammy Sayed: Music composer
Sammy Sayed: Sound Design
Ahmad Kubbara: Sound recordist and mixing


Project Title (Original Language): وضوح سخيف عميق‎
Film Type: Experimental, Short, Other
Genres: Surreal Humor, Avant Garde
Runtime: 8 minutes
Completion Date: January 21, 2018
Country of Origin: Egypt
Country of Filming: Egypt, Germany
Film Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew
Shooting Format: Digital Cinema
Film Color: Color


Director Statement:
I wanted to create a film that is viewed from a different perspective and approach than what is aesthetically normal. Creating an atmosphere of uncertainty, tension, and dark surreal humor through grinding and fast information that is metaphorically symbolic to history, knowledge, and culture programmed into the protagonist’s mind and emotional intelligence. All these information aren’t necessarily absolutely true and could be a perversion of information on the internet where we mostly and easily get our information from. The web is an easy medium that most of the information in our modern world comes from, basically through google search engines.

The film creates confusion and corruption in language, majorly and especially between English subtitles and Arabic spoken or written language as a way to express the complexity of the unconscious and conscious mind perception, especially to anyone who actually knows both languages, such as the protagonist. In the same time, this corruption in language is also somehow meant to express that any reality or information can have different meanings if we look with the mind’s eye and beyond just language, and this is all depending mostly on the way we perceive and understand what we see.

The image most of the time is projected in a fast and chaotically ordered way that is pretty hard to follow, with a large amount of different layered information put into it. All these dualities and contradicting / counteractive / conflicting / confusing layers of information and meanings in the image whether it be the mistranslated subtitles or the unusual approach in video editing and VFX, it is all meant to create the effect of an alien abduction and/or seeing from the perspective of an alien entity that is hacking / possessing or uniting with the protagonist. The film as a whole is meant to be a metaphoric expression of the process of that encounter, it is meant to make the audience see from the different complex and alien perspective.

The film has also a great deal of symbolism that may refer to how the protagonist is affected by different yet still related energies and subjects such as war, religion, mysticism, history, information on the web, his childhood, love & fear, authority, life & death, hunger, lust, tradition, culture, the past, the present and the future, surveillance, freedom & enslavement. All these subjects are popping up in the film in a merely compressed way making it an overwhelming journey in a short period of time. I tried to create that unusual effect, the effect of a visionary dream / an alien abduction / an encounter with an intelligent trickster force / a journey between pain and serenity / a hallucinogenic trip that unlocks the unconscious and darkened waste in the mind / occult and mystical knowledge / ignorance and the obvious negativity in animal cruelty and the lack of empathy. Yet again all these information shouldn’t be necessarily right and / or wrong, but it is merely what is in the mind of the protagonist and merely it is what the antagonist may be shuffling around for us to see.

In short terms the film can be seen as a surreal dream that has so many information stacked into it, or has no meaning at all. we all had complex dreams before, and I tried to express what is in the emotional intelligence and mind of the protagonist in the image, I tried to capture that dream into a film. Dreams could have so many interpretations, and I believe that my film just as dreams, could be interpreted in many different ways, and I would actually and honestly say that what I am writing here in this statement is yet my own personal interpretation, even though I am the filmmaker and the main character too.

Thank You!
Sammy Sayed


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Alchemical Chess

A game of Alchemical Chess ends with the Unveiling of the White Queen and the Union of Red Lion and White Eagle.
A combination of stop-motion animation, 2D animation, and live-action provide the intricate visuals for this surreal and esoteric music-video to Orryelle’s Alchemical Chess song. Featured is his Alchemical Chess set made of bronze, glass, and clay.


Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule: Director
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule: Writer
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule: Producer
Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule: Key Cast


Film Type: Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short
Runtime: 8 minutes 11 seconds
Completion Date: March 21, 2016
Country of Origin: Australia
Country of Filming: Australia
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color


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