Hunt and Ritchie's short films shown tonight
Photographer and filmmaker Antoine Hunt and Juliz Guluzar Ritchie are showing three short films this evening at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
The films are “Bermuda Shorts” and “Bold or Bald?”
Ms Ritchie is Turkish British and she has lived in Istanbul, Turkey, Berlin, Germany, and London, England, prior to moving to Bermuda.
And Bermudian Mr. Hunt has also travelled extensively and has resided in Bristol, UK, and in Mexico.
Also showing will be Dr James Martin's 60-minute documentary “The Meaning of 21st Century”, which is narrated by Hollywood celebrity Michael Douglas.
RG: When did you and Ms Ritchie begin working on these films?
AH: Juliz and I started one-and-a-half years ago with me editing her Istanbul short “Bold or Bald?” I joined her during post-production of that film.
Juliz wrote the screenplays and we have co-produced and co-directed the Mexican and the Bermudian short.
RG: When did you begin with filmmaking?
AH: I started 20 years ago shooting video for TV. Although Juliz has her degree in mathematical engineering she did her masters in film and TV. She has been making shorts and conceptual video installations starting about 20 years ago.
RG: What was the inspiration behind these films?
AH&JR: We would like to produce seven shorts that add up to a feature length film. Similar to “Paris, Je T'Aime” or Jim Jarhmush's “Night on Earth”.
The idea is that the audience will be taken on a journey to experience the essence and flavour of these exotic locations via these authentic stories with a twist.
All these films came about organically, we have extenuated on the little stories happening around us, with the Mexico film, a 40-year-old 'single' girl friend of mine was exploring ways of having a kid. We found ourselves in the midst of her dilemma and turned the dilemma into a film and then turned her into our protagonist.
Whereas in Bermuda a holiday in the sun heats up when a visitor Mr Kawasaki (Jay Autor) goes shopping and ends up with the wrong pair of shorts. We were lucky to cast popular local personalities such as Charmaine Burgess, as the news reporter, Belcario Thomas and Julia Kempe as the husband and cheated wife, and Alexandria as the so called 'client'.
RG: What was the most challenging thing about making these films?
AH&JR: Not having ten arms. The majority of the time I am the only crew member who is single-handedly managing the cinematography and the sound department. Not having enough time during production as our cast is volunteering their time. This is gorilla film making.
RG: What are the names of all the countries that you travelled to?
AH&JR: These three shorts films were made in Istanbul, Turkey, San Miguel De Allende, Mexico and Bermuda.
Dr Martin has travelled around the world and interviewed influential scholars and scientists in the making of his documentary that is based on his book of the same title “The Meaning of the 21st Century”.
RG: Was the travel challenging?
AH&JR: It was fun including the challenges.
RG: What do you hope that people will take away from these shorts?
AH&JR: Essence and the flavour of the locations involved. Entertained, spiced up! I think in life every situation creates its own rights and dynamics there are no black or white, yes or no answers. And these films are about us dealing our dilemmas without taking ourselves too seriously.
RG: How did you get Michael Douglas involved?
AH: Michael Douglas enjoyed Dr Martin's film and offered to narrate the film free for the project.
Screening is this evening at 6.30pm at BUEI. Entry is free, but space is limited.