We’re thrilled to be showing thoughtful and eloquent two-hander ‘Currents’ directed by Tristan Brandon and Daniel Izui at this years CUT. An Evening of Short Films. With its tabletop setting and black and white crispness we are totally picking up a Jarmuschian vibe you have to see for yourself. Here’s what Daniel, who also stars in the film along side Lee Stark, had to said for our Artist Spotlight:
Who is your favorite director? Why?
Krzysztof Kieslowski. The Double Life of Veronique and The Three Colors Trilogy are some of the most beautiful and enigmatic films I have ever seen. The themes of second chances and interconnectedness, that are often common in his films, are ones that I find endlessly fascinating. His use of color and perspective in his frames are stunning. Kieslowski is a huge inspiration to me as a filmmaker.
Is there an art form outside of film that has influenced your filmmaking?
Music. I wish I could play an instrument or sing, but unfortunately I can’t. Not well anyway. The first images that I see when thinking about a new film are almost always inspired by a piece of music. There usually aren’t literal connections between the film and whatever the music happens to be, but definitely an emotional ones.
Why is film important in our world today? Or is it?
In a societal context, I’m not sure. I think films have the capacity to inspire people to action and vice versa. Film is a medium that engages people and lets them reflect on life in a very direct fashion. Your focus is directed toward whatever is in frame and the frame is constantly changing. That can evoke all kinds of sensory information. It allows the viewer to connect with a film in any number of subjective ways. In that way I feel like it is unique from other art forms. If a person makes a strong connection with a film, then I think it’s important.