‘QUIETUS’ Garners International Accolades
BERLIN — QUIETUS, the first film released by Somerville, MA entertainment company Auspicious Phoenix Productions, was awarded Best Short at Around International Film Festival (ARFF) Berlin this week.
Director Joy Song (SOME ELSE WHERE, PARTISANS) said in a post on Facebook that she was “very honoured and proud” of the recognition, and thanked her cast and crew for their work. “Much <3 to the dream team, it wouldn't have been possible without you guys.” Song also edited the film and built the sound design from scratch.
Produced by Jim DanDee (SOME ELSE WHERE, BLOOD HIGHWAY) with cinematography by Oleg Bolotov (BLOOD HIGHWAY, DREAMERS) — both co-founders of Auspicious Phoenix Productions — the short visual concept piece stars Maureen Renee Hughes (TRUST NO 1, SAVE THIS DANCE) as a nameless woman undertaking a process of rebirth.
The film was also selected for competition in the 2018 International New York Film Festival (INYFF) this week, and will screen this summer in Manhattan, New York.
Featuring production design by Clementina Marini Clarelli (NEW GUARDS) and Ellie Levine (BORDERLINE), QUIETUS was shot almost entirely within a custom-built set at The Space Studio, Auspicious Phoenix's flagship 2500 square-foot production and entertainment facility.
DanDee noted the benefits of being able to shoot in a relaxed studio environment included the ability to tirelessly rehearse complex camera movements. Oftentimes a single shot or move would comprise the entire scene.
“It was great to be able to provide my director with the time to shoot the movie they wanted to shoot, which is always the thing we don't get to have any control over,” DanDee said. “I think that time shows on screen.”
Tickets for QUIETUS at the International New York Film Festival are available at this link.