Jornada del Muerto
It’s just one more week till the CineMacabre. How time flies!
If you live in Cape Town and don’t know anything about this event, then you seriously need to pay more attention to what is happening around you. It’s going to be one to remember. A two hour feast of exquisitely dark and macabre short films and other creations.
Time: 19:45 (for 20:00)
Place: Labia Theatre on Orange – Main cinema downstairs
If you would like to reserve seats, please phone the Labia Theatre at 021 424 5927. The reservation will be payable on the night, if you have reserved and don’t show up the tickets will go on sale again before the show starts.
Alternatively you can go directly to the Labia Theatre from today onwards to buy a ticket at their box office.
HOW THIS CAME TO BE:
It all started a couple of months ago … we were approached by a fellow South African filmmaker, Ric Shields to help set up a screening of his short movie ‘Bloodrush’. Out of this grew an event which will showcase some of the most Macabre, dark and strange short films around, along with a great music video.
‘Bloodrush’ was shot in Sydney, Australia, and completed over the space of three years. It’s a very interesting take on the Urban Vampire full of memorable moments.
A good friend of his, Mark Jackson will be showing his short film ‘Die Hel’. Which was shown at Grahamstown a few years ago. A very moody, very South African short film, set in the Karroo.
Along with these two great shorts, you’ll get to see two Flamedrop Productions films.
The new Terminatryx “Obsession” music video which will be premiering at the event.
‘Marked’ a short film which features great special effects make-up.
We will be screening three of our latest films namely: Anna, Jornada Del Muerto and Onrusbarend.
Set in a typical rural South African setting, Anna tells the story of a lonely couple who meet on a deserted road on their way to Cape Town. An unfortunate event leads them to spending a night together in a creepy small town hotel. A night of unbearable horror lies ahead, as a cycle of pleasure and pain comes to its blood conclusion.
Documenting the emotional melström of an unfortunate woman. Onrusbarend is an unsettling story filled with Lovecraftian, South African and biblical references, hinting at the process of inception, birth and finally propagation of a meme. Onrusbarend starts with a narration by Esté Kira and won the South African Shnit Realtime festival 2011. It was filmed and edited over three consecutive days.
Jornada Del Muerto
A travelogue through the mind of an unknown solder, Jornada del Muerto invites it’s viewers to stroll through spectral landscapes of hidden beauty. It explores the personal tragedy of dying, with symbolic comparison to the first nuclear explosions which ended WW2. Delving into the relationship between love and death, Jornada del Muerto is full of archetypal characters and subtle humor. Surreal situations with small bursts of animation help drive this unconventional story forward. Jornada del Muerto remains very open to subjective interpretation, while not compromise it’s narrative element.
Jornada Del Muerto: A Single Day’s Journey of a Dead Man.
It all started with a phone call…
On a sunny winter’s afternoon Ronnie was busy having a cup of BlackMilk Coffee when his mobile phone rang. He didn’t recognise the number, but proceeded to answer.
On the other end was none other than Garrreth Bird, one of Cape Town’s top independent film makers. He informed Ronnie that he was planning on creating a film screening event to be held within the next month and wanted to know if BlackMilk Productions had any film material that they would like to be included at this prestigious evening. The only catch was that the film should not have been screened elsewhere, thus being a premier.
“All our films have had previous screenings, but we do have a few adverts and smaller projects that could possibly meet the needs…” Ronnie replied.
Garrreth suggested that the evening should rather incorporate short films, and not adverts of any kind.
“We will make you a film for this evening…” Ronnie promised, without thinking about what he had just said.
“That is extremely bold…” Garrreth replied.
“We will do it.” Ronnie assured him.
And so the latest BlackMilk Productions film, Jornada Del Meurto, was born.
Ronnie Belcher and Thomas Dorman wrote the script the following day and sent it to the rest of the BlackMilk team. Leon Visser and Esté Kira made it their own. Shortly after, the screenplay was written and finalized by the team. A war torn, post apocalyptic world was created, riddled with Surrealism and Symbolism, true to the nature of BlackMilk.
As per usual, the film was directed by both Ronnie and Thomas.
Esté Kira arrived on set with a truckload of props and constructed the most interesting and beautiful elements that lives within the Jornada Del Muerto world. The team trusts her unique vision more than they can express, and she never disappoints.
Leon Visser had one final look at the screenplay and you could see that behind his eyes a whole film was running silently. All he had to do was to capture it with his camera, and so he did. He is also responsible for the beautiful final touches and soul that the final visual edit provides, with Lohan Koegelenberg capturing breathtaking stills.
Thomas and Ronnie wanted to create a film that could resonate with some of their earlier works such as KiTTY KiLL, and decided to include animation that would act as ‘bridges’ between scenes. Thomas worked around the clock to mastermind and create the final animation, which turned out spectacular. These are true works of art that add another layer to the film.
“We also knew that the sound design had to be something special… We wanted to create an audible experience, as well as a visual.” Ronnie states. Ronnie was in charge of the sound design, which turned out to be exactly what he set out to do. “This film is going to look AND sound amazing on screen.” he adds.
Paul Malherbe, Sasha Perdigao, Zoltan T. Szabo, and Barend Buitekamer were cast as the characters, and they all did a fantastic job, lending their amazing talent to this production. The BlackMilk team also makes a quick appearance in one of the scenes…
Jornada Del Muerto is a classic BlackMilk Production where the whole team brought their strengths to the table to create an amazing short film. They would also like to extend their gratitude to all their friends that helped with this project.
Jornada Del Muerto will premier on 20 July 2011 at the “ON THE BOIL” film screening event at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. See more details HERE.
All photos by Lohan Koegelenberg.