With previous Loading Docs titles now having racked up over a million views, the application process late last year for the third outing drew a record number of submissions. The 10 teams selected to make 3-minute doco shorts are already under way, having completed a weekend workshop in January.
Six of the 10 teams taking part are based in Auckland, with the others working in Christchurch, Taranaki, Wellington, and the Cook Islands.
As with previous editions, several familiar names are in the mix. Doug Dillaman’s a regular contributor to The Lumiere Reader and serial 48Hour competitor with Hybrid Motion Pictures, whose indie feature Jake released in 2013. Robert George was the cinematographer for This Giant Papier-Mâché Boulder Is Actually Really Heavy, which has its world premiere in the US next week. Joe Hitchcock’s indie feature Penny Black is currently touring cinemas,
Louise Leitch’s NZFC-supported shorts Blankets and Whakatiti both travelled well. Leitch is now developing a feature project, Unseen. Felicity Morgan-Rhind had doco short Fiona’s Story selected for Doc Edge a few years back, and a successful commercial career, including Cannes Lion awarded work for Frank (below).
Greg Wood’s Helmut Makes A Quilt, also produced by Loading Docs teammate Declan Cahill, was a finalist at Show Me Shorts in 2014.
Among the producers Morgan Leigh Stewart was part of the teams behind Deathgasm and another curated shorts project, K Rd Stories, while Topp Twins producer Arani Cuthbert and actor and producer Nathaniel Lees need no introduction.
As for its previous editions Loading Docs is supported by NZ On Air and the NZFC. The 2016 titles will mount their crowdfunding campaigns shortly and launch online later in the year.
The 2016 films and teams are:
Dir: Joe Hitchcock
Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart
Four-year-old Dahlia leads us in her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.
Dir/Prod: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere
Knight-in-waiting Martainn must battle his inner demons if he hopes to achieve his dream of becoming a champion in his beloved sport of full contact medieval combat.
Imagine the World is Ending
Dir/Prod: Doug Dillaman, Brendan Withy
Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem?
Same but Different
Dir: Louise Leitch
Prod: Sue Ruffell
Best mates, Byron and Neil, must re-calibrate their friendship when Bryon transitions from a man to a woman.
Dir: Leigh Minarapa
Prod: Nathaniel Lees
Being visible in a world that doesn’t want to see you.
The Impeccable Larry Woods
Dir: Eldon Booth
Prod: Alex Lovell
Larry Woods is a shoeshine man on a mission to peddle goodwill and cheer; a far cry from his hedonistic days as a member of Auckland’s wealthy elite.
Water for Gold
Dir: Rose Archer
Prod: Sandy Wijetunge
An animated conversation with leading legal professor, Jane Kelsey, on how international trade law is leading us to trade water for gold.
How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara
Dir: Felicity Morgan-Rhind
Prod: Arani Cuthbert
When two young Chinese refugees fall in love in 1955 their passion for each other and the land changes the way New Zealand farms kumara, our iconic indigenous crop.
Aka’ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands
Dir: Robert George
Prod: Lucy Cole
Against the odds an Englishman living with Cystic Fibrosis who has devoted his life to learning the ancient Polynesian art of tātatau (tattoo) and now he must find the right apprentice to continue the tradition, before it’s too late.
Dir: Greg Wood, Peter Alsop
Prod: Declan Cahill
A photo colourist from the 1950s picks up the cotton wool one more time to showcase the wonderful aesthetic of a lost art