Thursday night saw this year’s crop of Loading Docs titles launched at an event at Auckland’s Academy Cinemas. Five of the three-minute titles are now available for viewing by online audiences, while the five titles playing the NZIFF ahead of features will be go online later on.
Introducing the films, Loading Docs creators Anna Jackson and Julia Parnell noted that last year’s crop of titles had racked up over 400,000 views, and that they hoped this year’s selection woud double that total.
Filmmakers took the stage in between screenings for brief Q&A sessions, offering some insight into the wide range of production paths taken – from a single half-day shoot in Otara Market for Hamish Bennett’s Tihei, the cyclone-threatened couple of days shooting Kusada to the six days over six weeks to explore Fantasy Cave.
Half of the 10 titles are now available to view on the Loading Docs vimeo channel, which also hosts the nine titles from last year. Last year vimeo’s Jason Sondhi helped launch Loading Docs, with some titles selected as vimeo staff picks. This year Wendell Cooke and Jeremy Macey’s Gina, originally pitched as Killer App, is out of the blocks as a vimeo staff pick.
Loading Docs opened its submission call last October, naming its 2015 teams in late January. The Boosted fundraising campaign in March left Amber Easby & Henry Oliver’s Kusada the best-supported title, with all 10 passing the $2000 target.
Kusuda is another of the five titles immediately available, along with Justin Hawkes & Ian Hart’s Conversations with Pets (pitched as The Pet Whisperer), Karl Sheridan and Robin Gee’s Please Open (originally The Crystal Palace) and Louis Olsen and Frances Haszard’s Waihorotiu (fka H20 Below).
Rowena Baines’ Dancing in the Dark (fka Dance Like Nobody’s Watching), Michelle Savill and Matt Henley’s Fantasy Cave, Nikki Castle’s Madness Made Me, Hamish Bennett’s Tihei and J.Ollie Lucks’ Wilbur Force will be available after their NZIFF debuts.
Loading Docs is supported by the NZFC and NZ On Air. The titles are also available to view on TVNZ Ondemand.