We are thrilled to be partnering with Still Voices Short Film Festival to bring you a series of podcasts. We’re kicking off with 3 very talented documentary filmmakers. Kaitlyn Schwalje & Alex Wolf Lewis join us to talk about their film Snowy and Tom Dream joins us to talk about his film Shy Radicals. We were delighted to have fellow filmmaker Jenny Keogh hosting and making this such a fabulous and informative conversation.

Still Voices Short Film Festival runs 4-7 November. See the full programme here.

Snowy (Kaitlyn Schwalje, Alex Wolf Lewis)

Snowy, a four-inch-long pet turtle, has lived an isolated life in the family basement. With help from a team of experts and his caretaker, Uncle Larry, we ask: Can Snowy be happy, and what would it take?

Shy Radicals (Tom Dream)

Shy Radicals is a portrait of Hamja Ahsan and the story behind his remarkable book and satirical manifesto, which calls for all shy, quiet, and introverted people to unify and overthrow Extrovert-Supremacy.

Meet the Filmmakers

Kaitlyn Schwalje

Kaitlyn Schwalje is a science journalist and documentary director based in Portland, Maine. She received a B.S. in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and completed her postgraduate studies at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Before pivoting to storytelling, Kaitlyn worked for the research division of the Walt Disney Company. Her stories about her disaster obsessed father, tsunamis, and city squirrels appear in CBC, Atlas Obscura, WNYC, 99% Invisible, Nat Geo, and others.

Alex Wolf Lewis

Alex Wolf Lewis is a director and DP based in New York City and Portland, Maine. As a director, credits include, Snowy (Sundance 2021), Single Room Occupancy (SIFF 2016, Big Sky 2017, Short of The Week) and Hildegarde’s Piano (Rooftop Film Festival 2019). As a DP, he has travelled the world for work, shooting for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Vice, Netflix, HBO, CNN, PBS, A&E, Discovery, Well Groomed (HBO Sports, SXSW 2019, Hot Docs 2019) and 2nd Unit DP on the narrative feature Critical Thinking, dir. John Leguizamo, (SXSW 2020).
For updates on future screenings and Snowy’s health… 
Website: https://www.snowythefilm.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/snowythefilm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/snowy_the_film/

Tom Dream

Margate-based director Tom Dream collaborates closely with artists to create truly original music videos, live music and documentary content. Tom has a background in music and psychology and currently lives in a 1970s location house by the sea. Style-nostalgia, nature and psychology are recurring themes that feature strongly in his work. Tom is passionate about capturing ongoing stories as they unfold, illuminating the people behind the music, and unpicking human dynamics. Tom has recently worked as documentary DOP for Julien Temple, and shot Black Sabbath’s final tour ‘The End of The End’. Tom recently signed to Black Dog Films in the UK, and is currently bringing his expertise in filming high-profile music documentaries to long-form human interest features in development this year.

Website: http://www.tomdream.co.uk/

Jenny Keogh

Jenny Keogh is a trained photographer (BA HONS 1999) and a non-fiction filmmaker since 2010. Following the International success of her award-winning short film Story Bud? she went on to make a mini-series of short films celebrating and preserving Irish slang (aka the Hiberno-English language). She set up her own production company, Stand Out Films in 2016 and over the years has become the go-to person for Artists and Crafters to work with to produce profile-films and video content for their websites and social media platforms.  Amongst many, some of her clients include Padraig McCaul (painter), Norman McCloskey (photographer), Breda Marron (sculptor) Karen Wilson (painter), Patricia Fitzgerald (mandala artist) and Garret Mallon (goldsmith), all very much established and recognised in their fields. Jenny has a huge understanding of the Creative Business sector and has worked closely with Artists and Makers from all over Ireland. Documentary films being her passion, she is also the co-founder and the documentary programmer of the Rialto Cinema Club in The Circular venue, Dublin 8, which supports and promotes, in the main, Irish short/feature documentary films, focusing on the arts, music and culture. It takes place biweekly, on Tuesdays – the next feature film screening on Tuesday, 19th October is called Henry GlassieField Work by renowned Irish director Pat Collins. Be sure to check out the trailer and ticket information on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3DdPxIl

Website : www.thecircular.ie/rialtocinemaclub

Website : www.standoutfilms.ie         

Website : www.jennykeogh.com

Email : standoutfilms.ie@gmail.com     

Instagram : @jennykeogh (Rialto Cinema Club) @standoutfilms.ie 


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