LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7, 2014 / PRNewswire — Walking to the Moon Productions/Trek for Peace short-form documentary on South Sudan, ten minutes is two hours, an official selection of numerous international film festivals in 2013, will next be screening as part of the San Diego Black Film Festival (SBFF) on Saturday, February 1. SBFF was established in 2002 to preserve and promote African American & African Diaspora Cinema. Held each year in late January, SBFF has grown to be one of the largest black film festivals in the country.
ten minutes is two hours was one of the most popular works distributed by OneCloudFest, and became a finalist for their “Best Video of 2013,” as voted on by the public on social media. The cloud-based festival and distribution entity that was one of MovieMaker’s 2013 Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee. ten minutes is two hours last theatrical screening was at the National Constitution Center as part of the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
As tensions increase in the youngest country in the world, ten minutes is two hours, which was shot in South Sudan in the fall of 2013 and completed in early 2013, has become a prescient work.
Executive Produced by Dennis Garcia of Walking to the Moon Productions and Produced by Leo Garcia, ten minutes is two hours, is, in the words of Director and Editor Patrick Kennelly, “both a work of and a commentary upon cultural exploitation. It is a self-consciously “cinematic” recreation of a journey through a land plagued by the ghosts of colonialism and the present anxiety of conflicting religious and political agendas – both of which can often seem one and the same. Evoking a surreal sense of place, both very present and very distant, the video depicts the hazy lines between notions of “foreign aid” “missionary practice” and “colonialism,” and shows the ways history has of recycling itself.”
In constructing the video, Kennelly was inspired by the politically charged silent-era montage of Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Dziga Vertov, and Sergei Eisenstein and the later impressionistic film and video works of Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard.
Special Advisor on ten minutes is two hours was Rudwan Dawod, leading member of Girifna, a non-violent resistance movement dedicated to overthrowing the National Congress Party (NCP), the governing political party of Sudan. The NCP is headed by Sudan’s president and accused war criminal, Omar al-Bashir. Dawod was arrested in July 2012 by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service for participating in a peaceful anti-regime demonstration in Khartoum. Accused of terrorist activities by Sudan’s government, Dawod endured 45 days of detainment, beatings, and torture. Since being released, he has quickly become the face of Sudan’s non-violent revolution.
To learn more about ten minutes is two hours, produced by Walking to the Moon Productions in association with Highways, Inc. and U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D, please visit www.tenminutemovie.com.
Walking to the Moon Productions is currently in pre-production on the feature film Excess Flesh, a dramedy about body dysmorphia from the same producing team of Dennis Garcia, Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly.
CONTACT: Patrick Kennelly