Sunday, October 30, 2011

Weight of Salt



















Year of release: 2014
Genre: Documentary
Duration:  73 minutes
Director: Margaret Bong
Original Language: Kelabit, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, English
Subtitle: English
Country of production: East Malaysia
Shooting location: Bario, Kelabit Highland, Borneo
Short synopsis:

Weight of Salt gives a glimpse into the life of the last active salt maker family in an isolated highland in Borneo. It is a portrait of the tribe with simple life; but not after 2009 when the first road connecting this remote village to the populated lowlands was completed. The same year, cellular communication was extended to this area. The family knows that the continuation of the trade depends on the children. However, the parents want them to receive an education. This is not only brings changes to their lives and the salt making tradition will surely come to an end.






















Background

A story is about the changes in a little place in Borneo as seen through the lives of a salt making family. It is about people on the move in the little hamlet of Bario. People move in, move out, and they move around this place. The movements are physical and cultural

We see the rite of passage of an individual, echoing the rite of passage of his people.


It not our intention to make these issues the focus of our story. Our story, after all, is about the movement of people. This film is character-driven. Through interviews and informal dialogue, our characters will share their stories. We might gain a little insight into their journeys. Perhaps, we might even recognize our own journeys.


Director Statement:


 In 2005 I came across the traditional way of making salt while on a getaway trip to the isolated world of the Kelabit Highlands. I questioned its future. The answers to the hard question did not come fast and instead it took 7 years of my life to explore the answers. With so much time passed, my memories of my time in the highlands started to fade. And I knew that as I started to forget, the Kelabit people themselves have also started to let go of their old ways. I felt sad that the new Kelabit generation would not know about it.
Premiere: TBC

Thursday, August 4, 2011

FATIHA


FATIHA /HD / 23minutes / 2010
Last ride with mama.
Shoot with 5Dmark II

Synopsis: Last right with mama.

Coming screening:
GuangZhou Documentary Film Festival , Dec 2011

Previous Screening:
HAFF, Hangzhou Asian Film Festival, 2011
IFFR Rotterdam ,2011

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/fatiha/

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Project in Development II

RUSTY HAIRPIN
锈 花 针

Project Details:-

Film title: RUSTY HAIRPIN
Chinese title: 锈 花 针
Genre: Fictional Drama
Duration: 120 minutes
Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: English
Shooting Format: High Definition/ 35mm
Shooting Location: Sarawak, Borneo

Prodcution Company:
Joonloostudio

Partner Attached:
Hubert Bals Script and Development Fund

Current Goal:
Co-producer, Sales Agents, Funds

Short Synopsis:-
Rusty Hairpin is an emotional story of a Chinese mother and daughter from a communist family background, live through the most chaotic eras of Malaysia’s modern history. The entire story takes place in Sarawak, the biggest state in Malaysia, with arguably the most active communist movements in the country that lasted for more than 50 years before reaching the peace agreement in 1990. The story spans for 60 years witnessing the fate of these two women under with the major political events in the country which changed the course of their lives.


Contact:
Joonloostudio
Margaret Bong

Address:
No 28 Lorong Hilir 5,
Taman Gembira 41100 Klang,
Selangor. Malaysia

Email: joonloostudio@gmail.com

Project in Development I















Singing Tombstone


Project Details
Film Title: SINGING TOMBSTONE
Genre: Fictional Drama
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: Mandarin
Subtitle: Malaysian and English
Shooting Format: HD
Shooting Location: Sarawak, East Malaysia



Prodcution Company:
Joonloostudio

Introduction:

Singing Tombstone is a feature film project set for theatrical release and film festivals. This film is a collaboration effort from Independent filmmakers from Malaysia. The story is adapted based on real characters and their inspiring stories. The narrative begins with Ah Nien who returns home due to an accident that caused severe injury to his head and suffers from memory loss and mental disorder. His father, mother and sister are using their own methods through religious, metaphysical or medical approach respectively in attempt to cure Ah Nien. But as each tries to do so, it intensifies the hidden conflicts among each of them until they exploded.

Through the different narration perspective from each character’s story, it illuminates a slightly different aspect and angle of the theme and to build a large picture than any single story.

Singing Tombstone explores the solitude and isolation that portrayed not as negative consequences but as an internal process of learning of each of the characters. It also the metaphor of breakdown and lost, failure of communication unresolved personal or imposed burden.

Singing Tombstone has a rather moderate tone and pace to critically analyze the film’s main subject and theme. This film is more appropriate with matured audience whom are more acquainted with artistic and philosophical films. The film will consciously run away from the mainstream narrative and tends to offer a fresher cinematic experience. This film will have a proximate visual expression to films from New Wave Cinema.


Synopsis:

Ah Nien is diagnosed with Memory Displacement Disorder (MDD) after an accident which almost took his life. He suffers severe memory loss and dislocation which caused him unable to differentiate past or present. Due to his health condition, his parents and sister have decided to bring Ah Nien home and cure him with their own methods. However his return has eventually spawned havocs to all the family members. The meaningless frustration and desperate inpatient possessed by each family member have bred even more emotional withdrawal and isolation for everyone. In the end, Ah Nien’s memory disorder remains uncured, but the journey of trying to cure him has pulled the disorientated family together and improved the relationship among father, mother and his sister for good.

Project updated:
Singing Tombstone been participarted in Produire Au Sud, Nantes 2007 as well as Rotterdam lab 2008, The Netherland

Joonloo studio is currently looking for goal as:
Co-producer, Sales Agents, Funds

Contact:
Joonloostudio
Margaret Bong

Address:
No 28 Lorong Hilir 5,
Taman Gembira 41100 Klang,
Selangor. Malaysia

Email: joonloostudio@gmail.com

Monday, January 7, 2008

eyefinger













eyefinger, Drama/ HD / 10 minutes/ 2008

Original Title: eyefinger
English Title: eyefinger
Genre: Drama
Director: Margaret BONG
Duration: 10 mins
Shooting Format: HD P2
Subtitle: No dialogue
Shooting Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Screening Format: HD Tape/ DVD/Mini DV (PAL)
Year of Production: Jan 2008


Synopsis:
A woman who experiences post emotional after the son's death.

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/eyefinger/

Full Credit:

Written and Directed by
MARGARET BONG

Associate Producer
GATSBY CHEAH

Executive Producers
FINAS
MARGARET BONG

Director of Photography
NICK LEE PAK LEONG

Visual Graphic Designer
KENNETH HEW

Editor
JACK NG

COCHLEA
Written by Epip Nagro
Performed by Leonard Selva
Courtesy of Joonloo studio Ltd.

Cast
Husband WALTER CHAI
Wife JOSEPHINE KOO LEE IMM
Kid CHU YEE CHERN

Production Manager RAJENDRA
Art Department RAJENDRA FRIENDS
Production Coordinator SHERRY CHEW

Camera Operator LIM KIM HUAT
Camera Assistants BRYN LEE

Still Photographer ENG YOW KHOO
Gaffer LOO KAH FA
Key Grips VINCENT CHAI
Best Boy CHITREM

P2 Technical Support EDDIE
Property Master RAJEN and FRANK
Make-Up GRACE HO

Production Assistants GATSBY BOYS

Catering SHERRY CHEW

Casting CHEW JEN

Story Boarding Artist EDWARD
Translations WALTER CHAI
Sound Design TATAN
Sound Editor TATAN
Colourist NICK LEE
Post-Production WEBTV

Camera Equipment CINERENT (M) SDN BHD

RETRACE















RETRACE, Experiment/ DV / 5 minutes/ 2007

Original Title: RETRACE
English Title: RETRACE
Genre: Experiment
Director: Margaret BONG
Duration: 5 mins
Shooting Format: DV
Subtitle: No dialogue
Shooting Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Screening Format: DVD/Mini DV (PAL)
Year of Production: Nov 2007


Synopsis:
A night a man has a dream.

Director statement:
I dreamed i myself die once; the feeling of lost was hunting me for quite sometime till i decided to make a short film out of it. Moreover, I like Edgar Allan Poe's works. Especially his The Raven Nevermore. Retrace is also inspired by his poem A Dream Within A Dream.

FESTIVALS

2008 International Film Festival Rotterdam, (S.E.A Program)

TUDTU















TUDTU, 15 mins,DV, Color, 2006
Original Title: TUDTU
English Title: The Salt Boy
Genre: Short Documentary
Director: Margaret BONG
Duration: 15 mins
Shooting Format: DV
Subtitle: English
Shooting Location: Bario –Kelabit Highland, Sarawak, Malaysia
Screening Format: DVD/Mini DV (PAL)
Year of Production: March 2006


Synopsis:
This is a story of a young, vulnerable Kelabit boy from the Bario. Raised in a Salt Making family, here he shares his lives and his world that still fills with innocence and also his struggle with his own choice towards the Kelabit Culture.

FESTIVALS

Budi 2006, Busan, South Korea
Freedom Film Festival 2006, Malaysia
XIII Sardinia International Ethnography Film Festival 2006, Italy
DocuDays: Beirut International Documentary Festival 2006
Busan Asian Short Film Festival 2006, South Korea
Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico 2006 , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jakarta Slingshort Film Fetsival 2006, Indonesia
48th Bilbao Film Festival 2006, Spain
53rd OberhausenShort Film Festival, 2007, Germany
Up-and-Coming Int. Film Festival, Hannover, Germany 2007