Toronto Shorts Film Festival
 
Toronto Shorts Film Festival Into the Stream
 

Into the Stream has been selected for the 7th Toronto Shorts International Film Festival! Screening on Saturday March 2 at 7:00pm
 
Into the Stream – Toronto Shorts Program
(torontoshorts.com)

Los Angeles Walled City
 

I created a future cityscape of Los Angeles for a SCI-Arc Channel interview with Alvarius B of Sun City Girls.
 
“Ranked By David Fricke of Rolling Stone magazine in his best of 2017 column, Alvarius B.’s triple album juggernaut entitled “With a Beaker on the Burner and an Otter in the Oven,” is the latest example of his own original folks songs penned and performed unlike anything that anyone else is doing now. And as an interpreter of other people’s work, his songbook includes hundreds of cover songs from the obscure to the very familiar. This body of work is informed by an obsessive love of the singer-songwriter genre, folkloric music from beyond borders, retro Italian film soundtracks, and an extraordinary sense of humor. Over much of the past ten years, Bishop has been lurking in Cairo, composing & recording new Alvarius B. material while simultaneously establishing his own Egyptian-based band, The Invisible Hands and joining forces as a trio with Sam Shalabi and Maurice Louca to record and perform in The Dwarfs of East Agouza.”

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I creative-directed a short film for the Seoul Biennale of Architecture – ‘Seoul City Machine’. Written and narrated by an artificially intelligent chatbot, the film is a love letter from a city operating system to its citizens.
 
Credits:
Directed by Liam Young
VFX creative direction by Alexey Marfin
Cinematography by Nils Clauss
Written by Mitsuku Chatbot
Music by Jambinai 잠비나이
 
Screening at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on Saturday January 18th 2019

Brussels Film Festival
 
Into the Stream Brussels Film Festival
 

Into the Stream has been selected for the 40th Brussels Independent Film Festival! Screening on the closing night – Saturday February 16 at 21:30 at the Cinema Galeries Studio, Brussels.
 
Into the Stream – Brussels Film Festival
(brusselsfilmfestival.com)

Kowloon Forest VR Poster

 
Excited to share a VR-poster for Kowloon Forest / 靜影九龍! Browse on a phone or tablet for full interactivity.
 
Kowloon Forest VR Poster

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Launching the 2017/18 graduates showreel from our Fiction and Entertainment Masters program at SCI-Arc!
 
“What we think the world looks like is largely determined by fiction and entertainment – extraordinary shared languages through which we exchange ideas and engage with our environment. It is impossible to underestimate the importance of media in the production of culture. In SCI-Arc Edge’s Fiction and Entertainment program, we engage the techniques of popular culture to imagine and visualize alternative worlds. Deeply embedded in the entertainment industry of Los Angeles, this program is a place to start telling new kinds of stories about the emerging conditions of the twenty-first century.”
 
Applications for the 2019/20 program close on January 15. Scholarships available.

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Join us this weekend at SCI-Arc for ‘VR Film Sets’ – an exhibition of VR environments re-imagining movies from the pre-digital age.

Poster Alexey Hong Kong CityU

 
香港! I will be giving a talk at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, on Friday 23 November at 4pm, about how cinema shapes our perception of our own world.
 
Alexey Marfin: The Neon-Lit Streets of Cinema
 
What does ‘the future’ look like? You could be forgiven for thinking of a dense neon-lit cityscape, a cross-breed of Shibuya and Kowloon Walled City, during a perpetual rainy night. But why do we have these associations? This particular vision of ‘the future’ appeared in 1980s movies because that was the rise of Japan as a superpower, during the personal electronics boom, when we walked around with Sony Walkmans, and neon signs illuminated streets across the world. Today we find ourselves in a very different society, with different hopes and fears – Japan as a rising superpower has given way to India or China, and even neon lights have been mostly replaced with LED ones – but these 1980s science-fiction cities still persist in our collective consciousness; once again confirmed in recent Hollywood blockbusters. The cities of cinema are mirrors of society at the time when they were written, but they also leave a tremendous cultural legacy for decades, shaping how we see our own world.
 
11月23日星期五下午四點,我將於香港城市大學創意媒體學院舉辦一個關於電影如何塑造我們對世界認知的講座。
 
馬樂思:熒幕上的霓虹街道
 
閉上眼,想象一下“未來的世界”是什麽樣的?你的腦海裏首先浮現的會不會是這樣的一個畫面,夜空中飄落著淅瀝的小雨,你站在一個高樓林立的十字路口,仿佛是澀谷和九龍城寨的混合體,四處豎立著霓虹燈的廣告牌。但是,你有沒有想過,為什麽我們都會有這樣的聯想。這種獨特的“未來的世界”的畫面第一次出現,是在1980年代的電影中。當時日本作為一個冉冉升起的新生力量,掌控著個人電子用品行業的命脈。人類世界迎來的除了索尼的隨身聽,還有霓虹燈照亮的街道。時至今日,世事變遷,日本作為超級大國的地位已然讓步給了印度和中國,霓虹燈也逐漸被LED取代。然而1980年代科幻城市的影子卻依然占據著我們的潛意識,一而再再而三的出現在今時今日的好萊塢大片螢幕中。熒幕中的城市猶如一面面鏡子,反射出作品被創作年代的社會背景,但他們同時也留下了影響深遠的文化遺產,進而塑造了我們看待自己世界的方式。

Birdmen Magazine review of Alexey Marfin's Into the Stream
 

Into the Stream was featured and reviewed in the Italian publication Birdmen Magazine.
 
Alexey Marfin: Into the Stream – Review
(birdmenmagazine.com)


 

 

Into the Stream in Italian! We have been selected for the 11th Pentedattilo Film Festival. Screening on November 2nd at the Scalinata Santa Barbara!
 
Pentedattilo Film Festival Program
(pentedattilofilmfestival.net)