3 months ago
From Fresh Film New York comes this new documentary film by director Stefan Hunt. ‘They Saw The Sun First’ is a timely, genre-bending art-house documentary using dance and physicality to explore themes of youthfulness, fear, regret and ageing.
The words come from real interviews with a diverse selection of New York’s elderly, brought to life through dance, performance and the magic of imagination. Each dancer was given a voice to interpret (without ever meeting the owner of that voice) through dance, movement, emotive states and space, led by movement director Vanessa Marian.
The poignant message of the film derived from an old African proverb could not be more relevant in these times: “Old people’s speech is not to be dishonoured - after all, they saw the sun first.”
The film focuses on our commonalities as opposed to our differences, addressing the echo chambers and deepening chasm that exists between generations, by reframing what it means to listen to our elders.
The music was composed by FKJ, the award-winning French multi-instrumentalist and singer. He rewrote his track ‘Ylang Ylang’ for the film.
The documentary was produced by Fresh Film Productions, New York for Red Bull Media House, London and Salzburg - part of an initiative focused on excellent storytelling applied to human interest documentaries.
Of his film, director Stefan Hunt said: “With all my grandparents gone, I felt a real lack of eldership in my life. I feel like we are bombarded with these authoritative opinions from young people on the internet, but where is the advice of those who have walked this earth the longest?”
Executive producer, Adam Gee said: “This uplifting and original film comes out just when the world needs it – it reminds us what makes life’s inevitable struggles ultimately worthwhile and strengthening.”
Movement director, Vanessa Marian said: “This is one of those films in which all those life clichés suddenly ring with a renewed poignancy. When your work is about listening to elderly, then interpreting it through emotive movement and art, well it stops being about the outcome and starts becoming about the meaning of life.”
Directed: Stefan Hunt
Produced: Jess Lowe
Cinematography: Graham Cole
Movement Director: Vanessa Marian
Casting: Kate Antognini
Production Designer: Harry Nilsson
1st AC: Mika Elbidard
2nd AC: James Trussin
1st AD: Jimmy Coldman
Sound: Julian Ttal
Production Manager: Chelsea Ayllon
Sound Mix: @smokeychocolate
Sound Producer: @kyraeh1993
Sound Assist: @mandifuents
Post Producer: @okca
Colour: Matt Fezz
VFX: Matt Fezz
Titles: Stefan Hunt
Executive Producer: @aarkangel
Prod co: Fresh Film Production
Edit house: Arc edit
Sound house: Machine Sound
Genres: Documentary, People
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