Official Festival Selection:
US Super 8 Festival
The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival
My Hero Film Festival - Offical Winner
Written and Directed by Mike McGuirk
Girl: Katharine Delate
Woman: Stacey Ruiz
Cinematography by Brad Reeb
Edited by Danielle Glynn
Original Score by KwangHoon Han
Narration by Tess Howsam
Casting by Heidi Lindén
Production Design by Elle Orvokki
Produced By Patricia Beaury, Jack Tarshis, Tyrone Smith, Mike McGuirk
Caroline Delate, Sam Guest, Lisa Maria Hall, Spectra Film & Video.
An experimental film about a young girl that discovers the beauty of filmmaking. This was shot entirely on Kodak Super 8 Vision-3 500T & 50D. This shows the range of Super 8 film the power it can convey with modern filmmaking technique.
With the current state of American independent cinema, experimental cinema disappearing into an academic medium, the decline of low and middle-class filmmakers and films, how digital filmmaking is eroding away a sense of excitement with cinematography, how women and minority filmmakers are virtually never portrayed as such; I did this to remind us how important film is an art form and ideas that go against the grain are just a future that hasn’t come into focus yet.
The Dildo from Nantucket
Status: In Production
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
The Dildo from Nantucket is a witty, romantic, and imaginative documentary short exploring the story that has become the topic of literary and historical circles.
There are love stories that move us, Romeo and Julliete, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Brittany Spears and Kevin Federline, Edward Gorey and his cats, the list goes on… but nothing could be more compelling than the Nantucket sea captain and his wife. The years spent at sea and the bleak likelihood of never seeing your seafaring soulmate ever again lead to an utterly depressing existence on the small isolated island of Nantucket.
The women of Nantucket ran the island in its prosperous whaling days while husbands were out to sea. They took matters into their own hands, pouring the foundation for a future utopia of tourism, homemade ice cream, and collectible wicker baskets. In 1979 Constance Congdon and her husband Tom discovered in their sealed off fireplace a disturbing and beautiful artifact, both a symbol of love and perseverance, an object still telling its story today.
ARC, Audio Reactive Cinema / Experimental Opera
Interactive systems and Video design by Mike McGuirk
ARC 2 - 2019
More About ARC 2:
ARC 1 - 2018
ARC stands for audio reactive cinema. It is a story and a visually immersive opera experience.
Mike explores live music performance through a collaboration of opera and cinema in an outdoor garden setting. An abstract love story is told using oral tradition and stock footage, juxtaposing the conventions of what is popular with raw human emotion. In a world of commercialized romance, virtual living, and monetized escapism, Arc explores truth and our understanding of what is real.
Mike McGuirk, filmmaker
Erin Alcorn, soprano
Ting Ting Wong, piano
Enas Tayyem, painter
Paul Giess, trumpet
Julian Hartwell, piano
Produced by David Sliski
The program is designed to give university students and entrepreneurs an unusual opportunity to intimately connect with music and cinema through a unique program coined ARC, created by filmmaker Mike McGuirk and opera singer Erin Alcorn.
Saturday, September 22 (Rain Date Oct 13)
Guests will be private messaged the location for this event.
6:00 PM | DINNER & LIVE JAZZ
7:00 PM | IMMERSIVE OPERA BEGINS
8:00 PM | MEET THE ARTISTS
MICHAEL MCGURIK, FILMMAKER
Mike’s current work explores pressing issues in society through narrative storytelling and has been featured at screenings, including The Social Justice Film Festival, Washington; Festival de Cannes, France; and the Sarasota Film Festival, Florida. He is Masters student at the David Lynch of Cinematic Art and alumnus of Columbia College Chicago.
ERIN ALCORN, SOPRANO
Praised for her “ardent expression” and beautiful, limpid quality,“ Erin has performed as a featured young artist at Carnegie Hall, Music Academy of the West, and The Dallas Opera. She has performed around the USA and Europe and has sung in Opera Philadelphia’s chorus. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and University of North Texas College of Music and based in Philadelphia.
TING TING WONG, COLLABORATIVE PIANIST
Ting Ting is a vocal coach and accompanist and the staff accompanist at The Academy of Vocal Arts. She has served as chorus pianist with Opera Philadelphia and assistant conductor with ConcertOPERA Philadelphia and Temple U Women Chorus. Originally from Hong Kong, she is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon U. and Temple U.
ENAS TAYYEM, PAINTER
Enas is a DMD candidate at Penn’s dental school. Through her paintings, she shares her stories of self discovery in relation to her refugee status and origins in the middle east and northern Africa. Enas’s work has previous been displayed in Jordan and Houston, TX. Her current work is on display at Saxby’s in West Philly.
PAUL GIESS, TRUMPET
Paul Giess is a versatile trumpet player, composer, and educator based in Philly. He is Education Consultant and a teacher for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Music Coordinator for the Center for Creative Works, and a recent graduate of the McKnight Visiting Composers Residency, awarded through the American Composers Forum
JULIAN HARTWELL, PIANO
Julian Hartwell is an avid performed throughout the Delaware Valley and Philly area. He is currently an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he also received a bachelor degree. Career highlights include sharing the stage with major names like Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center with the Temple University Jazz Band, in addition to appearing with the latter two musicians on that band’s release from Spring 2015 entitled “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.” Julian also leads his own group The Julian Hartwell Project, providing an ever-evolving platform for his growing repertoire of 30+ original compositions and arrangements to date and finding his voice not only as a pianist but a composer as well.
The Sun’s Shadow
by Mike McGuirk
Teaser Trailer: https://vimeo.com/200866520
-Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Regensburg Germany
-Utah Film Awards, Best Editing, Utah
-Red Rock Film Festival, Utah
-New Filmmakers, Anthology Film Archives, NYC
-Film Festival Kitzbühel, Austria
-Mitte Media Festival, Berlin
-German United Film Festival, Berlin
-IFP Center, NYC
-LightYear Bridge Projection, NYC
Presented by The Leo Kuelbs Collection
Curated by Sandra Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs
Sound Design by Alexander Hamadey
Co-Produced by Alexandra Petruck
Director of Photography John Kelley
Editor Danielle Glynn
Margaret H Baker as “The Sun”
Jonny Footman as “Death”
And Riria Niimura as “The Moon”
Costume Design by Marisa Ferrara
Choreography by Ryan Bourque
Camera, Jonathan Mariande
3D Scanning by Jonny Footman
Animation by Mike McGuirk
The Sun’s Shadow is a single channel video art piece by filmmaker Mike McGuirk, which was adapted from the works of 19th century Bavarian neo-gothic author and fairytale bard, Franz Xaver von Schönwerth.
We were attracted to The Sun’s Shadow because of the rich visual characterizations and timeless themes, that still resonate today. Schönwerth narrative parallels common Greek mythology with three central themes: Death (men), The Sun (women), and The Moon (non-gender specific entities). They quarrel for control over Earth, but, ultimately the Sun is victorious, takes pity upon Death and provides him the robe to keep performing his necessary duties.
We took an approach to stand-in themes of technology to convey Death as a lurking uncontrollable force. The sense of time is manipulated through editing and practical in-camera effects, which implements contemporary digital methodologies, such as manipulated Java Script, Google Deep Dream processing, and Animation; all of which are lensed cinematically in an anamorphic aspect ratio that reflects the folkloric theme of Schönwerth’s original story.
Alex Hamadey composed the original score using a hybrid of digital, analog and acoustic sound sources that blend in and out of the general themes, as well as the more micro-nuanced characteristics of the piece.
Principal photography took place over the course three days in Southern Utah, shooting in Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and Monument Valley. We were attracted to these locations because of the epic primitive landscape, removed from civilization…and we also felt a spiritual interconnectedness with the pristine native land and the thematic power of Gods existing in this environment.
The viewer’s disbelief is suspended through spiritual symbolism that leaves a haunting feeling of a redefined existence of Death in today’s digitalized world. Death is personified as the “Technological Singularity,” frighteningly interwoven with other philosophies, such as “Roko’s Basilisk,” a thought experiment with the premise of an all-powerful, futuristic artificial intelligence with the ability to retroactively punish those who do not help bring about its existence. Themes of gender, with an emphasis on feminism, are also portrayed as a regulating force that evokes present global resistance and discourse. Our objective is to offer an alternative look at life and death as something that exists within the fabric of our universe and lives within the digital landscape.
This film was made using Java Script, Red Cinema Systems, Google Deepdream, GoPro, 16mm Film, and various digital media formats.
SHIP OF FOOLS
Ship of Fools (2014) A short film about a legendary rock photographer who documents the ill-fated band “Stranded”, the greatest rock band never known.
Court Metrage, Cannes Film Festival
Sarasota International Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
St. Tropez International Film Festival