Like many great businesses, Movie Mogul has an art side to balance the commerce. Since Kent Youngblood took a experimental film course at the University of Denver, found footage films have fascinated us. Changing the meaning of shots through skillful editing allows us turn seemingly innocuous material into an emotionally charged message. Add a little personal connection to the mix (we love using old home movies) and you've got the makings of something emotionally powerful. We're certainly not to the level of great experimental filmmakers like Stan Brakhage or Bruce Conner but their work inspires us. And if the films below make you dig deep and think while you're watching them, then they've done their job.
Memories Make Me... (2006)
8mm and 16mm, B&W/Color, 5 minutes
In psychology, memory is the ability to store, retain, and subsequently recall information. But what of the unintended emotions that are dredged up when we recall the past? This film is a chronology of one man's memories and the sadness and isolation it revisits.
Kansas City Fringe Festival, Cucalorus Film Festival, Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales), Globius International Film Festival (Germany), Everglades International Film Festival (South Africa) and Videolab (Portugal)
Wonder City (2004)
DV, 8mm and 16mm, B&W/Color, 6 minutes
An emotional montage of a nation’s tragedy begins as an old travelogue, yet turns quickly to the events of 9/11. Light and sound paint a picture of a city in pain. Forms become visible but rarely identifiable. In the dark, the mind is forced to access powerful memories from that terrible day.
Gold Remi for Best Experimental Film, Houston Worldfest Film Festival (2005)
Denver International Film Festival, Houston Worldfest Film Festival and the London Underground Film Festival (England)
Patriot Dreams (2003)
8mm and 16mm, B&W/Color, 7 minutes
A child's dream of war, honor, patriotism and his conflicted feelings about his father's service in the Air Force. As images flash through his mind, his subconscious delves into everything from the American establishment’s portrayal of war to the cartoon-like nature of violence in the media.
Gold Remi for Best Experimental Film, Houston Worldfest Film Festival (2004) Runner Up, Colorado Film Biennial (2004)
Houston Worldfest Film Festival, DC Underground Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Athens Film Festival, Lake Placid Film Festival and the First Look Film Festival