Tune your ears into these bittersweet sounds! The internationally acclaimed documentary Singapore GaGa delightfully showcases the sights and sounds of everyday life. Bringing together musical interludes with verité vignettes of buskers, street vendors, and schoolgirls, award-winning director Tan Pin Pin celebrates the unsung people of Singapore.
By illuminating the overlooked intricacies of this international city, Singapore GaGa reveals the past and present of a complex, dynamic society. Within its many languages we hear some rare gems: Toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan (who recently performed Art of the Toy Piano at Carnegie Hall); subway announcer Juanita; and tap-dancing-juggling-harmonica-playing subway entertainer Ying.
Khavn | 2005 | 2 min | Video | Philippines | North American Premiere
When it comes to playing soccer in the poorest part of town, you might only have an empty Coke can for a ball and a pair of flip-flops for cleats, but no challenge will stop this kid. Can & Slippers has been shown internationally at the FIFA World Cup in Germany, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, and the Berlin and Rotterdam Film Festivals.
Khavn | 2005 | 7 min | Video | Philippines | North American Premiere
Rugby Boyz is a documentary that begins with Filipino boys playing a game of soccer in the slums. Running, laughing and hugging, these boys demonstrate that even in the most desperate of conditions, youth will find the will to live. Taking us through their day, the filmmaker reveals more of their adventures. Watching them at the karaoke bar and swimming hole, we can only begin to realize the complexity of their situations. Special Mention Prize, 52nd Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
The most prolific among the current generation of Filipino filmmakers, Khavn has made nine digital features and more than 30 short films.
Doug Ing | 2006 | 17 min | Video | USA | Canadian Premiere
Jikken follows the Seattle-based experimental music and performance-based art ensemble Aono Jikken Ensemble as they rehearse an original live score for the long-lost 1926 Japanese silent film A Page of Madness. This silent film was directed by Kinugasa Teinosuke, who believed for decades that it was destroyed in a fire. He finally discovered a copy in his barn in 1971.
Doug Ing is currently an assistant professor of visual communication at Hawaii Pacific University.
Tan Pin Pin
Singapore GaGa is the first local documentary to have a theatrical release in Singapore, and is presently being shown on Singapore Airlines flights. Tan Pin Pin‘s works have won more than 20 awards and nominations including a Student Academy Award and the USA-ASEAN Film Award for Moving House. Her films have screened in Cannes, Seoul and Arkansas. She earned her MFA from Northwestern University, USA.