Kiwi Coffin Club gets interest ‘all over the show’ – Rotorua Daily Post

Kiwi Coffin Club gets interest ‘all over the show’

A local club has been overwhelmed by the international interest in what they do and are looking forward to being the focus of a musical documentary.

Katie Williams, Kiwi Coffin Club founder and member co-ordinator, said the club had been operating in Rotorua since 2010, and was now getting inquiries from all over the world.

“It’s really gone global.”

The club helps people make DIY coffins with the aim of helping people feel in control to the end and show who the people were as individuals, she said.

 There are also clubs set up in Katikati, Waitakere and Hawke’s Bay.

She said the club had inquiries from Russia, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States of America – “all over the show”.

Some were keen to start it up themselves while others just showed an interest, she said.

Mrs Williams said the club had done interviews for the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and were featured in an article in the United Kingdom’s The Guardian.

Now, a musical-based documentary is being made on the club.

Loading Docs is a documentary initiative, with the support of principal funder New Zealand On Air, along with the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Mangai Paho, which helps fund, create and distribute ten films a year.

The Coffin Club are one of the recipients of this funding from Loading Docs.

They had their first singing rehearsal last week, and the Auckland company came down and recorded it, Mrs Williams said.

“It is so much fun to see these darling oldies singing and dancing.”

She said, as far as she knew, the documentary would be made in May and ready for distribution in June.

It’s not the first time the club has featured in a documentary, previously being filmed by a Japanese film crew.

“It’s been overwhelming but in other ways very satisfying.”

Club member Raewynne Latemore said the interest the club had received was “mind blowing” and it was lovely to see others interested in doing the same for themselves.

She said it would be interesting to see what the Auckland film crew came up with for the documentary.

Via Rotorua Daily Post

East Meets East to tell stories of Chinese elderly, migration and friendship

East Meets East to tell stories of Chinese elderly, migration and friendship

Film maker and theatre producer Julie Zhu may not speak much Mandarin, but understanding enough of the language to “eavesdrop” during long bus journeys has seen her come up with a unique concept for a documentary short film.

East Meets East follows Zhu’s 79-year-old grandmother, Fang Ruzhen, as she makes new friends during her weekly bus trips to East Auckland’s Asian supermarkets. Zhu first noticed elderly Chinese immigrants building a new community for themselves when she caught buses from East Auckland into the city during her university days.

“I understand a lot more Chinese than I speak so I would hear them talking about where they were from, what they were doing in New Zealand, sharing information and getting to know one another,” she says. “I realised how they’ve managed to survive in a new country is by meeting people like them in unexpected places.”

Directed by Zhu and produced by Tema Pua, East Meets East is one of ten documentary short films selected for this year’s Loading Docs film project. Loading Docs, which started in 2014, helps develop New Zealand film-makers by matching them with mentors to make three minute long films which will “captivate and inspire” audiences.

This year’s theme is diversity and Zhu says East Meets East fits perfectly because it explores issues of relevance to Chinese migrants as well as the elderly.

“Stories about immigrant experiences usually follow a young characters’ journey into Western culture and focus on the battle between their home and Western cultures. I wanted to make a film that moved away from that because when we celebrate diversity, we should celebrate the different peoples found within groups.

“We hardly ever see stories that feature the perspectives of our immigrant elders but these stories are just as relevant and necessary to show.”

She says like her grandparents, many elderly Chinese people come to New Zealand to help care for their grandchildren while their adult children work. Because they migrate in their 60s, 70s, or 80s, it’s almost impossible for them to pick up a new language or try to assimilate in the usual ways.

“My nana’s been here for 15 years and while she’s tried to learn English, it remains a foreign language to her,” says Zhu. “This adds to her isolation, so it’s incredible that she and other Chinese grandparents have forged this new source of community for themselves.”

Born in China and raised in Auckland, Zhu’s already written and directed several short films. She was the director of photography on The Spectacular Imagination of the Pōhara Brothers, which screened at the NZ International Film Festival 2016 and several indigenous film festivals around the world.

Watch East Meets East Boosted video HERE

Via nzherlad.co.nz

LOADING DOCS 2017 SHORTS: DIVERSITY
The Fuse is Lit!

ANNOUNCING TEN BRAND NEW DOCUMENTARIES READY TO GET BOOSTED ON THEIR LOADING DOCS JOURNEY

Press Release: Tuesday 28th February 2017

The team behind New Zealand’s preeminent documentary initiative LOADING DOCS is extremely excited to announce the selection of ten brand new short documentaries about to embark on their Loading Docs journey with a month of crowdfunding on Boosted.

The theme for this year’s documentaries is Diversity. We asked filmmakers to submit proposals for 3-minute shorts, which reflect that theme. Specifically we were interested in films that address diversity of identity, culture, community and place.

Following a rigorous selection process, the final ten films were chosen and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the broad interpretations on the theme. Our stories address diverse perspectives on sexual identity, life and death, ethnic diversity, exploration of our environment and cultural representation.

As in previous years, the Loading Docs initiative, with the support of principal funder NZ On Air, along with the New Zealand Film Commission and new partner Te Māngai Pāho – will help fund, create and distribute these ten films. With views so far exceeding 1.5 million across the previous years’ collections, the teams have the potential for their documentaries to be seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers both at home and all around the world across platforms online, on broadcast television, the big screen and in-flight.

The next step for these teams is to begin crowdfunding. Each documentary is required to crowdfund $2000 towards their production budget in order to receive an additional $4000 from the Loading Docs initiative and a post-production package provided by Toybox and Post Production Sound. Crowdfunding is a crucial promotional tool for the documentary teams and paves the way for the future success of their short docs. All ten teams will launch their campaigns on crowdfunding website Boosted on the 1st of March 2017 and will have one month to achieve their goal.

Loading Docs is proud to once again be supporting the New Zealand documentary community and promoting diversity, not just on screen but also within the filmmaking industry. Loading Docs founders Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson say that each year the standard is getting higher and they couldn’t be happier to be bringing a variety of story telling voices to the fore. “We really hope that people will get behind these documentaries and filmmakers and prove that diversity is something that we as a country are interested in and supportive of.” – Julia Parnell.

Announcing the 2017 LOADING DOCS: DIVERSITY teams and projects.

East Meets East

Dir/Co Prod: Julie Zhu

Prod: Tema Pua

Location: Auckland

A Chinese grandmother searches for a sense of home on her bus trips to the Asian supermarket.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/east-meets-east


Luckie Strike

Dir: Melissa Nickerson

Prod: Craig Gainsborough

Location: Waitomo, Central North Island

Pushing beyond primal fear, two caving friends struggle together in a dark, confined, muddy tunnel, determined to find a new entrance to a spectacular cave.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/luckie-strike

 

Welcome to Graft

Dir: Ursula Williams

Location: Auckland

Travel inside a surreal world where artist Jon Radford becomes alter-ego Real Estate agent Ron Jadford – he’s got a deal for you!

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/welcome-to-graft

 

He Awa Mutunga Kore – A Takatāpui Journey

Dir: Kathleen Winter

Producer: Jaimee Poipoi

Te Reo Māori advisor: Beatrice Joblin

Location: Wellington

Two worlds collide at Wellington’s biggest ever LGBTIQ pride celebration where a takatāpui (queer Māori) activist seeks self-acceptance.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/he-awa

 

Asian Men Talk About Sex

Dir: Chye-Ling Huang

Prod: Kelly Gilbride

Co-Prod: Ruby Reihana-Wilson

Location: Auckland

Asian men dig deep and bare all to explore the awkward, wild, intimate and unifying experience of sex.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/asian-men-talk-sex

 

Coffin Club

Dir: Briar March

Prod: Kim Harrop

Location: Rotorua

The Coffin Club is a musical documentary about the celebration of life and death, and the ability to laugh at the prospect of mortality.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/the-coffin-club

 

My Dog Ajax

Dir: Michael Weatherall

Prod: Cecilia Shand

Location: Kahurangi National Park, South Island

A passionate conservationist journeys into the heart of remote New Zealand with his K9 companion, the world’s only kea conservation dog, as they fight together to save the Kea.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/my-dog-ajax

 

Kotuku Rerenga Rua

Dir: Tim Worrall

Prod: Aaron Smart

Te Reo advisor: Kotuku Tibble

Location: Rotorua

A larger-than-life Maori entertainer returns from the dead with a mission from his ancestors to make peace with his loved ones.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/kotuku-rerenga-rua

 

#Losing

Dir: Stjohn Milgrew

Co-Dir: Damian Golfinopoulos

Prod: James Kerr

Location: Auckland

While preparing for a live performance, a poet reflects on his losing battle with a degenerative bone disease.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/losing

 

Union

Dir: Jerry Rock-Archer

Prod: Joshua Rollo

Location: Japan

A Māori rugby player in Japan tackles cultural isolation and discovers strength amongst strangers.

Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/union

 

 

 

About Loading Docs

Loading Docs is a unique New Zealand documentary initiative established in 2014 that aims to captivate and inspire audiences as well as develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent.

Through a competitive selection process, Loading Docs selects ten short documentary proposals, which are then supported from development through to distribution. Working with local and international mentors, Loading Docs filmmakers expand their skills in a range of areas including story development, outreach, publicity and marketing and distribution. Since its inception Loading Docs has achieved over 1.5 million views across the collection and is supported by TVNZ OnDemand, Air New Zealand in-flight and hosted on such high profile websites as The Atlantic, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Great Big Story and Short of the Week to name but a few.
Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative, founded by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson and is funded by NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund and made with support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.
For more information visit and watch the previous years collections on: www.loadingdocs.net

Loading Docs shorts are also available to watch on TVNZ OnDemand: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/loading-docs

 

Boosted Website: www.boosted.org.nz

 

Contact:

 

All media enquiries

Julie Warmington

Publicist

Email: julie.warmington@gmail.com

Ph: 021 879 886

 

General email: hello@loadingdocs.net

Nia Phipps
Producer/Project Manager
Email: nia@loadingdocs.net

Sandy Wijetunge

Production Manager

Email: sandy@notablepictures.com

Ph: 09 303 1061

LOADING DOCS: DIVERSITY
CALL FOR PROPOSALS for 2017

LOADING DOCS is excited to be once again seeking proposals from New Zealand filmmakers for creative and original 3-minute documentary shorts to be made in 2017.

The theme of DIVERSITY will unite the 2017 collection of documentaries.

Since launching in 2014, Loading Docs has established itself as a leading platform for the distribution of high quality short documentary boasting 1.8 million views for the 29 documentaries created to date.

Every year Loading Docs asks filmmakers to explore a theme such as home (2014), connection (2015) and change (2016). 2017’s theme is diversity. It’s a theme that touches many aspects of life, from politics, identity, science, religion to the environment.

Diversity can be cause for celebration, support innovation and enhance creativity. Diversity can also be challenging, complex and confronting.

We hope to have a range of filmmakers who are as diverse as the range of stories they will tell. In particular we are seeking proposals that speak to Māori, Pasifika and Asian points of view. There is also provision for a documentary fully in te reo Māori to complete the collection.

Telling a compelling 3-minute story is a test of creativity, skill and ingenuity. Now it’s the turn of a new crop of filmmakers to be part of a movement that is transforming the way we make, tell and view documentary shorts in Aotearoa.

Loading Docs is proud to announce that Te Māngai Pāho will join NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission as a funding partner for this fourth iteration of the initiative. The documentaries will once again feature on TVNZ On Demand and loadingdocs.net with subsequent plays on Māori Television.

“We look forward to working with our partners to create ten new short documentaries that captivate and inspire audiences, reaching them across multiple platforms locally and internationally, while developing and promoting New Zealand filmmaking talent and exploring new models for film funding, production and distribution.”
Julia Parnell, Executive Producer.

Watch our call out teaser here.

10 documentaries will be selected with each team receiving extensive support and opportunities for growth:

  • Professional development opportunities including workshops on story and creative treatment, outreach and distribution strategies and will receive hands on support from Loading Docs executive producers, to ensure their short reaches the widest possible audience.
  • $2,000 production funding, and an additional $2,000 matched funding to support a crowdfunding campaign (we’ll match each dollar your raise through crowdfunding up to $2,000).
  • A colour grade and sound-mix from Toybox and Sale Street Studios. Making a total budget of over $7,000 for each 3-minute documentary.

This is an opportunity for the best filmmaking voices in New Zealand to take up the challenge and be part of this cutting edge short documentary initiative.

For more information about Loading Docs and to watch the documentaries produced in 2014, 2015 and 2016, visit www.loadingdocs.net/shorts

Important dates

  • 19 October 2016 – Request for proposals issued.
  • 21 November 2016 – Deadline for proposals. (5pm)
  • 28 November 2016 – Short list notified – full proposals requested.
  • 19 December 2016 – Deadline for full proposals.
  • 20 January 2017 – Successful applicants notified.

Visit www.loadingdocs.net/submit to submit a proposal.

SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO: submissions@loadingdocs.net
no later than 5pm Monday 21st of November 2016.

CONTACT

Nia Phipps – Producer/Project Manager
nia@loadingdocs.net
Ph. 021 1577 075

Twitter: www.twitter.com/loadingdocs
Facebook: www.facebook.com/loadingdocs 

 

Loading Docs is funded by NZ On Air
and made with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.

LOADING DOCS LAUNCHES A BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTARIES THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

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For the third year running, we have launched 10 new 3-minute shorts that will captivate and challenge us to see local stories in new ways.

Funded by NZ On Air and supported by The New Zealand Film Commission the 2016 collection explores the theme of ‘change’, sharing such diverse stories as; coming to grips with a life threatening disease, a personal epiphany leading to a dramatic lifestyle change, a gender reassignment challenging two best friends and a hotly debated political issue, these shorts all have the potential to change the way we think and feel about the world around us.

The collection launched at Auckland’s Academy Cinema tonight at a glittering event hosted by Seven Sharp’s Erin Conroy and is now available to view and share from the Loading Docs website and on TVNZ OnDemand. Two shorts from this year’s collection have also recently gained the prestige of screening before feature films in the NZ International Film Festival; Water for Gold and How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara.


Executive Producer Julia Parnell says ‘this year we have challenged our filmmakers to push even harder to connect with their audiences. To do that you have to tell great stories and this dynamic collection has something for everyone. The 3-minute format continues to be a powerful way to present short stories that pack a big punch.’

Loading Docs is committed to leading change for media in New Zealand synonymous with international trends in documentary making and online distribution and is constantly seeking new ways to make high-quality sharable short-form content, which will delight and engage.

Loading Docs co-creator Anna Jackson hopes ‘that more people than ever before will get behind the incredible talent and inspiring local stories by watching and share them with the world’.

We are very proud to partner with TVNZ OnDemand.

It is Getting Hot in Here!

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It might be cold outside but it is heating up in the LD office!

The filmmakers are busily buffing, shining and putting the finishing touches on their short docs and we are getting ready to launch with a bang. The launch party is set for the 4th of August at The Academy and then all our hard work will be up to view online and OnDemand from that night.

We owe a huge thanks to our post production facilities Toy Box and Sale Street Studios for their expertise with grading and sound, working their magic on the shorts and making a tough job fun.

You will love the true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope we have in store for you so set your alerts to view the collection and choose your favourite one.

Don’t forget that two of our shorts are playing in the NZIFF, How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara is showing in Auckland before The Music of Strangers. See more here.

Water for Gold is showing before When Two Worlds Collide. Check it out here.

Whatever your choice for viewing, staying in by the fire or going out to the cinema – we have got something for everyone!

In the meantime here’s a behind the scenes peek from Water For Gold (premiering in the NZIFF) – Director Rose Archer interviewing Professor Jane Kelsey.

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2016 Filmmaker Workshop – Time for Change

Loading Docs has had a terrific start to the year with all the filmmaking teams converging at Studio One – Toi Tū in Ponsonby for a weekend of story development, crowdfunding prep and marketing insights. The workshop also offered a chance for the teams to connect with each other and get inspired about the Loading Docs family as a whole. We love this opportunity to get to know everyone more.

The teams started off the weekend with a brief pitch of their projects to rest of the group, the diversity, passion and talent in the group was thrilling! Loading Docs Change promises to be full of dynamism and heart. Check out the 2016 Loading Docs here.

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Once again our special guest Kathryn Burnett worked her magic with the teams uncovering essential points in their stories, there is no doubt that her insights both clarify and expand the team’s visions of their documentaries. Kathryn Burnett  is an award-winning screenwriter and creative training consultant extraordinaire. Check out Kathryn’s work on her website.

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Our second special guest was our publicist Julie Warmington who took the teams on a whirlwind journey through marketing and publicity. With over 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Julie has worked in a variety of fields including; marketing, publicity, digital marketing, social media strategy, with credits to her name with Sony BMG, MySpace, Rhythm & Vines, TVNZ, Sci Fi Channel, Channel 4, Warner Music, Virgin Music and Vertigo Films to name just a few. Julie worked on the launch of the first series of both Heroes and Skins in the United Kingdom.

Here she is  mid-session with the Director of Street Smart Leigh Minarapa.

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Our Executive Producers, Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson gave the teams a primer on Loading Docs  production processes and crowdfunding strategies, laying the foundations for an epic celebration of short docs, NZ stories and filmmaking talent.

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After much work and productivity we finished up with a chance to relax in the sun.

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Next stop Crowdfunding!

Stayed tuned to see the progress of each team and follow us on facebook to keep up to date with the latest developments for Loading Docs: Change.

We Announce the filmmakers for 2016!

MEDIA RELEASE 4 FEBRUARY 2016

LOADING DOCS 2016: CHANGE

Loading Docs: the documentary initiative that produces short films and big talent.

Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, is back for a third year to launch another ten cutting-edge, 3-minute shorts that tell true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope. The theme for this year’s selection is ‘change’.

From more submissions than ever before, a panel of industry experts have selected 10 incredible new projects. This year’s Loading Docs shorts will provide viewers with the opportunity to: meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man, face ‘the end of the world’ with two teen poets, enter into medieval combat, discover how friendship changes when your best mate becomes a woman and much more. Some films share personal stories of dramatic change, others address major social, political and environmental changes, and all have the potential to change the way viewers think and feel.

After a fantastic year in 2015 the previous Loading Docs shorts are still spreading far and wide. The collections from 2014 and 2015 have been viewed over 1,000,000 times across all platforms – some international outlets include CNN Great Big Story, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Geographic, The Daily Mail and The Japan Times. These little stories are packing a big punch with a long tail.

As in previous years, the 2016 Loading Docs shorts are supported by NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission. They will be launched online on the Loading Docs website and on TVNZ OnDemand. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming crowd funding campaigns and for launch details.

See previous year’s short documentaries here.

The 2016 LOADING DOCS: CHANGE shorts

Blood Sugar
Dir: Joe Hitchcock
Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart
Location: Auckland
Four-year-old Dahlia leads us in her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.

Bludgeon
Dir/Prod: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere
Location: Taranaki
Knight-in-waiting Martainn must battle his inner demons if he hopes to achieve his dream of becoming a champion in his beloved sport of full contact medieval combat.

Imagine the World is Ending
Dir/Prod: Doug Dillaman, Brendan Withy
Location: Auckland
Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem?

Same but Different
Dir: Louise Leitch
Prod: Sue Ruffell
Location: Christchurch
Best mates, Byron and Neil, must re-calibrate their friendship when Bryon transitions from a man to a woman.

Street Smart
Dir: Leigh Minarapa
Prod: Nathaniel Lees
Location: Wellington
Being visible in a world that doesn’t want to see you.

Mister Sunshine
Dir: Eldon Booth
Prod: Alex Lovell
Location: Auckland
Larry Woods is a shoeshine man on a mission to peddle goodwill and cheer; a far cry from his hedonistic days as a member of Auckland’s wealthy elite.

Water for Gold
Dir: Rose Archer
Prod: Sandy Wijetunge
Location: Auckland
An animated conversation with leading legal professor, Jane Kelsey, on how international trade law is leading us to trade water for gold.

How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara
Dir: Felicity Morgan-Rhind
Prod: Arani Cuthbert
Location: Auckland
When two young Chinese refugees fall in love in 1955 their passion for each other and the land changes the way New Zealand farms kumara, our iconic indigenous crop.

Aka’ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands
Dir: Robert George
Prod: Lucy Cole
Location: Rarotonga
Against the odds an Englishman living with Cystic Fibrosis who has devoted his life to learning the ancient Polynesian art of tātatau (tattoo) and now he must find the right apprentice to continue the tradition, before it’s too late.

The Colourist
Dir: Greg Wood, Peter Alsop
Prod: Declan Cahill
Location: Auckland
A photo colourist from the 1950s picks up the cotton wool one more time to showcase the wonderful aesthetic of a lost art.