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
Dir: Joe Hitchcock
Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart
Four-year-old Dahlia leads us in her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.
Dir/Prod: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere
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
Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem?
Same but Different
Dir: Louise Leitch
Prod: Sue Ruffell
Best mates, Byron and Neil, must re-calibrate their friendship when Bryon transitions from a man to a woman.
Dir: Leigh Minarapa
Prod: Nathaniel Lees
Being visible in a world that doesn’t want to see you.
Dir: Eldon Booth
Prod: Alex Lovell
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
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
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
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.
Dir: Greg Wood, Peter Alsop
Prod: Declan Cahill
A photo colourist from the 1950s picks up the cotton wool one more time to showcase the wonderful aesthetic of a lost art.