: Patryk Rebisz
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Official Film Festival Selection
: 3rd Experimental Film and Video Festival (Mexico) 2007; Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (Switzerland) 2007; International Short Film Festival (Detmold, Germany) 2007; 15th Curtas Vila do COnde International Film Festival, 2007; Unimovie – International Short Film and Video Festival, 2007; Eugean Movie Movement, 2007; “Video Rats” International Film Video Festival (Slovenia) 2007; Lucani Film Festival (Italy) 2007; Festival Miden (Greece) 2007; 14th Open Eyes Film Festival (Germany) 2007
Music video for “Plus/Minus” band. Over 170 burnt Polaroids tell a story of starting all over again when life goes sour.
Born in Poland, Patryck Rebisz is a New York City-based filmmaker utilizing video, film and photography. He is a graduate of the prestigious Cooper Union School of Art where he majored in film and video. He directs, shoots and does many more activities bringing stunning experiences to the viewers. He'll die of a heart attack while piloting an antique airplane over the Pacific Islands and his body will never be found.
What inspired you to make this piece?
Originally the film was a music video to a song by Plus/Minus band only the video's popularity made me realize that the film could stand on it's own as a short film telling the story of a relationship falling apart using a destructive medium of fire to get rid of the pictures left over from the relationship.
Briefly tell us about how you made your film or video: what camera and format did you use to shoot your piece, and what system did you use to edit it? What is your working process? Did you use any special techniques to make this work?
After the still photographs were taken (which took 2 days and was the actual "working with actors" experience) it took us 2 more days to burn the images down. We used a still camera (Canon EOS D20 to record the burning process at 5 frame-per-second in 10 second bursts). Because I wanted the images to burn quickly they were all dipped in highly flammable substances (a mix of home flammable substances such as hair spray stolen from my brother's wife).
Do you have any interesting behind-the-scenes stories about the making of this particular work?
Lots of times I burned my fingers while holding the burning images carelessly. Other then that I was breathing in so many chemicals I probably shortened my life by at least a few days. What one does for art...
What is the relationship between your work as a video/filmmaker and life in the New York metropolitan area?
I get inspired by the atmosphere of the city, by its dirt and noise. I love to walk down the street and hear a ghetto blaster music coming from one house only to turn the corner and hear totaly different sounds coming out of somone's iPod. The city is so culturaly mixed and all the cultures influence each other -- there is a constant evolution of styles, ideas... Nothing ever stays the same, a never-ending mutation has to be the motto of this city.
What films/videos and makers have inspired you or influenced your work? And why?
There are many influences but this specific film was created based on the sound of the music so if anything the band and the creators of the song are responsible for the inspiration.
If viewers are interested in obtaining copies of your work for rental or purchase, whom should they contact and at what address and phone number?
Get in touch with me through my website: