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Lunacy released on VOD

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Trapart Film’s Lunacy is released on Vimeo On Demand November 4th 2017.

Director Carl Abrahamsson writes about the film:

“Lunacy isn’t “about” the moon per se but could perhaps be seen as being permeated by lunar energies. Where my film Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) was a very conscious tribute to Derek Jarman and his work, Lunacy is a free-floating onwards rumination about the moon’s constant (and necessary) presence.

The project began with me writing a text about the moon for the wonderful Danish art magazine Plethora. This text was later cut up by my wife, Vanessa Sinclair, and then randomly re-assembled and recorded by her. I put these four vocal recordings to music, which created a sonorous cycle of sorts: a lunar reflection, a dark brooding on the human need for sexualizing the planets.

We both quite quickly realized that this was good fodder for a film. So instead of making a spoken word soundtrack for an existing film, we made a film for an existing spoken word soundtrack.

After a successful ”Kickstarter” crowdfunding campaign for the project, I could buy a super-8 film scanner. As soon as that was in place, I started scanning material from my film archive, predominantly from the early 1990s (when super-8 filming was still a financially viable alternative!).

Gradually the film grew around the four quite distinct musical/reading pieces. Odd bits appeared/surfaced from my archive. An unmarked roll beckoned my attention. I decided on a whim to include sections from it, no matter what it was. This turned out to be an auspicious fluke. The film in question was one of those strange 15 minute condensed super-8 versions of feature films that were quite common in the 1960s and 1970s (pre-VHS). This film was Michael Reeve’s 1968 horror gem Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm), in which Vincent Price ruthlessly hunts down alleged witches. A perfect inclusion, given witches’ association with lunar and magical forces. The film changed from a cosmic meditation on the concept level to a tangible tribute to Hecate and all the witches who ever suffered injustice at the hands of intolerant lower beings over the times and spaces.”

LUNACY (Sweden, 2017, 44 min)

Praising lunar forces and witches from all times and spaces, LUNACY acts as a conductor to emotional transcendence and illumination rather than to scientific analysis. The Moon is always there in various degrees of visibility to the human eye, but the power of Hecate and other lunar celebrities remains constant. It’s the only fact that’s relevant in the greater human scheme of things.

Words by Vanessa Sinclair.
Music & Film by Carl Abrahamsson.
Copyright © 2017 Carl Abrahamsson

For more information about the film, interviews, screenings, festival appearances etc, please contact: carl AT carlabrahamsson DOT com

Lunacy from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.

 

Lunacy on Kickstarter

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My film Sub Umbra Alarum Luna (2016) was dedicated to Derek Jarman’s influential work, specifically In the Shadow of the Sun (1975, with music by Throbbing Gristle 1980). The film has been screened in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, London, New York, Porto and other places, and is available on DVD and Vimeo On Demand.

My new project, LUNACY, will be the “follow-up” film to Sub Umbra, and is based around recorded cut-up texts about the moon by Vanessa Sinclair, with music by me. The film will be a miasmic, mind-expanding trip into the psycho-lunar orbit. Mixing new material with older super 8 footage and a truly cosmic soundtrack, I will aim to see what’s on the dark side of the moon – and hopefully come back. Please join me for a wild yet mellow space ride.

There are of course goodies and rewards for supporting the film. You can read more about that on the Kickstarter page. Thank you very much for backing this exciting project (right HERE)!

Wadling docu available on Vimeo On Demand

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Carl Abrahamsson’s documentary about the Swedish singer Freddie Wadling, Ingenting är sant, allting är möjligt, is now available on Vimeo On Demand. For more info on this film, please go to its own page on this site.
 

Ingenting är sant, allting är möjligt – En liten film om Freddie Wadling from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.

SUB UMBRA PROJECT ON KICKSTARTER

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Trapart  Film launches a new project via Kickstarter.

“Derek Jarman’s super-8 film IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN (1975, with music by Throbbing Gristle 1980) blew my mind when I first saw it. It has been one of the most influential films ever for me. During 2014 and 2015 I have shot and accumulated new super-8 material and am about to make a tribute to this peculiar cinematic gem. My film will be called SUB UMBRA ALARUM LUNA (“In the Shadow of the Moon”) and will contain new music by Swedish experimentalists Cotton Ferox. The goal is to make something as influential and poetic as Jarman’s film. That will be hard of course but I never give up! The money needed is for super-8 transfers, editing time and general post production costs. Almost all of the material already exists, so it’s a matter of assembling it in the best possible way. In the end, it should be approximately 40 mins, and a feast for eye and mind alike. Please help make it happen! Many thanks!” (Carl Abrahamsson)

Here’s a link to the project at Kickstarter!

Here’s a small teaser of the work in progress:
 

SUB UMBRA ALARUM LUNA (WORK IN PROGRESS) from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.

 

New docu about Silent Lips

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Trapart Film has produced a documentary about Carl Abrahamsson’s debut movie Silent Lips. It’s called Candelabra of Innocence and contains clips from the film, interviews with Abrahamsson and some of the actors, plus insightful narration by English actor Charles Greye. The film can be seen on Vimeo for free. Inquiries about Silent Lips (screenings, festivals, distribution etc) can be sent to carl AT trapartfilm.com

Candelabra of Innocence from Carl Abrahamsson on Vimeo.