Kampot Expat’s Movie Selected for Cannes
Written by Kampot Radio on Tue 24th April 2018
[UPDATED] Earlier this year, Kampot expat / Co Founder of The Cambodian Space Project Julien Poulson and Filmmaker / former Lifestyle Editor of The Phnom Penh Post Mark Roy teamed up as The Kommandant’s to produce a short super8 movie called Flicker&Fade
The movie is based on the story of 60’s / 70’s Cambodian pop singer Poev Vannary, which Poulson was also working on a psychedelic rock and roll musical based on her life and disappearance.
Furthermore, this also now has eery simalies to that of recently deceased Cambodian Space Project Lead Singer Kak Channthy. The Kommandant’s are now determined to turn Flicker&Fade into full length feature movie, rewritten and reflect on the life of Channthy.
The short movie has been cherry picked by judges at the independent film making event Straight 8 and is to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival 14th May 2018. The Kommandant’s haven’t even seen the movie they’ve produced yet and is unedited / unspliced as per the category’s requirements.
Our film Flicker&Fade is just 3:20mins of Super 8 but it involved bringing together some fantastic people and ideas and filming was literally launched on a boat on the Mekong. Mark and I will now go to Cannes and I will hope this little movie can launch something even bigger and very special – a feature film based on the extraordinary life of a Cambodian singer. Channthy loved France and was looking forward to going back this year, she’s there in spirit and voice. The film will screen at “the most rock’n’roll corner of Cannes”. the Olympia Cinema. We’re over the moon about this good news! — Julien Poulson
Each year, filmmakers are invited to submit entries for the event. The competition is open to filmmakers from around the world. Films may be of any topic or theme, and filmmakers produce a separated soundtrack to accompany the film. Films may be a maximum of three minutes and twenty seconds, a limitation of the Super 8 medium. straight 8 judges evaluate the entries and the winners are screened at film events including the Raindance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. [Wikipedia]
Recent article in the Phnom Penh Post referring to the musical Yesterday Once More