LOVE BIRDS

A male and a female bird meet and fall in love. An egg is produced and all is happy in the nest until their love is tested and fate comes knocking.

Love Birds is a 35mm short film made this spring with cinematographer Yana Rits at FAMU, the Czech Republic national film school. The film was shot with just 15 minutes of material.

My personal inspirations for the film were many, but ultimately I wanted to see humans acting as animals on the screen.

For images please click here

Interview with Wendy Dallian for the Vancouver Observer click here

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Screenings (past and upcoming)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2012, Canada
Sundance Film Festival 2011, USA
Melbourne International Film Festival 2011, Australia
LA Film Festival 2011, USA
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Fantastisk Filmfestival 2011, Sweden
Edmonton International Film Festival 2011, Canada
Calgary International Film Festival 2011, Canada
Telluride Film Festival 2011, USA
New Hampshire International Film Festival 2011, USA
1 Reel Film Festival 2011, Seattle USA
Couch Fest Film Festival 2011, Iceland
New York No Limits 2011, USA
L'Etrange Film Festival 2011, France
Seattle International Film Festival 2011, USA
Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela 2011, Spain
Apen Shortsfest 2011, USA *Winner- Filmmaker to Watch Award
Nashville International Film Festival 2011, USA
Florida Film Festival 2011, USA
Rincon International Film Festival 2011, Puerto Rico
Rooftop Film Festival 2011, New York City
Brussels International Short Film Festival, Out of Competition, Belgium
FEC Cambrils-Reus Short Film Festival 2011, Spain
Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
Syracuse International Film Festival 2010
Go Short Film Festival, 2011, Njimegen, The Netherlands
Flatpack Festival 2011, Birmingham, UK
Primavera Film Festival 2010, Sydney Australia. Winner First Prize!

Awards

The Ellen, Filmmaker to Watch Award, Aspen Shortsfest 2011
Staff Favourite, Couch Fest 2011, Iceland
Best Film - Primavera Film Festival, Sydney Austraila 2010
Director's Choice, Best Comedy, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico 2011
Director's Choice, Best Actor in a Comedy, Bedrich Levy, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico 2011
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Cast:

Maja Kovac
Bedrich Levy
Jiri Suchy
Karel Zima

Crew:

Writer/Director - Brian Lye
Cinematographer - Yana Rits link
Production Design - Jana Hauskrechtova
Producer - Yana Rits, Tomas Hruby
Executive Producer - David Havas/FAMU
Composer - R.Shiraz/Adam Teeling link
Editor - Michal Reich and Brian Lye
1st Assistant Director – Jose Pablo Torrescano
1st A.C. – Ales Nemec
Focus Puller – Jan Jirak
Sound Mix/Design Bara Hovorkova
Sound Recordist – Jose Martinez
Design Assistant – Waimar Nyunt
Makeup Artist – Lucie Dvorakova
Production Assistant – Kristyna Hnevsova
Production Assistant – Thomas Laurence
Production Assistant – Zachary Epcar
Driver – Stepan Stepanska
Driver – Petr Hupak
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Review by Kevin Kern for the Syracuse International Film Festival 2010:

Love Birds is a fanciful film about the hardships of trying to maintain a relationship. Set amidst the sweeping Czech countryside, we are brought to focus on the nest of two humanoid birds. We see their relationship grow from courting, to egg laying-and the dedication that such a love must entail to work. Once our duo appears to be at their happiest (both sexually and domestically), an outsider who ruffles his bright colored feathers threatens the stasis of the nest. This posits an interesting question to our veritable "mother hen"-is there better out there than the one I love? As we begin to see the age-old questions of love, loyalty, and worth ring through the minds of those on screen, a surprising twist of fate forces us all to realize that we need to better appreciate the time we have with those we share it with. Due to nudity and a bit of graphic violence, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

DOWNLOAD PRESS KIT HERE

LOVE BIRDS

A male and a female bird meet and fall in love. An egg is produced and all is happy in the nest until their love is tested and fate comes knocking.

Love Birds is a 35mm short film made this spring with cinematographer Yana Rits at FAMU, the Czech Republic national film school. The film was shot with just 15 minutes of material.

My personal inspirations for the film were many, but ultimately I wanted to see humans acting as animals on the screen.

For images please click here

Interview with Wendy Dallian for the Vancouver Observer click here

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Screenings (past and upcoming)

Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2012, Canada
Sundance Film Festival 2011, USA
Melbourne International Film Festival 2011, Australia
LA Film Festival 2011, USA
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Fantastisk Filmfestival 2011, Sweden
Edmonton International Film Festival 2011, Canada
Calgary International Film Festival 2011, Canada
Telluride Film Festival 2011, USA
New Hampshire International Film Festival 2011, USA
1 Reel Film Festival 2011, Seattle USA
Couch Fest Film Festival 2011, Iceland
New York No Limits 2011, USA
L'Etrange Film Festival 2011, France
Seattle International Film Festival 2011, USA
Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela 2011, Spain
Apen Shortsfest 2011, USA *Winner- Filmmaker to Watch Award
Nashville International Film Festival 2011, USA
Florida Film Festival 2011, USA
Rincon International Film Festival 2011, Puerto Rico
Rooftop Film Festival 2011, New York City
Brussels International Short Film Festival, Out of Competition, Belgium
FEC Cambrils-Reus Short Film Festival 2011, Spain
Vancouver International Film Festival 2010
Syracuse International Film Festival 2010
Go Short Film Festival, 2011, Njimegen, The Netherlands
Flatpack Festival 2011, Birmingham, UK
Primavera Film Festival 2010, Sydney Australia. Winner First Prize!

Awards

The Ellen, Filmmaker to Watch Award, Aspen Shortsfest 2011
Staff Favourite, Couch Fest 2011, Iceland
Best Film - Primavera Film Festival, Sydney Austraila 2010
Director's Choice, Best Comedy, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico 2011
Director's Choice, Best Actor in a Comedy, Bedrich Levy, Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico 2011
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Cast:

Maja Kovac
Bedrich Levy
Jiri Suchy
Karel Zima

Crew:

Writer/Director - Brian Lye
Cinematographer - Yana Rits link
Production Design - Jana Hauskrechtova
Producer - Yana Rits, Tomas Hruby
Executive Producer - David Havas/FAMU
Composer - R.Shiraz/Adam Teeling link
Editor - Michal Reich and Brian Lye
1st Assistant Director – Jose Pablo Torrescano
1st A.C. – Ales Nemec
Focus Puller – Jan Jirak
Sound Mix/Design Bara Hovorkova
Sound Recordist – Jose Martinez
Design Assistant – Waimar Nyunt
Makeup Artist – Lucie Dvorakova
Production Assistant – Kristyna Hnevsova
Production Assistant – Thomas Laurence
Production Assistant – Zachary Epcar
Driver – Stepan Stepanska
Driver – Petr Hupak
_________________

Review by Kevin Kern for the Syracuse International Film Festival 2010:

Love Birds is a fanciful film about the hardships of trying to maintain a relationship. Set amidst the sweeping Czech countryside, we are brought to focus on the nest of two humanoid birds. We see their relationship grow from courting, to egg laying-and the dedication that such a love must entail to work. Once our duo appears to be at their happiest (both sexually and domestically), an outsider who ruffles his bright colored feathers threatens the stasis of the nest. This posits an interesting question to our veritable "mother hen"-is there better out there than the one I love? As we begin to see the age-old questions of love, loyalty, and worth ring through the minds of those on screen, a surprising twist of fate forces us all to realize that we need to better appreciate the time we have with those we share it with. Due to nudity and a bit of graphic violence, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

DOWNLOAD PRESS KIT HERE