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_ Synopsis

They hunt urban and natural landscapes searching for sounds. The world itself is their musical instrument. By using everyday objects and recording the familiar sounds that surround us, they transform our everyday environment into an original musical creation. The name they chose for themselves: soundhunters. Pierre Schaeffer, the father of “musique concrete”, whose greatest legacy is electronic music, invited us to consider music in terms of sounds rather than notes. This vision opened the way to exploring our natural or urban surroundings, recording all languages and manipulating everyday objects: a leaf in the wind, an effervescent aspirin, a Finnish phoneme or coffee being poured into a cup. Today, every sound can be recorded, hijacked, manipulated and reinvented into an original musical creation. 

SOUNDHUNTERS – a musical expedition – traces the adventure of KIZ, two new coming musicians, into the world of soundhunters. From Paris to Malmö, from London to Baltimore, the film follows their encounters with exceptional musicians from very different backgrounds and genres. Integrating the sounds from their journey into exciting musical scenes, KIZ playfully show us how the world can be turned into a limitless music instrument. Thanks to an original staging, SOUNDHUNTERS offers spectators an encounter with multiple renowned artists from various generations and musical backgrounds, such as Matthew Herbert, Matmos, Chassol, Jean-Michel Jarre, Blixa Bargeld, Jospeh Bertolozzi, Magnus Börjeson or Cosmo Sheldrake.

"A most dreamlike documentary. (...) This fascinating audiovisual odyssey plunges us through the creations of sound hunters into the mysteries of sound matter. 

As if by magic."

Beryl KOLTZ

Film director

  • Filmmaker and writer Beryl Koltz has dual citizenship from Luxembourg and France with family roots ranging from England to Egypt. She writes and directs feature films, documentaries and music videos. Her most recent work includes a clip for Matthieu Chedid’s (-M-) single Mojo, which was nominated for the 2013 French Music Awards (Victoires de la Musique). Her short film Starfly has been screened at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art of New York in 2006 and awarded a dozen times at international film festivals (Canal+ award at Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Golden Mélies for Best European Short Film).

    Beryl Koltz directed her first feature HOT HOT HOT in 2011. The film won for Best Film at the Luxembourg Film Prize 2012, Best Actor (Rob Stanley) and Best Director at Tirana International Film Festival 2011 and was officially selected at numerous film festivals such as Festival du Film de Cabourg 2012, Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil 2012 (Opening film), Gotham Screen International Film Festival New York 2012, Mostra São Paulo International Film Festival 2012, European Union Film Festival 2012 in Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, Busan International Film Festival 2011 and Filmfest Hamburg 2011. HOT HOT HOT was released in theaters in several European countries.

Filmmaker and writer Beryl Koltz has dual citizenship from Luxembourg and France with family roots ranging from England to Egypt. She writes and directs feature films, documentaries and music videos. Her most recent work includes a clip for Matthieu Chedid’s (-M-) single Mojo, which was nominated for the 2013 French Music Awards (Victoires de la Musique). Her short film Starfly has been screened at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art of New York in 2006 and awarded a dozen times at international film festivals (Canal+ award at Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Golden Mélies for Best European Short Film).

Beryl Koltz directed her first feature HOT HOT HOT in 2011. The film won for Best Film at the Luxembourg Film Prize 2012, Best Actor (Rob Stanley) and Best Director at Tirana International Film Festival 2011 and was officially selected at numerous film festivals such as Festival du Film de Cabourg 2012, Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil 2012 (Opening film), Gotham Screen International Film Festival New York 2012, Mostra São Paulo International Film Festival 2012, European Union Film Festival 2012 in Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, Busan International Film Festival 2011 and Filmfest Hamburg 2011. HOT HOT HOT was released in theaters in several European countries.

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_ Synopsis

The Soundhunters Experience is an interactive documentary experience which aims to capture the world in samples and transform it into music. It’s a playful tribute to a cultural remix that lays foundations for a proper language - a musical one. 

BECOME A SOUNDHUNTER

The Soundhunters Experience uses various media (web platform, mobile app, music album and TV documentary) to reach the broadest possible audience. Understand, discover, try out, and share... You can experience the adventure through three stages: WATCH, REC and CREATE.

WATCH

Four interactive web documentaries follow four soundhunters as they work. For this project, the professional musicians visited an unknown city. Their mission was to compose a song out of sounds and voices heard in the place. As you watch these films on the website, sounds from the city are released one at a time. Once all the sounds have been released, you can access the finished composition, the "song of the city".

REC

If you feel inspired then you can become a soundhunter. As you hunt down sounds, use the mobile app to record, process and share them.

CREATE

In this social network for soundhunters around the world, you can compose your first tracks, even if you know nothing about music. You can draw on the sounds from the films, your own sounds, and those captured by other soundhunters.

Blies Brothers

Original concept / Supervisors

  • Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

    They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

    In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

    Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

    Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

    The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

    They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

    They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

    In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

    « Trilogy of sexual violence »

    Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies (also called Blies Brothers) are two film directors and scriptwriters who create their films together. Their cinema is considered as a cinema with a social impact because of its activist dimension.

They started in the cinema by writing and directing the short film La Fabuleuse journée d'Emilie dealing with female paedophilia with Bernie Bonvoisin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and journalist Denis Robert. The directors finally decided not to release the film, not finding it sufficiently successful.

In 2015, they conceptualized the transmedia documentary Soundhunters in co-production with the Franco-German TV channel ARTE. The project was selected for the Prix Europa in Berlin, SXSW and the New York Film Festival. They won the Innovation Prize at FIPA 2015, le Prix Courrier International for the best web documentary at the « Mois du Webdocumentaire (Gaité Lyrique) in 2015 and the "Grand Prize" and the "Most Innovative Experience" at the Sichuan TV Festival in China.

Their first feature-length as authors and directors is the social impact film Zero Impunity (2019). A film that the directors decided to accompany with a social impact campaign to fight impunity for sexual violence in wartime. The feature-length documentary mixes animation and real image. The film made its World Premiere in March 2019 at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece) before being in Official Competition at the Annecy Film Festival (France). The film was particularly noticed during the festival of Annecy as noted by journalist Nicolas George in the Chronique Culture on TV5. Le Figaro identifies the film as "a punching film" that "left Annecy speechless". 

Since its release, Zero Impunity has been screened at numerous prestigious international festivals including Moscow International Film Festival (Russia), International Film Festival of Namur (Belgium), Mostra de Sao Paulo (Brazil), International Film Festival of Amiens (France), Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico) or the Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA).

The digital and social impact part of the project won the FIPA d'Or 2017 and was selected for the Visa d'Or for France TV. The directors were invited to participate in numerous conferences, notably in the presence of Dr Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018) at the University of Angers. Edwy Plenel (Mediapart) said about Zero Impunity : “It’s the perfect pacific weapon”. 

They are currently working on their second animated feature film, Ghostdance, co-written with Canadian-born Abenaki filmmaker Kim O’Bomsawin and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne (co-writer of Incendies by Denis Villeneuve). The film project dealing with feminicide and the question of gender equality is already noticed from the outset by the international animation film industry when it was selected for the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux in 2019 and the prestigious Co-production Village Les Arcs Film festival

They are also working on the development of their first virtual reality film Soleils Noirs. The project has been selected to the prestigious CinéMart organized by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 2020.

In 2020, they are selected for being members of the Jury in the feature-length « Contrechamps » section during the 60th Annecy Festival. 

« Trilogy of sexual violence »

Invited by the Annecy Festival in 2020 to take also part in the prestigious « Leçons de cinéma » section among living legends of animation cinema like Jennifer Lee, Bruno Coulais, Ron Clements, John Musker, Henry Selick or Dean DeBlois, they announce their "Trilogy of Sexual Violence", of which Zero Impunity is the first part. Three cinematic variations of the same theme, completed by Ghostdance and Aimer moins.

PEDRO WATANABE

Pedro Watanabe is a Brazilian director. He studied creative documentary at Lussas (France) and works in São Paulo as director, editor and cameraman for production companies such as Big Bonsai and Conspiração Films. He directed the film about street artist Alexandre Orion for webdocumentaire Défense d’Afficher, France 24 - RFI at Visa pour l’Image Festival 2012. "Orion, the film" also received the first prize and the audience award at the 1st Street Art Film Festival in Paris.


LUCAS BONOLO

Lucas Bonolo is a Brazilian-Italian photographer and filmmaker. His last work, the short film “Fragments of a Lovely Reality Televised”, was selected to participate at Cannes SFC 2013, Havana International Film Festival and Biarritz Film Festival, in both official competition. Another short, “Estonia” (29 min, 2012), was also at Cannes, Biarritz (in competition), Havana (in competition), FID Marseille and Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, where got the Audience Award for best film in Spanish. Born in São Paulo (Brazil) inside an immigrant Italian family, Lucas studied theater and music in his youth, at Macunaima School of Drama and Free University of Music Tom Jobim (renamed Emesp-SP). After graduating as a professional actor, he was admitted at University of São Paulo (USP) at the career of Journalism. Through USP, he attended exchange programs at universities of Granada (Spain) and Genova (Italy), in Sociology and Arts departments. Back to America, he was admitted at Cuba International School of Cinema (EICTV), founded by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, where he frequented the 3-year course with master in documentary film-making. Lucas has also worked as film photographer, film editor, photographer and journalist at press agencies (as BBC and Italian ANSA), television producer, and recently as fashion photographer and assistant for Fashion market and magazines (as Vogue and Elle).

Pedro Watanabe & Lucas Bonolo

Film directors

  • PEDRO WATANABE

    Pedro Watanabe is a Brazilian director. He studied creative documentary at Lussas (France) and works in São Paulo as director, editor and cameraman for production companies such as Big Bonsai and Conspiração Films. He directed the film about street artist Alexandre Orion for webdocumentaire Défense d’Afficher, France 24 - RFI at Visa pour l’Image Festival 2012. "Orion, the film" also received the first prize and the audience award at the 1st Street Art Film Festival in Paris.


    LUCAS BONOLO

    Lucas Bonolo is a Brazilian-Italian photographer and filmmaker. His last work, the short film “Fragments of a Lovely Reality Televised”, was selected to participate at Cannes SFC 2013, Havana International Film Festival and Biarritz Film Festival, in both official competition. Another short, “Estonia” (29 min, 2012), was also at Cannes, Biarritz (in competition), Havana (in competition), FID Marseille and Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, where got the Audience Award for best film in Spanish. Born in São Paulo (Brazil) inside an immigrant Italian family, Lucas studied theater and music in his youth, at Macunaima School of Drama and Free University of Music Tom Jobim (renamed Emesp-SP). After graduating as a professional actor, he was admitted at University of São Paulo (USP) at the career of Journalism. Through USP, he attended exchange programs at universities of Granada (Spain) and Genova (Italy), in Sociology and Arts departments. Back to America, he was admitted at Cuba International School of Cinema (EICTV), founded by Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, where he frequented the 3-year course with master in documentary film-making. Lucas has also worked as film photographer, film editor, photographer and journalist at press agencies (as BBC and Italian ANSA), television producer, and recently as fashion photographer and assistant for Fashion market and magazines (as Vogue and Elle).

Nora Mandray & Jackson B. Kohl

Film directors

  • NORA MANDRAY

    Nora is an award-winning French filmmaker based in Berlin. She crafts stories for both old and new media. Her films have screened at major international film festivals, including Berlinale, Hot Docs, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. She holds a double-Master degree from UCLA Film School and the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris. She works with Jason B. Kohl as MAKO.


    JASON B. KOHL

    Jason is a half Austrian but mostly American filmmaker. His films have played SXSW, Los Angeles, Locarno, BFI London, been finalists for the Student Academy Awards, and Vimeo Staff Picked. Jason is currently financing his first feature film, with production planned for 2016. His first nonfiction book, Film School; A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision, will be published by the Focal Press in 2015. He has an MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School. He works with Nora Mandray as MAKO.

NORA MANDRAY

Nora is an award-winning French filmmaker based in Berlin. She crafts stories for both old and new media. Her films have screened at major international film festivals, including Berlinale, Hot Docs, and Sheffield Doc/Fest. She holds a double-Master degree from UCLA Film School and the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris. She works with Jason B. Kohl as MAKO.


JASON B. KOHL

Jason is a half Austrian but mostly American filmmaker. His films have played SXSW, Los Angeles, Locarno, BFI London, been finalists for the Student Academy Awards, and Vimeo Staff Picked. Jason is currently financing his first feature film, with production planned for 2016. His first nonfiction book, Film School; A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision, will be published by the Focal Press in 2015. He has an MFA in Directing from UCLA Film School. He works with Nora Mandray as MAKO.

Emeka Ogboh (born 1977) is a Nigerian sound and installation artist best known for his soundscapes of life in Lagos. Trained as an artist, he began working with sounds that characterize cities following an Egyptian multimedia art program. He presents unmodified field recordings from Lagos city life—for instance, its danfo share taxi system—in gallery installations with headphones and speakers. His non-audio work uses iconography from Lagos city life. He participated in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and 2015 Venice Biennale, and received the 2016 Bremen Böttcherstraße Art Award. His work has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, American National Museum of African Art, Menil Collection, Casino Luxembourg, and Kiasma. Critics noted his soundscapes' chaos and complexity, and his focus on recontextualizing rather than transforming the city's sounds.

Emeka OGBOH

Film director

  • Emeka Ogboh (born 1977) is a Nigerian sound and installation artist best known for his soundscapes of life in Lagos. Trained as an artist, he began working with sounds that characterize cities following an Egyptian multimedia art program. He presents unmodified field recordings from Lagos city life—for instance, its danfo share taxi system—in gallery installations with headphones and speakers. His non-audio work uses iconography from Lagos city life. He participated in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and 2015 Venice Biennale, and received the 2016 Bremen Böttcherstraße Art Award. His work has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, American National Museum of African Art, Menil Collection, Casino Luxembourg, and Kiasma. Critics noted his soundscapes' chaos and complexity, and his focus on recontextualizing rather than transforming the city's sounds.

Antonino D'AMBROSIO

Film director

  • Antonino D’Ambrosio is an American-Italian author, filmmaker and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. His books include A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears and the upcoming Where the Future Comes From: The Art of Creative Response in a Time of Conflict. 

    D’Ambrosio’s films have played theatrically here and abroad and have been broadcast on BBC, RAI, Sky, SBS, ARTE, CBC, Sundance Channel/AMC Networks, RTL, CBC and more around the world. His latest film Frank Serpico, recently premiered in the Spotlight section of the Tribeca Film Festival and has been screened at dozens of film festivals around the world. The film was released theatrically in the US by IFC Sundance Selects. D’Ambrosio has been awarded the Pillar Award from the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights for the film. He’s the first artist ever to receive this award.

    He is the founder of the nonprofit La Lutta NMC, selected by The Nation as one of the top independent media groups. D’Ambrosio’s writing appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Moviemaker, Huffington Post. D’Ambrosio was New York University’s Gallatin Lecturer, an honor bestowed upon a contemporary artist creating innovative and socially engaging work.

Antonino D’Ambrosio is an American-Italian author, filmmaker and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. His books include A Heartbeat and A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears and the upcoming Where the Future Comes From: The Art of Creative Response in a Time of Conflict. 

D’Ambrosio’s films have played theatrically here and abroad and have been broadcast on BBC, RAI, Sky, SBS, ARTE, CBC, Sundance Channel/AMC Networks, RTL, CBC and more around the world. His latest film Frank Serpico, recently premiered in the Spotlight section of the Tribeca Film Festival and has been screened at dozens of film festivals around the world. The film was released theatrically in the US by IFC Sundance Selects. D’Ambrosio has been awarded the Pillar Award from the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights for the film. He’s the first artist ever to receive this award.

He is the founder of the nonprofit La Lutta NMC, selected by The Nation as one of the top independent media groups. D’Ambrosio’s writing appears in The New York Times, The Nation, Moviemaker, Huffington Post. D’Ambrosio was New York University’s Gallatin Lecturer, an honor bestowed upon a contemporary artist creating innovative and socially engaging work.

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