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the all saints sings from an inspirational tale of Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the little chapel he was to close, and a group of Burmese returnees from Southeast Asia. Together they have ventured to grow seed for a life that could rescue them all. the all saints sings are inspired by the real tale of michael spurlock (john corbett), the little chapel he was supposed to close, and a group of southeast asian people.
Together they have ventured to grow seed for a life that could rescue them all.
Documentary makers take the helm in Myanmar's film business
For fifty years of junta power, a flourishing teakwood market, a totally shattered educational system, infamous crimes and drugs cases that have never been resolved in a satisfactory manner, and a variety of other evils have confronted Myanmar. Speaking at the Myanmar Academy Awards last September, Myanmar Motion Picture Association chairman Lu Min said he could make changes to everything in the country's film industries within three monitors - complete with the eradication of the pirate DVD issue - if only he had the backing of the new state.
However, some regional documentarians differ from this pink estimation by likening the home film making sector to a Mexican filmmaker who hides under a big shallow rock and knows or cares about nothing more than food and sleep. It is said that even those who concentrate on fictitious drama ignore the development in other films and create the same films over and over again.
There is still a long way to go before Myanmar will produce its own James Bond grade film. Some Myanmar commercials have been well accepted at film festivals in recent years, but have not gained home notoriety. Myanmar is no stranger to the making of a new kind of documentary.
From the 1930's A1 Film and British Burma Film Productions produced not only feature movies but also documentaries. Founded in 1989 by U Win Tin Win, and began to produce video cassettes, the media business was silenced in 2000 when the company stopped filming.
Re-vival began in 2003, when the Yangon workshop was held by a group of internationally renowned film makers in collaboration with authors, performers and stage-managers. However, the actual push came with the publication of the Cyclone Nargis documentation When Time Stoped Breathing in 2010. This 90-minute film under the direction of The Maw Naing and Pe Maung Same was awarded at several major movie fest and attracted the interest of young Myanmar film-makers.
"That was the period when youngsters in particular were interested in documentaries and shorts," says 32-year-old film-maker Ko Thaikdi. Young film-makers have been leading the way in the documentaries industry, not least because incumbent film-makers do not consider it commercially profitable. "I' m not too fond of the streamlined movie-making.
We' re not seeing anything out of Myanmar's commercials these days," said Ko Soe Moe Aung. Said film-makers should be learning the fundamentals by making shorts or documents before embarking on full-length drama. The Oscars have been awarded a major accolade in the field of documents since the 1940', but there is no such accolade from the MMPA, although Myanmar's original movies are of higher calibre than those of the country and are successful abroad.
In order to be considered for a Myanmar Academy Award, movies must first be shown in the Myanmar theaters. "We wanted our movies to be shown in the theaters to arouse public interest," said Ma Thu Thu, 32, an independant film-maker. Wathann Film Festival was first organized in September 2011 by a group of independend regional film makers with the goal of promoting more producers, to create an autonomous theater and to create room for documentary and shortfilms.
However, these movies have still not been shown in all of the cinema, in addition to commercially. Mr. Thaikdi proposed that the new administration should establish a film division under the Ministry of Culture instead of holding it under the Ministry of Information, and should also take measures to start a culture exchange with other nations, to establish a film institution and to produce a film bill.
"Several of us went to Poland, where we had the opportunity to find out about their film school and film laws," he said. In Poland, he added, the Polish legislation provides for a 1.5% state levy on movie theaters, movie production companies and distribution companies to be used to fund young, gifted filmmakers' work.
"Ko Soe Moe Aung said, "If our film business wants to get better, we have to shake our hand and stop being egotistical. "If we can get an audiences around the world and make a living with our movies, we can help our countries' dependency on nature, fuel, jade and even teen.