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Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Fashion, Pop Culture, and Film ~ Habana 3 A.M.

Habana 3 A.M. with the character Max Vogue premieres at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. This fashion film was the first fashion film to film in Cuba. This film creates a fashion journey with drama, adventure, and culture. Director Antonio Contreras Aviance takes a moment to discuss this history-making fashion film.

Antonio Contreras Aviance Director Performing at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
Antonio Contreras Aviance Performance at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
  • What makes this a fashion film?

Fashion is what inspired the main character of this film, Max Vogue. He is an angst-ridden fashion superhero who seeks for the truth.

  • How does location play into the screenplay of the film? 

I had in mind filming in Cuba to capture the glamour and luxury. Cuba provided a perfect backdrop for the 1950s and juxtapose the traditions. The mysticism and folklore of Cuba. The location of the film gave birth to the film’s title Habana 3 A.M.

  • What is your background in film and direction? 

I am a plastic artist, fashion historian and film enthusiast. I grew up watching Mexican Golden Age of Cinema films. Later I developed a love for the Italian neo-realism. My formal education was in the films of David Lynch, Almodovar, John Waters, Gus Van Sant among others. When I direct, produce, the film is my canvas.

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Habana 3 AM La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet
  • This fashion film had the opportunity to film Cuba. What were some of the struggles and benefits of filming at this location?

In Cuba, people have a way of making things out of nothing, and that seems to work in a very surreal way. If you try to do things the way you are used to, you will fail but if you surrender to the forces of the supernatural you might have a chance. My cameras did not work and the location I had a permit for filming was closed for renovation.

Suddenly a priestess of Santeria, a mystical Afro-Cuban tradition, opened her doors to my cameras and brought with her an entire Cuban cast. This cast was willing to participate in my film. The cameras worked thanks to a very creative cameraman who knew how to read Chinese (the only language that the camera directions had). Then the filming finished in 5 days.

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Habana 3 A.M. La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
  • When creating this film what was the advantage of being a short film?

The advantage to creating a short film is being able to intrigue a lot of people with a little dose of fashion, music, luxury, and folklore. I did not have to explain more, and that is always a good thing, “Leave before you are left.”

  • What is the back-story to creating animation?

Yes, if you want to know what happened to Max Vogue after his Cuba trip, you will find out in the animated comic. Max is pushed down the stairs after winning an award, and then he goes into an “Alice in Wonderland” type of experience. He is able to travel through time and meet his icons such as Dali, Kahlo, Hemingway, Schiaparelli etc.

Max in the comic educates and amuses about fashion history, pop culture, and art. Did you know: Yves Saint Laurent was in a mental institution for a while, Thierry Mugler was an architect and photographer, Coco Chanel spent her childhood in an adoption center and never was adopted, and Alexander McQueen had planned to commit suicide in front of a live audience? All these mysteries Max will reveal during the upcoming episodes.

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Habana 3 AM La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

·       What other locations this film will be screening?

The film will show in South Africa, this is the 5th edition in 2018. I am a regular guest at the festival. This is the location I met the designer Hendrik Vermuelen she designed the gowns for Habana 3 A.M. The festival of Havana in Cuba, a digital library. They will put the film in their digital library honoring the first fashion short filmed in Cuba.

Habana 3 A.M. received the International Fashion Film Award Best Jewelry to PK Bijoux. Her couture jewelry is the last piece you want to take off. The fashion film drama brings fun, history, and culture to the screenplay.

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Summer Fun ~ La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

Summer Fun ~ La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

La Jolla Fashion Film Festival is a great place to enjoy a wonderful weekend of film and fashion. The festival art, film, and fashion celebration.

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Lorelei Shellist and Tammy Forchion at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
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Jo-Ann Dean and Tammy Forchion At The Lot

There were great reunions, meeting new people and filmmakers. It was so good seeing Lorelei Shellist and Jo-Ann Dean again. Last year the three of us celebrated the world premiere of Skin On Skin.

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Tabitha Lipkin Selfie “On The Red Carpet”
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Grace Wethor Teen Vogue It Girl
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Thomas Desoto, Tabitha Lipkin, and Brooke Evangeline, La Jolla Fashion Film Festival
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The red carpet proved is fun and very fashionable. There is a little kissing, selfies, and photobombs. We enjoyed meeting with Grace Wethor (Vogue’s It Girl), Thomas Desoto (photographer, artist, and cinematographer), and many film directors (see their interviews here) showing at the festival.
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Fynnton Gray Photo Bomb
Brandon Young and Jennifer Heliker Parsley Kissing On The Red Carpet

The films present exceptional art and fashion.

The International Fashion Film recipient  films are:
Best Picture The Magic Kingdom
Best Director Joshua Brandao and Nicolai Kornum Film Robot
Best Fashion Pearl
Best Actor Kamy Bruder Film Echos
Best Actress Cathrine Roberts Pearl
Best Art Direction The Storm (Badgley Mischka)
Best Editing Elemental Beauty
Best Visual Effects Infinite Path
Best Creative Concept Fallen 
Best Music Monk By The Sea
Best Costume Design Casamorati
Best Jewelry Habana 3 AM
Best Sound Design Think Outside The Box
Best Cinematography Statues of Gods
Best Accessories Timeless Beauty 
Best Narration Pearls
Best Message Soma Helmi I am Woman
Best Makeup The Reflection
Best Hairstyling Casamorati

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Friends Enjoying La Jolla Fashion Film Festival

The gown for Saturday evening festivities created by Daniel Chimowitz at Nevow Art. Artist Chimowitz creates walking canvases of painted textiles and upcycled clothing. He is a mix medium artist, an American fashion and textile designer.

His intent is to bring art from galleries and museums to the street, as a form of Walking Art. Chimowitz is known for his painted prints and photography. This was a perfect look for this fashion film festival.
The styling, steam punk. This complimented the exceptional art on the gown. Amazon and Michaels where many of the items purchased used to create accessories for this specific look.

This is event closes with a great after party at The Lot with dancing eating, drinking, and reminiscing about the exceptional films.

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Connectivity ~ By Definition In The Wilderness

Connectivity ~ By Definition In The Wilderness

By Definition In The Wilderness a short fashion film presented at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival. The film brings a connectivity to the world of fashion with a group of friends in the Coachella Valley desert region.

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By Definition In The Wilderness Photo Credit LJIFFF

 

The friends become separated due to a desert storm. They have to overcome obstacles and find their way back to each other. Mathew Koppin, the film’s director, and producer states, “This film captures the edge of the independent spirit. Each person becomes lost in a desert storm.”  There is a connectivity these friends’ share that drives them to reconnect in the end. The active urban style presents a brand meant that is perfect for daily wear.

By Definition, the clothing brand represented in the film, the fashion lifestyle brand’s mission is designing and creating an eco-friendly fashion line. The clothing line is contemporary with a classic feel.

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By Definition In The Wilderness LJFFF Photo Credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.

Kristen, film costuming and brand partner, says, “we want to teach people why recycling clothing is important. Our clothing production provides job stability contributing to families and the community. We give 5% of all sales to By Definition Foundation. ” This foundation supports the planet by funding programs, individuals, and entities that work to improve the earth.

This fashion brand is providing connectivity for consumers to the fashion they buy. They connectivity with awareness to the production, eco-friendly inks, the value in recycling clothing, and care for our clothing.

The friends in the film, as well as the clothing they are wearing, have a strong connectivity to the world around them.

Film nominated for Best Editing and Cinematography.

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Relationships Real and Technical ~ Robots

Relationships Real and Technical ~ Robots

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Robots LJFFF Best Director Photo Credit LJIFFF

Robots, World Premiere at La Jolla Fashion Film Festival, gives us insight to their award-winning film. This film awarded Best Directors for Josh Brandåo and Nicolai Kornum. This film provides an insight into the blurred world of technology and human emotions that are fluid between humans and droids.

  • How does this film connect to fashion?

Robots” is an editorial style fashion film, which involves 6 primary designers, we invited them to take part in the project. The film uses fashion items creating the universe. This gives it a special aesthetic look, i.e. using close-ups of fashion items as doorways or buildings etc. We incorporate fashion with makeup and body painting for the characters’ look and use fashion accessories as props and plot points. This unique world creates the background for our story taking a critical look at our relationship with modern technology: smartphones and social media.

  •  How does location play into the subconscious side of the human affections? 

It might not play a big part in life, locations seem to disappear around us when our eyes become distracted and affected by an object or subject. Using film language, however, there is an option to create places and surroundings to build the atmosphere and mood of the characters to convey their feelings. This develops a subconscious level to an audience, which opens up many possibilities.

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Robots Crew La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet Photo Credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.
  • What is the one thing you do each day to make it successful? 

Drink coffee in the morning.

  • What is your background in film and direction? 

We have together made several fashion films over the last 6 years that have won several awards at festivals. We develop, produce, and finish the projects together from our photographic studio based in London.

Josh Brandao has a Master’s Degree in Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion and a degree in Moving Image and Performance Design from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Nicolai Kornum worked for 8 years as a First Assistant Director in Feature Films, Commercials, and TV-Drama and trained at the European Film College in Directing and Editing.

  • When creating this film what was the advantage of being a short film?

Most of the fashion films we create are usually editorial fashion films showcasing several designers in the same way as a magazine editorial and are not an advertising for one specific brand. This means we have greater creative freedom but the budgets are lower, which makes short films ideal. 

The short film format fits well for our stories and ideas, and is perfect for online distribution and showcasing at international festivals at this stage in our carriers.

  • This film takes on a message outside of the actual robot being the robot in the film. How was this juxtaposition developed?

We think it’s interesting how today we have become so attached to the great technology. We have the available in the palm of our hands that we seem more and more living inside the world of our smartphones and computers, perhaps neglecting what’s around us too. Of course, technology is important and has opened up a whole new world of possibilities and interactions.

In Robots, we tried to blur the lines between the humans and machines, playing with inverting the roles, both in the sense of making humans more like robots and giving actual robots human emotions.

  • What are the other locations is this film will be screening? 

The La Jolla Fashion Film Festival in San Diego, California is Robots world premiere. From there we will be screening the film in the International Fashion Film Festival circuit. Our next stop is the Miami Fashion Film Festival.

This film uses fashion to create the sensory experience of reality and machines being difficult to differentiate between. This creates a conversation about this reality as a real possibility in the near future with the complex development of machines.

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Robots Directors La Jolla Fashion Film Festival Red Carpet Photo Credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.

A side note, we enjoyed the directors fun stylish suits worn on the red carpet.

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Fashion By:

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Versace http://www.versace.com/us/en-us/home/

Ted Baker http://www.tedbaker.com/

Roland Mouret https://www.rolandmouret.com/

PRODUCTION TEAM

Producers & Directors | Josh Brandao & Nicolai Kornum

Cinematographer Editor |  Edited by Nicolai Kornum

Still Photography | Josh Brandão 

Makeup Einat Dan (Two time recipent Internation Fashion Film Makeup)

Prosthetic Make Up Artists ADRIAN RIGBY (Jordan Ebbitt) DANNY MARIE ELIAS (Nina De Lianin)

Make Up Artist ALESSANDRA SEMISA (Nina De Lianin)

Make Up Assistant FANNY BURGOS

Hair Styling | Ruby Hoshangi 

Stylist Thomas Petraccaro

Original Music Jan-Michael Coetzee

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