BEYOND THE WALL is a short film directed by Azer Agalarov and written along with Leyla Begim.
This 22-minute-long movie is a hymn to nostalgia. But here, "hymn" is intended as a celebration, and "nostalgia" is expressed with a positive meaning.
As can be seen from the opening of the film, which the director entrusts to a sentence by Viktor E. Frankl, Austrian philosopher, neurologist, psychiatrist, and founder of speech therapy, the journey of the human being (which in the case of this short film is the journey of a painter towards his past), will inevitably have to go through the tunnel of pain for something that no longer exists except in the memories accumulated by each individual.
But being something inevitable, it should, in fact, not be a source of pain, as is the case with life itself. Hence, despite the nostalgia, despite the inevitable pain that it entails, it is impossible not to experience these feelings that should therefore be considered harmless.
The genre of the film is hard to define. It could be defined as experimental despite the realism of the story of images and content.
But the dance inserts (beautifully choreographed and performed by Alec Agalarov and Faye Anderson Agalarov), the time jumps, the constant use of music that vanishes only on the credits (to represent perhaps an overlap between real life and the movie itself) put this film in the experimental genre.
The cast and the actors' work (Turkay Jafarli and Elchin Jabrailbayov) are perfect and testify to the dedication and love that lies behind this short film.
Drected by Dave Tourjé & Christopher Sibley
John Van Hamersveld CRAZY WORLD AIN’T IT it’s a short documentary film.
A very precious work every artist should watch.
It’s a colorful glimpse into the kaleidoscope that is John Van Hamersveld’s seminal art career, viewed through the eyes of many artists and innovators he has influenced. John Van Hamersveld CRAZY WORLD AIN'T IT conveys a universal message of encouragement to anyone coming of age as an artist in a challenging world to accomplish this in.
In John Van Hamersveld CRAZY WORLD AIN’T IT, you can appreciate the story of this artist directly and also throught the artists interviewed who shared the essence of their work and you can reflect on how the world and the work of an artist has changed since the seventies to today with the advent of digital and the congestion of the world of images.
Artists to be interviewed were really well chosen by the directors. From each of them you can learn something very important and different points of view on how to be an artist.
The cinematography of the documentary John Van Hamersveld CRAZY WORLD AIN'T IT is very refined and full of colors as is the world of art.
The music that builds the sound design well underline “the journey” of John Van Hamersveld from his origins to his work today.
The directors of this documentary are: Dave Tourjé and Christopher Sibley.
Born in 1960 and raised in NELA (Glassell Park, Highland Park, Eagle Rock), Tourjés work is a reflection of the multi-cultural DIY sensibilities of NELA. His work is known as a contemporary hybrid of low and high art, reflecting his real-life immersion in surf and skate, the LA punk and music scene, graffiti and other subcultures that thrived in the NELA of the 70’s and 80’s. In 2011, Tourje was the subject of the short documentary "L.A. Aboriginal" which won 7 Best Short Film awards internationally and in 2013 he was the Executive Producer on the feature film "Curly" which won 5 Best Feature awards internationally.
Chris Sibley is a producer and director, known for John Van Hamersveld Crazy World Ain't It (2020), Healing Hands Documentary (2020) and Ophelia (2016).
John Van Hamersveld CRAZY WORLD AIN'T IT won as Best Sound Design at June Florence Film Award Monthly Competition 2020.
Congratulations to alla cast and crew.