Genoa – more than this

Genoa – more than this

Genoa is one of the most underrated cities in Europe. City reveals its charm if you decide to explore it. Here’s a short visual poem revealing feelings left with me after stay in this gem. City that is free of crowds and chaos you may observe in other places.

Filmed with Canon gear. Sound recorded with ZOOM and Rode mics.

Music by Tony Anderson.

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Cast: Alex Soloviev

Perfectly Normal

Perfectly Normal

I was introduced to Jordan, the effervescent subject of this Op-Doc, by a mutual friend; we met for lunch at his favorite deli in Los Angeles, where we live. That day, we waded through a getting-to-know-you conversation that somehow felt both more awkward and less awkward than most of its kind. Jordan has Asperger’s syndrome, and so he often gets pulled into his own world, one that can seem chaotic and isolated from ours. But he has learned to make deliberate choices to stay present in reality.

I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quick-witted middle-aged man having lunch across from me. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and movies, and a strikingly clever sense of humor. So I was intrigued. The lunch became the first of many meetings we shared over the course of many months, before we started filming this Op-Doc more than a year later.

Autism and Asperger’s syndrome, which is often considered a high-functioning form of autism, can manifest through a wide spectrum of symptoms; the severity and range of consequences vary depending on the individual. Sometimes these symptoms are barely noticeable, but on the other hand, around 40 percent of autistic children do not speak. (Symptoms often lessen by adulthood.)

In Jordan’s case, he lives independently, holds a job, and manages his own personal finances. He has a relationship with a woman named Toni who has multiple disabilities herself. But more importantly, he is self-aware, self-accepting, caring, with a strong ability to analyze and speak about his condition with others. He understands how he is different, and he has created a coping mechanism for himself that enables him to function in society and pursue his interests in the arts as an escape when it all becomes too much for him. It is these qualities that I wanted to emphasize in this film. I wanted Jordan himself to tell us his story instead of it being formulated out of impressions from the perspective of an outsider. A strong self-advocate, Jordan argues that he is not a disabled person, but merely a person with a disability. Someone from whom those he calls “normal people” could learn. Besides, he will argue, “everybody is not completely normal” anyway.

So much more research and support is needed to enable people with autism. There are no limits to what beautiful minds like Jordan’s can help us make of this world.

Official Selection SXSW Film Festival 2017.
Official Selection Camerimage Film Festival 2016.
Official Selection Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2017.
Official Selection Cinequest International Film & VR Festival 2017. (Winner Best Short Documentary)
Official Selection Oxford International Film Festival 2017.
Official Selection Raw Film Festival 2017.
Official Selection Athens Film + Video Festival 2017.
Official Selection Newport Beach Film Festival 2017.

Cast: Joris Debeij



At the end of March 2017 we spent 4 days discovering and walking into the streets of the magnificent Roma. A city full of charm where emotions are born at every street corner, in every church. We wanted to transcribe all the beauty of the place, its delicacy, its charm but also its intensity, its power and its lightness. We hope that this video will make you want to go to the city, so that Rome could upsets you as much as it upset us.

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Shot with GH4 and 12-35 mm
Editing and color grading : Premiere Pro CC

Music : Kai Engel ; Endless story about Sun and Moon

Cast: L’oeil d’Eos