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Talk/Show/Case

The 2021 International Israel Music Showcase Conference

Nov. 28th 2021 – Sunday – Abraham Hostel – Tel Aviv

4:30PM – 10:15PM

For the past 12 years, Showcase has brought the finest international industry professionals to Israel, in order to expose them to the local musical export. As is tradition, the final day of the festival will feature the international music industry conference known as Talk / Show / Case, where we will get the chance to hear from our guests’ rich industry experience, alongside some prominent leaders of the Israeli industry.

This year, the conference will be especially large and fancy – featuring dozens of international guests and Israeli professionals: managers, agents, producers, publicists, writers and musicians.

The conference deals with deep ongoing issues from the Israeli and international music scenes. It is designed particularly for the people of the Israeli music community, as well as its active musicians, and offers a unique experience full of fascinating research and exchange. 

Among participants and speakers are:

Carmen Rizzo (US), Jordi Jaime i Bofill (ES), Svenja Mahlstede (DE), Tamir Muskat (IL), Takuya Salam Unagami (JP), Asaf Talmudi (IL), Marilyne Lacombe (FR), Katrina Lopes (CA), Ori Winokor (IL), Pia Hoffmann (DE)

and many more…

Throughout the day, there will be workshops, personalized meetings, depth talks with some of the most important music people from Israel and overseas, forums and panels, exhibitions, music film screenings, and lectures built to take the local music industry one step forward.

All that and much more will be taking place at the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv, in 4 different areas – providing a wide range of opportunities to learn, share, network and party – alongside a central and casual “hang” area.

Following the end of the conference, we will continue on to the festival closing party at the Kuli Alma club, with DJ and electronic artist MITA GAMI.

* More info and pre-registration options will be announced very soon, on the festival website. Stay tuned.

Conference program managers: Itamar Bernstein / Gil Rubio / Hadas Vanunu

Speakers

CARMEN RIZZO (US)
CARMEN RIZZO (US)
Electrofone Music | United States | Two-time Grammy Nominee, best known for his Electronic World Music, produced various eclectic album credits which include Seal, Coldplay, Paul Oakenfold, AR Rahman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Pete Townshend, Huun Huur Tu, and Niyaz. /// 21:00-22:15, Close Talk | 1:1, Producing 21st century's MAGIC, 1st floor
Jordi Jaime i Bofill (ES)
Jordi Jaime i Bofill (ES)
JJBConcerts | Booking Agent & Promoter | Spain | Jordi’s company JJBConcerts is a booking and promotion agency based in Barcelona, founded in 2012. The company works with a wide spectrum of styles and acts. 19:35-20:05 - Discussion Round Tables - Round 1, 1st floor
Ishai Adar (IL)
Ishai Adar (IL)
Yishai Adar, film composer and head of the soundtrack studies at the School of Sound and Screen Arts at Sapir College. Among his works are the films "Beaufort", "The Silence of the Archive", "Scaffolding", "Bethlehem", "Summer Nights" and the series "The Boys". //// 17:00-18:00 - Panel | Music Creation For Video & Media, 1st floor
Asaf Talmudi (IL)
Asaf Talmudi (IL)
Assaf Talmudi (born 1976) is a composer, researcher and music producer. Produced albums for Shai Tsabari, Shlomi Shaban, Rona Keinan, Berry Sakharof, Yuval Mendelssohn and more. Composer for film, theater and television, winner of the Jerusalem Festival Prize for original music and the Ophir Prize for soundtrack, a member of the bands Oi Division, Malox and the Journey to Poland. //// 17:00-18:00 - Panel | Music Creation For Video & Media, 1st floor
Ori Winokur (IL)
Ori Winokur (IL)
Winokur, a respected producer, bassist, member and founder of the band Coolooloosh and a partner in the mythological Slick studios that operated for over a decade in south Tel Aviv, today Ori leads an entire musical lineup as Head Of Music at Art.List which revolutionized the world of music licenses and is a dizzying success around the world. The company's entire musical lineup includes the original Art.List Original content production department, and a combination of innovative music and technology, and has established the Art.List digital label that gets millions of streams a month. //// 17: 00-18: 00 - Panel | Music Creation For Video & Media
Echo Morgenstern (IL)
Echo Morgenstern (IL)
Echo is one of the busiest singers and producers in Israel. After 5 years touring internationally with her successful project, Echo & Tito, Echo has embarked on a solo career, releasing an English album featuring collaborations with some of the leading producers in Israel /// 17:00-18:00, Music Creation For Video & Media, 1st floor
Carmi D. Wurtman (IL)
Carmi D. Wurtman (IL)
Owner of the production company 2BVIBES. Promoter, producer and entrepreneur in the field of culture for twenty years. /// 18:15-19:15 - Talk 1:1 | Curation Vs. Creation
Danny Kapilian (US)
Danny Kapilian (US)
Danny Kapilian is a NYC-based producer of special concerts, festivals, and touring productions, such as 2018’s JONI 75 , and Sing The Truth – two examples of high end Kapilian original live productions /// 19:15-19:35, Close Talk | 1:1 Curation Vs. Creation, 1st floor
Pekka Tähkävuori (FI)
Pekka Tähkävuori (FI)
Artistic director | “Raahe Jazz on The Beach” gathers people and music by the sea of Raahe – an idyllic, small old wooden seaside town in the Northern Ostrobothnia region of Finland /// 19:35-20:05, Discussion Round Tables - Round 1, 1st floor
Vlad Yaremchuk (UA)
Vlad Yaremchuk (UA)
Booker | Atlas Weekend Festival | Vladyslav is the booking manager of Atlas Weekend Festival – the biggest music festival in Ukraine, which attracted more than half a million visitors in 2019 and more than 600,000 visitors in 2021 /// 17:30-18:00, 10 Min Presentations X3, RoboCop
MICHAEL A. C. JOHANNESEN (FO)
MICHAEL A. C. JOHANNESEN (FO)
G! Festival | Booking Manager | Michael is the booking manager for “G!” festival, a non-profit music festival located in the Faroe Islands, that held its 20th anniversary this year. The festival hosts around 35 bands each year, of which around half are local groups /// 17:30-18:00, 10 Min Presentations X3, RoboCop
Bruno Rocha (PT)
Bruno Rocha (PT)
Museu da Cidade / Ágora Porto | Artistic Producer | Bruno is a cultural and artistic producer with experience in a wide range of events, from corporate events to festivals with up to 50k visitors /// 20:10-20:40 - Discussion Round Tables - Round 2, 1st floor
MARILYNE LACOMBE (CA)
MARILYNE LACOMBE (CA)
FME - Emerging Music Festival | Director of Programming | Marilyne is the Director of programming for the Emerging Music Festival (FME), a multi-venue independent music festival which takes place in Rouyn-Noranda, a small town in the northern part of Quebec /// 20:10-20:40 - Discussion Round Tables - Round 2, 1st floor
Udi Niv (IL)
Udi Niv (IL)
Artistic Curator - Tel Aviv Frequency //// 20:10-20:40 - Discussion Round Tables - Round 2, 1st floor
Liron Meshulam (Flora) (IL)
Liron Meshulam (Flora) (IL)
Artist, keyboardist, technician and music producer //// 20:10-20:40 - Discussion Round Tables - Round 2, 1st floor
KATRINA LOPES (CA)
KATRINA LOPES (CA)
KL Management | Artist Manager | Kat’s roster includes platinum selling, Juno Award-winning artist/producer Shawn Desman, pop duo/production team RadioClub, soul artist/film composer/Sephora collaborator TiKA, and singer/songwriter/producer Kayla Diamond. // 20:10-20:40, Discussion Round Tables - Round 2, 1st floor
 Tamir Muskat (IL)
Tamir Muskat (IL)
Israeli musician and producer, member of the "Balkan Beat Box" band and one of its founders. //// 21: 00-22:15 - Talk 1: 1 | Producing 21st century's MAGIC
SVENJA MAHLSTEDE (DE)
SVENJA MAHLSTEDE (DE)
Universal Music Publishing | Universal Music Publishing is the world’s second largest music publishing company. UMPG’s catalogue consists of over three million songs, with offices in over 30 countries. \\\ 18:15-19:15, The Two Main Things You Need To Know About Sync, RoboCop
PIA HOFFMANN (DE)
PIA HOFFMANN (DE)
Schwesterherz Records | Music Supervisor | Pia is a music supervisor for film and TV. She has been a creative hub for directors, producers, composers, publishers and labels for 15 years. /// 18:15-19:15, The Two Main Things You Need To Know About Sync, RoboCop
YOSSI FINE (IL)
YOSSI FINE (IL)
Yossi Fine, Bass master producer, is well known musician and producer in the world today. Grammy nominated, Produced over 40 albums including 12 gold and multi-platinum albums. \\\ 19:30-20:30 - A Podcast About Podcasts, R2D2
Nir Goraly (IL)
Nir Goraly (IL)
Senior Editor of "Kan Podcasts", the podcast department of the Public Broadcasting Corporation. Presents and edits in "One Song", "Retrial", "Gate" and more. Past music journalist and current music editor at Kan88t. /// 19:30-20:30 - A Podcast About Podcasts, R2D2
 Maya Kosover (IL)
Maya Kosover (IL)
One of Israel's podcasts pioneers. Edits and broadcaster in “Kan Podcasts” - “Shir Echad” (music podcast), “Hayot Kis” (financial podcast). Participated in the podcast “Israel - Story”. /// 19:30-20:30 - A Podcast About Podcasts, R2D2
Laurence Haziza (FR)
Laurence Haziza (FR)
After studying psychology and management engineering, I moved on to more artistic careers - as an actress first, then towards music and more particularly jazz and world music. Today my organizational profession and passion for music have led me to lead the Jazz'N'Klezmer festival in Paris and to meet artists via Akadem's music magazine, Chronicles (RFI, Radio Shalom Radio J) as well as promotion of certain albums. I'm a mom to a little boy and love to discover new sounds, mergers and emerging artists. /// 19:30-20:30, Global Israeli Breakthrough Countries, R2D2
Elazar Zinvel (TR)
Elazar Zinvel (TR)
Cultural Attaché in Istanbul /// 19:30-20:30, Global Israeli Breakthrough Countries, R22D
Kayla Diamond (CA)
Kayla Diamond (CA)
Not only is she a prolific songwriter and singer, but Kayla Diamond is one of the youngest female pop producers in Canada. With credits ranging from Aiden Myers and [email protected], to her own creative project, her production has garnered over 1M streams on Spotify alone, in a short period of time. Describing herself as someone who "prides herself in bringing forth the truth in artists she works with", Kayla is constantly yearning to evolve and innovate sound and the human reaction to it. \\\ 21:35-22:15, The New Music Economy - Panel, R2D2
Gadi Stern (IL)
Gadi Stern (IL)
Pianist, Booking Agent, One of ‘Shalosh’ band Establisher. Coaching goal achievements, general managing of and booking for artists and industry people. /// 20:45-21:45, How to book an International Tour, RoboCop
 Isgav Dotan (IL)
Isgav Dotan (IL)
Tel Aviv Based Musician, Producer and Video Director/Editor. Founder and leader of International Hip Hop Collective "Lucille Crew". \\\ 20:45-21:45, How to book an International Tour, RoboCop
 Gil Karniel (IL)
Gil Karniel (IL)
Promoter, Producer and culture interpeneure. One of the establishers of “Mekudeshet” Festival in Jerusalem (for sacred music), Sanbit Festival, Shames of Sound Festival and more. /// 19:35-20:05, Discussion Round Tables, 1st Floor
Meytal Shevach (IL)
Meytal Shevach (IL)
A&R manager of Universal Israel. In charge of signing artists to the label, their development and artistic management. In the past, Meytal edited ‘Mako’ music website, musically produced MTV Israel and music channel 24, served a weekly program in GLGLTZ radio station and musically advised many TV shows. \\\18:15-19:15, Meet Universal IL, RoboCop
Ami Nir (IL)
Ami Nir (IL)
An A&R counselor of Universal Israel, owner of international artists management company “SunDyed Music”. Specialized in cooperation with the worldwide music industry, record and publishing companies. \\\ 18:15-19:15, Meet Universal IL, RoboCop
Pumik (Etay Goldstein) (IL)
Pumik (Etay Goldstein) (IL)
Event Producer, Artist Manager, Booking Agent & Owner of “State Of Bliss” (and a sexual therapist). An all-kind-music lover, and a world-traveler looking after it. Produced and took part in many global tours with multiple bands and musicians. \\\ 19:30-20:30, Global Israeli Breakthrough Countries, R2D2
Ran Geffen (IL)
Ran Geffen (IL)
Musical CEO “Song Management” (Aroma Music) \\\ 20:45-21:45, The New Music Economy, R2D2
Gilad Admoni (IL)
Gilad Admoni (IL)
Artists manager, co-owner of Yahalom records that represent some of the groundbreaking artists in Israel in the last decade.

Content

Floor 1 – Lounge Area

Optimus Prime Stage

 

5pm-6pm – Panel

Title: Music Creation for Video & Media

Participants: Asaf Talmudi, Echo Morgenstern, Ori Winokur

Host: Ishai Adar

Language: Hebrew

Description:

Music has always been essential to the world of video, but video has not always been as present in our world as it is today. In the reality of 2021, a growing number of musicians find themselves experimenting with or even earning a living creating music and sound for films, TV series, advertisements, and video games. This panel will examine various approaches and styles within this significant and ever-developing field.

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6:15pm-7:15pm – 1-on-1 Talk

Title: Curation Vs. Creation

Participants: Danny Kapilian (US) & Carmi D. Wurtman (IL)

Language: English

Description:

A dense conversation between two mega-producers – about entrepreneurship and creativity in production of top level events, while discussing how to create unique, outstanding happenings in the vast landscape of musical and cultural events.

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7:35pm-8:05pm – Discussion Circles – Round 1 (30 min.)

An hour of discourse on highly important subjects

  1. Title: International Status:
    What is the post-Covid event-producing situation around the globe?

Participants: Michael A. C. Johannesen (FO), Vlad Yaremchuk (UA), Pekka Tähkävuori (FI)

Language: English

Description:

Have we already returned to “the good old days” in regards to live music shows? How should we deal with the restrictions in different regions of the world? What are the effects of complication on traveling artists? And where is this all headed?

In this talk, featuring participants from different parts of the world, we will attempt to compose a situation report of where we currently stand and where we are headed in the post-pandemic world.

 

  1. Title: Cross-Genre:
    How dependent are we on the old terms of genre-based markets?
    Participants:  Jordi Jaime i Bofill (ES), Gil Karniel (IL)

Language: English

Description:

Where does jazz begin and rock music end? What is world music and what does making indie music mean in today’s world? Genres have always been useful to both industry people and music lovers, while confusing them all in the same breath. In honor of the “mixed” edition of Israel Music Showcase we pose the question – is there still a real need to separate music on the genre level? Or can we go ahead and mix everything up together?

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8:10pm-8:40pm – Discussion Circles – Round 2 (30 min.)

 

  1. Title: Artistic Curating as Experience Designing:
    What are the 2021 expectations from the curation process?

Participants: Bruno Rocha (PT), Marilyne Lacombe (FR), Udi Niv (IL)

Language: English
Description:
Is it possible to break the standard audience-stage format? Can viewers be challenged, and seen not only as passive consumers of artistic content? What is the importance of location and its distribution in regards to experiencing artistic content? How much should continuity be taken into consideration? How much thought is given to the overall experience, as opposed to each separate frame and goal?

  1. Title: Gender-Balance, Outside the Spotlight:

How can we balance gender representation in the technical, managing and producing fields of the music business?

Participants: Katrina Lopes, Flora (Liron Meshulam)

Language: English
Description:

What are the obstacles blocking an egalitarian gender division in various “offstage” positions and professions? Production, sound & lighting tech and design, artistic direction, etc. – despite a growing trend of gender balance onstage, we still see gaps behind the scenes that are not catching up. Is it due to career considerations? Academic obstruction? Perhaps a lack of distinct female “legacy” in these realms? In this discussion, we dive deep into the topic.

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9pm-10:15pm – 1-on-1 Talk

Title: Producing 21st century’s MAGIC

Participants: Carmen Rizo (US) & Tamir Muskat (IL)

Language: English

Description:

A meeting between two super-producers, each with a distinct musical signature – in a discussion on breaking boundaries, inspiration, and dreams.

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Floor -1 – Basement Area

 R2D2 Stage

5:30pm-6pm – Panel

3 x 10 Min. Presentations

Participants: Bruno Rocha (PT), Vladyslav Yaremchuk (UA), Michael Antony Charles Johannesen (FO)

Language: English

Description:

Come broaden your horizons while getting to know three representatives of some very special festivals and projects: Bruno and the Museu da Cidade project he runs in Porto, which combines music and visual arts in an innovative and creative fashion, connecting galleries and museums with musical content; Michael, head of G! festival in the Faroe Islands off the coast of Iceland, where musical content and an extensive tourist experience are combined to give visitors a special acquaintance with the Island; and Vladyslav from the Ukraine, who runs one of eastern Europe’s biggest and most influential festivals, taking place against all odds and hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

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6:15pm-7:15pm – Workshop

Title: The Two Main Things You Need to Know About Sync

Participants: Svenja Mahlstede (DE) & Pia Hoffmann (DE)

Language: English

Description:

Pia, Music Supervisor for a wide range of films and TV programs, and Svenja, lead of the sync dept. at Universal Music Germany, will attempt to answer the two main questions regarding synchronization, or the licensing of music to films, series, ads and video games: 1. How do we bring our music to the right people? 2. What do we do in the event of an offer to sync our music?

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7:30pm-8:30pm – Podcast Talk

Title: A Podcast about Podcasts

Participants: Yossi Fine, Nir Goraly, and Maya Kosover – the “Shir Ehad” team.

Language: Hebrew

Description:

Yossi Fine hosts Nir Goraly and Maya Kosover in this recorded and filmed conversation-turned-podcast. Nir and Maya are the team behind “Shir Ehad”(“One Song”) – a podcast produced by Kan – the Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation. Their podcast, which started in 2017, has become one of Israel’s most popular shows, with a new upcoming season in the works. The discussion will deal with the idea of podcasts – How are they created? What caused the format to become so popular? Is it a true replacement for the radio world? And what is the secret to its charm?

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8:45pm-9:45pm – Workshop

Title: How to Book an International Tour

Participants: Gadi Stern (Shalosh) & Yisgav Dotan (Lucille Crew)

Language: Hebrew

Description:

In this hands-on workshop, Gadi Stern and Yisgav Dotan will be sharing insights, tips and secrets of a practical technique they use when planning worldwide tours for their groups.

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RoboCop Stage

 

6:15pm-7:15pm – Talk + Q&A

Title: Meet Universal IL

Participants: Meytal Shevah (IL), Ami Nir (IL)

Language: English

Description:

An open encounter with the heads of A&R at Universal Israel, which recently broke out onto the Israeli market, having already managed to arouse curiosity in regards to the artist roster they will be curating here. You are welcome to ask anything you wanted to know about what it means to be a major label taking its first steps in the Israeli market.

7:30pm-8:30pm – Panel

Title: Global Israeli Breakthrough Countries

Participants: Laurence Haziza (FR), Elazar Zinvel (TR), Pumiki (IL), and others TBA

Language: English

Description:

In many countries such as Turkey, France, India, Germany, and others, there has been a substantial trend of Israeli musical export going on for some time. Each country has its own chain of events that led to Israeli musicians arriving at its shores, collaborating with local music scenes and creating a relationship with the Israeli musical repertoire. In this panel, we will be discussing territories where the Israeli music market has been received with open hands for many years. Come meet our worldwide friends and partners.

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8:45pm-9:45pm – Panel

Title: The New Music Economy

Participants: Ran Geffen, Kayla Diamond, Katrina Lopes

Language: English

Description:

In the relatively short history of recorded music industry, there have been a number of defining periods which changed the game in regards to the way the industry works, how it generates income, how it markets itself, and how it brings music to the ears and hearts of listeners. Today, after some fundamental changes brought on by technological advancement and accessibility, as well as winds of cultural and sociological change blowing around the world – it has become clear that we stand at a crossroads, and the near future is going to differ greatly from what we’ve known until now. In this panel we will attempt to tackle the approaches and configuration of music’s new economics, discuss technology, models, regulation, and some arguments ranging from pure philosophy to real-time practical matters.

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Floor 2

WALL-E – Film Screening Area

 Director: Maya Zaydman

48 Min” 18:00-18:50

Year: 2014

Written, directed, and produced by Maya Zaydman

 

about:

A documentary cabaret following indie musician Yehu Yaron’s path to releasing his sophomore album. In songs of love, birth and illnes – Yehu exposes that which he can’t speak about outside of his songs. A journey into the depths of a musical creative process – from the first steps of songwriting to the release show. An intimate portrait of an artist whose personal life invades his creation and shapes it

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Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis: “Don’t Be So Modest – You Aren’t That Great”

Director: Tal Hake

64 Min 19:00-20:05

Producer: Or Davidson

About:
In April of 2017, Dudu Tassa was invited to open for “Radiohead” on their US tour. Dudu embarked on the trip of a lifetime, accompanied by his band “The Kuwaitis” – a unique group of Jewish and Arab musicians – and joined by singer Nasreen Qadri. As Dudu succeeds in bringing the original Kuwaitis – his grandfather and great-uncle – back to their proper place on the big stage, before enormous audiences from all over the world, he experiences a touching and very meaningful moment. Alongside the glory and excitement, an almost inconceivable connection between Iraqi music and rock’n’roll is revealed, performed together by an Israeli Jew and an Arab Muslim in the United States.

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Junun

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Min”54 20:05-21:00

Production: Pippa Robinson, Erica Frauman

Production Studio: Ghoulardi Film Company

Editor: Andy Jurgensen

Camera: Paul Thomas Anderson, Nigel Godrich, Sharona Katan, Ian Patrick, Arne Warmington

Soundtrack: Sam Petts-davies, Christopher Scarabosio

Original Music: Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, Rajasthan Express


About:
Best-selling album “Junun” was born from the extraordinary musical combination of poet/musician Shye Ben Tzur, “Radiohead” guitarist Jonny Greenwood, and the indian group “Rajasthan Express”. Over twenty musicians gathered in the Mehrangarh fort, a large and magnificent castle built in northern India in the mid-15th century, to record what would quickly (and rightfully) become a major hit. The film attentively follows the creative processes that took place over the three weeks of recording at the fort, including all the moments of inspiration, the misgivings, and mutual creative fertilization. This collaborative effort gave birth to unique songs that combine Hebrew poetic texts with Sufi mystical music, singing in Urdu and a sound that travels from jazz to gypsy rhythms, and from lamentation to dance. Against a backdrop of local landscapes and small peeks into the nearby town, it is this musical affluence that makes up the beating heart of the film.

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Agam Halimon

Director: Roy Rieck

35 Min” 21:00-21:35

about:
A film following the creative process behind Tomer Yeashayahu sixth studio album, of the same name. The film “Agam Halimon” (“Lemon Lake”) was directed by musician and editor Roy Rieck (Acollective, Hagal Hasheni).

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TINY FINGERS:
The Fall – Live At The Dead Sea

Director: Oren Ben David

50 Min” 21:35-22:15

Co-Director & Editor: Guy Zakh

Director of Photography: Ilya Marcus

Production: Asaf Ben David

about:

At sunrise, ‘Tiny Fingers’ had begun playing its album “The Fall” fully and continuously, over the northern shores of the Dead Sea.

The one hour long film brings together the unique performance of the live music with a documentation of nature cinematography capturing the multitude of views, shades and landscapes surrounding the ever changing region.

The film begins in complete darkness and accompanies the band and nature from early twilight up to the moment when the first ray of light touches the soil of the lowest place on Earth.

A one-time dialogue formed between a musical piece and nature, between the personal and universal as those encounter in perfect harmony at sunrise.

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