Wednesday, November 28, 2012

SEA Movie Theater Project invited to Jakarta documentary film fest

If ever there was a perfect event for the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project to exhibit at it's the upcoming ChopShots Documentary Film Festival being held in Jakarta, Indonesia from December 5th to the 9th.  ChopShots has compiled 60 documentary films from around the world, covering a diverse range of topics that's bound to satisfy all comers.

Among the many sideshows will be a 24-image series from the Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend this inaugural film fest, but that shouldn't stop anybody who happens to be in the metro-Jakarta area from going. Don't miss out on this most stimulating event.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Burmese polychrome

If there's any style of cinema architecture that can be said to be unique to any of the countries I surveyed, it would be the polychromes of Burma. Only five were encountered in all, but scouring old photos revealed at least another two which have since been demolished.

This cosmetic touch, achieved by way of paint or tile, turns an otherwise mundane facade into a spectacle. 

Here are the five that I documented between 2010 and 2011.   

The Nay Pyi Daw Cinema - Yangon

The Shae Saung Cinema - Yangon

The Nyunt Cinema - Bago

The San Pya Cinema - Magwe

The Thida Cinema - Yangon