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Julian Dahl
b. July 23, 1966, Melbourne, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Born 1966, Melbourne, Australia. Completed university with 1st class major in politics; moved overseas. Published poet from the age of 16. In 1989, began making experimental Super 8 shorts and working with Melbourne Super 8 Film Group and Modern Image Makers' Association (MIMA). Travelled and worked in 48 countries as teacher, journalist, book & magazine editor. Lived in Senegal, West Africa, for 2 years making mystical African sci-fi short (INSECT, 2000). After stint on Los Angeles commercial film sets, helped set up LA Filmmakers' Co-op. Shorts have appeared on TV, on DVD, and in several festivals in USA, Australia and Europe. Now in production on FATSO, a feature documentary on size discrimination, and teaching ghetto kids how to make films with Peapod, an educational foundation set up by the Black Eyed Peas.

Aspiration: Piloting the mercury of your pupils.

 


 
 
Camjackers

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Julian Dahl has been an active experimental filmmaker for over 12 years in Australia, Africa and the USA using mainly Super 8, though increasingly moving towards multi-format texturing of associationist perspectives on the underclass experience.

Work spans the poetic and raw End Of Beast (1989), to the mystical and mystifying INSECT (2000) "recall[ing] some of the best films of Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger" (FilmThreat), and now to his latest feature release, Camjackers (2006), called "a funny post-Reality hip hop mindtrip" or even "Christopher Guest but with surveillance tapes" (Current).

Eu Topos Productions website


FILMOGRAPHY:
 
 
INSECT

End of Beast (Aust., 1989, 17 mins, Super 8, B&W, mono sound)

A Man Walking, Falls (Aust., 1990, 8 mins, Super 8, B&W, mono sound)

Puppy Love (Aust., 1991, 8 mins, B&W/colour, Super 8 original, Betacam SP master, stereo sound)

Slaughter of the Strawberry (Aust., 1992, 25 mins, B&W/colour, Super 8 original, Betacam SP master, mono sound)

INSECT (Senegal/Aust./USA, 2000, 30 mins, B&W/colour, Super 8 original, Digital Betacam master, mono sound)

Blonde & Blue (USA, 2000, 4 mins 57 secs, colour, VHS-C original, Betacam SP master, stereo sound)

lick (USA, 2001, 3 mins, color, MiniDV and Super 8, Betacam SP master, stereo sound)

falling (USA, 2001, 3 mins, color, Single 8 original, Betacam SP master, stereo sound)

 
 
falling

stream (USA, 2004, 8 mins, color, Super 8 original, Betacam SP master, stereo sound)

Camjackers (USA, 2006, 80 mins, color/B&W, 24pDV/Super 16mm/16mm/Super 8 original, DigiBetacam Master, stereo sound)
trailer - fast connection - www.camjackers.com; slow connection - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1R6JBLVqRA


DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION OF FILMS:

Vanguard Cinema now distributes Camjackers and Utopia One (Julian's best shorts from 10 years of filmmaking) on cable and DVD in USA and Canada.

AWARDS: Camjackers Winner, Best Editing, Ann Arbor Film Festival (2006); INSECT, Winner, Best Experimental Film Prize, SXSW (South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, TX, USA) 2001

SCREENINGS: Films screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Harlem International Film Festival, Syracuse International, Lens politica, SURGE!, Urban Literary Film Festival, Z Film Festival (Chicago, USA), Melbourne International Film Festival, Hamburg International Film Festival, Crossroads Film Festival (Jackson, USA), Seattle Underground Film Festival, Melbourne Super 8 Film Festival, and others.

DISTRIBUTION: Films distributed by Vanguard Cinema, Hollywood Video, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, LA Filmmakers Co-op and Microcinema International, as well as through the Eu Topos Productions website


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

INSECT review by David Finkelstein, Film Threat, December 5, 2000.

Puppy Love review by David Finkelstein, Film Threat, December 5, 2000.


Camjackers reviews:

Cinephilia

Moviehole

DVD Verdict

Syracuse New Times

Reviews Brothers


Julian Dahl, May 2008.

Eu Topos Productions - Julian Dahl's website

Camjackers - Film's website

Contact Julian Dahl

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