Elliot Hoffman's “Glowing Embers” Selected for Independent Feature Project Market
MADISON, NJ (September 1, 2006) – “Glowing Embers,” a documentary film by Elliot Hoffman, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at FDU, has been selected for the Independent Feature Project (IFP) Market. The film examines the artistic work and aspirations as well as the economic and political struggles of a unique multi-national community of ceramic artists in La Borne, France.
The IFP Market will be held from September 17-23 in New York City. The weeklong showcase provides filmmakers an opportunity to present new film and television work-in-development directly to the industry. The film industry then has the opportunity to discover new talent and films before the festival circuit.
“Glowing Embers” is one of 175 films selected out of more than 1500 submitted. It will be screened on September 18 at 3 p.m. at the Angelika Theater in New York City.
Hoffman chose this topic for his film because “in the details of life we see the beauty of the differences of others” he said. “In ‘Glowing Embers,’ the beauty is in the community, values, passion and craft of this community of artists who live in the village of La Borne and nearby surrounding towns in central France.
“My interest extends beyond the simple focus on a form of art and production. It includes the seductive landscape that surrounds this community with a variety of agricultural activities. This topography contributes to a rich visual content and complements the riveting process by which earthen forms are molded into sculpture and pottery.
“The shadows, turn tables, hands, fingers, vats of clay, color, abstract forms, fire, kiln doors, wood piles, forests, workshops, and the flowers, fields, and marchés, all are among the rich imagery that are important to the portrait of the Bornois. Their passion for form, style, color, and light corresponds to a cinematic vision, which will find its place in the edit. In pursuit of this vision I focus on both the large and the very small in my camerawork.”
Among Hoffman’s award-winning films are “Teachers’ Stories, Children’s Lives,” which won a Gold Cindy at the 38th Annual International Cindy Competition and was broadcast on numerous PBS stations, and “A Good Example — Bertolt Brecht Before the House Un-American Activities Committee” which won a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.
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