In the 1960s, the abandoned factories of New York’s SoHo were occupied by artists from around the world, transforming this neighbourhood in the heartland of art experimentation. A group of artists, The Karamazoffs, and pioneers from that era, like Jonas Mekas and Jaime Davidovich, recall that colourful atmosphere through the 1960s, 70s and 80s, armed with exceptional vintage footage.
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Friends, mentors and other shining stars.
DIRECTORS SCREENWRITERS PRODUCERS JUAN GAMERO/CARMEN RODRÍGUEZ
MUSIC MARC SASTRE CINEMATOGRAPHER EDITOR JUAN GAMERO
SOUND OP. CARMEN RODRÍGUEZ
A PARADOCS PRODUCTION ASSOCIATE PRODUCER VALTI RODA/LA QUIMERA
COPRODUCTION TV3-TELEVISIÓ DE CATALUNYA-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JORDI AMBRÒS
SUPPORT FUNDACIÓ VILA CASAS
Juan Gamero has a long experience working as director in TV and cinema. He is also cameraman, screenwriter, editor and producer. He started filming shorts in 8mm and working as director assistant in cinema. In 1975 he began to work in TVE, the Spanish Public TV, where he directed science, art, music, news, sports, children programs and many documentaries, mainly on art, culture, history and social issues.
As an independent producer, he produced and directed some video-art, video-clip and short fiction films, two of them
officially selected for the Festivals of Berlin 1982, Melbourne 1982 and Donostia/San Sebastián 1983. He also worked for the magazine Ajoblanco as photographer and
In the early 90s he directed his most personal work, the series Prisma (1990/91, TVE): the observation of human behaviour and nature from different points of view. 26x30’ documentaries and fiction films with a purely visual narration. Some of these films are: Turkana, The Beach, Galápagos: The Darwin's Journey, A-Tila, Barcelona 1800- 1900, Is land, Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tourist, Costa Brava or Ireland, Stone In Time. Prisma was selected for the INPUT 1990 (Edmonton), Prix Futura Berlin 1991 and exhibited at the Expo Sevilla’92 and Centre Pompidou (Paris).
He participated at the closing ceremony of the Barcelona’92 Olympics with the film of the Games (RTO, Olympic TV). Other selected filmography: Living The Utopia, the memoirs of anarchists during the Spanish civil war (1997, doc., 94’, Arte-TVE, La Mirada Film Festival, Melbourne 2008; Festival Images Mouvementées, Paris 2009) and “Carme Riera, Scenes For Happiness” (2001, doc., 50’, super16mm, TVE).
In 1999 he founded with Carmen Rodríguez the company Paradocs. Director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor, among others, of Bali, Spirits and Craftsmen, (52', Paradocs 2007), Searching for the first european (2011, 58', Turkana films. Gold Medal World Media Festival Hamburg 2012, Special Jury award Docscient Roma 2011 and Bronze World Medal New York Festival 2013) and The Karamazoffs (2016, 83’, Paradocs-LaQuimera-TV3 Televisió de Catalunya). In 2011 some of his works were exhibited at the Sta. Mónica Art Center in Barcelona. Since 1997 he is member of the EDN (European documentary network)
Carmen Rodríguez is a filmmaker. Screenwriter of the award-winning documentary Babel 2015 on the skyscrapers of the future (DTV-Natura, 2000). In 2000 he founded Paradocs, along with Juan Gamero. Co-director, co- writer and documentary researcher of Living in Bali (25'), Galápagos journey to the origins (51'), Bali, spirits and craftsmen (52'), Ecuador: journey to the Amazon forest (29') and direction assistant for ESOF 2008, the film for the Euroscience Open Forum congress. Currently investigating 3D modeling for motion graphics and printing prototypes and co-directing and writting The Karamazoffs (2016, 83', Paradocs-La Quimera-TV3 Televisió de Catalunya)