“FILMVIRUS WILDTYPE : HARMFUL INSECTS”
Curated by Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Filmvirus
Filmvirus is a loose group of Thai cinephiles found by Sonthaya Subyen since 1995 working as a non – profit screening films and publishing books about films . in the year 2008 ain 13th anniversary of Filmvirus we decided to select some thai short films that was overlooked and screen it in a program called ‘ FILMVIRUS WILDTYPE’ and after that westared to making an annual program called FILMVIRUS WILD TYPE a program of our selection of thai short films
FILMVIRUS WILD TYPE is not just another short film festival, it focuses on rescuing films that are overlooked, rejected, and unrecognized. Admittedly, these films are often unpolished and raw, yet they are full of adventurousness and sincerity – the exhilaration, the ennui, the bawdy humor, and the carefree attitude of these films make us realize the power of the cinematic medium. This medium that can now finally escape from the hands of professionals, film students, financial backers, studios, or experts. These films have now fallen from heaven into the hands of common people with the aid of new technology that makes cinematic equipments cheaper and easier to operate.
Some films are made by high school students who use a camera for the first time in his/her life. Some films are made by ordinary people who have never had any film education before. Some films are made just to entertain the family of the directors. Some films are even made to teach moral lessons to the audience. These films represent voices of people who are often overlooked or who are often allowed to speak in stereotypes. They record personal and intimate reality that reflects contemporary sociopolitical situation truthfully and with utmost immediacy. They allow us to experience different kind of aesthetics and teach us new ways to experience the same old world.
FILMVIRUS WILDTYPE : HARMFUL INSECTS