Yesterday, June 22nd, marked exactly 5 years since Bananas!* had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. As you may remember, the day did not go quite as planned. The film was kicked out of competition and a disclaimer was read in front of the screenings. They also held a debate on "truth in film" in order to defend the festival from a lawsuit.
Below is a link to a video that Jesper Osmund edited in his LA hotelroom during the festival. Take a few minutes and relive some of the crazy memories with us.
Yesterday evening, WG Film hosted a get-together at the office to celebrate the DVD and VOD release of Fredric Ollerstam's latest documentary, "Maria and Her Shadow." The film follows Swedish boxer Maria Lindberg, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage at the age of 21 and although now recovered, has since been forbidden from boxing by The Swedish Boxing Federation.
Fredric and Maria were joined by family and friends, as well as many other WG Film supporters. Thank you so much for stopping by!
If you'd like to watch "Maria and Her Shadow," you can stream it on distrify or purchase the DVD at our webshop. To learn more about the film, visit the website.
After 20 years at Västergatan 23, WG Film has changed addresses. We have not moved far though. You can now find us just down the street at Västergatan 22A. Cheers to 20 more years of documentary filmmaking from our new office!
WG Film's short "The Invisible Bicycle Helmet" has had an enormous success the past week, with over 6 million views on Vimeo. Since the premiere one year ago almost 10 million people have seen the film.
Watch it you too!
WG Film just ended a really successful Kickstarter campaign for BIKES vs CARS. 2021 people from over 50 countries backed the project! If you missed to donate to the campaign you can still do so, and get great rewards, on BIKES vs CARS website.
We are overwhelmed! Thank you so much for supporting and joining our BIKES vs CARS community!
We are so happy to announce that we have reached the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter goal. We are overwhelmed by the amazing support we've received. So far, over 1800 backers from almost 50 countries. Now, with 22 hours remaining, a generous friend has offered to back all remaining donations and increased pledges up to 10,000 USD.
There are 9 days remaining of the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter campaign. So far we have over 1000 backers in 40 countries and we have reached 63% of our goal. Help us show that WE ARE MANY by contributing today. Even 1 dollar makes a statement.
This coming Thursday, October 17th, Swedish viewers will get a chance to catch WG Film's most recent production, ”Maria and her shadow” on national broadcaster SVT2. The film follows professional boxer Maria Lindberg, who suffered an aneurysm in the boxing ring in 1999, and now is banned from boxing in Sweden. Maria refuses to resign and seeks a career abroad. The film is directed by Fredric Ollerstam who has followed Maria for six years.
Stay tuned for more international screenings and read more about the film at www.mariaandhershadow.com
Photo: Roger Hansson
Since 2008, director Fredric Ollerstam and WG Film has followed prizefighter Maria Lindberg through her ups and downs. Now it's finally time for the world premiere of the final movie, "Maria and her shadow."
The premiere screening will be on September 17 at 19:00 at Babel in Malmö, Sweden, in collaboration with documentary film club Doc Lounge and Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.
Maria will be present at the screening to answer questions from the audience!
More info about tickets and prices are available here.
Monday Fredrik Gertten presents his new film with a work-in-progress for the Swedish film journalists. Bikes vs Cars will be released in 2014. Check out the trailer and read more at bikes-vs-cars.com!
After s successful tour through Chile in April, director Fredrik Gertten now visits again, with screenings of Big Boys Gone Bananas!* in Santiago and Valparaiso. The film will screen once in each city, starting tomorrow July 2nd at Bar The Clinic, Santiago.
Later Fredrik will continue to Peru with both films. There will be screenings in Lima, Arequipa and Iquitos!
See the schedule HERE!
We can proudly announce that our short The Invisible Bicycle Helmet has now been launched at the Google forum Solve for X! Solve for X is a think tank project, which aims to promote discussion about radical technological ideas for solving global problems. Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, founders of Hövding and the stars of our film, were in New York last week to attend a special Tribeca edition of Solve for X.
You can now watch The Invisible Bicycle Helmet, as well as other short films about innovative ideas, on Solve for X’s website!
Anna and Terese with Morgan Spurlock in New York.
In January, Big Boys Gone Bananas was the Documentary of the Month with screenings all over Spain. Now the tour continues to Chile! The first screening will be held in Santiago the 16th of April followed by a Q&A with director Fredrik Gertten. The tour continues for two weeks with screenings also in Valparaíso, Panguipulli, Puerto Montt and Valdívia.
Read more about the Santiago premiere HERE!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet in international competition at Aspen Shortfest that will take place April 9-14 in Aspen, CO, USA.
Haven't seen the short yet? Watch it here!
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet finalist in VELOBerlin's online bike film competition "Cycling and the City ". Out of more than 300 short films entered from over 60 countries, 20 finalists were choosen. Now it’s up to the online audience to elect the three winning films. The online vote is open from 18 February till 22 March 2013. The winners of the VELOBerlin Film Awards will be presented on 23 and 24 March 2013 at the VELOBerlin Trade Fair.
In January Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be a part of the screening network The Documentary of the Month (www.eldocumentaldelmes.com), a network consisting of approximately 40 venues all around Spain, Chile and Argentina. It was initiated by production and distribution company Parallel 40, with the aim of bringing documentary films closer to the people.
This month Big Boys Gone Bananas!* will be screening as The Documentary of the Month in 27 venues throughout Spain, starting the 8th. Some of the screenings are for free! Check out the schedule here.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is hitting UK and Irish cinemas on September 21st and Fredrik Gertten will be coming over to the UK for the release. Dochouse will be hosting a special preview Q&A screening with Fredrik and Sven Hughes and chaired by Jen Robinson on Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Book tickets here.
Cambridge Picturehouse will also be hosting a preview and Q&A with Fredrik on the 19th September as part of the Cambridge Film Festival. The film is presented by our UK disitributor Dogwoof, who also gave out previous film BANANAS!* in UK 2010. Read more on bigboysgonebananas.com.
AWARD WINNING AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS JOINS FREDRIK GERTTEN FOR US SCREENING DISCUSSIONS OF BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES! The film will be screened exclusively for one week at Quad Cinemas in New York City, July 27th - August 2 and at Laemmle's Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Laemmle's Monica 4 in Los Angeles August 3-9th.
Oscar® Nominated Directors JOE BERLINGER (PARADISE LOST 3) and MORGAN SPURLOCK (SUPER SIZE ME) will moderate the New York Q & A’s and LUCY WALKER (WASTE LAND), ELISE PEARLSTEIN (FOOD, INC.) together with ONDI TIMIONER (DIG!; WE LIVE IN PUBLIC) will lead the Los Angeles discussions. "I am so grateful and honored to have my US filmmaking colleagues joining me in these events where we can discuss freedom of speech, corporate intimidation and the future of making non-fiction films”, says Fredrik Gertten. For information and tickets go to (NYC) www.quadcinema.com (LA) laemmle.com/comingsoon.php
WORLD PREMIERE OF SHORT FILM THE INVISIBLE BICYCLE HELMET BY FREDRIK GERTTEN AT MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL AUGUST 2-9. Focus Forward- Short Films, Big Ideas, is an unprecedented new series of 30 three-minute stories about innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention.The initiative comes from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock that has invited filmmakers across the globe and Fredrik Gertten is one of them.
The invisible bicycle helmet is about swedish design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin (photo) that lives in Malmö and started the company Hövding. Aware that bicycle helmets are one of the issues standing in the way of other cities having the same number of bikes on the streets, the pair took on a very special exam project... An invisible bicycle helmet is a symbol for the impossible. If you can swing it everything is possible.
We are honored to present that BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is officially selected to screen at the 8th annual Traverse City Film Festival founded by filmmaker Michael Moore. The festival runs between July 31st - August 5th this year and is located in Traverse City, Michigan, US. Fredrik Gertten and lawyer Lincoln Bandlow will be at the festival August 1 to present the film.
Founder Michael Moore, winner of an Oscar (“Bowling for Columbine”), an Emmy (“TV Nation”), a Palme d’Or at Cannes (“Fahrenheit 9/11″), and the British Book of the Year award (“Stupid White Men”), was the first 18-year-old elected to public office in Michigan. He operated the art-house film series East Village Cinema in his native Flint, Michigan, for eight years. Moore serves as the board president.
Both Love Always, Carolyn (dir. Maria Ramström & Malin Korkeasalo) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (dir. Fredrik Gertten) will screen at Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy between June 8-18, the only international event entirely committed to promote and support biographies and life tales. This will be the Italian premiere of Love Always, Carolyn.
The films, that are both biographies in some way, have won great recognition on festivals all over the world and will soon aslo be release on DVD. Look out on our webshop for more details. You can read more about Biografilm and watch theor whole programme on www.biografilm.it.
Fredrik Gertten was invited to Italy yesterday to receive the award for Best International Documentary and Best Film at MIFF Awards in Milan, Italy for his documentary BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*. The film was screened to a closed jury last month and was nominated for both Best Documentary and Best Editing. Yesterday the winners was announced at a ceremony, where Fredrik received the prize with the motivation "For the courage to tell his own 'David & Goliath" story, involving the audience from the beginning on a hot pro-environment issue."
Director Fredrik Gertten with the award for Best Documentary. Photo: MIFF Awards
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is selected to UK's biggest documentary film festival Sheffield Doc/Fest between June 13-17. This will be the UK premiere of the film, and the start of the UK launch of the film. BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is distributed in the UK by London based disitributor Dogwoof, who also worked with BANANAS!*. The DVD will be released this summer. Read more on Sheffield Doc/Fest webpage.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* came second in the Top Ten Audience Favourite at the Canadian premiere at HotDocs last week. Every year the festival presents a selection of more than 150 documentaries from all over the world. Since the film received the Audience Award at One World Human Rights Fim Festival in Czech Republic in March, the film has been the audience favourite at several festival. Most recently at Sarasota and Full Frame Film Festival in US where the film was in the top five of audience choice.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is facing it's greatest International launch so far with Canadian premiere at HotDocs in Toronto, followed by DOXA Film Festival in Vancouver. Then the film opens theatrically May 11. Director Fredrik Gertten will be in attendance in Canada during the whole launch, toghether with the Canadian distributor Kinosmith. Kinosmith is an independent Canadian film distribution & marketing company founded in February 2007 by distribution veteran Robin Smith. See all the screening dates in the films calendar or read more on Kinosmiths webpage.
I became a perfect end to the US tour of BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* when he film was awarded for Best Documentary at Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, US. Now the film is off to Canada, wiht screenings on Canadas two biggest documentary film festivals Hot Docs in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver.
The film won the Audience Award and the Rudolf Vrba Jury Award at One World in Prague in March. It's also nominated for Best Documentary and Best Editing at MIFF (Milan International Film Festival) in Milan, Italy.
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* returns to the US after the premiere at the prestegious Sundance Film Festival in January. On Thursday April 12 the film begins its three week tour and the first screening is set to Yale University in New Haven, followed by Sarasota Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durhamn and The Washington DC International Film Festival. In the beginning of May the film premieres in Canada at Hot Docs in Toronto followed by DOXA in Vancouver. Director Fredrik Gertten will attend all screenings. For more details about the screenings, please visit the films screening calendar.
The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature. These nice people have been impressed by BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* and has granted us £10 000 to support our ongoing legal costs.
From their site: "We are looking for films that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues and cameras into regions previously unseen. This new fund recognises such films are often delicate and protracted, making them difficult to fund. With a mission to enable in-depth analysis of issues through long-form investigative filmmaking, we are particularly looking to work with filmmakers with a journalistic background or those who are collaborating with journalists".
If you are curious about the other grantees and their films, you can read more about them here. Thanks a lot, BRITDOC!
Fredrik and Margarete are attending TEMPO Documentary Festival in Stockholm march 4-6, where they will be presenting a work in progress screening of BIKES vs CARS.
Fredrik, Margarete and Elin will be attending the Berlinale film festival between Feb 7-11th. The main purpose is to attend the European Film Market, a meeting place for industry professionals, that WG Film usually attends. We are looking forward to meeting with new and old friends, present our coming films and hear about what our colleagues are up to. Hope to see you there!
MARIA AND HER SHADOW
The second screening of our new film Maria and her Shadow will take place during Nordisk Panorama, on Saturday 21/9 10am at Spegeln!
Fredrik Gertten Retrospective
This year, Nordisk Panorama will host a special retrospective from Fredrik Gertten:
Just a Piece of Steel (Bye Bye Malmö), 2002
Saturday, 21/9 4pm at Spegeln
The Socialist, the Architect and the Twisted Tower, 2005
Saturday, 21/9 4pm at Spegeln
An Ordinary Family, 2005
Sunday, 22/9 10am Spegeln
The Way Back- True Blue 2, 2002
Tuesday, 24/9 7.30pm at Spegeln
My Dinner with Joe Berlinger
On Sunday, September 22nd, Fredrik will host a dinner and discussion with American director Joe Berlinger. The dinner will take place at 4.30pm at Inkonst Theatre, served by the master chef Dennis Johansson.
BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter Launch
Before Fredrik’s dinner with Joe Berlinger begins, around 4.30pm (GMT +1:00), Joe will officially launch the BIKES vs CARS Kickstarter campaign in front of the audience.
NOW MORE THAN 3 MILLION VIEWS! Our short film The Invisible Bicycle Helmet directed by Fredrik Gertten had its world premiere on Melbourne International Film Festival last fall and is now avaliable online - for free! Click on the player below to watch!
WG Film's co-production Love Addict screens on SVT 1 (Swedish National Broadcast) on October 16th 10.30 pm. The film is produced by Denmark based Danish Documentary and directed by Pernille Rose Grønkjær.
From 1 of September to 31 of October you can watch BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* on Air Canada. The genre of documentaries is growing stronger, now we hope other airlines will get inspired. Let's hope Scandinavian airlines will follow!
Now we sell both films BANANAS!* (2009) and BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* (2012) at a cheap package price. Buy both films for 25 EUR in our webshop. If you order for more than 50 EUR you get the shipping for free!
BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* WILL HAVE ITS KOREAN PREMIERE IN COMPETITION AT EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL. In past eight years, EIDF has grown as an International recognized film festival that also are broadcasting documentaries. After the premiere at the festival, BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* is one of the films that will be aired at the channel this fall. The EBS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL IN SEOUL runs between August 17-24. Read more...
It's time for the Italian audience to meet BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* as the film will have it's Italian premiere at Bellaria Doc Film Festival between May 31 - June 3. This will be the first public screening of the film since it won the award Best International Documentary at MIFF Awards in the beginning of May. Read more about the screening on www.bigboysgonebananas.com.
Our new film BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!* will have an audience in the UK and Ireland as the distribution rights yesterday was sold to London based distribution and sales company Doogwoof. Doogwoof was also the distributors behind Fredrik Gertten's previous film BANANAS!*. The film will be avaliable on cinemas and DVD soon. Read more on Dogwoofs website.