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The Substation brings to us First Take next Monday (4 Aug 2008), and features the works of Sean Li-Wen, Shaun Koh and Ting Szu Kiong. Go catch the latest in local shorts and stay on for the Q&A after the session with the filmmakers. First Take kicks off at 8pm and is free admission.

first-take.jpg1. Electronica, I Love You / Sean Li-Wen Cheong / 20 min/ 2008
A portrait of the accidental dissolution of human relationships, set against the backdrop of hollow, superficial and volatile electronic communication. Peggy (Neo Swee Lin), a lonely retiree hooked on American soap operas, has an introverted son, who suffers from social anxiety disorder. They live in the same house but exit in completely
different realities that never converge.

Electronica, I love you is Sean Li-wen Cheong’s forth short film directed with support of the Singapore Film Commission. He was from the Wee Khim Wee School of Communications and Information at NTU and the School of Film and Media Studies at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He is also an English graduate from the University of London. 2008 marks his sixth year in production in both theatre and media. Sean is also a two-time award winner of the MDA Scriptwriting competition in 2004 and 2005 and has been scripting for numerous productions ever since. He is also an occasional film and theatre reviewer for print magazines. His other 3 short films have been screened as selection for both Singapore and international film festivals.

2. Eternal Recurrence / Ting Szu Kiong / 7:20 min/ 2008
Eternal Recurrence is a reflection on the highs and lows of existence in the various karmic realms. Be absorbed in the metaphoric symbolism.

Malaysian-born Szu Kiong attended film courses in Objectifs and Media Academy. My Keys and Michelle are his first two short films that are supported by the Singapore Film Commission. Besides, he uses his mobile phone to capture videos of things he encounters and edits them into short films. These mini projects can be viewed on YouTube.

3. Stopdelete / Shaun Koh / 3:52 mins / 2008

Stopdelete follows a young writer (played by Ruth Kan) who is trying to write a story depicting the end of Singapore. Commissioned by HSBC as part of Reel Revolution 2007.

An emerging young award-winning filmmaker, Shaun’s short films have been recognized in various competitions including Reel Revolution, Yourfilm.sg, Singtel My Word! and the Canon/Digital Life DV Triathlon.

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