20 12, 2010

(Part 3/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 20th, 2010|

  The "Rising from Ashes" team's massive entourage of gear. (Part I, Part II) Part III of the series "RISING FROM ASHES: A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY" Last week on the ikan Blog, we began our interview with documentary filmmaker/Director, TC Johnstone, regarding his latest feature entitled: “Rising to Ashes”--a powerful, well-shot, beautiful, full-of-hope documentary which captures the struggle of Rwanda’s only competitive cycling team, as they grow from grassroots bicyclists to national heroes, determined to raise high and represent their culture for the world to share. Let's continue: IK: How did you develop (or find, even) a team of filmmakers [...]

13 12, 2010

(Part 2/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 13th, 2010|

This is Part II of III in our series "Rising from Ashes: A Feature Documentary." Read Part I HERE for a recap of last week. I've reposted the trailer of RISING FROM ASHES here for your convenience. Also included are some excellent photos TC has sent us from the shoot. It all began when TC Johnstone and his group, Gratis 7 Media, stopped in a few days  before their final visit to Rwanda. During that time, I had the chance to learn more about their collective effort and the project they were hungry to complete: "Rising From Ashes." Since, I've had the luck [...]

7 12, 2010

Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary Part 1/3

December 7th, 2010|

Documentaries are capable of bringing masses of people an intimate connection to some one person or event or place. They are an integral tool for us as filmmakers—they give voice to culture outside ourselves, as audience members, sharing this world. And they can be compelling. Gratis 7, as per their website, believe “out of our relationships…great ideas are developed and produced” and rightly so, with the inception of their newest film, “Rising from Ashes,” a story of Rwandan Cyclists fighting all odds to speak the voice of their country--and country’s own struggle to rebuild their image after years of genocide. [...]