Momentum

Short Film

For Patrick, a tortilla chip started his moment of self-discovery. With exuberant dancing and magical passion he shares his inspiration and invites everyone to participate. Even his mother.

"Momentum" explores the concept of spontaneous authenticity and the synopsis of body and soul... through tortilla chips and dance.


AWARDS

Cinedans Dioraphte Jury Award 2013
UR Award at Uppsala Film Festival 2013
WDR Promotional Award Filmfest Münster 2013
Best Student Film San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2013
Best Dance Film 15min San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2013
Best Experimental Film New Vision Short Film Festival 2013
Best Student Film New York City Short Film Festival 2013
Best Short Film Snowdance Film Festival 2014
Film of the Month 2013 German Film and Media Evaluation Institute
“Especially Valuable” German Film and Media Evaluation Institute
1st Prize DanceFilmFestival Lucerne 2013
Best Experimental Film Open Eyes Filmfest 2013
2nd Prize Short Film Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2013
2nd Audience Award Shorts Attack 2014
3rd Prize Audience Award Filmkunstfest MV 2013
3rd Prize Audience Award Festival Bunter Hund 2013
Special Mention Award Filmplus 2013
Special Mention Award Ahoi Filmfest 2013
MEDIA COVERAGE

ShortOfTheWeek
FBW
Film Shortage
Tagesspiegel
Lights Filmschool
Zeit Online
View Of The Arts


Youth Radio
Cultural Weekly
Huffington Post
Stocktown
Regie.de
Giessener Anzeiger
Interfilm Blog
TELEVISION

SVT Sweden
WDR Germany
EINSFESTIVAL Germany
UR Sweden
IKONO TV Germany
COMMUNITY CHANNEL UK
LINK TV USA


FILM FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

InShadow 2014
New Visions Short Film Festival 2014
Loikka Dance Film Festival 2014
Dance on Camera 2014
Kassel Dokfest 2013
Warsaw Film Festival 2013
Raindance Film Festival 2013
Kinofest Lünen 2013
interfilm Berlin 2013
exground Filmfest 2013
Molodist 2013
Kalat Nissa Film Festival 2013
ScreenMoves 2013
International Filmfest Emden 2013
Art FIFA 2013
Dans Kamera Istanbul 2013
Sehsüchte 2013
Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival 2013
Kontrast 2013
Festival de Lima 2013
Fresh Film Fest 2013
Odense Film Festival 2013
Arkipel 2013
Norsk Festival 2013
Kratkofil Plus 2013
Newport Film Festival 2013
Oldenburger Kurz lmtage 2013
Flensburger Kurz lmtage 2013
Konstanzer Kurz lmspiele 2013
Film Festival of Cyprus 2013
Pool 2013
Filmfest Weiterstadt 2013
Filmfestival Oberursel 2013
Freiluftkino Kurz lmrolle 2013
backup_festival Weimar 2013
20min|max  2013
Neisse Filmfestival 2013
Clip Award 2013
Cellu l’Art 2013
Let’s All Be Free 2013
Guanajuato Film Festival 2013
Pineapple Underground 2013
Festival de Cine Alemán 2013
Dance Camera West 2013
Norwich Film Festival 2013
Belgrade Film Festival 2013
Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche 2013
St. Albans Film Festival 2013
Kultcrossing 2013
Finno-Ugric Film Festival 2014
Noland Festival 2014
Dans Sinema Ankara 2014
Mudfest 2014
Filmfestival Rathausplatz 2014
Zürich Tanzt 2014
Screendance Festival 2014
Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2014
Breaking Ground 2014
Mile Zero Dance 2014
Dans@30FPS 2014


REVIEWS

"Shot in what could pass for a prison cell, Momentum, by Boris Seewald, delivers a highly original and side-splitting take on the transformative power of dance, using the filming and editing techniques of MTV-style music videos but with far more subtlety and imagination, and an irresistible streak of lunacy. Starting with a simple but hilarious premise involving a tortilla chip, the film celebrates the magnetic Patrick Hanna, a young dancer with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, who entices his middle-aged mother, played by Shoko Ito, into his surreal dance world."
HUFFINGTON POST

“What an engaging character! [...] incredibly polished and beautiful imagery.”
OLIVIA COLEMAN – ACTRESS

“Im Kern ist Momentum eine Hommage an die Kraft des Tanzens, die sich durch cleveres Editing, eine frische Herangehensweise, und einen wirklich sehr guten Soundtrack – was bei Tanzfilmen unerlässlich ist – von Ralf Hildenbeutel auszeichnet.
ZEIT ONLINE

“A beautiful mixture of lyrical and stunning visual content”
DESIGN BY ALEX
“Taking a simple story with a universal message and injecting it with energy and warmth, Seewald has created a short film bound to inspire and entertain its audience.”
SHORT OF THE WEEK 

“Momentum is not just an ode to dancing passion, it’s a way of life, a way of living every bit of it. Epic Short Films “The film is a fresh and surprising celebration of dance: the fun and enthusiasm radiate from there.”
CINEDANS

“Momentum is not just an ode to dancing passion, it’s a way of life, a way of living every bit of it.”
EPIC SHORT FILMS

“I absolutely loved this. Brilliant piece of filmmaking… uplifting and inspiring. Soundtrack was powerful and bolstered the increasingly chaotic visuals.”
STEVE FURST (Comedian / Actor)

“So visually creative, loved the use of projection, layered image and editing. Totally captivating.”
SARAH GODFREY (Lecturer in Film and Television Studies)
“Inventive, original, honest, and witty, Momentum has great energy and refreshes the genre with youthful vigor. Seewald demonstrates a confident use of the film medium to convey the power and depth of the dance experience.”
IMZ MEDIA

“Boris Seewald [...] demonstrated that dance films can be hilariously entertaining.[...] It was so refreshing to see a dance film that wasn’t filled with drama and angst”
HEATHER DESAULNIERS (Dance critic and PhD in dance history)

“I really loved Momentum like a breath of un self-conscious fresh air.”
JON HARRIS – Editor (Snatch, 127 Hours, Kick-Ass, Trance, Kingsman)

“Von Einstellung zu Einstellung steigert sich die Dynamik der improvisiert wirkenden Choreographie, dazu
passend die Musik, ansteckend in ihrer Lebendigkeit. Eine verbildlichte Synopse zwischen Körper und Geist
- unterhaltsam, effektvoll und mitreißend.”
DEUTSCHE FILM- UND MEDIENBEWERTUNG

Directed, Edited and VFX by BORIS SEEWALD
Cast: PATRICK HANNA and SHOKO ITO
Director of Photography GEORG SIMBENI
Music RALF HILDENBEUTEL
Created at FILMARCHE BERLIN
Produced by SEEWALD & HANNA

© 2013 Boris Seewald