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KOSMOS Art: The creative power of Eirini Alligiannis

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The inspiration for this film was initially sparked by a conversation I had with a roommate during my 3 month stay in New York City, in which this time I attended my group photography exhibitions in Long Island City Queens, New York.

My roommate ZE, a professional breakdancer, suggested the idea of taking photos of him in action at the 5Pointz location. We did this, which resulted in my immediate attraction to this iconic symbol of New York City art.


During one subsequent visit to 5Pointz, I saw Louie writing what would eventually be his last piece. Fascinated by his work, I quickly rushed back home on the train to get my camera and returned in the hope that he was still there. Call it opportunistic but I call it a love for talented work! From there (and without introduction), I unashamedly set up my camera and started filming Louie. From this conversation the film was conceived.

The next day during Louie’s 1-hour work lunch break we concluded the interview.

We had walked to a local school and he said, “This is where it all began.” I started filming gorilla style (hand-held) using the camera mic as my only mic.

I had to take the image stabilizer off because of the horrible noise it makes while it’s on. By this stage during our interview we moved around like 3 times, so clearly for sound purposes the school was not such a great idea to film this interview as the kids were on their lunch break as well. 1. Noise 2.Noise 3. Security told us to move on as we were not allowed to film in front of the school.

With not much time left we then walked across the road and found a cool apartment bloke that’s where Louie shared his passion for graffiti and he shared with me what 5Pointz means to him personally, what it means to those in the local community and also to artists worldwide.

Unfortunately, 5Pointz no longer exists as the buildings have been torn down to build luxury apartments. It’s heartbreaking to know that it’s gone, especially considering it was also a safe and legal place to showcase art and creativity. Ultimately, the graffiti community in New York will find places around the 5 boroughs to exhibit their art but there will be no place like 5Pointz with so much history behind it.

I hope with this short film, I have preserved what 5Pointz meant to those who knew it best and share that with the world.

I am amazed and humbled at the film’s reception, not only because of the numerous nominations and awards it has received, but also because people feel that we have presented a very important part of New York City’s history. To this day, people reach out to me to express their sincere appreciation for highlighting an important issue. Furthermore, the positive feedback I get from graffiti artists worldwide, especially those from New York, instills in me a sense of pride and achievement.

Thank you to my family and friends for their support.

A special thanks to Showtime Marketing for putting up my movie poster all around Sydney City. @stmarketing

Louie KR.ONE Gasparro 5POINTZ. Director/Producer: Eirini Alligiannis ©eiriniphotography

34 Official Selections:

2018

March 14th,2018

“Oxford International Film Festival” Oxford United Kingdom

Best Short Documentary.

May 26th, 2018

“Art All Night” 7th Annual Film Festival – Trenton New Jersey

Graffiti Documentary Short.

June 5th, 2018

“New York Lift-Off Film Festival Online”

Online Screening and Voting.

July 26th, 2018

“Docs Without Borders Film Festival” USA.

Cinematography (sub-category)

July 30th, 2018

“Gold Movie Awards Goddess Nike” London

Best documentary MAIN CATEGORY Best photography (additional category)

August 4th, 2018

“Queen Palm International Film Festival” Palm Springs, L.A

Official Crown Selection.

August 7th, 2018

“Queen Palm International Film Festival” Palm Springs, LA.

Best Cinematography

August 11th, 2018

“AIF UPLOAD Australians In Film” LA

Australians in Film online shorts and web series festival.

September 12th, 2018

“Hollywood Independent Filmmaker Awards and Festival” LA

Short Documentary.

October 22nd, 2018

“Docs Without Borders Film Festival” USA

Cinematography (sub-category)

December 1st, 2018

“Dumbo Film Festival Brooklyn” New York City.

Best Documentary.

December 18th, 2018

“Gold Movie Awards®” London

Best documentary (additional category) Best cinematography

2019

January 27th, 2019

“Queens World Film Festival” New York City

Documentary Short (30 minutes or less).

July 11th, 2019
“7th Chain Film Festival” New York City Best short short Documentary.

November 3, 2019

“Florence Film Awards” Italy

Best Documentary.

2020

January 27th, 2020

“The Impact DOCS Awards”

Documentary Short.

February 15th, 2020

“Oregon Documentary Film Festival, Spring 2020”

Short Documentary.

February 17th, 2020

“Melbourne Indie Film Festival”

Short Documentary.

March 16th 2020

“Setting the sun Film Festival. Melbourne”

Female directors, emerging filmmakers.

May 03rd, 2020

“MINDIE” “Miami Independent Film Festival” Monthly Edition.

Short Documentary.

May 07th, 2020

“Venus Italian International Film Festival”

Short Documentary.

June 1st, 2020

“Montreal Indie Short Film Festival”

International short films.

June 09th, 2020

“Toronto Short Film Channel Festival.

Short Documentary.

June 11th 2020

“Hitchcock Film Awards”

Short Documentary

July 22, 2020

“Madrid Film Awards”

Best Director

July 25th 2020

“Kalakari Film Fest”

Short Documentary

August 15th 2020

“Melbourne Indie Film Festival”
Nominations:
Indie Spirit Award, Best Documentary, Best Editing, Best Music Score.

August 20th 2020

“Kalakari Film Fest”

Best Cinematography

August 22nd 2020

“Rome International Movie Awards”

Short Documentary

September 01st 2020

“Phoenix Monthly Short Film Awards”

Best Documentary Short.

September 25th 2020

“Chicago Indie Film Awards”

Best U.S. and International Documentary short

November 07th 2020

“Andromeda Film Festival”

cinematography and Director.

October 31st 2020

“Brazil International Independent Film Festival”

Best Documentary

November 11th 2020

“Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes”

Short Documentary.

8 Semi Finalist

2018

July 1, 2018

“Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards” LA

Documentary Short.

2019

August 1,2019.

“jellyFEST” – Season 5 LA

Documentary Short.

2020

May 31st, 2020
“NYCA, New York Cinematography Awards” Best Cinematography.

June 1, 2020

“Canadian Cinematography Awards (CaCA)”

Best Cinematography

July 22, 2020

“Madrid Film Awards:

Best Cinematographer

September 1, 2020

“Cyrus Monthly Short Festival Of Toronto”

Best Short Documentary.

September 1, 2020

“ARTBOX Internation filmfest. India”

Best Documentary

September 30th, 2020

“Cannes International Independent Film Festival”

Short Documentary

14 Finalist

2018

August 11, 2018

“AIF UPLOAD Australians In Film” Los Angeles

Australians in Film, First online shorts and web series festival. Finalist.

2019

March 9th, 2019
“Oniros Film Awards” Italy

Short Documentary.

August 13th, 2019

“7Th Chain Film Festival” New York City

Best short short Documentary.

September 22, 2019

“The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC”

Best Documentary.

November 03, 2019

“Florence Film Awards” Italy

Best Documentary.

December 03 2019

“New York Movie Awards”

Best Documentary.

2020

February 11th, 2020

“Oregon Documentary Film Festival”

Best Documentary. (6min/30min)

April 20th, 2020

“Austin After Dark Film Festival”

Documentary Micro Film. (1min-6min)

June 3,2020

“USA Film Festival” (Canadian Screen Award Qualifying)

International short film

July 22, 2020

“Madrid Film Awards”

Best Documentary short film/Best Documentary

September 1,2020

“Cyrus Monthly Short Festival Toronto”

Best Documentary short

September 5,2020

“New Cinema – Lisbon Monthly Film Festival”

Best Short Documentary/ Best Short Documentary Director.

September 20,2020

“The Continental Film Festival” Los Angeles.

Short Film International Competition.

October10,2020
“Hollywood International Golden Age Festival” New York City. Best Documentary short

20 Awards 2018

March 14th, 2018

“Oxford International Film Festival”

Staff Choice Award.

May 5th, 2018

“IMDb Independent Shorts Awards” Independent Film Festival.

Gold Award for Best Documentary Short. May 28th, 2018

“Accolade Global Film Competition” Award of Merit

Documentary Short.

September 30th, 2018

“Melbourne City Independent Film Awards”

Short Documentary

2019

August 13th, 2019

“7Th Chain Film Festival” NYC

Best short short Documentary.

November 3rd, 2019

“Florence Film Awards” Italy

Honourable Mention: Short Documentary.

December 05th, 2019

“NYCA, New York City Movie Awards”

Honourable Mention: Short Documentary.

December 10th, 2019

“Hollywood Blood Horror Festival”

Best Production Design.

2020

January 31st, 2020

“Impact Docs Awards”

Short Documentary.

March 03rd, 2020

“Oregon Documentary Film Festival Spring 2020” Most Inspirational Film Award Nomination.

March 30th, 2020

“LACA, Los Angeles Cinematography Awards”

Best Documentary Short Film.

April 20th, 2020

“USA Film Festival Dallas Texas” International Short Film Completion Short Documentary.

May 30th, 2020

“Venus Italian International Film Festival”
Short Short.

May 31st, 2020

“Venice Shorts” Los Angeles

Best Documentary. August 1, 2020

“Rome International Movie Awards”

Best Production Design.

August 3rd, 2020

“LA Sun Film Fest”

Best Documentary.

August 5th, 2020

“Hollywood Gold Awards”

Best Short Documentary

September 15, 2020
Sicily Independent Film Awards” Best Documentary Short

September 28,2020

“Los Angeles Cinematography AWARDS (LACA)”

Best Documentary Short Film

November 8th, 2020

“Andromeda Film Festival”

Best Documentary, Honourable Mention

 

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