What can you do with $57, a mobile phone and a spare weekend? Make a movie, of course. Sydney-based film makers Jason van Genderen (director), Shane Emmett (producer), and John Roy (composer) made the three and a half minute film, Mankind is no Island. The film, largely a visual narrative utilising words from street signs in New York and Sydney, was one of eight films to premiere at Tropfest New York, the USA offshoot of the world’s largest short film festival. The film not only became the first ever “mobile phone movie” to make it into the finals of Tropfest, it was also the first film to ever win both the ‘Peoples’ Choice’ and the coveted ‘Best Film’ awards. Mankind is no Island challenges our understanding of homeless communities in a global sense – and it is heartbreakingly good.
To hear Jason van Genderen talk about the expereience of making Mankind is no Island and winning Tropfest, go here.