Fish in Barrel

Movie — 2009

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Synopsis

Following the intricate and ethereal dream landscape he created in Machine with Wishbone, Randall Okita continues to demonstrate a keen ability to craft sculptural cinema that absorbs the viewer into a diaphanous world. In a film overflowing with symbolic imagery, dark undertones of a young man’s self destruction are made beautiful through his water compositions.

– Toronto International Film Festival

A young man faces his demons as his struggle erupts into visions that question what lies below the surface. Fish in Barrel is a live-action, high definition piece depicting a moment of intense internal crisis. This moment is slowed down, almost to stillness. Employing visceral metaphors for interior landscapes, the shooting involved underwater setups and ultra slow-motion videography, as well as wire suspended stunts and performances by extremely well cared for live animals.

8 Minutes

Produced with the participation of

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Presentations

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WINNER – Most Innovative Film, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2009
Nominated – Golden Sheaf Award for Best Experimental, Yorkton 2010
Nominated – Leo Award for best Cinematography 2010
Nominated – Leo Award for best Original Score for a short 2010
Nominated – Leo Award for best Editing of a short 2010
Official Selection, 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2009 Atlantic Film Festival
Official Selection, 2009 Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Official Selection, 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 New Asia Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 Yorkton Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 Brooklyn International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 Calgary International Film Festival
Official Selection, 2010 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival

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