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Lief Releases Gritty "Waiting" Video For S-Type
- Thursday, Sep. 12, 2019
Violence & hopelessness are gilded with the promise of youth in director Adi Halfin’s video collaboration with photographer Si Wachsmann
Based on the photo series “Loose Ends” by award-winning photographer Si Wachsmann, this film follows a group of boys on an adventure in the rough neighbourhood of Marzahn-Berlin, as they escape their harsh reality to a place where boys can be boys.
Halfin was inspired to continue the narrative that Wachsmann, her frequent collaborator and real-life partner, had established with “Loose Ends” and transform it into the moving image. Lief joined forces with prolific innovative record label LuckyMe to add S-Type’s first single from his upcoming album ‘S-Type-Beat’ as the perfect score for this story.
The film stars Sebastian, Alex, and Kuba, boys with big dreams and a lot of steam to let out. Halfin effortlessly maintains the feel of the photo series, as she lets the boys give us a glimpse into their emotional world through powerful portraits. She adds her signature touch of movement into surreal moments where the boys break into unexpected dream-like dance. Working with Waschsmann as DoP kept the ambiance true to its origin, with her cinematography giving a beautiful sweeping aesthetic to this otherwise harsh world.
Halfin felt the desire to film 'boys being boys' due to her tendency to express extreme emotions in her work; "I like things that come from the gut and not from the head. And there’s something about this period of adolescence that I find fascinating, especially when it comes to boys. The borders of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are not always clear and you constantly want to test your limits and the limits of your environment. Every emotion is magnified, and a small game can easily turn into something extremely violent. There’s something fearless and careless about this age and it connects to primeval feelings - jealousy, anger, love, sexual attraction – it’s all out there, with no filters.”
Watch “Waiting” below or on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/5xEo6QQXHTE
LuckyMe is a record label and design studio specialising in the release of new electronic, hip-hop, pop, rock and underground dance music. Referred to as ‘one of the most innovative and prolific independent record labels of the decade’ and acclaimed for ‘distinctive visual arts projects and collaborations’.
Connect with LuckyMe & S-Type
Instagram: @stypeofficial // @luckyme // www.luckyme.net
About Adi Halfin
Adi Halfin is an award-winning director and screenwriter. She graduated the Sam Spiegel Film School with honours, and her short films have travelled the world in prestigious festivals such as Cannes and Berlinale, winning numerous prizes worldwide.
Coming from a background of art and music, Adi loves to challenge the borders of filmmaking and get involved in as many disciplines as possible – be it dance, fashion or fine arts. Music and dance are her biggest passions and she strives to showcase this passion in every part of the aesthetic details in her expressive works.
Her interpretation to Radiohead's "True Love Waits" featuring world-renowned dancer-choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith, has won seven awards, including Best Unofficial Music Video at the Los Angeles Music Video Festival. Adi’s enthralling work for Toyota’s Impossible Stories offers an arresting portrayal of athlete Dergin Tokmak, and was subsequently shortlisted at Cannes and won the ONE SHOW award.
Connect with Adi
Instagram:@adihalfin_official // Twitter: @adihalfin // https://lief.london/adi-halfin
Connect with Si Wachsmann
Instagram:@siwachsmann // https://www.siwachsmann.com/
Founded by Margo Mars in 2017, Lief is a filmmaker-led production company dedicated to making high quality content and providing access to exceptional talents with an unmistakably individual style. Keen to continue strengthening its reputation for creating short-form content, Lief is bound to continue creating award-winning work, especially under Mars’ watchful and nurturing eye. As one of the most respected and well-known creative producers in the UK, she counts awards from Cannes Lions, D&AD, Clios, Ciclope, British Arrows, LIA, Campaign, MVA, VMA, Kinsale, SHOTS and Tribeca X under her belt.
Connect with Lief
Instagram: @we.are.lief // Twitter: @we_are_lief // https://lief.london/
‘Waiting’ | A project by Si Wachsmann & Adi Halfn
Cast: Alexander Lukowski, Sebastian Dabkowski, Jakub Werra
Production Company: Lief
Music: ‘Waiting’ S-Type via LuckyMe
Record Label Founder: Dominic Flannigan
Production Company (Berlin): True Motion Pictures Director: Adi Halfin, DoP: Si Wachsmann, Producer: Margo Mars, Producer: Alexander Papastawrou, Production Manager: Miriam Henri, Editor: Shahar Amarilio
Colour Grading: Maria Carretero, Framestore Producer: Rachel Cohen
Hair & Makeup: Claudia Fischer
Art Director: Shira Wachsmann
AC: Lisa Dutschmann
Lighting Assistant: Julian Hemelberg
Production Assistants: Svenja Nagel, Alex Moore, Jakob Wiechsmann
Location: FELiX Wohngenossenschaft eG (Frau Lüttke)
House Manager: Uwe Illert
Special thanks: Max Zimmermann, Peggy Geibig, Maya Lu, Yaro Blo, Kalle Kallovsky, JMP Agency
Camera and lenses kindly supplied by Canon.