Director Biography – Joseph Fletcher, Eric Johnson (MOVING MEDITATION)

Joseph Fletcher is a filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. He aims to use documentary film to explore human’s relationship to nature and society, and has a special interest in examining the universal pursuit of play for individuals and communities across the world.

Eric Johnson is an entrepreneur and skateboarder. He has collaborated with top industry brands like Adidas, NHS, and Max Allure, and has build his own brands such as Kook and Ollie Trollie. Most recently, Eric co-founded SK8SPT, a mobile app designed to curate skating locations and grow the skateboard community globally.

Director Statement

Moving Meditation is at the same time heartbreaking and faith-restoring, in that it shows the systemic racial inequalities faced by so many people globally, while simultaneously showing the significant benefits of leisure activities like skateboarding. It is our hope that viewers come away from this film having a newfound respect for skateboarding, while also being encouraged to stand against police violence and racial injustice.

Short Film: MOVING MEDITATION, 9min., USA, Sports Documentary

As a youth growing up in Washington D.C., Eric Johnson found a place of belonging within the skateboarding community, but his identity as a black skateboarder put him into a circumstance that almost cost him his life.

‘Moving Meditation’ is a story of adversity, resilience, and ultimately, self-love. Through dynamic personal narrative and archival footage, Eric’s story conveys both the benefits of a skateboarding obsession, and the risks associated with recreating in public spaces as a person of color in America.

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: April 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Long Form Short Short Film: OUR SEA OF WASTE
Best Short Form Short Film: CLEANING SHIPWRECKS
Best Cinematography: AZILALI: THEY DON’T SLEEP
Best Sound & Music: ONE WORLD
Best Direction: BETWEEN THE CREAG AND THE SKY

Theme of night: It’s never what it seems.

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

THE FUNNY RUNNER, 20min., USA, Sports Documentary
ONE WORLD, 40min., USA, Sports Documentary
THE VOICE OF NATURE, 6min., Mongolia, Documentary
OUR SEA OF WASTE, 26min., France, Documentary
AZILALI: THEY DON’T SLEEP, 12min., South Africa, Documentary
CLEANING SHIPWRECKS, 4min., Netherlands, Documentary
BETWEEN THE CREAG AND THE SKY, 20min., USA, Drama/Family

The beginning of a (temporary) new era.

See you at the festivals. Whenever that happens!

– Matthew Toffolo

HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: February 2021 SPORTS Film Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:
Best Film: HOCKEY 24
Best Short Film: THE DEVIL GOES DOWN
Theme of night: Community

NOTE: Festival took place during the COVID-19 virus lockdown so all screenings were held in private.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:
festival posterHOCKEY 24, 90min,. Canada, Sports Documentary

festival posterTHE DEVIL GOES DOWN, 10min,. USA, Sports/Fantasy

festival posterTHE OPEN WATER SWIM TRAVERSE, 10min., Lebanon, Sports

Director Biography – Edwin El Bainou (THE OPEN WATER SWIM TRAVERSE)


Edwin El Bainou is a young filmmaker. He’s mostly pulling out stories from daily life events, showing humanity at its most natural habitat, linking its existence and growth with Mother Nature, and somehow in a relatively hard, and dangerous environments.
He’s always worked as a one-man-film crew, director, sound designer, sound mixer, and a cinematographer in feature films, commercials, and short films for the last 8 years.
He’s on a constant pursue of adventures, finding a story in daily life events.

Director Statement

I’d favor it risky than easy.

Director Biography – Nicholas Julius (THE DEVIL GOES DOWN)

Nicholas Julius is a NY based, Actor/Writer/Director/Filmmaker. Nicholas’s film, “The Devil Goes Down” starring Boardwalk Empire and The Wire’s Michael Kenneth Williams has been accepted into 109 Film festivals and has won 36 awards. His latest animated film, “Erin, Owen, and the Loch Ness Monster” is the 1st film of The Mythatania series and is the opening his novel, “Mythatania -The Adventures of Erin, Owen and the Mythfitz.” It has made 18 FF’s and won 12 awards.

Nicholas has written eight feature scripts, two television pilots, and one sitcom.

Nicholas was an actor as Al Capone’s right hand man, Gino, on Boardwalk Empire for 5 seasons, where he worked both in front of and behind the camera while he learned and honed his directorial skills. He has appeared in many more TV shows and feature films.
Nicholas’s company, Long Way Home Productions is in prep for two short films in 2020.


Director Statement

What a journey….

   
Nicholas Julius is a NY based, Actor/Writer/Director/Filmmaker. Nicholas’s film, “The Devil Goes Down” starring Boardwalk Empire and The Wire’s Michael Kenneth Williams has been accepted into 84 Film festivals and has won 29 awards. His latest animated film, “Erin, Owen, and the Loch Ness Monster” is the 1st film of The Mythfitz series. It has made 13 FF’s and won 10 awards.

Short Film: THE DEVIL GOES DOWN, 10min,. USA, Sports/Fantasy


The Devil challenges a young man to a game of basketball. The stakes? What is in the Devil’s bag against the young man’s soul.

The film is PROOF OF CONCEPT for the feature script, “On a Field of Legends.” In OAFOL a young man challenges Death to a football game for his daughter’s life. FIELD OF DREAMS meets IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
This is what I did with basketball. OAFOL is what I can do with football.

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Short Film: HOCKEY 24, 90min,. Canada, Sports Documentary

On November 17th, 2019, Canadians from coast to coast to coast joined award-winning documentary filmmakers for a once-in-a-lifetime event: to film a day in the life of community hockey. This is that day.

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