SUN SONG (2013/video/15min/silent)

A poetic journey from the darkness of early dawn into the brightness of the midday sun in the American South.
Filmed entirely on the number 16 bus route in Durham, North Carolina over the course of six months, Sun Song
is a celebration of light and a meditation on leaving.

Art Toronto - Toronto, Canada
Parallel Screen - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Cine Migrante Film Festival - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cinema L'Univers - Lille, France
Winnipeg Underground Film Festival - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Frontline Club - London, England
Next International Film Festival - Bucharest, Romania
Images Festival - Toronto, Canada
Transmissions Festival of Independent Cinema - New Delhi, India
Copenhagen Short Film Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Moving Festival of Video Art - Kyoto, Japan
Les Rencontres Traverse Video - Toulouse, France
Beursschouwburg - Brussels, Belgium
The Public Cinema - Knoxville, Tennessee
Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains -Tourcoing, France
Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Doclisboa International Film Festival - Lisbon, Portugal
Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image - Johnson City, NY
Festival des Cinemas Differents et Experimentaux de Paris - Paris, France
Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival - Port of Spain, Trinidad
WNDX Festival of the Moving Image - Winnipeg, Manitoba
International Film Festival Message To Man - Saint Petersburg, Russia
25 FPS Festival - Zagreb, Croatia
Arkipel International Documentary + Experimental Film Festival - Jakarta, Indonesia
Media City Film Festival - Windsor, Ontario
Lima Independiente Festival del Cine - Lima, Peru
Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg - Hamburg, Germany
European Media Art Festival - Osnabruck, Germany
IC DOCS International Film Festival - Iowa City, Iowa
Crossroads Film Festival - San Francisco, California
Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Recontres Internationales - Paris/Berlin/Madrid
International Film Festival Rotterdam - Rotterdam, Netherlands
BFI London Film Festival - London, England

Grand Prize, Hamburg Short Film Award - Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg, 2014
Prix de la Competition Internationale - Festival des Cinemas Differents et Experimentaux de Paris, 2014
Third Prize, International Competition - Media City Film Festival, 2014
Best Short Film - IC DOCS International Film Festival, 2014
Award for Best Cinematography - Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2014

“...the final three minutes of Sun Song are as exciting and as impeccably edited as anything I’ve seen in
years. It’s the most radical depiction of space travel since the highway scene in Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972)!
That Wanek was able to produce such a mature, surprising, and deeply human piece so early in his filmmaking
career gives me great hope.”
Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness by Darren Hughes SENSES OF CINEMA March 2014

“There is no end to the trip in Sun Song, but the light's role does eventually have a hand in the conclusion,
coming first flickering and then laying upon the seats and a final passenger like a passing revelation
of an unspoken blessing."
Rotterdam 2014. Deep Breaths by Daniel Kasman MUBI NOTEBOOK February 2014

"Probably the most simple and exciting work seen at Rotterdam was the short film from Joel Wanek, Sun Song...
in all its purity and essentiality, it has as much (or more) to do with photography and the origins of the moving
image than with the current cinema."
Rotterdam 2014: A Top Ten in Disorder by Javier H. Estrada and Fernando Vilchez Rodriguez NUMERO CERO February 2014