Small Island Big Song – An Oceanic Songline is a collaborative film, made over 16 Island nations from the Pacific & Indian Oceans, following musicians from Madagascar, to Taiwan, to Zendath Kes, to the Torres Strait and Easter Island, all singing songs about cultural preservation and the need for environmental awareness. This is a joyous, glorious film full of life and hope, all the while informing the viewer about the legacy of these cultures, and their relationship to the oceans.
I caught up with director Tim Cole to have an in depth discussion about his work, exploring the role of the director, the music, and nature, in the filmmaking process. This is a deep discussion, one that I feel enriches the text of the film, and reminds the need for collaboration when it comes to filmmaking.
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