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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Interview with Transitions Film Festival director Tim Parish

The following article was written for Filmink.com.au

“There are so many issues in the world, so many problems, and lots of documentaries pointing them out. But they can be incredibly depressing for people,” muses Transitions International Film Festival director Tim Parish. “And I felt that fatigue myself…not really wanting to engage with a documentary that I knew I would walk out of feeling even more depressed about the state of the world. So I started to really seek out films that were offering solutions.”

A filmmaker himself, it was while doing research for a documentary project that Parish was inspired to start the sustainability based Transitions Festival, which kicks into gear mid-February in Melbourne at Cinema Nova and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and aims to focus “not just on the problems of environmental issues, but the solutions.”

With its origins in Parish’s home town of Darwin in 2011, the festival came to Melbourne in 2012, in part thanks to a partnership with the Sustainable Living Festival. Now in its third year, the slate of films has expanded considerably, with the 2013 program boasting a number of Australian premieres; the most notable of which is Promised Land, the new film from director Gus Van Sant, starring Matt Damon.

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