(13 minutes) France/USA
Director/Producer: Mikael Lubtchansky
Epitaph is a visual and musical memorial to the victims of September 11. With seventy-one "digitally painted" press photos, one short video, and a music track by King Crimson, the film leads us through the experiences of that tragic sunny day. From candles lighting New Yorker's faces and smoke billowing up from the lower Manhattan to the sound of the first plane flying low over the city, Epitaph is a voyage through time, questioning the moment, the past, and the future. Only to be screened in festivals, exhibits and schools, this non-commercial and nonprofit film project was made possible with support from numerous photographers and from the musicians.
Born near Paris, Mikael Lubtchansky developed a fascination with analog and digital image-making in his childhood, and he has been exploring various aspects of filmmaking ever since. After graduating from l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumiére, he got his start as a second camera assistant. In 1998, he took care of creating the video sequences for the Peter Brook stage play I am a Phenomenon. Mikael has been working as a cinematographer and editor for an on-going series of documentaries on ancient civilizations traveling to Timbuktu, Angkor, Guatemala, Japan, Egypt, Himalayas, western America, and Mesopotamia. Using today's tools (still images, HD video, digital graphic compositing, etc.) he works on numerous film projects for cultural or educational TV networks (Arte, France5) and for companies such as Apple, Louis Vuitton, and Gallimard.
Mikael Lubtchansky, Director/Producer
©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)