Indie Doc Fest: Intimate look at life

Indie Doc Fest: Intimate look at life
The line-up for the Indie Doc Fest includes The Great North Korean Picture Show (above), Ruslan and The Kings.

When Victoria Tay, 23, was done shooting footage of Elvis fans rocking the dance floor at the Thomson Community Club, she would dash to another location to help a crew member make her own film journal about an embalmer and his craft.

While the topics could not have been more different, both films - The Kings, about fans keeping the spirit of Elvis Presley alive, and Bodies, about the embalmer - are among the varied mix of local documentary shorts featured in the 6th Singapore Indie Doc Fest at The Substation.

"I was filming two documentaries at the same time, mine and my cinematographer's. We would film half a day of Elvis, then go to the embalmer's place at night," she says.

Her 11-minute work and the six- minute Bodies, directed by Nurkhuzaimah Abdul Wahab, 22, took a total of two months to shoot last year.

Tay, a recent film graduate of the Lasalle College of the Arts who now works as an assistant producer at a production house, discovered the flamboyant Elvis fans at an online meet-up site last year.

"Then I stalked them for two months at the Thomson Club," she says with a laugh. She wanted to see if they might be a worthy topic and to find candidates for the leads.

In the end, she zeroed in on three core members - ordinary Singapore men who, when they don white sequinned jumpsuits and jump on stage, become extraordinary.

The Substation's film programme manager Aishah Abu Bakar picked the works based on the strength of the story and creative storytelling, says marketing manager Chelsea Chua.

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