A Swan Song is a short film of heartbreak, deceit, and jealousy. New York saxophonist Tommy works at a jazz club ruled by the mob as his girlfriend is being taken from him by its leader.
Baraka is a short film which explores humanity and its many faults from climate change to homelessness.
Eli Slavkin is the director and producer of "Festival of Fire: The Artists of Las Fallas," (preview in background) shot in Valencia, Spain in March 2019.
The documentary reveals the untold stories of "Las Artistas Falleras" (The Falla Artists) and what the festival means to them and their communities. Through exclusive interviews in their workshops and on the street, it captures the culture of Fallas and the creation, planting, and burning of the statues.
Eli's mission as a filmmaker:
Focus primarily on cultures and communities in parts of the world which are typically disproportionately represented in a negative manner by mainstream media in most western cultures (Central America and the Middle East, for example) to promote empathy and understanding in a non-partisan fashion.
Celebrate and promote festivals or other cultural activities which have a very high level of importance to the strength of communities and the livelihood of its people.
Reveal to a diverse international audience what the cultures being documented really are from the voices of the people of those cultures themselves - rather than making political propaganda.
Highlight and showcase the stories and experiences which are shared first hand by the people from each location to promote cross-cultural humanity and empathy.
Encourage critical thinking about culture and empathy towards ones which are unfamiliar to bring people closer together in order to solve the world’s most pressing problems.