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Results of the 2 Rives festival 2022

In September 2022, we were honoured to be part of the international jury for the Festival 2 Rives for first films and short movies. Ben Schwag also held a workshop dedicated to writing and sound in short movies.

Ben Schwag at the 4th Festival 2 Rives, Tunis.

The jury of the free festival, my first film for the two shores of the Mediterranean, met, composed of:
Imad Oueslati: President
Moncef Baldi: Member
Adel Eyet Ammar: Member
Nasser Berkhissa: Member
Adel Khammssi: Member
Ikbal Sfar : Member

On September 22, 2022, after having viewed all the 20 works nominated by the selection and viewing committee from a total of seven countries (Tunisia – Morocco – Iraq – Libya – Mauritania – Egypt – Palestine); Given that the level of the works and their sources were different, they were classified into two categories.

The institutional films open to students only, had more than ten works nominated for this category.

The first prizes for the two films “Pars” and “Sin” were shared equally between the two students: Dkekra Al-Askari – Nour Al-Huda Nasri
Malek Sokouhi from Tunisia 2nd prize* ABDOU MOSLEM
ABDOU MOSLEM 3rd prize for precision*.

The second category was for first films and professional productions, and 12 works competed for prizes:

  • Earth Brick: Egypt/1
  • Shash: Iraq/2
  • Stop: Morocco/3
  • Jury Prize: Une Minute de Silence: Mauritania *
  • Creativity Award: Left Foot: Iraq*
  • Environment Award: Malgin: Tunisia *
  • Challenge Award: Asmaa Jabali / Emna Al-Jami: Zaman / In the Blink of an Eye: Tunisia

The committee also noted the Palestinian documentary “Sanabel sans têtes/Sanabel without heads”.

Read more about the Festival winners

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Writing/sound workshop in Tunis, September 2022

Bew Schwag in Tunis for a workshop on sound and writing in short movies

We were lucky enough to be invited to the 2 Rives festival of first movies in Tunis last year. We were on the jury for short movies and were impressed by both the movies and the spirit of the people that attended.

The event was organised by Ibdaa, a body that trains audiovisual professionals. At the time, we mentioned the importance of giving young people a broad understanding of what producing a good short movie involves.

Fast forward, and here I am in Tunis again to sit on the film jury and conduct a workshop on writing and managing the sound on short movies. It will take place at the Ibn Rashiq centre on September 22, 2022.

As well as actually conducting the conference, I’m looking forward to meeting people from the field and – of course – the next generation of audiovisual professionals in Tunisia and other countries (films from across the region were screened last year).

You’ll find all the details on the Ibdaa Facebook page.

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RIP: Stan Wade

The Trammps
The Trammps with Stan Wade (top left)

We’re sad to hear that Stan Wade, singer and occasional bassist with The Trammps, passed away in January 2021 from complications following Covid. The Trammps were the Philly band that had a runaway hit with the single “Disco Inferno”, which featured prominently in the hit musical “Saturday Night Fever” in 1977. The track was released twice and hit the n° 11 spot in the Billboard charts the second time.

But The Trammps – and Stan – go back to the sixties and the doo-wap band such as The Volcanoes and Zing. We started working with Stan in the eighties, when he was living in Antwerp, Belgium. We recorded material for him and he also contributed his voice and wisdom to tracks for George Williams and others.

So long, Stan. And thanks for everything.

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Reggae nights with One Root

This is going back a bit. Our man “Pierrot” Amhigo has played a lot with the reggae collective One Root in concert. The band has performed well over 100 gigs in Belgium and the Netherlands over the years, ranging from small venues to big festivals.

This video was from a gig they played at the Vooruit venue in Ghent, when they were opening for The Wailers. You’ll see Pierrot on sax, playing that big upfront riff.

Who can tell me what song this is? 😉 Click on “Comments” above the video.

Pierrot is currently working on new material with Ben Schwag in Brussels.

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Stan Wade

Could The Trammps have come from anywhere other than Philadelphia? Jimmy Ellis, Harold Doc Wade, Stanley Wade and Earl Young grew up with doo-wop groups ringing in their ears and went on to build one of the most formidable soul/disco bands. After extensive touring, the hits came fast and strong: Zing Went the Strings Of My Heart, originally recorded by Judy Garland in 1943, reached #17 on the R&B chart and #64 on the pop charts.

With Buddha Records, they recorded the irresistible Hold Back The Night which reached #40 on the pop charts and #10 on the R&B charts and Where Do We Go From Here, reaching #44 on the R&B charts in 1974. With Atlantic Records from 1975, the Trammps struck gold with Hooked for Life and Where the Happy People Go. Other Trammps hits on Atlantic included, Disco Party, Body Contact, I Fell Like I’ve Been Livin’, The Night The Lights Went Out, and Soul Bones, with Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

Their defining song, however, is clearly Disco Inferno probably the best-known song in disco – and a wonderful example of the full, big-band disco sound straight from Philadelphia. They were favourites at New York’s most popular club, 2001 Space Odyssey, the location for the motion picture, Saturday Night Fever. The soundtrack for the movie, which included Disco Inferno, was the industry’s biggest selling album to date and won the Trammps a Grammy Award in 1979. 

Through all the touring, hits and madness, Stan Wade held down the bass end, while also adding falsetto vocals on harmony. He later revived the band and used to tour until fairly recently.

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