Directors Mattia Trabucchi and Jay Mac will be present at the SA Eco Film Festival, both with South African connections.
Mattia Trabucchi is an independent documentary filmmaker, traveler, dreamer and bicycle enthusiast! Whilst working on an environmental research project at the University Of Stellenbosch, his cycling took him to Kayamandi where he discovered an amazing program using bikes to empower youth and improve their environment.
The resulting film, Kayabike screens at the Festival on Saturday 25th at 4.15pm, and at 4.15pm on Sunday 26th. Mattia will be talking about his experiences in South Africa, about making Kayabike, about the environment, and of course about cycling!
Mattia says “ I am on a constant search for truth. I entered the world of documentary filmmaking through curiosity, I use it as a tool for the exploration of reality. I am particularly interested in exploring environmental and social justice issues, and my experience in Kayamandi gave me just that opportunity.”
Jay Mac, director of What Is Real – The Story Of Jivamukti Yoga, is a South African “renaissance man” in every sense. Jay Mac is the Co-Owner of AIR Yoga in Cape Town, a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, a Vegan Chef and the Creative Director of his own agency, Great Scott.
With What Is Real, his first feature length documentary, he adds both film director and producer to the list. “I gave up being a Creative Director to become a ‘full-time’ Yoga teacher, but found myself drawn to both! And then the opportunity to make this film came along, and I thought let’s do it! That’s the irony and that’s the charm of the Yoga Practice we call life.”
In addition to attracting outside producers to aid the making of the film, Jay also successfully crowdfunded part of the budget, something he plans to do again for his next film project.