Born in Jogjakarta, Garin Nugroho was a prominent filmmaker of the 1990s film generation in Indonesia and one of a few who were at the forefront of the liberation from New Order-era film industry regulations.
His early films, such as Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti (1991), Surat Untuk Bidadari (1994), and Bulan Tertusuk Ilalang (1995), secured his place as Indonesia’s first director to attract serious interest in the international film festival scene.
We asked him exactly how many films he had made, he replied "Feature film, 19; documentary TV series, 30; documentary, 5; essay film, 7; short film, 3; live theatre, 6; dance, 2; book, 5; installation art, 3."
Among his film titles: Air dan Romi, Surat Untuk Bidadari, Leaf On The Pillow, Birdman's Tale, Opera Jawa, Under The Tree. His latest work is Memories of My Body (2018).
He studied cinematography at Institut Kesenian Jakarta (Jakarta Institute of the Arts) from 1981 to 1985 and learned a lot indirectly from the legendary Indonesian director Teguh Karya (1937-2001).
Garin also enjoyed exploring, and would bathe in the Code River fed by the cold lahar runoffs from Mount Merapi; he notes that the sulfur, which was brought to the river by the lava, was good for his skin!
Garin has made films in many parts of Indonesia. When asked how many island he covered - "So many islands: all big islands, many small islands."
Maybe someone has made a list somewhere on the internet.
Sherman Ong was born in Malacca! He is a filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. His practice has always centred on the human condition and our relationships with others within the larger milieu.
Winner of the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 for Photography and the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award 2010, Sherman has premiered works at art biennales, major film Festivals and museums around the world, including the Venice, Singapore, Yin Chuan, Jakarta Biennales, Fukuoka and Asia Pacific Triennale, Mori Art Museum Tokyo, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, The Tate Modern, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Musee du Quai Branly Paris, Centre Pompidou Paris, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, VideoBrasil Contemporary Art Festival, Singapore Art Museum and MART Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy.
He is a founding member of 13 Little Pictures, a film collective based in Singapore. He also serves on the committee of the Singapore International Photography Festival, as an educator at schools and universities, and was an Associate Artist of the Substation.
In the summer of 2017, he exhibited in SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia (1980s to Now) co-organsied by the National Art Center, Tokyo, the Mori Art Museum, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center in Tokyo, Japan.
Come visit Sherman's hometown in SeaShorts 2019! You can watch films with him and join his art installation during our Festival!