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Flashbulb Memories (2015)

The title of the movie refers to a term introduced in scientific literature (1977) by the american psychologists Roger Brown and James Kulik, in a pioneering study about the relationship of memory with the emotions. The term appeared by analogy with photograph... read more

Completed On: 30 Apr, 2015

Duration: 3 min 40 sec

Genres: Animation, Experimental

Country: Portugal

Director: Carlos Trindade

Submitted By: Carlos Trindade

Flashbulb Memories Poster
The title of the movie refers to a term introduced in scientific literature (1977) by the american psychologists Roger Brown and James Kulik, in a pioneering study about the relationship of memory with the emotions. The term appeared by analogy with photography, and with it the authors referred to the memories concerning the circumstances in which a person became aware for the first time of an very unexpected event, even shocking - both personal as well as fraternal -, with relevant consequences for her, arousing in any case strong emotions. After have been established, “flashbulb memories” would be practically permanent, because of the extremely vivid memories triggered by the occurrence that gave rise to them.
  • Directors
    Carlos Trindade
  • Producers
    Carlos Trindade
  • Writers
    Carlos Trindade
  • Film Type
    Animation, Experimental
  • Genres
    Social/,Political
  • Runtime
    3 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date
    30 Apr, 2015
  • Production Budget
    USD
  • Country of Origin
    Portugal
  • Country of Filming
    France, Portugal
  • Film Language
    Mute (except 1 second)
  • Shooting Format
    Mp 4
  • Aspect Ratio
    4/3
  • Film Color
    Color
  • Student Project
    No
  • First-time Filmmaker
    No

Shorts IN-FEST, I FESTIVAL IBEROAMERICANO DE CORTOS EN MADRID Y MALLORCA
Spain
Madrid; Palma de Mallorca
Shorts IN-FEST, I FESTIVAL IBEROAMERICANO DE CORTOS EN MADRID Y MALLORCA
Official Selection

CINE Y DERECHOS HUMANOS - CINE OTRO
Chile
Valparaiso
Official Selection

FESTIVAL ALTO VICENTINO
Italy
Santorso
Out of Competition

HOPE-FIRST 1o FESTIVAL UNIVERSAL DE CORTOMETRAJE
Spain
Official Selection

SUPER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Spain
Barcelona
Official Selection

VILLAMMARE FILM FESTIVAL
Italy
Salerno
Official Selection

Carlos Trindade
Portugal: All Rights
Portugal: All Rights

Director's Biography

CARLOS ALBERTO de MATOS TRINDADE, Curriculum Vitae (summarized)

Born in Porto (Portugal) in 1957. Degree in Fine Arts by FBAUP, University of Porto, 1981. PhD in Contemporary Art, Vigo University (Spain), 2014, with the thesis entitled “Arte e Memória: desenvolvimentos e derivações sobre o conceito de memória e sua contribuição à prática artística”. He his Auxiliar Professor at Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP, Art School of Porto), being one of its founders – founder member of the Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Artístico Árvore I (1981/1982) and member of the first school board, today called CESAP –, where has been teaching since 1982 in its various degree programmes and where he worked in different posts: he is currently Director of the Fine Arts and Intermedia Degree.

Scholarship of Fondation for Science and Technology, FCT (2009-2012). Member of the research group MODO (Fine Arts Faculty, Sculpture Department Vigo University). SR of the research project “Pintura, Fotografia e Cinema: referências picturais nas imagens fotográficas e cinematográficas” (2016-2019).

Has developed, in parallel with his teaching career, a wide activity as an artist. He had his first professional exhibition in 1978 and, since then, has been showing art regularly: he did five individual exhibitions and took part in more than 160 collective, in Portugal and abroad. His work is represented in some private and public collections (Portugal, Spain, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Finland, USA). Awards: Sep. 1997 - Prémio Nacional de Pintura “António Joaquim / Artistas de Gaia”, Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal); Dec. 1992 - Quadro destacado pelo Júri do “Prémio Nacional de Pintura Júlio Resende”, Gondomar (Portugal); Dec. 1981 - Quadro destacado pelo Júri do “I Prémio Augusto Gomes”, Matosinhos (Portugal).
It was a member of National Governing Board of “ANAP/ National Association of Visual Artists, National Commitee for AIAP/UNESCO” (1998/2002).

Between 1976 and 1981 has worked professionally in Animation Cinema, including two films subsidised by IPC (Portuguese Institute of Cinema), produced by Cinematógafo- colectivo de intervenção, of which it was a founding member; one of them, Uma História de Letras (A Letter’s Story, 1980), was the first film in the history of Portuguese Cinema admitted in the official international competition of the Festival Theatre D’Annecy (1981), the world’s most renowned festival of their kind. In 1980, participated in “Journées Internationales du Cinema d’Animation – 20 ème Anniversaire du Festival Theatre D’Annecy”, at the invitation of the French government. Recently, re-started to devote himself to cinema and video. The short-films Flashbulb memories (2015) and Clouds…Clouds (2018) have been presented in some international film festivals. Clouds…Clouds was awarded with "3rd place in Experimental of the Month category", 12 Months Film Festival (#12 MFF). January Edition 2019, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Director's Statement

The title of the movie refers to a term introduced in scientific literature (1977) by the american psychologists Roger Brown and James Kulik, in a pioneering study about the relationship of memory with the emotions. The term appeared by analogy with photography, and with it the authors referred to the memories concerning the circumstances in which a person became aware for the first time of an very unexpected event, even shocking - both personal as well as fraternal -, with relevant consequences for her, arousing in any case strong emotions. After have been established, “flashbulb memories” would be practically permanent, because of the extremely vivid memories triggered by the occurrence that gave rise to them.

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