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Energy III05 is a non-verbal cinematic portrait of a mysterious place – the boat graveyard located in Staten Island, New York. This is in the one of the largest collections of historical boats in the United States. They all have their own life story, but many of these stories have disappeared with the crew and captains. This short documentary reveals complex layers materials of boats’ constructions. This is part of their unique language, which the film explores visually.

  • Uladzimir Taukachou
  • Uladzimir Taukachou
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 21 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1080
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cityvisions 2014 at The Directors Guild of America Theatre
    New York, NY 10019
    May 30, 2014
    North American Premiere
    Best Cinematography and Best Sound Design
  • UnderCannes - Cannes Underground Film Festival
  • Opificer Media Student Film Festival
    Brentwood, CA 94513
  • Red Hook Film Festival
    Red Hook, New York 12571
  • MAFF | Matsalu Nature Film Festival
    Lihula, Estonia
  • West Florida Film Festival (WFFF)
  • Tally Shorts Film Festival
    Tallahassee, Florida 32301
    February 6, 2015
Director Biography - Uladzimir Taukachou

Uladzimir Taukachou (director/producer/cinematographer/editor/sound designer/colorist)
Uladzimir Taukachou born and raised in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the US from totalitarian Belarus in his twenties. An accomplished cinematographer specializing in scripted, unscripted, documentary, fiction, short and feature films. He brings his unique vision to his work and problem solving having lived in two opposite systems communism and capitalism.
His cinematography credits include “Beard”, short experimental film. “Vince Giordano - There's a Future in the Past” feature-length music-rich, intimate portrait of a ferociously dedicated and gifted musician, archivist, and historian, and the 11-piece band that Vince and his partner Carol Hughes keep going against all odds (in production/postproduction). “Plain Jane” (TV series) a reality show that goes beyond outward appearances to give each woman the chance to make her romantic dreams come true as well (released). He recently directed, produced, shot and edited short fiction film “Waiting for a Train”, about a couple struggling with a health challenge. He is working as an assistant director for “I Spend Time with Making: Lucas Samaras” a portrait of Greek-born Lucas Samaras, one of the most important American visual artists working today (production). He got cinematography and aerial photography credits for documentary films about Native Americans in Oklahoma "Building Bridges: Indigenous Media" (production/postproduction). His short film “Rice” premiered as a finalist at City University Film Festival (CUFF 2014). His short films “No Pizza for Sandy”, “Handball Legend Brought Back to Life”, “Forgotten New York - Yellow Submarine” premiered at Coney Island Film Festival (2010, 2013). He is currently involved in couple documentary and fiction projects in different roles including directing, cinematography, aerial photography, editing, color correcting and sound design.
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Director Statement

I felt in love with the boat graveyard when my friends showed it to me on summer 2008. We spend almost a whole day exploring the place. At the end of the day we got a lot of beautiful pictures and interesting feelings.
It is remote corner of Staten Island. Not many people know about this place and not many are likely will visit it. I visited the boat graveyard during different seasons before I started filming it.
Working on the film I had different stylistic ideas. First idea was very simple traditional documentary with the narration, historical facts and interviews with explorers and people who lives nearby. After getting couple interviews I abandoned this idea. I realized that people are getting different feelings being there. I wanted to show my audience the mystery and beauty of the place. So I decided that this film should be visual exploration of the place, more like experience being there.
I borrowed a kayak and brought different filmmakers there. I asked them to film what they are feeling. I didn’t give them any specific instructions or shots that I’m looking for. As the result the film contains shots from different filmmakers, representing different emotions, mystery and energy of the boat graveyard.