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Dream Symposium

A young boy has an elaborate daydream that features himself in a
music video with both friends and strangers.

  • Melissa Das-Arp
    Faceoff, Regenesis
  • Melissa Das-Arp
    Faceoff, Regenesis
  • Melissa Das-Arp
    Faceoff, Regenesis
  • Labonee Mohanta
    Key Cast
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    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    5 hours
  • Completion Date:
    September 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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Director Biography - Melissa Das-Arp

Born in Amsterdam, Melissa Das-Arp spent her childhood watching her father create storyboards, direct and edit documentary films as well as play all sorts of instruments. She was his ‘young’ assistant on film shoots and with a background as a classical painter he taught her everything he knew about visual arts.

It was not until 2011 when Melissa joined her first tabla class in Toronto that she started following her dreams to make short films and music videos. Starting with a few promo videos she quickly realized that it was the music that created the energy and inspiration for her films.

In 2018, Melissa created the storyboard, edited and directed “Faceoff“ by Toronto Tabla Ensemble, a music video including tabla, mridangam, violin and kathak.
Within a few months of its release, Faceoff has been selected for multiple film festivals and received awards from around the world. Including Best Music Video at Delhi International Short Film Festival and Toronto Short Film Festival.

Her short film Regenesis, was selected for a world premiere at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival and she recently released another music video ‘Dream Symposium’ featuring members of the Toronto Tabla Youth Ensemble.

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Director Statement

“I wanted to show these kids being themselves, playing their instruments, but also daydreaming and being a bit mischievous… There’s a real sense of fantasy and humour throughout.”