Private Project

Folk Bards

The famous journalist Panos Geramanis (1945-2005) talks with the forgotten heroes of the Folk Song and retrieves moments from their lives and our lives, trying to record and revive images and values of an era that has been lost forever.

  • Thanos V Koutsandreas
  • Thanos V Koutsandreas
  • BlackWrap Productions IKE Giannis Kostavaras
  • Thanos Koutsandreas
  • Giorgos Papandrikopoulos
    Direction Of Photography
  • Michalis Kalligieris
  • Thanos Koutsandreas
  • Giannis Zervakos
    Sound Recording
  • Antonis Samaras
    Sound Recording
  • Anna Antonopoulou
    Production Direction
  • Konstantina Ktenopoulou
    Art Direction
  • Elsa Protopsalti
    MakeUp Artist
  • Sotiris Papadopoulos
    Sound Design
  • Studio STENTOR
    Sound Design
    Color Correction
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 59 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    1 USD
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  • Language:
    Modern Greek (1453-)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16 9
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Director Biography - Thanos V Koutsandreas

Thanos Koutsandreas was born in Chalandri ( Athens ) and studied mathematics at the University of Patras and in Paris sound and image at the École Superieure de Realization Audiovisuelle where he directed 3 short films and did the editing and sound design for 7 more. He worked as an IT engineer until 2017. From 2008 until now he has been working as a sound designer and editor.
Ο Θάνος Κουτσανδρέας γεννήθηκε στο Χαλάνδρι το και σπούδασε μαθηματικός στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών και στο Παρίσι ήχο και εικόνα στην Εcole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle οπου σκηνοθέτησε 3 μικρούς μήκους και έκανε το μοντάζ και το sound design για 7 ακόμη. Εργάστηκε ως μηχανικός πληροφορικής έως το 2017. Από το 2008 μέχρι σήμερα εργάζεται ως sound designer και μοντέρ.

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Director Statement

The difficulty to present-visualize the story and the work of a multi-talented and important man who has been gone for almost 2 decades is multiplied when you yourself have lived the story in real time but much more so when with this man you were bound by bonds of true friendship.
In the whole process from the conception of the idea, to the first writing of the treatment, there was a constant confrontation between the huge archival material, which Panos Geramanis had left as a legacy of the wealth of the unique moments we had shared but above all the unique memories of his Bards . And this is because it was clear to us from the beginning that we will not create a cinematic memorial for our friend Panos.
I wanted to transfer to the big screen a "show" as I imagine Panos would do it if he were alive today. That is, using the "infinite" materials that are now available, but with a narrative-assembly that refers to radio or even written speech. An "asymmetrical" if I'm allowed the term narrative which, however, fits the style of the shows where we often heard him say "I think we're jumping from one topic to another but...".
Many times we may wonder who is the narrator of the story. Indeed, this is not a story in the classical form. We are dealing with many stories, something like a mosaic of small moments. "Moments from their life and our life" as he himself mentions in the speech of this very successful show about the true Greek folk song.