Sweeping Chimneys

In this symphony of metropolitan adventures, filmmakers Luca Pollara and Makaiah Solanki visit cityscapes across the modern world, filming the process of urban exploration. They contemplate issues of espionage, extraterrestrial life, and digital security, all while trying to convey the message that something is seriously wrong with the systems we use in everyday life. Taking inspiration from films like Koyaanisqatsi (1983), Akira (1988), and Man on Wire (2008), Sweeping Chimneys uses bizarre visuals, dystopian soundscapes, and experimental cinematography to immerse the audience in the alien atmosphere of mechanical and concrete innards of the metropolis.

  • Luca Pollara
  • Luca Pollara
  • Makaiah Solanki
  • Luca Pollara
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Action, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Luca Pollara, Makaiah Solanki

Luca Pollara and Makaiah Solanki are two 18-year-old filmmakers from Denver, Colorado. They began their filmmaking journey inside the bustling nightscapes of the city, practicing their photographic skills and directing styles. By the ages of 16, Pollara and Solanki were traversing the metropolitan streets nearly every weekend, and in the summer of 2019, they created their first official experimental short film, MOAS, for their local 48 film competition. After MOAS, they each went on to pursue individual creative endeavors before reuniting for their second and largest film together: Sweeping Chimneys.

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