Caipirinha Productions Inc.
Caipirinha Productions, Inc. is an independent mixed media arts & culture company with activities in the fields of film, music, and human rights. Caipirinha Productions has produced and distributed a number of short and feature-length films, including:
The Suffering Grasses (Feature, 2012)
Cultures of Resistance (Feature, 2010)
Beneath the Borqa in Afghanistan (Short, 2001)
Modulations (Feature, 1998)
Synthetic Pleasures (Feature, 1995)
An Autumn Wind (Short, 1993)
Neighbors (Short, 1992)
Prufrock (Short, 1991)
- The Suffering Grasses (2012) examines the ongoing conflict in Syria from the perspective of its refugees. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the complicated politics of the region, this film seeks to explore the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced by the Syrian conflict. In all such conflicts, large and small, it is civilians—women and children, families and whole communities—who suffer at the leisure of those in power and get caught in the crossfire of the hegemons. When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers! 52 minutes.
- Cultures of Resistance (2010) explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice. Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. 72 minutes.
- Beneath the Borqa in Afghanistan (2001) both raises awareness of the despair on the two sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border and, through candid interviews with refugees, captures the hope and dignity that still define Afghan men women and children. 12 minutes.
- Modulations (1998) traces the evolution of electronic music and includes interviews with many notable and innovative artists, including Carl Cox, Robert Moog, Coldcut, Squarepusher, Mixmaster, Pierre Henry, Giorgio Moroder, Derrick May, Genesis P-Orridge, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Modulations theatrical events include screenings at the Sundance, Cannes Film Festival, San Fransisco, and Berlin Film Festivals. Click on the hyperlinked title above for the film's treatment, credits, bios, press, and more.
- Synthetic Pleasures (1995) is an exhilarating and disturbing exploration into the ways that human beings are using technology, from body piercing to bionics, to transform our environments, bodies and minds in search of pleasure that raises issues nobody today can afford to abort / retry / ignore. Synthetic Pleasures won the 1996 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival's Jury Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for the 1996 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize in the Documentary category. Click on the hyperlinked title above for the film's treatment, bios, credits, and press. 85 minutes.
- An Autumn Wind (1993) is experimental piece that, incorporating a combination of calligraphy, shakuhachi music, and images of Fall in Kyoto, juxtaposes the traditional haiku of Matsuo Basho and the contemporary poetry of Allen Ginsberg. An Autumn Wind was featured at the 2001 second annual "Haiku at the Garden/Haiku au Jardin" in Montreal, Quebec. 6 minutes.
- Neighbors (1992) is based on Raymond Carver's short about Bill and Arlene Miller who agree to feed the Stone's cat and water their plants while they are away on vacation; however, what begins as a curious peek into the lives of their neighbors ends in fantasy and obsession. 13 minutes.
- Prufrock (1991) is an experimental film poem based on T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and narrated by Matt Dillon. 4 minutes.