“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
Henry David Thoreau
DAVID FEDELE IS AN INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER, MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, EXPLORER AND DREAMER; ALWAYS STRIVING TO PUSH BOUNDARIES WITH HIS ART.
FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS HE HAS BEEN TRAVELING THE GLOBE WITH A VIDEO CAMERA IN HIS BACKPACK, MAINLY DOCUMENTING HUMANITARIAN, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES, IN A SELF-TAUGHT STYLE WHICH HE CALLS “CINEMATIC JOURNALISM”.
DAVID HAS RELEASED THREE ALBUMS OF SOLO PIANO COMPOSITIONS AND HAS RECENTLY BEGUN PRODUCING HIS OWN UNIQUE STYLE OF MUSIC, COMBINING INTIMATE PIANO WITH SOFT ELECTRONICS AND ORCHESTRAL ELEMENTS.
DAVID ALSO IS THE HOST OF A LIMINAL SPACE VIDEO PODCAST, WHERE HE HAS CONVERSATIONS WITH INSPIRING PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE, REIMAGINING THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE.
DAVID MAINLY WORKS ALONE, SELF-PRODUCING AND SELF-FUNDING HIS OWN PROJECTS, OUTSIDE OF ANY EXISTING SYSTEM OR INDUSTRY. HE SELF-DISTRIBUTES HIS FILMS, WITH A STRONG FOCUS ON GRASSROOTS, INDEPENDENT AND COMMUNITY SCREENINGS AND HE SHARES ALL OF HIS FILMS AND MUSIC FOR FREE ONLINE.
THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT DAVID’S WORK IS BY WATCHING, LISTENING, AND SHARING HIS FILMS AND MUSIC WITH THE WORLD.
Release of new music
“NEW DAWN” is my latest single, featuring the supremely talented Polish violinist and multi-instrumentalist Antonina Car, whose beautiful and haunting string lines perfectly complement my intimate solo piano. This collaboration is particularly unique, as Antonina and I have never met in person, and the track was recorded and produced remotely, with both of us in our respective home studios on opposite ends of the planet.
“LEVEGADA” is a nine track album of solo piano, composed and produced in and out of lockdowns over the past 18 months, and is my most intimate and personal work to date. Levegada is cinematic, contemplative and evocative in nature, taking the listener on a deep journey into a dream-like world.
“PASSING OF TIME” is a meditative and hypnotic track that continues my exploration of using orchestral elements and soft electronics to sit alongside intimate solo piano.
“GANYMEDE” is an hypnotic and meditative ambient track, with rich textures and cinematic soundscapes that invite you to slow down and reconnect with yourself. To accompany the song, I produced a video using incredible images of the Saturn V rocket (used by NASA between 1967 and 1973) being launched into space from the Apollo 8, 11 and 12 launches, that I hope evokes a feeling of being lost in the vast expanse of the universe.
“ATLAS” is my latest single of electronic music, inspired by the vast landscape of the Atlas Mountains of north Africa (Morocco). This is the first time that I have ever experimented using a vocal sample, combined with electronic elements, piano and a driving beat … A hypnotic track, designed to get your head bopping and feet moving.
“RISE UP” is my first foray into electronic music production; An EP of three tracks, combining piano with electronics and orchestral elements to create lush cinematic soundscapes, haunting melodies and hypnotic beats.
A Liminal Space – New Video Podcast Series
In these times of great change and miscommunication, A Liminal Space seeks to create and foster a safe and engaging online platform, a place of enquiry, exchange, debate and contemplation.
To initiate and encourage long-form discussions, deep conversation and thought, with inspiring people from around the globe who cross borders and push boundaries with their work, their art, and their thought.
Adventurers, risk takers, explorers, shamans, storytellers, healers, dreamers, rebels, scientists, intellectuals, philosophers, and seekers of a deeper truth. Reimagining the world in which we live …
Welcome to A Liminal Space.
Australian Asylum Policies: Resettling Refugees in Papua New Guinea
In 2016 I spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group of refugees resettled from Manus Island, where I was able to experience their resettled life first-hand.
Following this experience, I wrote an article that was published in THE GUARDIAN newspaper, and gave a number of radio interviews – you can read and listen below.
“I have witnessed the total lack of mental support and infrastructure provided to these men, who – fresh from the trauma of their time in detention – have been left to fend for themselves far away from media scrutiny and the national spotlight. I have also witnessed scenes of despair and disillusionment as they realise the reality of their “resettled” life is very different from what they were led to believe, and at odds with the hollow rhetoric and political spin that is being fed to the Australian public. Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugees.”
(Excerpt – Resettling Refugees in Papua New Guinea: A tragic theatre of the absurd | The Guardian Newspaper | David Fedele | 20th May 2016).
Read full article below.
REVENIR (TO RETURN) RECEIVED THE “JURY AWARD” AT THE DOCUMENT HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND.
STATEMENT OF THE JURY:
“We want to commend the film REVENIR and especially Kumut Imesh for his extraordinarily brave, honest and interrogative approach to his journey, past and present. At a time when we may feel our media is saturated with horrific tales of displaced people’s ordeals and public debate seems obsessed only with these people’s legitimacy, this film, and specifically Kumut’s manner and intuitive filmmaking ability, provided a fresh and much needed point of view on these events. His inherent ability to connect the human experience of others created the same connection for the audience. We wish the filmmakers every success in the future.”
Interview on Austrian Television
“OKTOSKOP” (December 2018)
IN MAY 2018, I WAS INTERVIEWED IN VIENNA FOR THE AUSTRIAN TELEVISION STATION “OKTOSKOP” ABOUT THE MAKING OF REVENIR (To Return).
THE FILM WAS BROADCAST ON OKTOSKOP ACROSS AUSTRIA ON SUNDAY 2nd DECEMBER AND SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER, ALONG WITH THE FULL 24-MINUTE INTERVIEW, WHICH IS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ONLINE.
MASTERCLASS – “WHOSE STORY IS IT? REPRESENTATION, RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORSHIP”
ETHNOCINECA International Documentary Film Festival, Vienna, Austria (May 2018)
I WAS INVITED TO PRESENT A “DOCUMENTARY MASTERCLASS” AT THE ETHNOCINECA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA IN MAY 2018, ON THE TOPIC OF “WHOSE STORY IS IT? REPRESENTATION, RESPONSIBILITY AND AUTHORSHIP.”
THE FULL 2-HOUR MASTERCLASS IS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH/LISTEN TO ONLINE.