Sekaten (36 minutes) takes the viewer to Central Java, where the old world and the new are colliding and creating interesting images and sounds. Sekaten is a popular festival marking the birth of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. It is the only time that gamelan Sekaten is played, a cosmic and ancient form of music unlike any other in the world. Sekaten is an art film as much as it is a documentary. It doesn’t tell, it shows; there is no narration. It attempts to put the viewer in the perspective of someone experiencing the Sekaten festival for the first time, leaving a sense of curiosity, and desire to learn more about Javanese culture.
- Matt Dunning (b.1984) grew up in Buffalo, New York and graduated from State University of New York Fredonia with degrees in History and International Studies. After University, Matt lived in Chicago where he founded the artist habitation project “No Sandbox”. Matt experiments with unorthodox methods of documentary film making, attempting to capture the flavor of mundane life. In 2011 He was awarded a two year artist residency at ISI Suraktarta in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. Director of BRENGENGING SALA( upcoming 2014). SEKATEN (2013), BREAKFAST SANDWICH: THE MOVIE (2012), and PRETTY MERMAIDS(TV) (2006)