Helsinki-based soulful film production and flame bearing since 2011.
In November 2011 we claimed a legal status to ÆTHYR - hence the added "ltd." - our fanatic interface backing our efforts in the private business of maintaining a coherent karmic state. Now, as four Helsinki-based free-tinkers we are on the absolute quest. To cut it short, we believe that reality is immanent and therefore we are figuring out ways to access it as our main objective.
We are fixated on mainly the production of creative documentary films, short cuts, photographic fixes - that sort of thing. Most importantly we advertise ourselves as being able to pause and use our senses, without a parasite agenda. Mind before matter it is, even though we're totally comfortable with money, if it's clean and non-violent in concrete terms.
Documentary Film 75min, 2012
Dir. Simo Hakalisto
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Scorpions is a story of a disabled volleyball team from a small Cambodian rural village, Toul Prich. Despite the rather poor training conditions, the CNVLD Kampong Speu Scorpions is striving to become the best team in Cambodia's national disabled volleyball league. Many of the team members have been disabled due to the millions of dud land mines still buried in the country as a result of the Vietnam War.
The film discusses the post-war generation's life in a country with many scars; the reconstruction of the post-genocide society not only in a concrete but also in a mental sense. Even after a harsh drawback it is still possible to be renewed and find a meaning for one's life. The film is a demonstration of the healing effects of sport and the sense of community related to it.
CHECK OUT the Cambodian National Volleyball League (disabled) webpage in: http://www.standupcambodia.net/
Documentary Film/PRE-production Phase
Dir. Kalle Sipilä
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A lorn sail each one of us
Logbook kept hid from the stranger's eye
And as a sail of a nameless ship
Our memory, to a fog, steers to vanish
-Unto Koskela, 1930
Continuously for at least 1500 years, with currently unknowable reasons, archaic folk buried ceremonially their deceased under the archeologically notable stone structures still visible throughout Sammallahdenmäki, a hilltop that around the times of global pyramid-project, giants and the miracles of messianic caliber was uncompromisingly embraced by ice cold saltwater.
As the surface of the sea decided to withdraw, it welcomed the human reasoning into the valley and 15 km further south the Highway 12, where the 24 hour gas station with it's colossal parking lot - now, under the October moonlight - stands as an exemplar of emotionally distant protagonist in the nightly set of a pre-modern aristocratic play.
And there, a few steps into the silence, runs the canal, narrowing with its heavily saturated salty water, passing by the home of the epileptic Poet, the statue of St. Francis and the global attractor, the medieval town that whispers behind the saints back; concealing all the plagues, nightly raves and shipwrecks which happened along it's banks somewhere in between.
Raum is a crooked city symphony for the universal dreamers inhabiting the non-linear time. It hails the local space that next to an abstract of the sea, resonates the timeless search of its searchers, their bipolar spiraling between the growing utopian hopes and those squares where it keeps getting darker.
In the balconies, lighthouses and nightly streets, the persistent force of human heart, both driving and objecting the unrelenting proceedings of time.
One by one the somber words of yet a unknown love-song unveil as the search for the soul of one of Finland's oldest cities, RAUMA, goes on in the southern coast of Finland.
MORE CREATIVE DOCUMENTARY FILMS
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We have various new ideas in development. Further information about these projects will be revealed in the near future.
While these things are unfolding we recommend checking our existing projects in the hyperspace (along with this site):
Also, we feel the urge and find our finger pointing towards some of the most wondrous work of our friends and fellow men and women:
SCORPIONS TRAILER in VIMEO (short)
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Duration 30 seconds
© Aethyr Aesthetics 2012
SCORPIONS TRAILER in VIMEO (long)
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Duration 2 minutes
© Aethyr Aesthetics 2012
when the minotaur has been destroyed / and the labyrinth transformed into dance
polity, politics / will be possible again"
short, the whole Universe is composed of two grand Series, or Chains of Links,
which is manifested in the general Kingdoms of Organick and Unorganick Nature."
Aethyr works in diverse fields of culture concentrating on the production of responsible, quality audiovisual entireties. Our aim is to affect the present conversational climate in an outside the box and open manner and to raise awareness of important social and cultural issues simultaneously acting as a link between different forms of art. Aethyr produces shorts and creative documentary films, makes presentation videos and recordings of different events
and happenings and offers photographic services with movable equipment. We also organize multidisciplinary art happenings. We aim to create high-class and noticeable audiovisual products with a strong aesthetic sense and a groundbreaking mind set. We are able to work flexibly even with a tight schedule and produce the projects independently in their entirety.
simo (at) aethyr.org
Simo Hakalisto was born in a small town in South East Finland circa quarter a century ago. His near relatives allege that he spent his childhood watching films and reading books. Maybe that is why he ended up studying Scriptwriting and Visual Expression in an even smaller town.
In the past years Mr. Hakalisto has been studying in FAMU in Czech Republic and doing an internship in an Icelandic film production company Zik Zak Filmworks. His first documentary film "Scorpions" is about a disabled volleyball team from Cambodian countryside.
Today Mr. Hakalisto can be found in Helsinki, where he is probably at this very moment drinking tea and smoking cigarettes.
ella (at) aethyr.org
Ella has had an interest in image and art since her early childhood. Throughout her comprehensive studies, image-related hobbies were an essential part of her life, and after finishing the upper secondary, she decided to give moving image a go. She graduated in summer of 2012 from Tampere University of Applied Sciences, where she did her BA in Scriptwriting and Visual Expression.
Ella has worked as a production assistant in one of the largest Finnish documentary film production companies, Illume Ltd. The projects she has worked with include award-winning documentaries such as Stone Pastures, Within Limits and Frozen Hell, to name a few. Since then, it has been clear her future will include the wonderful world of producing creative documentaries, particularly those discussing important social and cultural issues.
kalle (at) aethyr.org
A chord in the broken syntax blues; a great fan of greater, anarchy and (the) transcendent. Once thrown into this slow world round the backwoods of Finnish Tavastia, soon getting a thing for transitions going; now passing crosswalks in the deep of Kallio, Helsinki - FIN.
Sometimes heavy-hearted, goes into poetry induced loops. Other times eager to find out. Here, most of all, the fascination and the curiosity. The words are their mere children, the worlds their mere children.
Kalle has been blessed with a chance to take part in several creative documentary film projects since 2008, mainly in the ranks of the great Illume
Kalle is now working for Aethyr as a director and a member of so called general staff.
rene (at) aethyr.org
The video-camera in Rene's family was frequently used, and so Rene became introduced to the audiovisual world at a very early age. The first own video creations he and his friends made as young schoolboys were shot with a VHS camera - in those wonderful times, amateur creations titled Kirku 1 ("Scream 1"), Vuokralainen ("Tenant") and Vihannessota ("The Vegetable War") were born. Finally in 2007, Rene found himself in the former Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences in a small Finnish town studying Scriptwriting and Visual Expression. Now in the year 2012, his childhood interest has become his work.
During the last few years, Rene has been working actively within the audiovisual field in productions ranging from low-budget music videos to TV-reality, documentaries and big-budget commercial films. His duties have mainly included working as a cinematographer or assistant camera, but he also has professional experience in directing and editing.
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