01 December 2009

Transcarpathian Regional Mental Hospital

This short film was shot at a Mental Hospital deep in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. In Soviet times political dissidents were imprisoned here along with the insane. While still on the grim side (but what mental hospital isn't), the institution has come a long way in the last years, largely through the efforts of S.A.R.A.

This and the Roma film were shot entirely by me along with still photos which can be viewed on my website www.andrewtonnphoto.com. For all you photo geeks, the video was shot with a Panasonic DVC60 and the black and white still photos taken with a Leica M6ttl on Kodak 400CN. The color stills were taken with a Leica Digilux 1.

Roma Settlement Film

This is one of the last two of a series of short films I shot in Transcarpathia, Ukraine in June and July of 2008 for S.A.R.A. This Roma, or Gypsy settlement is on the outskirts of the city of Bergaszas. The music was recorded in a Roma church and the voice over is by S.A.R.A.'s Rev. Stephen Szylagi.