May 22, 2011
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed at Film Threat.
"This is the kind of thing snobby critics love to praise so they can elevate themselves above the commoners. The truth is, though, that this is a lovely looking movie which is done exceedingly well, but lacks any real soul…"
Doug Brunell, Film Threat Reviews
August 21, 2009
WINNER: Found Objects has won the award for BEST SHORT FILM at the Sopot Film Festival in Sopot, Poland.
August 8, 2009
Found Objects has been selected to be in international competition at the Shnit Short Film Festival (shnit Kurtfilmfestival) running from October 7 - 11, 2009 in Berne, Switzerland.
August 7, 2009
Found Objects will screen in international competition at the 9th Cortopotere Short Film Festival in Bergamo, Italy, from Oct 25 - 31, 2009.
August 1, 2009
Found Objects will have its Polish premiere in International Fantastic Competition on the Baltic Sea at the Sopot International Film Festival, from August 9 - 16, 2009.
UPDATE: WINNER, BEST SHORT FILM, SOPOT FILM FESTIVAL
July 15, 2009
Found Objects will screen at the 9th annual Gimli Film Festival, taking place on the verdant shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, from July 24 - 28, 2009.
Screening on June 27, 2009, 7:00pm, at the Waterfront Centre
July 14, 2009
Found Objects will be featured at the International Best of Short Films Festival, featuring award-winning films from around the world, taking place on the Riviera in La Ciotat, France, from September 10 - 13, 2009.
June 6, 2009
Found Objects will be screening at the Adana Altin Koza (Golden Boll) Film Festival in Adana, Turkey, from June 8 to 14, 2009.
March 1, 2009
Found Objects has been invited to screen at the 47th Ann Arbor Film Festival, which takes place in Ann Arbor, Michigan from March 24 - 29, 2009.
Screening: Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 7:30pm, at the beautifully restored Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Dec 3, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to play the 11th San Francisco Independent Film Festival, running from February 5 - 17, 2009.
Screening: Sunday, February 8, 2009, at 5:00pm, at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco, CA
Oct 16, 2008
Found Objects is now showing on Corus Movie Central and HBO Canada
Broadcast schedule can be found here.
(Note that the times listed are in Central Time Zone):
Oct 15, 2008
Found Objects will play the Istanbul International Short Film Festival, running from Nov 5 - 12, 2008.
Screening: November 5, 2008 at 19:00 at the Goethe Institut Salon
Review here (Turkish).
"İlk 5 dakikasını kaçırdığım 18 dakikalık, bir çok festivalden ödülle dönmüş kısa film başyapıtı Found Objects, sanırım benim için festivaldeki en büyük keşif oldu. Şehrin sakinleri acımasız bombardımanların altında mücade ederken, yalnızca tek bir şeyin orayı ayakta tuttuğunu ve onunda mahzende unutulmış bir adamın sarsılmaz kararlığı olduğunu öykülenen film, gerek müzikleri gerek yönetmenliği gerekse bol simgesel anlatımı ile tam anlamıyla 'olmuş' bir yapımdı. Filmde yaratılan atmosfer, David Lynch'ın filmlerindeki düşselliği hatırlatmakta ve belki de Lynch'ın kısa filmlerinden daha da ileriye gitmekte. Fragmanı izleyip, en azından ufakta olsa film hakkında bilgi sahibi olmanızı tavsiye ediyorum. Yönetmen David Birnbaum, uzun metrajlı bir film çekerse sanırım ilk filmin adını Cannes'te duyarız, sonrasında da festivallerde izleme şansı buluruz."
Burak Çevik, Sineofrenik
Sept 8, 2008
Found Objects will have its Los Angeles premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival, taking place from Oct 22 - 27, 2008.
Screening at the spectacular Arclight Cinema, 6360 W Sunset Blvd (between Vine and Ivar), in Hollywood
on Saturday, October 25, at 11:00pm
Sept 6, 2008
Found Objects will premiere in the United Kingdom at the Leeds International Film Festival, in Short Film City from Nov 11 - 16, 2008.
Screening Nov 14, 2008 at 17:30 at the Hyde Park Picture House
Sept 1, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to screen at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival from October 17 to 24th, 2008.
Screening Saturday, October 18, 2008, at
4:00 PM at the Bloor Cinema
Reviews from the Festival here, here, and here.
"Films like Found Objects are few and far between with its beautiful yet bizarre storytelling style of no verbal language yet clear story in an unique setting that is familiar enough to understand and wild enough to keep you reeled in hook, line and sinker. The dark, haunting style is enhanced with a score where music tells the story just as much as the visuals. A welcome look at a wild new world."
- Shannon Ridler, Movie Moxie
"Without a doubt one of the best looking and most professional of this year's short films is David Birnbaum's Found Objects. Set who-knows-where and who-knows-when, the kids of an apartment building are trying out for some kind of musical production and are being assigned a variety of instruments. Meanwhile, bombs are exploding non-stop outside the building. There's no explanation for any of this (as with the feature, there's no dialogue) and while I'll admit I didn't fully understand what the film was trying to do, it absolutely succeeded in creating a unique environment and atmosphere."
- Bob Turnbull, Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind
4 out of 5 stars. This is one visually stunning and yet bizarre film which looks as though it takes place during WWII. An apartment is perpetually rocked by bombs outside its walls as its inhabitants attempt to hold auditions for a musical recital.
Robert Harding, Hardcore Nerdity
Aug 26, 2008
Found Objects will have its Maritimes premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, running from the 11th to the 20th of September, 2008.
Screening Thursday, September 18, 2008, at
7:05 PM at the Empire 8 Park Lane 7 Cinema
July 31, 2008
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed in Kulturpunkt magazine (Croatian).
"Slična je atmosfera prisutna i u još jednom vrlo zanimljivom filmu, Pronađene stvari (Found Objects, David Birnbaum), koji se također događa u neobičnom kazalištu, u nekom neodređenom vremenu, u nekom nepostojećem ratu. Očigledno je teatar mjesto koje fascinira filmaše. Ono posebno mjesto na kojem je sve moguće i kojem se kompulzivno vraćaju kad god počnu razmišljati o pozivu koji su odabrali." - Jurica Starešinčić
July 21, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to screen at the Toofy Film Festival, taking place on September 13th and 14th, 2008, in Boulder, Colorado.
Screening Saturday, Sept. 13th at 7 PM, at the Boulder Theater
July 28, 2008
-----> AWARD: Found Objects has won the award for BEST SHORT FILM at the Imaginaria International Film Festival in Conversano, Italy.
From the awards page: "Motivazione: per la schiettezza del racconto filmico che traspare
attraverso la descrizione di un luogo senza tempo, nè spazio né
storia; per il senso di affanno e di ansia, di rigore della macchina
da presa nella descrizione di oggetti cercati e trovati. L'oscurità
dell'immagine e l'azione filmica non fanno che esaltare il senso
dell'attesa cui subentra la noia delle azioni quotidiane interrotte
solo da felliniane prove d'orchestra."
"A purity of storytelling that shines through while describing a place without time, space, or history; for the sense of breathlessness and of anxiety, and for the rigour of the camera in describing objects searched and found. The darkness of the image and filmic action can do nothing but extol the sense of the wait, the boredom of the everyday actions interrupted only by the Felliniesque orchestra rehearsals."
July 1, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to the 12th Annual 1 Reel Film Festival taking place in Seattle, WA at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival from August 29 - September 1, 2008.
Screening Monday, September 01, 2008 at 8:00 PM in the Dreamscapes compilation at the SIFF Cinema
June 25, 2008
Found Objects will screen in International Competition at the Tabor International Film Festival, in the newly renovated medieval castle of Veliki Tabor in Tabor, Croatia, from July 11 - 19, 2008.
June 2, 2008
Found Objects will be featured in International Competition at the 34th annual Festival Filmets de Badalona, in Spain from Nov 14 - 22, 2008.
May 7, 2008
Found Objects will have its Spanish Premiere in International Competition at the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival of Catalonia in Spain, from October 2 - 12, 2008.
Screening at 22:15 on October 9, 2008 at the Auditori Melià
and at 16:00 on October 11, 2008 at Sala Tramuntana
May 7, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to the Weiterstadt Open-Air Film Festival in Weiterstadt, Germany, taking place from August 14 - 18, 2008.
Screening on Friday, August 15th, 11:22 pm at the Braunshardter Taennchen
May 2, 2008
Found Objects has been invited to have its Italian premiere in competition at the Imaginaria Film Festival in Conversano, Italy, from July 21 - 27, 2008.
Screening July 20, 2008 at 21:10, at the Scalinata di Rampavilla.
April 4, 2008
Found Objects will have its German premiere in competition at the Munich International Short Film Festival in Munich, Germany, from June 12 to 18, 2008.
Screenings: Saturday, June 14, 19:00 and Tuesday, June 17, 19:00 at the Gloria Palast
April 1, 2008
Found Objects airs on Bravo!FACT Presents
"Found Objects" (the short version) will be airing on "Bravo!FACT Presents" at 7:30pm ET /4:30pm PT, on Friday 4 April 2008, and 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT on Saturday 5 April, 2008 on Bravo! The episode will also air on A Channels in Ontario the following Friday 11 April at 8:30 pm and in Victoria BC on the following Saturday 12 April at 6:00 pm.
March 30, 2008
-----> AWARD: Found Objects wins CSC Award for Cinematography
Congratulations to Cinematographer Adam Marsden, c.s.c., for winning the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) Award for "Best Cinematography - Short Narrative Fiction" for his work on Found Objects.
March 9, 2008
Found Objects will play in International Competition at the 18th Mediawave Festival in Gyor, Hungary, from April 26 to May 3, 2008.
Mon, April 28, 2008, 20:00 - Hrabal Cinema - Premier Hall - Teleki u. 21.
Thurs, May 1, 2008, 18:30 - RÓMER HÁZ - Hrabal Cinema - Premier Hall - Teleki u. 21.
March 9, 2008
Found Objects will play in competition at the 12th Saguenay International Film Festival in Saguenay, Québec, from March 12 to 16, 2008.
Sunday, March 16, 2008, 3:00pm, Auditorium Dufour
Jan 16, 2008
Found Objects will play the 9th annual Festival des Cinéma des Trois Amériques (FC3A) from March 26 to 30, 2008.
Thursday, March 27, 2008, 9:30pm at Cineplex Odeon Place Charest - Theatre 6
Jan 14, 2008
Found Objects will have its US Premiere at the 17th annual 2008 Florida Film Festival from March 28 to April 6, 2008.
Friday, April 4, 2008, 5:30 PM at Regal Cinemas of Winter Park
Sunday, April 6, 2008, 4:30 PM at Enzian Theaters
Dec 8, 2007
Found Objects will be screening at the 2008 One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo Festival, at the Vertigo Playhouse, 115 9th Avenue SE, in Calgary on Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm.
Dec 8, 2007
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed at The Quiet Earth
Nov 27, 2007
Found Objects has been selected to screen at the 28th Fantasporto - Oporto International FIlm Festival - February 25 to March 9, 2008.
Sept 24, 2007
Found Objects has been selected to screen at the São Paulo International Film Festival
Aug 30, 2007
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed in The Montreal Mirror.
"...a strange but oddly humorous short film about a cast of characters intent upon putting on a musical recital, despite the bombing campaign that is raining down on their heads. A sublimely loony film."
Matthew Hayes, The Montreal Mirror
Aug 24, 2007
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed in The Montreal Gazette.
"Skilled hands are at play in David Birnbaum's faintly surreal, dialogue-free 18-minute short set in the future, the past or both. We're in a disintegrating theatre surrounded by prankish kids, ticking clocks, faulty electricity, increasing explosions, men in suits, creaky orchestral manoeuvres, and a brave old guy who tries to keep the currents running on time. Very, very clever, and lovely to watch."
- John Griffin, The Montreal Gazette
Aug 23, 2007
-----> REVIEW: Found Objects reviewed at Twitch Film.
"Another stunning piece of surrealist work here but while the Pyes fit more in the Lynch surrealism mold, David Birnbaum belongs more to the claustrophobic, lushly designed school of Olivier Smolders (Nuit Noire) and Delicatessen era Jeunet. A crumbling tenement block, seemingly in the forties, is subjected to aerial bombardment, its tenants blissfully ignoring that obvious fact as they huddle around the television and prepare their children for a musical recital, the entire block powered by a single old man riding a bicycle in the basement. The production values here are astounding, the cinematography dark and rich, every frame packed with compelling images. I’m not entirely sold on the slight tonal shift at the end of the piece but Birnbaum is clearly a major talent to watch."
Todd Brown, Twitch Film Reviews
Aug 22, 2007
David Birnbaum will be profiled on Bravo Television's "Arts and Minds" program, profiling Directors at the Toronto International Film Festival. Show broadcast dates are slated for Sept 8th and 9th.
July 17, 2007
Found Objects has been invited to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. Read the Press Release. Screening schedule is as follows:
Fri., Sept 7, 8:00pm, Royal Ontario Museum
Sat., Sept 8, 4:45pm, Royal Ontario Museum
July 10, 2007
Found Objects has been officially selected to screen in the World Competition section at the Montreal World Film Festival. Screening schedule is as follows:
Sat., Sept 1, 11:20am, Cinema Imperial, 1432 rue de Bleury
Sat., Sept 1, 9:30pm, Theatre Maisonneuve - Place des Arts
Sun., Sept 2, 4:30pm, Cinema Imperial, 1432 rue de Bleury
June 24 , 2007
Industry Cast and Crew screening will take place at the Bloor Theatre, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, at 12:30pm.