Festivals & Awards
Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival
Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival
Biography (About the Director)
My name is Bar Friedman and I am 27 years old. Ever since I can remember I was attracted to the stage and the theatre. I only got hit with the movie bug later on. One day in the ninth grade I was roaming around the schoolyard and I saw some of my best friends sitting on a bench outside one of the classrooms. I approached them and I suddenly realized that they were in the middle of a film class. That’s just the kind of thing you can expect to happen in a democratic school. So I decided to join them and as it turned out, as cliched as this may sound, that was the moment that changed my life. I fell in love with the craft of filmmaking.
Writing, Directing and Editing – A short film, shown on MarginArts Film Productions Short Short Story Film Festival 2017, Rhode Island, USA, and on the Israeli Films Festival in Recife 2018, Brazil. In addition, the film was chosen for the “First Course” project, within will be screened at cinematheques throughout Israel.
Writing, Directing and Editing – a video essay, shown on Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival 2018 and on ARTAU Festival 2019, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Writing and Directing – a short film (summer film) who was chosen among tens of scripts to be produced.
Writing and Editing – a short film, shown on Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival 2018, on Utopia festival 2018 (Tel Aviv), on Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2019 and on South Korea and on Atlanta Horror Film Festival 2019, USA, will be shown on Sound & Image Challenge International 2019, Macao, China and on Fargo Fantastic Film Festival 2019, USA.
An artistic declaration –
While “Homo Sapiens” isn’t autobiographical, it is taken from my life in many ways. The idea was to convey what someone goes through in their first encounter with someone who is homosexual. There is plenty of curiosity, but there is a lot of discomfort as well. You might not know exactly what to say or how to act, and perhaps there isn’t any reason to act any differently. In “Homo Sapiens” this is what happens to an infantile man child named Bar, something which I hope makes the comedy even greater. As such, I decided to shoot in a pseudo-documentary style, giving the film a mockumentary aesthetic, the difference being that unlike a mockumentary, the content isn’t trying to pass itself off as that of an authentic documentary. This technique is common in our current age of TV comedy, such as in “The Office”, whilst my biggest inspiration, aesthetically and in terms of humor, is “Modern Family”. This technique creates the feeling of something real, taken from life, and that the viewers are actually peeking into Bar’s private life. The humoristic potential held in this aesthetic was another reason as well that I decided to shoot the film like this.
Secondly, it was important for me not to make another film about some “poor homosexual”, or a comedy about some extrovert homosexual. I wanted to show the gay community in all its beauty and more importantly, in how it doesn’t differ so much from any other community. They have some good people and some not so good people, more attractive and less attractive types, those who are alike and those who are different, and others who are special or not so special. It was this thought which dictated the casting process as I wanted to avoid the character of a stereotypical homosexual.
These varying factors were all meant to create a film that is funny and touching as well. More than this, my main desire was to create a film that deals with the gay community in a way that hasn’t been done before – first of all, with the aid of characters from the community whose sexual orientation isn’t what determines the shaping of their character, and secondly, from the point of view and the experience of someone who isn’t part of the community and is engaging with it for the very first time.