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NOT X CHRIS SAUNDERS (2014)

NOT x Chris Saunders is a 2014 cross- cultural collaborative project between New York based fashion designer Jenny Lai, Johannesburg based photographer Chris Saunders, and five local creatives from Cape Town, Johannesburg, and their neighboring townships.

NOT x Chris Saunders seeks to explore, expand, and celebrate the burgeoning South African fashion scene through moving images, photography, and a series of collaborative garment creations.

The project consists of four separate collaborations:

Jenny Lai worked with accessories designer Dennis Chuene, vintage clothier Dr. Pachanga, menswear designer Floyd Avenue, and costumer/puppetmaker Macdonald Mfolo. After Jenny researched, interviewed, and otherwise immersed herself completely in the working style and process of each collaborator, each pair reinterpreted an existing design from Lai's brand using a uniquely South African process and material. The final works were brought to life by performing artist Manthe Ribane under the direction and lens of Chris Saunders.

Directed by. Chris Saunders
Cinematographer. Chris Saunders & Justin McGee
Editor. Ross Maxwell

EKASI DANCE MOVES (2011)

As part of my study into the Pantsula culture from South Africa I have been shooting a series of video's of different dance moves highlighting the dance itself and later breaking these portrait shot videos into large scale contact sheets which break down the dance form. This video was the origin of this process and was presented in this video as part of my first presentation of the culture in my Sphara Phara exhibition in 2011. 

Directed by. Chris Saunders
Cinematographer. Chris Saunders
Editor. Malcolm Che'

THE VANITY OF HATRED (2011)

A short film about racism, questioning the modern racist in South Africa from both sides. 

Written & Directed by Murray Turpin & Chris Saunders

Director of Photography Chris Saunders
Edited by Mathew Stonier
Sound Design Tim Apter
Warobe & Location Bee Diamondhead
Subject A. Jade van Sandton
Subject B. Robert Machiri
Special Thanks kudzanai Chiurai

A TEAM UNCOOL production.

NARCISSUS (2010)

During my residency at Fabrica, Benetton's Creative Research Facility in Treviso, Italy, I collaborated with Interactive Designer / Programer Jono Brandel / JonoBR1  using his software Narcisus which analyses movement in film and creates a colourful triangular animation over the action. 

Directed by. Chris Saunders
Cinematographer. Chris Saunders
Editor. Malcolm Che'
Dancer. Emmanuel Plougoull

THE SMARTEEZ (2010)

During my residency at Fabrica, Benetton's Creative Research Facility in Treviso, Italy, I was commissioned by the Benetton brand to create content for giant TV screens in their store windows. One of the projects I worked on was doing portrait video's of The Smarteez fashion collective in Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Direction, Editing & Production by Chris Saunders

FABROULETTE  (2010)

During my residency at Fabrica, Benetton's Creative Research Facility in Treviso, Italy, I was commissioned by the Benetton brand to create content for giant TV screens in their store windows. One of the projects was shooting a series of portraits which randomly created a live collage of different elements of each persons face, played out to music.

Direction, Editing & Production by Chris Saunders
Design & Retouching. Magdalena & Alizee Freudenthal
programming & Software Design. Paulo Barcelos