REM Documentary Screening by Tomas Koolhaas
“When you make a film about your father the first thing people ask you about is objectivity, or more specifically your lack of it. Without getting too philosophical about it I believe no human being is capable of true objectivity, but it is true that being Rem’s son I’m even less objective than an outside film maker would be.
Instead of seeing this as an obstacle to be overcome I decided to use my specific subjective perspective as an attribute to be utilized to give the audience insight into aspects of Rem’s work, life and way of thinking that no one else could. (…) My goal with the film was to show things that have never been shown before, in a more evocative and visually dynamic way than most architecture films. I also wanted the film to be more than just an aggregator of cerebral information, talking head interviews, renderings, technical drawing and architectural shop-talk. (…) I wanted REM to connect with the viewer on a deeper subconscious level rather than just a purely cerebral one, to show the buildings in a more alive and dynamic way, to show Rem in a fuller and more visceral way and importantly to show a ground level perspective of the human stories that span the history of the buildings, from the design process to construction to many years post-occupancy.”
Tomas Koolhaas was born in London on April 16th 1980. In London, he worked at MTV UK and for TANK magazine where he was exposed to production, editing and experimental artistic photography techniques for the first time. With these two very different creative experiences ruminating, Tomas moved to Los Angeles to study cinematography. Tomas secured his first feature film job as a cinematographer straight out of film school. In the following twelve years Tomas worked all over the world but mainly in Hollywood shooting projects of all descriptions and types: art films, music videos, short films, narrative features and documentaries. REM is Tomas’s first foray as a feature film director.
IAAC Lecture Series 2017/18
27th of February 2018
@ 19.00, IAAC Auditorium
Doors open at 18.30
Seats are not numbered