FILMMAKER FROM THE EAST: TAHA LONG

Taha Long is a Malaysian upcoming director, producer and writer based in New York City. Holding a Master’s in Film and Directing from the School of Visual Arts, under Bob Giraldi, Taha Long have had many experiences working in the industry alongside other filmmakers and artists. He has worked in casting, directing and producing short films and music videos. On top of writing and producing, Taha Long also produces notable film festivals such as Katra Film Series (Festival Coordinator) and New Faces New Voices (Festival Producer).

His own work primarily revolves around life’s absurdity and how one would cope in such scenarios, with all the humanity and humor that may offer. Furthermore, exploring the beauty in the mundane is also a key focus in his work. These two characteristics encapsulate the strange and yet still nature of his work.

Among all of the amazing works that Taha Long has produced, viewers can’t keep their eyes off the most recent project “Manhattan Transfer”. A simple short film that carries a deep meaningful message. It is set in an empty train in the middle of New York City where a weary business man, all alone, started dancing by himself. It was full of different kinds of emotions and expressions. The dancer Paulin Aby Maindron, performed such a beautiful piece to the song “Pyaar” which means “Love” by an award-winning Indian filmmaker and musician, Pranav Bhasin.

The plot gets real when he laid on the floor of an empty subway with his eyes closed as a sign of relief. He then left the train as if it had never happened. This translates as an identity that is trapped in one’s body due to the social status of a person that is determined by their career path. It represents so many New Yorkers who live in their imagination and are not able to come out due to their surroundings. New York City is a city full of artsy people such as musicians, dancers, actors, painters, filmmakers and on the other hand, it is also filled with corporate people. These two groups of people who are very different from each other, yet are so close to each other. We wonder if the path ever crossed? Sure it does, but does it show? That is the brilliant color being shown in “Manhattan Transfer”.

Watch “Manhattan Transfer” at www.tahalong.com.

About RJ Frometa

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