The Ephemerist

“Ne détruisez jamais un document” Ferdinand Vander Haeghen (1830 – 1913) pleaded when he started the archive “vliegende bladen” (ephemera) as a Ghent university librarian in the 19th century. It is a bizarre hotchpotch of a wide variety of objects,…

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“Ne détruisez jamais un document” Ferdinand Vander Haeghen (1830 – 1913) pleaded when he started the archive “vliegende bladen” (ephemera) as a Ghent university librarian in the 19th century. It is a bizarre hotchpotch of a wide variety of objects, including a parrot’s wing, orange wrappers, bags for bread, but also books that were considered lost, fragile porcelain business cards and prestigious publicity pamphlets. Following the footsteps of this somewhat eccentric, yet visionary bibliophile, the filmmakers plunge themselves into the abundant archive in order to evoke the Veldstraat in Ghent. Flirting with reality and fiction, Didier Volckaert and An van. Dienderen used old animation techniques and digital image processing. Patissier Bloch, workers of Inno Galeria/GB, managers of the many stores, the director of Monument Care, and the current directing librarian tell their stories about how drastically the daily life in the Veldstraat changed over the years.

Commissioned by Gent Cultuurstad

AWARDS

2006– Honorary Nomination Award Cultural heritage 2006 Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen (BE)2005– Nomination Award best Belgian documentary 2005 and 2006 (BE)

SCREENINGS

2011– 11/2010 — 09/2011: Gent Expo with the film ‘The ephemerist’ in OCMW woonzorgcentra with STAM museum heritage, OCMW Gent, Universiteit Gent (BE)
2009– AVS TV screening (BE)
2005– University of West-Kentucky (US)– UC Berkeley (US)
2004– Veldstraat project Gent Cultuurcel (BE)– Film museum Brussels (BE)

Year 2005
Duration 00:36:15
Language English, Flemish, French
Subtitels English, Flemish, French
Directors Didier Volckaert and An van. Dienderen
Contactcontact@anvandienderen.net
Director and Script Didier Volckaert An van. Dienderen
Co-Director and Producer Assistant Josephine Schreibers
Voice Stefan Hertmans
Animation Tom Olieslagers, Rupert Defossez, Stijn Debruyne, Reinhart Cosaert
Digital Compositing, Special Effect Reinhart Cosaert
Research Josephine Schreibers, Wout De Vuyst, Yana-Frauke Vandendriessche, An van. Dienderen
Editing advice‘Doctor’ Rudi Maerten
Mixeur Yves De Mey

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