Interview with Filmmaker Keith Sargent (TODAY I WROTE NOTHING)

Russian absurdist writing made flesh from the beautiful micro-fiction words of early soviet avant garde writer Daniil Kharms.

Interview with Keith Sargent

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The writings of Daniil Kharms, a Soviet absurdist who died young in an asylum.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

I’ve been making a longer version, on and off for a year now. This version took three days but used a lot of the better footage from the longer version.

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?

Dead absurd.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced when completing this film?

Motivation and time. I want to make a longer version called fly on shit but I’ll need funding for that, this film today I wrote nothing is a kind of advert/taster of the final 40 minute plus version.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Really enjoyed it. The audience picked up on a lot of the smaller details and that was pleasing. Wanting to rewatch the film is the best compliment.

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

Early, probably 12. My dad had a super 8 camera and we used to have screening in front of farm family in Finland projected onto cotton bedsheets. It was magical, even without sound.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Blade Runner

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

Just promotion really, get it in front of others, increase audience…

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?

Very easy, functional, smooth.

10. What is your favorite meal?


11. What is next for you? A new film?

More of the same: bigger, longer, more stupid version. Actually working on artworks for installations in Berlin and Margate.

Director Biography – Keith Sargent

Keith Sargent lives and works on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. He studied at Bath Academy of Art (1986) and at the Royal College of Art (1988). He is an artist, filmmaker, graphic designer and educator.

His films have won awards internationally: Award winner (Experimental), L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata, India. 2020, Award winner (Best Director), Luis Bunuel film festival, Mumbai, India. 2021. Award winner, Best VR/360 film, L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata, India. 2020. Award winner (Short film), L’Age d’Or International Arthouse Film Festival, Kolkata, India. 2020

Award winner, Best VR/360 film, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain. 2020, Award winner (best short film), Wildsounds Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA. 2021, Award winner (best animation), Eastern Europe Film Festival, Romania. 2021.

His films have been shown at Vienna Science Film Festival, Vienna, Austria. 2020, Aesthetica Film Festival, York, UK. 2020, FIVARS – Festival of International Virtual & Augmented Reality Stories, Toronto, Canada. 2020, The International 3D-stereo Film Festival, Moscow, Russia. 2020, Semi-finalist, Blackbird film festival, New York, USA. 2021, Global lift-off festival extravaganza, Pinewood, London. 2021, Human Rights Film Network, Dox: Prague, Czech Republic. 2021, Global lift-off festival, Berlin, Germany. 2021, Anifilm, Liberec, Czech Republic. 2021, Mumbai International Film Awards, Mumbai, India. 2021, G independent Film festival, Melbourne, Australia. 2021, Sweden film awards, Lulea, Sweden. 2020, Blacksphere festival, Prague, Czech Republic. 2020, London Rocks Film Festival, London, UK. 2020, Quarantini film Awards, Hollywood, USA. 2020, Madrid film awards, Madrid, Spain. 2021, The Continental film festival, New York, USA. 2021, Mumbai International Film Awards, Mumbai, India. 2021, Istanbul international film festival, Turkey. 2021, 60 seconds or less film festival, Maryland, USA. 2021. Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Kino Babylon, Berlin (2012, 2014, 2020); Void Network, Embros, Athens (2011, 2012, 2020); Sweden Film Awards, Folkets Bio Royal Lulea, Sweden (2020); Vienna Science Film Festival, Schikaneder Theatre, Vienna (2020); Liberated Words, Arnolfini, Bristol (2014); Bath Mix, Corsham Court, Bath (2013); Visible Verse, Vancouver (2012).

Seers & Sargent have shown internationally including inNowhere Less Now3 [flying saucer], Sharjah Art Foundation (2020); Care(less), Fabrica, Brighton (2019), Care(less), frequency festival,

Lincoln Castle, Lincoln (2020), Care(less), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2020); Care(less), Bath Alumni, Bath Spa University, Bath (2020); Plicnik Space Initiative online virtual space show, film Anomaly 4 for one year, Earth(2020–2021).

Vanishing Twin (Tetragametic Chimerism), Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2019); 2052 Selves [a biography], Knole House, UK (2018).


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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