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Film of the Week

Tempus features dancer and performer Kai Rapelya as he transforms the energy of a decrepit asylum into a unique rhythmic expression. Using only the tempo of the environment, Kai’s movements render him one with this timeless monument.

The film was an official selection at NFFTY 2013 and screened at the opening night gala.

A note from the filmmakers: From conception, to principle photography, to post-production, Tempus was completed within 48 hours. With access to an abandoned asylum, a Sony FS700, and $50, we crafted this short project with only the natural environment provided to us. Every shot in the film is straight from the camera with no color grading of any kind. Our goal was to produce an eerie and unsettling, yet captivating piece with limited resources. We hope you enjoy.

TEMPUS – Sony FS700 from Jake Oleson on Vimeo.

About the directors:


Jake Oleson, age 18, is a New Jersey based filmmaker, photographer and graphic designer. He works as a freelancer striving to create professional content that reflects the passion he has for his craft. He also directed the NFFTY 2013 films Look Up and The Greatest Show on Earth.

Jake’s website
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Charles Frank, age 18, had an early appreciation for the use of film as a medium for self-expression and spent the better part of his adolescence crafting the unique way he visualizes and interprets character motivations. His passion lies in directing and editing and frequently wears both hats on the films he makes. He is currently finishing up a residency at the Emmy Award-winning StillMotion in Portland, OR, and plans on directing a short film centered around the role of masculinity in sports this upcoming spring. He also directed the NFFTY 2013 film Doodle.

Charles’ website

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