The Silly Box. Inspiration for creative minds



INSPIRATIONAL FILMS FOR CREATIVE MINDS.
The Silly Box is an audiovisual incubator developed by Asensio Comunicació Visual. In this breeding space, you can see the work-in-progress of projects related to creativity and the arts. Stay posted at @thesillybox.



SINS
Your mind is your worst enemy


Currently in production, a new series of short fiction films produced, written, and directed by Guillermo Asensio, featuring Marta Blanc. The seven deadly sins are the starting point for this expressionist audiovisual exercise that aims to explore the fuzzy area between what we experience and what we simply imagine. Seven compelling stories will delve into our base passions to muse on the human condition and the relevance of virtue in the modern day.


Status
In production

Genre
Fiction / experimental

Running time
7 episodes of 3' 28"





ANAGAMA
An ode to stillness, beauty and nature


Born in Taiwan and raised in Scotland by her adoptive British parents, Chen su li (Nancy Fuller) is searching for her place in the world. When she discovers the ancient Japanese tradition of wood fired ceramics in an anagama kiln, her life shifts into focus and her path out of the shadows begins to take shape. Nancy Fuller has become a key figure in British ceramics and regularly exhibits with the most prestigious galleries in the United Kingdom.






Status
Finished.
On festival circuit

World premiere at
BIG SKY Documentary Film Festival. Montana (USA).

European Premiere
Available

Genre
Documentary

Running time
61 minutes

MUD Think Tank

The Mud Think Tank is a series of short film capsules in which the ceramicist Emma Darby and filmmaker Guillermo Asensio work side by side exploring universal concepts that arise from the act of creating in clay. Stimulating bursts of ideas and images for anyone with creativity on the brain.


Language
English

Subtitles
English, Spanish





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Duration.3'

Watch Emma throw a big bowl on the potter’s wheel and join her on a trip to the market in Barcelona as she reflects on the role of emotion as the bridge between artist and viewer.





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Duration.3'

Repetition is a crucial part of learning. But once the necessary skills have been acquired, repetition can sometimes fall into complacency, leaving us stuck in a creative rut.





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Duration.3'

An expressionist film and collection of ceramic vessels reflecting on the challenge we all face to find balance, meaning and safety in an increasingly uncertain world.





The Hero Myth.
An unscripted musical road movie.

The legacy of an enigmatic instrument maker who seduced musicians, music lovers and even a film crew with his unconventional ways and unique multi-stringed violins. This unscripted musical road movie takes you from Catalonia across to Switzerland, Hungary and India to discover the extraordinary music that the owners of these violins play. But as the musicians reflect on friendship, life, death and their art, some unexpected details emerge that call our charismatic hero into question.

Language
English and Spanish

Subtitles
English and Spanish





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Duration.40'

An emotionally charged visit to the studio of the violin maker Ricard Margarit, several months after his premature death. The Venezuelan violinist and conductor Ernesto Briceño shows us the unusual violins and other stringed instruments that Ricard had spent his lifetime working on.

Zoltán Lantos, the Hungarian violinist, was like a brother to Ricard Margarit. Listen to Lantos playing his own superb Indian raga while he explains why, as a talented virtuoso, he turned his back on probable success in the world of classical music to pursue his interest in jazz and Indian music.





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Duration. 28'

The music of the avant-garde Swiss violinist Paul Giger will not leave you indifferent. Giger puts his violins through their paces to obtain their maximum expression and diversity of sound. In between fielding difficult questions about his spirituality, he puts on a concert just for us at his local church.





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Duration. 33'

India is the place that connects Ricard Margarit with all of the musicians that own his unusual violins. The celebrity Indian violinist L. Subramaniam tells us about narrowly escaping with his life from Sri Lanka as a child and how one day Ricard Margarit came knocking at his door.





Mudmakers Docs

Burnt out by the fast-paced digital world? Want to reconnect with yourself and the tangible world? If so, this inspiring series is for you. Immerse yourself in moving stories about clay artists around the world and learn how the act of making has the power to transform and give meaning to our lives.


A land of wild clay

Julia and Milena leave their lives in Barcelona to go and research native clays in the backwater wilderness of Southern Spain. An uplifting story about reconnecting with your origins as a way towards a meaningful future.

Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English





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Duration.9'

Find out how Julia and Milena got started on their wild clay adventure and join them as they forage for clay close to their studio in the hills of Almeria, Spain.





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Duration.11'

Take a trip to the hidden canyons of Almería. See Julia and Milena going through the stages of processing, shaping, glazing and firing their foraged clay and listen to the ups and downs of hitting on a good clay formula.





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Duration.7'

Julia and Milena take us to their favourite clay location, give us some pointers about finding wild clay and talk about how their project has helped to ground and connect them on a human level.





Architecture Dialogues

An initiative to share ideas and push towards more environmentally responsible architecture.


The project is centred on a series of video interviews with renowned architects and experts from the building trade. In these interviews, experienced and emerging professionals talk about innovative solutions they’ve come up with to tackle real construction challenges they’ve faced. We hope this shared experience will inspire communication and collaboration between all players in the trade with a view to building a more sustainable future.

Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English
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Daniel Isern. Architect

Duration.7'

Ugly, too high, and at the same time, too low, and above all, unbearably noisy… what else can you ask for?

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Carlos Lamela. Architect

Duration.5'

Nowadays we’ve all seen that it’s practically a shopping centre, where you sometimes catch a plane. I’m joking of course, but the economic factor now has a major influence on the way an airport is built.



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Felip Pich-Aguilera. Architect

Duration.6'

Respect for the environment as a value we must manage has become a social consensus, architecture should seek alternatives that provide a more stimulating relationship with nature and a more honest application of natural resources, which can give us objective guidelines to address planning and construction technology from a contemporary appreciation.





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New Protos wineries

Duration.5'

We speak to Antonio Paniagua, an architect who’s ditched his ego to create a winery which literally disappears into the hill to allow the surrounding vineyards, castle of Peñafiel and earlier cellar by Richard Rogers to take centre stage.







Beyond the stars

An insider’s view of the hospitality trade.


We bring you candid chats with hospitality professionals that have made a valuable contribution to the trade. This exclusive series of insights is essential viewing for anyone setting up or wanting to refocus a hotel, restaurant or bar.

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Language
Spanish

Subtitles
English





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Disfrutar Restaurant

Duration.17'

Since tentatively starting out with their first restaurant Compartir, it wasn’t until five years later that Oriol Castro, Mateu Casañas and Eduard Xatruch acquired the business know-how, means and community to serve the vanguard cuisine they have a flair for.






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The Silly Box is an audiovisual incubator developed by Asensio Comunicació Visual. In this breeding space, you can see the work-in-progress of projects related to creativity and the arts.