Filmed during the summer of 2016, Ash is a film about the struggles of Seoul’s underground DIY music scenes. Exploring universal themes of gentrification, class, resistance, lifestyle, and culture, the film moves from the gentrified ruins of Seoul’s Hongdae neighbourhood into Club Sharp and LiveHouse GBN: two venues fighting to stay relevant while trying not to repeat the mistakes of the older generation. Part visual essay and part character study, Ash is a film of hope and purpose—a story about finding a way to live a life within a closed system.
About The Artist
A filmmaker and photographer, Ken Robinson lived in Korea from 2008 to 2015. His photographs have been published in magazines internationally in addition to being used for independent DIY albums and artwork. He has also filmed and directed music videos for online and TV broadcast. Ken’s work is focused on the documentation of sub-cultures and the use of film and photography to celebrate alternative ways of living.
The DOC NOW Festival celebrates the work of established and
emerging documentary practitioners from Ryerson University's
Master of Fine Arts program in Documentary Media. Established in 2007,
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