Award-Winning Artist and Emmy-Winning Producer Premiere Fine Art Film on Closing Night of 2022 Asian World Film Festival

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Sir Daniel Winn and Georges N. Chamchoum Share Artistic Philosophy of “Existential Surrealism” by Screening Short Film “Creation” at Directors Guild of America

Blue-chip artist and owner of Winn Slavin Fine Art Gallery of Beverly Hills, Sir Daniel Winn, premiered his first art film Creation as part of the 2022 Asian World Film Festival (AWFF). Creation screened on November 17th in conjunction with the AWFF screening of the festival’s closing film Decision to Leave, directed by Park Chan-wook, at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in West Hollywood, CA.

Directed by Angel E. Vera of veraONEproductions and produced by Emmy-winning producer Georges N. Chamchoum, Creation is an experimental, visually stylized short that expresses Sir Daniel Winn’s artist philosophy of “Existential Surrealism.”

“After an 8-year hiatus, I never thought I would be immersed in one of the most challenging artistic creations of my 54 years in the movie business,” states Chamchoum. “Working with Sir Daniel is like living in his mind and heart—a kaleidoscope, a world of color, emotions and creativity in the purest sense of these attributes. Creation is a feast for the eyes and ears. Creation is an esoteric trip. Creation is a unique experience that digs deep into your soul!”

Through an array of visuals, music, dance, and art, the film follows an artist as he enters our realm by way of a mysterious portal. Upon entering, the artist begins with a meditation process which presents him with inspirational visions. After finding his inspiration, he begins his “creation.” What starts with such earthly elements as dirt and clay is ultimately fashioned into breathtaking sculptures of two nude forms, female and male, consisting of bronze, lucite, and stainless steel. At the end of the film, the artist returns to the desert to meet his creations once more where “Femme” and “Homme” stand on their own in the isolated surroundings as the artist makes his way through a mountainous environment toward the ocean and ultimately back to the portal, leaving his creations behind.

“Creation is all about contrast,” states Winn. “In fact, its tagline is ‘Creation begins where destruction ends.’ This is an essential concept in the film. Light and dark, life and death, hot and cold, arid and lush, organic and inorganic, masculine and feminine. The dichotomies of these opposing factors and that fact that one without the other would have no significance is an underlying idea expressed in the film.”

Shot in such locations as Hollywood, Big Sur, Orange County, and Joshua Tree, Creation chooses to tell its story without dialogue, relying instead on music and a visual language so its message can be observed and understood internationally. By way of symbolism alluding to such subjects as philosophy, religion, science, spirituality, and mathematics, the story’s meaning is purposely left to the subjective interpretation of the viewer.

Creation premiered on closing night of the AWFF, Thursday, November 17th at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex at 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. The evening consisted of red-carpet arrivals, a VIP reception, and the premiere of Creation followed by a screening of the AWFF’s closing film Decision to Leave. After the screening, there was a Q&A held by Creation’s filmmakers that included Sir Daniel Winn, Executive Producer Randall J. Slavin, director Angel E. Vera, and director of photography Jordan Schulz. Creation will be submitted to numerous upcoming international film festivals.

About Sir Daniel Winn:
Sir Daniel K. Winn is an internationally recognized blue-chip artist, fine-art curator, awarded entrepreneur, and highly respected philanthropist. In recognition of his direct support to humanitarian causes, having directly assisted in raising millions of dollars for non-profit aid in the United States and Asia, Winn was honored with the prestigious title of “Sir” when knighted in 2018 under the Princely House of Schaumburg-Lippe-Nachod. As a child refugee to the United States from Vietnam, Winn studied medicine at UCII; but broke from family expectations and set out to pursue a life in the world of art. He went on to work with a number of artists, elevating them to blue-chip museum caliber, in addition to developing his own artistic philosophy, “Existential Surrealism.” Winn’s work has since been featured at esteemed exhibitions worldwide. Among many other distinctions, he is the Board Chairman of The Academy of Fine Art Foundation, CEO and curator of Masterpiece Publishing, Inc., and Founder of Winn Slavin Fine Art, one of the most prestigious art galleries in Beverly Hills. In 2019, the NEST Foundation in Hollywood also awarded Daniel Winn the “Philanthropic Artist of the Year.” For more information on Sir Daniel K. Winn, please visit: sirdanielwinn.com and winnslavin.com.

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