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Local filmmaker OKJ to make theatrical debut with documentary film at Golden Village Vivocity on Aug 7

The 28-minute documentary, titled ‘A Feeling of Music Playing’, will be screened for one-night at the 602-seater GVMax.

Kirby Tan

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Published: 20 July 2023, 2:29 PM

A 28-minute documentary featuring an unrehearsed jam session using traditional instruments will be screened at Golden Village Vivocity on Aug 7, 9pm. This marks director Ong Kah Jing’s (OKJ) theatrical debut.

Titled A Feeling of Music Playing, the documentary features four musicians playing traditional Chinese musical instruments Guzheng, Dizi and Pipa and traditional Indian musical instrument Tabla in Eng Tiang Huat Chinese Cultural Shop. The shop is owned by Jeffrey Eng, who is also the documentary’s host.

Dubbed as an experiential documentary, OKJ hopes the film will allow non-musicians to appreciate what musicians found to be impossible to describe – the feelings they experience when playing music. 

Prior to filming this documentary, the four musicians –  Mohamed Faizal, Govin Tan, Choo WeiKang Gildon and Tong Wei Jie – had never played together before. 

The director, who had self-funded this 17-month production said: “The unique challenge with this work comes from the fact that there is no way to predict how a jamming session amongst musicians would turn out. And that was what made this work special.”

A Feeling of Music Playing had been previously showcased at a self-funded, mobile pop-up cinema. After its screening in GVMax, the film will continue its nationwide tour, with plans to go international in 2024. 

Tickets for the screening are priced at $20 each. Audience members will also receive an exclusive edition of the film’s poster and gain access to a special Q&A session with the cast and crew.

The film will be screened at the 602-seater GVMax at Golden Village Vivocity, Singapore’s largest Dolby Atmos cinema. Tickets can be purchased through Golden Village’s website.

OKJ is a two-time National Youth Film Awards winner. He was awarded Best Film (Non-media Student category) in 2017, and Best Documentary and Best Sound in the 2019 Open Youth category. He was also nominated in 2020, 2022 and 2023.

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