The Field of Magic
Life in the dump: A poem to an unknown tribe.
Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotiškės dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four year's work, the film captures the perspective of the dump dwellers in telling the story of a dissolving community, its uniqueness, daily rhythm, peculiar way of life, every-day joys and sorrows.
Mindaugas Survila. Born on February 4, 1983. In 2005 took a bachelor degree of Biology at Vilnius University, faculty of Natural sciences, and in 2007 – master degree of Ecology and environmental researches. Has been photographing nature since his childhood, and during study years he started filming. Currently works as an operator assistant of A. Kemežys. The first independent movie of Mindaugas Survila about the rare birds ospreys – “Meeting with ospreys” (2007) – was voted as the best Lithuanian documentary of nature of 2007 and received the award of film maker Petras Abukevičius.
“The Field of Magic” is the first movie of Mindaugas Survila, telling a story of people, not animals. The great observing experience, gathered through the years, should benefit in creating an original piece of documentary.
2011 „The Field of Magic“ (video, 62 min., documentary, © Monoklis) – director and cinematographer;
2006 „Meeting with spreys“ (video, documentary) – director and cinematographer.