Bamseom Pirates, Seoul Inferno is a film about two young Korean musicians who challenge to the establishment and their passion for music.
Bassist Jang Sung-geon (age 28) and drummer Kwon Yong-man (age 30) met online in 2010 and formed a band called Bamseom Pirates with the intention of producing a kind of music befitting for a society in which everyone blindly pursues financial gain. During their first gig they performed one hundred songs in ten minutes and the crowd responded enthusiastically. Gradually, Bamseom Pirates gained fame. Then one day when they performed at a protest against a forced eviction, thugs hired by developers damaged their instruments. Kwon and Jang were outraged by it. Soon after, Park Jung-geun, a good friend of Bamseom Pirates who produced the band’s album, was arrested for violating the National Security Law and their album Seoul Inferno was presented as evidence and Kwon attended the trial as a witness.
Born in 1981 in Seoul, South Korea, Jung has a BFA in Visual Arts Studies and a MFA in Documentary Filmmaking from the Korea National University of Arts. As an artist and a filmmaker, he has been continuously asking critical questions about the public nature of the state and society through the form of art and documentary. His artistic projects and short films were exhibited at the Vancouver Film Festival in 2010 and the Gwangju Biennale in 2012. His first feature, Non-Fiction Diary, which deals with Korea’s first serial murder case in the 1990s, was selected for the Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2014 and won various international awards including the BIFF Mecenat Award for the best Korean documentary at the Busan International Film Festival (2013), the Official Noves Visions Best Feature Length Non-Fiction Film at SITGES – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (2014) and the Berlin International Film Festival NETPAC Award (2014).
Born in 1986 in Daejeon, South Korea, Jo studied Fine Arts and Social Sciences at Yonsei University. Her career in film production began with a Belgium-Korean co-production project, Reach for the SKY which screened in 2015 Busan International Film Festival, where she was a production manager. She is working as a producer for Bamseom Pirates Seoul Inferno and has several feature documentaries and a cross-media project in development and production.
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