[Editing] The off switch

Being in the limelight isn’t easy. Expat funnyman Sam Hammington reveals life behind the laughs

Expat superstars

Rising foreign performers reveal the world of Korea’s entertainment industry Published March 2014 in Groove Korea Story by Emilee Jennings and Elaine Ramirez Photos by Dylan Goldby Additional reporting by Sophie Boladeras Showbiz is one of the toughest jobs out there. The glamorous celebrity life, the thing the public sees, is the product of hundreds of hours of work. Practice, filming, schmoozing, cultivating a persona — the list goes on. And if it weren’t tough enough, factor in the challenges of finding a job in a foreign country and communicating in a language you’re unfamiliar with. If you can imagine…

Just growing up

Published March 2014 in Groove Korea   Jake Patchett has learned the hard way that he is not always right. The fast-talking Brit admits he gets into trouble for being mouthy and stubborn. But a few learning experiences have taught him that sometimes you should listen to the people who know better. He also likes to play with fire. One day, while planning a stunt involving a flaming skateboard, he showed off to his crewmates a trick he learned in his U.K. days: Put a bit of lighter fluid on your hand and it bursts into flames for a split…

[Editing] Two roads to art

The journey of an artist For an artist, sometimes the creative process is inspired by curiosity, wonderment, awe of their subjects or surroundings. Other times it is fueled by reactions to love, life, pleasure, pain, culture or society. This month, Groove Korea examines the journeys of two expat visual artists with very different approaches: one an optimist who finds inspiration in observing and embracing the world around him, the other a critic of society who practices no restraint in confronting the issues relevant to himself and his peers. Wherever the artists find their muse, two characteristics propel both of their…

[Editing] ‘Lucía, Luis y el lobo’: A Dreamy Nightmare

ORIGINAL "Video art is like pornography.  In pornography anything goes as long as there's sex, just as anything filmed can be video art," said Niles Atallah, one of the three creators of Lucía, Luis y el lobo ("Lucia, luis and the wolf") With the awareness that not all video art is good, the three artists of this stop-motion film, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León, went to work.  It is difficult to explain the exact premise of the story as it is not a literally definitive piece.  Basically, the first segment, named "Lucía", involves a young girl who is…

[Editing] ‘Cocalero’ and the Journey of Evo Morales

ORIGINAL Featured at Vina Del Mar’s International Film Festival and at Santiago’s International Film Festival (SANFIC) in 2007, the important ‘Cocalero’ is returning once more to the big screen in Santiago at Cine Arte Alameda from Thursday March 19th. The stark real documentary follows the campaign of the unlikely nominated indigenous Evo Morales in the sixty day run up to the 2005 Presidential elections in Bolivia. The film traces Socialist Evo Morales finding his political strength by battling against the ‘US War on Drugs.’ With Bolivia overflowing with coca leaf plantations and the 3.6 million indigenous out of the 9…

[Editing] The Bone-Rattling Energy of Camila Moreno

ORIGINAL Combining folk, rock and pop music and a voice so strong and powerful that it gives you the chills; Camila Moreno is an inspiring new sensation in the music world. She first began composing her own music at the age of 17 and since then has been involved with various bands and recently began her solo career. Her first CD, “Al Mismo Tiempo”, came out in June this year and she continues to perform in Santiago, Valparaiso, and Coyaqui (I don’t know if that’s how you spell the city. Sounds like koi-yak-key) with her band Los Disfruto. Camila is…