Staying true to our philosophy of shifting boundaries and leaving comfort zones behind, we sent out Berlin-Köpenick's own ROMANO as well as filmmakers JAKOB GRUNERT, MORITZ FRIEDRICH and RAPHAEL BEINDER to embark on a journey to the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong.
Whenever like-minded creative individuals are put into a titanium tube to be flown to the other side of the world at nearly the speed of sound, new ideas are formed, new visions created. So as they stepped onto the Hongkong tarmac, what was once set into stone suddenly was a thing of the past – as the old plans faded, new ones had to be made.
Under the influence of Hongkong's brightly lit neon-signs, the crowded streets, food stalls and copy shops, Romano set out on an autobiographical journey, testing the boundaries between what is fake and what is real. And what it means to be working in a copyshop. What it means to #copycopy a copy of a copy of a copy.
Romano – Copyshop feat. MastaMic
Through an already well established network, they met up with rapper MastaMic and artist and producer Friendly Liu. Their cooperation led to a 11-minute film that is neither music video nor documentary while being both at the same time.
Shot in sequences that alternate between interview and performance, the short-film tells a story about clichés, life in the big city and creative spaces.
It premiered in Berlin’s Kino Central on June 21, 2017 to a crowd of hand-picked Journalists, Bloggers and Artists. After the screening, ROMANO spontaneously took the stage and performed several of his songs.
While at first only being thought of as a standalone project, the experience in Hongkong has made such a long lasting impression on him and everyone involved, that a whole record titled COPYSHOP was created.
On June 22 2017, the film was made available digitally and has since gathered more than 100.000 views thereby proving once more that international collaboration fueled by #ubermut will lead to success.