Cinema

Students Show their Films on the Big Screen, Cube Cinema, Bristol

Excellent night last night at The Cube Cinema, Bristol. With students from FdA Film & Media Arts Production presenting their work as part of BlueScreen. Jimmy and I also showed our own shorts.

Great to see their films up on the big screen, with a packed audience and brilliant for the students to showcase their work alongside other film makers from the region. The quality and range of films is always impressive.

We plan to take even more films to the next events: March 25th and May 20th. Helps spread word amongst Film community about our course and film makers.

Short film shot entirely handheld on the Canon C100 camera. Involves zero dialogue to progress the plotting. Sorry about the sound issues.

A comedy about a group of friends deciding going out for the night.

Space is the Place - Screening - AfroFuturism - Watershed- 23/10/14

Sun Ra's Space is the place is showing at Watershed as part of their 'Afrofuturism' programme.

'Calling planet Earth, you are cordially invited to experience (or re-experience) the Sun Ra sci fi classic Space Is The Place, one of the most elusive cult music films of all time. Sun Ra was a Pharoah from another galaxy who took the form of philosophical and experimental jazz genius leader of the Intergalactic Arkestra. Travelling through the cosmos in his music fuelled spaceship, Ra discovers a planet where the 'vibrations are different', a world that might serve as a new home for the black humans from Earth, a place where they still struggle to achieve equality. Before our hero can offer the people of Oakland the chance of a new life, he must first do battle with the establishment, as well as a pimpish Devil-like figure known as The Overseer. Whilst earthbound, he manages (but of course) to play some of his most famous songs with the Arkestra. For Ra (born Herman Blount in Birmingham, Alabama, also the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), outer space wasn't just a gimmick, a convenient source of song titles and an awesome theme for outfits (there's full on glitter-Egyptian regalia, gold silk tunics and chain mail skull caps galore). It was a zone where racism didn't exist, a place where black people could make their own destinies - just imagine. This is a wonderfully strange filmic adventure, one we should all get on board for - join us for a jazz-flavoured ride into space!

With an introduction by Professor Denenge Akpem, performance artist, designer and lecturer.

Ticket prices: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions. Ticket holders also receive priority entry to the pre-film DJ set (see below).

Join us for FUTURE SHOCK, a pre-film warm up in the Café/Bar from 22:00-23:00 with DJ Food (Ninja Tune/Solid Steel), who will present a turntablist soundscape of sci-fi songs, cosmic music and retro electronic visions of a future very different from the one we live in now.'

Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' at The Watershed, Bristol, Fri 11 - Thu 24 July 2014.

Richard Linklater's latest film 'Boyhood' is showing at The Watershed, Bristol, Fri 11 - Thu 24 July 2014.

'Filmed with the same group of actors over a 12 year period from 2002 to 2013, the latest film from Richard Linklater is an engrossing one-of-a-kind epic about the ordinary: growing up, the banality of family life, and forging an identity. The film tracks 6 year old Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over life's most radically fluctuating decade, through a familiar whirl of family moves, controversies, faltering marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, scary times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder.

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play Mason's parents struggling to help Mason navigate life's non-stop flux, and watching as he emerges to head down his own road. A critical smash at this year's Sundance, Boyhood is totally unprecedented in its intimacy and quietly radical in its own unique way. What an astonishing achievement, and what an impressive feat of filmmaking from all involved - this is a film to celebrate and savour, and one that will be paying emotional dividends for a long, long time.' *Watershed