THE ICE CREAM MEN PREMIERING AT 4TH DOCFILM FESTIVAL
Three years ago I made a film that was a major risk. I stood on a set thinking to myself that I had created a screenplay but written no words and I had structured a story carefully but was allowing it to have a life of it's own when shooting. The film was 'The Ice Cream Men' and it has haunted me ever since I finished it.
The film is about an ice cream man who is trying to make it through the winter. He's eccentric and the film is comic, but laced in tragedy as Neville (performed impeccably by Neville Hutton) moves through the story and as the documentary filmmaker (playing myself) I delve deeper into his world. It's a "mockumentary" but I like to think it's actually a documentary, but with a fictional subject. It is now the product of hard work and perseverance - keeping the belief that you'll find a suitable home for a piece of work - however much it doesn't fit into a normal mould. It's medium length made it very risky and near impossible to enter as a short or a feature at many festivals.
'The Ice Cream Men' was a strange but rewarding world to work in and I am so damn happy that I can finally show it to people with an official screening. After a long period of time, which included a few moments when I thought the film might gain distribution, it finally has a platform and is being shown at the 4th DocFilm Fest 2013 in Leicester! The screening will take place at 6pm on SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9TH at the PHOENIX as one of only four feature films to be presented. One of them is Ken Loach's 'Spirit of 45'! Lets not forget the important things though; the first TWENTY tickets sold get a free ice cream with them and I'll also be doing a drunken unplanned informal Q&A in the bar afterwards too.
A FILM BY ABIGAIL has been selected to open The Short Cinema Film Festival 2013! The event takes place on the 28th of August at the Phoenix in Leicester and will comprise of a feature-length selection of short films. The documentary is nominated for an award in France in November and this will be a great opportunity to show the film in my hometown and keep things a little local. I'm super pleased to be a part of this and it'll be an honour to be there opening up the evening.
"Leicester’s Film Industry Showcase & Get Together. 'The Short Cinema Film Festival' Returns To Show Some Of The Best Short Films Produced By Filmmakers In The Midlands On The Big Screen." - "This year all films submitted were judged by a panel of independent industry professionals." PHOENIX WEBSITE + ALEXZANDRA JACKSON, FESTIVAL CURATOR
Find out more about The Short Cinema Film Festival 2013 HERE and don't forget that A FILM BY ABIGAIL will screen again in Leicester for DocFilm Fest 2013 in November. AND... look out for another BLOG entry coming pretty soon that'll shed light on the 'Q&A' for MARS-II that I did for an audience in India... with pretty dire results!