University of Central Florida Publishes The Divine Visions of Hildegard von Bingen // Shaftesbury Avenue & Lisbon Screenings
Thanks for your interest in my work - after a busy couple of months it's time for an update before Christmas! My latest short film The Divine Visions of Hildegard von Bingen has been published on the Aquifer: Florida Review, a publication ran through the University of Central Florida. It has mainly been focussed on celebrating literary works from short stories to poetry but has started to expand into multimedia with a desire in sharing interesting short films.
Following its premiere at the event it was originally commissioned for: the Filthy Lucre organised and created Lingua Ignota whose theme was invented languages at Hackney Showroom, The Divine Visions of Hildegard von Bingen screened this time within the breathtaking setting of Stone Nest amongst the theatre glitz of Shaftesbury Avenue in October for the Filthy Lucre Fundraiser. The film was accompanied by incredible live vocals from Lucy Cox of the SANSARA Choir and Joe Bates on the synthesiser playing Hildegard's original music arranged by him. I simply couldn't of been happier with the screening. The audience was comfortable, content and concentrated on all the work presented and discussed, making it one of my absolute favourite times to be in attendance at a showing of my work - it was really gratifying that people wanted to discuss the film with me after and the compliments I received on their enjoyment or intrigue towards it. When you work on something so long and hard, like any creative endeavour, when aspects come together so well with the people, venue and performers it's truly a blessing - I am grateful for the experience and appreciation on the night. If I couldn't be more thankful for showcasing my work; my Lost In The Nameless City prints and postcards were on sale at the merchandise table and really liked the framing that was done with the cityscapes (see below right).
In November the film screened in Portugal at the Lisbon Film Rendezvous which champions abstract or neglected films. I didn't get any details on the screening to talk of, but on paper it was great for Hildegard to be in the company of lots of international and varied types of films produced in countries such as Korea, Serbia, India, Brazil and Iran (see below right). Thanks for reading! Follow me on Instagram @paulfilmmaker.
I haven't posted on here in over a month!? I'll be discussing the recent screenings of The Divine Visions of Hildegard von Bingen in Lisbon and at the Stone Nest on Shaftesbury Avenue soon plus an unannounced exciting bit of news for the film.
Before that, another kind of work I put my time into and two reasons I've been so busy; I've had a flurry of work assisting on commercials with companies 3angrymen and Sassy Films. Here are two from Sassy: music video for the remarkable Sony-signed group Kingdom Choir that sang at the royal wedding and for "Ruby Wax's No-Brainer" audiobook original for Audible.
I'm looking forward to sharing more commercial shoots I've been a part of recently for clients Sky, NSPCC and the Scouts as soon as it's available to share online. I was happy to see the Audible commercial appear on ITV the other day whilst I watched a show - I wasn't aware that would be a destination for it! It's rewarding to see work just pop up naturally when you aren't looking for intentionally. Ruby Wax was a pleasure to work with, as funny as you'd expect and super professional. The Kingdom Choir's voices are nothing short of phenomenal to hear in person, genuine talents and such nice people - I don't think they made a single mistake in their singing during the entire two day shoot!
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Cinetekton International Film & Architecture Festival - Lost In The Nameless City Screening Twice TODAY
Lost In The Nameless City screens today in competition at the 2018 edition of Cinetekton! International Film & Architecture Festival in Puebla, Mexico at 2pm and 8pm. The festival is two days in and will conclude on October 6th.
It is an honour to have my film selected and it's doubly rewarding as feature documentary New Town Utopia that I worked on is in competition in the international feature film category. Special thanks to Filthy Lucre who commissioned me to create the film and supported its process. Lost In The Nameless City premiered in New York at the Artists Forum Festival of The Moving Image and was an Experimental Award winner in Romania.
If you'd like to support me and my collaborators Filthy Lucre directly, who are a charitable entity, we'd love you to browse the prints and postcards of the film's imagery made available to buy from their MERCHANDISE page. See below for examples.
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Cinetekton! International Film & Architecture Festival official selection for Lost In The Nameless City
Lost In The Nameless City is in the official selection of the 2018 edition of Cinetekton! International Film & Architecture Festival taking place from the 25th to 29th of September across the pond in Puebla, Mexico!
The film is in competition in the international short documentary category with only nine other films. Lost In The Nameless City premiered at the end of 2017 in New York in competition at the Artists Forum Festival of The Moving Image and was the winner of an Experimental Award in Romania (12 Months Film Festival).
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Postcards From The 48% UK Release Tonight Following Edinburgh International Film Festival World Premiere
Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival a few weeks ago; Postcards From The 48% is having its official UK release in July and screens TODAY this evening at the Genesis Cinema in London at 20:45. Remaining (no pun intended) tickets can be purchased online here. Watch the trailer from Guerilla Films below.
Guerilla Films honcho David Wilkinson gathers and binds a pretty much unarguable
The documentary screens until late August across the UK and Ireland in Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield, Dublin, Brighton, Nottingham, Manchester, York, Cardiff, Oxford and Liverpool among many others including multiple London venues with details in the poster below.
I've been working on the film as a 1st assistant director on many of its segments since early 2017. It's going to be great to see it on screen at the cinema finally and a culmination of a lot of hard work from the crew for the film to be completed as well as those featuring in the documentary fighting to keep the conversation alive of staying within the EU and the serious tangible consequences we face leaving it.
Feature documentary Postcards From The 48% screened a few days ago within the European Parliament and culminated in a standing ovation. Through much of 2017 and briefly into 2018 I was 1st assistant director on the film, shooting across multiple London locations and in Dover. The film travels to Ireland, Wales and other places with the threat and negative effects of Brexit looming or in full swing, and is told from the point of view of those who voted to remain a part of the EU, as well as created by them entirely.
The film releases in cinemas later in the year. Thanks for reading.
A feature documentary that I worked on - New Town Utopia - screens at the East End Film Festival on April 14th, in Birmingham at the Flatpack Film Festival on April 18th and following that a West End preview at Picturehouse Central before its cinema release. All the screenings are planned to have Q&As with director Christopher Smith and at some the cast of characters and artists from Basildon are expected to take part as well.
A journey through memory, place and performance… through utopian dreams and concrete realities… the challenging, funny, and sometimes tragic story of the British new town of Basildon, Essex. Facing austerity, adversity and personal battles the citizens of Basildon are driven by a creative spirit to help their community through art, poetry, music and some rather angry puppets. Featuring Oscar-winning Jim Broadbent as the voice of Lewis Silkin MP.
Having recently seen the finished film, I can tell you that it's a fantastic testament to the people of Basildon and a unique document exploring the conception of the "new town". It portrays a genuine and inherently unique place in a dreamlike tour of testimony and history with honesty, detail and artistry. The Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent delivers the layered voice of optimism and oppression as Lewis Silkin MP throughout.
New Town Utopia was a pleasure to work on and my first feature film. I was a production assistant helping the director shoot interviews in Basildon and I also edited an early version of a trailer which helped towards the crowd-funding campaign. Christopher Smith is a super hard-working director and he's crafted a brilliant debut feature. Having stayed in touch with him for the time in which the film has been in production and then in post, I am happy to see it featured at festivals and look forward to following its progressing future. Thanks for reading - watch the trailer below and then book your tickets!
The last few months I've been working on a new film commissioned by Filthy Lucre for the event LINGUA IGNOTA themed on imagined languages; my interpretation of the divine visions of German nun Hildegard von Bingen. My film will be musically accompanied entirely by a vocalist and synthesiser. The event is this coming Saturday the 24th of February at Hackney Showroom. Tickets Available Online.
It was a challenge to make the film (as are all films) especially in the early stages as I conceptualised with my research on Hildegard's prolific and creative life many hundreds of years ago. In particular the task of visualising these visions which resulted in the creation of fresh language, paintings, science and music felt very daunting. I've aimed to give the audience a sensory experience and offer narrative moving through the stages of the visions.
Come and see the results of my work this Saturday and a night of music you won't hear anywhere else in the country, let alone London! Photo prints from my previous Filthy Lucre film commission which premiered in New York in October 2017 and earlier in the year won an Experimental Award entitled Lost In The Nameless City will be on sale at the event. They can be purchased online as merchandise on their website too.
Thanks for the support and reading this blog. See you on Saturday.
World Premiere of Råjberg Mile Migrates & London Premiere of Lost In The Nameless City at The Play Space
Next Thursday December 14th The Play Space / The Flying Dutchman will host two premiere screenings of my film work: the London premiere of Lost In The Nameless City and the world premiere of Råjberg Mile Migrates (the latter co-directed with Julie Schmidt Andreasen). Following on from its Artists Forum of The Moving Image selection in New York in October, I'm overjoyed to screen Lost In The Nameless City in London, the city of which the film observes.
Råjberg Mile Migrates is a short dance film I shot on the high hills of the Råjberg Mile desert dunes in farthest North Denmark, made whilst out there shooting a separate video commission for Skagens Museum supported by the Danish Arts Foundation. The Play Space screenings marks the second in London I'll be attending this month after last week's Exploding Cinema and the last of 2017. Mark yourself as interested and find out more details such as the other films showing on the Facebook event.
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Like a Terminator rising from ashes... I had assumed that after its last festival screening in 2016 that A Film By Abigail would not be shown again for some time but it will be a part of Exploding Cinema at The Horse Hospital this Saturday which looks to be a great event.
And... I must admit I forgot something that happened earlier in the year; A Film By Abigail was the winner of the Documentary 2nd Prize award in Romania at the 12 Months Film Festival. A lot was happening at the time and I must have been preoccupied with other projects and work. I only went and didn't mention it! Well, there it is and to coincide with what would appear to be a last hurrah for the short documentary.
A Film By Abigail premiered in 2012 as a opening film of a showcase at BAFTA and subsequently went on to feature in official selections of London Short FIlm Festival at the ICA, Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival at LACMA, New Orleans International Children's Film Festival, San Diego Comic-Con and most recently at Chinh India Kids Film Festival 2016 in New Delhi. It has also been exhibited in galleries including in London, used in a Danish film competition for Doc Lounge, been award nominated internationally in countries such as France and Russia, opened and closed programmes / festivals including in Germany and was featured in the art curriculum of a New York school for an example of international cinema.
London's Ironic Exploding Cinema returns ... another night of Independent, Underground, Experimental short film. There's no knowing what will grace the screen in the room where horses once recovered from whatever Victorian London could throw at it. There's also no knowing whether YOU the audience will be in any state of recovery after FILMS, PRIZES, PSYCHEDELIC PROJECTIONS and OUTLANDISH LIVE ACTS have trotted through your brain for our amusement.
I will be attending Exploding Cinema - it's not often (in fact nearly never) that screenings of my work are actually in the UK, so I'm looking forward to going and seeing the film with an audience. I'll be making announcements regarding newly commissioned video work I'll be creating for 2018 very soon and there's more official selections at events / festivals for Lost In The Nameless City I'm yet to share. Sincerely thanks for reading and supporting!
Award winning and internationally selected director of dance, fiction, experimental and documentary films with screening highlights of London Short Film Festival at the ICA, LACMA, Zealous X exhibition (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. His work has broadcast on BBC One and ikono TV.