Howdy! Just a quick one...
Last weekend saw a busy period for two of my short films. At the THIS IS ENGLAND - ENGLISH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF ROUEN my short documentary A FILM BY ABIGAIL was screened as an RNC Special Award Nominee, and my latest piece of work THE BODY CANVAS, had its World Premiere at the first ever ZEALOUS X art exhibition in London. A FILM BY ABIGAIL didn't win the award but what a great festival to be a part of, having been selected as a representative of English cinema and also amongst some excellent short works of varying genres. Look at some of the images below to see more.
The premiere of THE BODY CANVAS also went well. To have it's first screening within the Oxo Tower Wharf on the Southbank in London was really a dream come true and a treat after working on the film for a year now. For an unfunded and unpaid piece of work, it offered a genuine sense of reward and satisfaction. The free talks were brilliant too, inspirational and insightful, with an array of distinguished guest speakers involved.
I do however, think a gallery is a strange place to screen. When it's the first time you're showing a film in public, I think you automatically look for reactions from an audience, but it doesn't work the same in these circumstances. The setting doesn't lend itself to that notion, as it's so loose. People walk in and out of the films, casual observers coming and going. A film, with the usual rituals of cinema seats/tickets/viewing the beginning & end as a complete work... are stripped away on this platform, making it equal to the other pieces it shares the space with. It becomes something hanging on a wall, rather than an event in itself. This was different, interesting and unique for me - not a bad thing necessarily - but intriguing as an experience. Of course you saw people looking and enjoying, but I can't help but think the scenes became fragments of the greater whole for them as they move on into their next room; the next piece of work to view and think about. A sort of artistic conveyor belt, to use a crap metaphor.
Thanks for reading - I have more festivals and interviews I'll announce soon! Watch this space! For now, check out some of the Twitter reactions to Zealous X and look at following who I've mentioned in the blog below:
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Internationally selected, screened and award nominated director of dance, fiction and documentary at London Short Film Festival (ICA,) LACMA, Zealous X (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. As well the cities of Toronto, Cape Town, New Orleans, Dublin, New York and St Petersburg.