Cinema meets live music at this hybrid event mixing found footage with electric results.
New London Date!
Tonight We Go A-Gleaning @ London Short Film Festival
Roxy Bar & Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB
Thursday 13 January 2011
8pm, £4 on the door. Nearest Tube: London Bridge / Borough
An evening of recent artists’ films using moving image archives, featuring the London premiere of the Gleaners project, commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices.
Experimental filmmakers Jenna Collins and Sam Meech present two new kaleidoscopic short films, made during residencies in the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Diving into the amateur fiction footage, Jenna Collins arrives at a new film that focuses on accent, atmosphere and what might be just over the North West horizon.
Meanwhile, building up a classic narrative with a dream-inflected twist, Sam Meech’s epic collage will be narrated live by poet Nathan Jones of the Mercy Collective, with a score by Carl Brown of Wave Machines.
An accompanying programme of short films will expand on the spectrum of artistic approaches to mixing found footage with electric results, including films from Jordan Baseman, Louise K Wilson, Sarah Wood and Dave Griffiths. Curated by Kate Taylor.
See the AP Engine round-up for a pick of some of the other artists’ moving image highlights at the London Short Film Festival.
Gleaners films are touring across the North West with live performed soundtracks. .
New Continental, Preston
Tuesday 2 November 2010
South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR1 8JP
8pm, £4, Tickets: 01772 499425
The Cooperative, Liverpool
Friday 4 November 2010
The Old Paint Shop, 28-32 Renshaw Street, Liverpool L1 4EF
8pm, £5, Tickets on the door
Wednesday 1st December
Cheshire date, venue to be confirmed
Abandon Normal Devices present:
Gleaners: Archive Remix & Live Soundtracks
Experimental filmmakers Jenna Collins and Sam Meech present two new kaleidoscopic short films, made during their Gleaners residencies in the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, premiering here with live soundtracks from cutting edge North West musicians.
Reconstructing stories and performances, places and props from the amateur fiction fiction film within the archive, Jenna Collins arrives at a new film that focuses on accent, atmosphere and what might be just over the North West horizon. In equal parts hypnotic and disruptive, the film will feature the live performance of new work by composer and multi-instrumentalist Seaming To, known by many for her collaborations with Graham Massey and Homelife (Ninja Tune), and The Cinematic Orchestra.
Using dozens of archive clips, Liverpool’s prince of videosmithery, Sam Meech, builds up a classic narrative based on the story of Noahs’ Ark, with a dream-inflected twist. This epic journey to the promised land will be narrated live by poet Nathan Jones of the Mercy collective with a score by Carl Brown of Wave Machines (Neapolitan), in a well regarded creative partnership that was described as ‘strident dramatic and compelling’ by The Londonist.
8pm, Monday 4th October 2010
The King’s Arms, 11 Bloom St, Salford, M3 6AN
£7.50 / £5.50, Cornerhouse Box Office: 0161 200 1500
Gleaners in conversation
6pm, Tuesday 5th October 2010
Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH
Free, Cornerhouse Box Office: 0161 200 1500
Archive collections are treasure troves for magpie filmmakers, with artists increasingly adept at remixing and re-appropriating existing footage for poetic or political effect. Jenna Collins and Sam Meech join Marion Hewitt, Director of the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Gleaners curator Kate Taylor for a discussion exploring the challenges and opportunities for artists engaging with moving image archives.