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Film Poetry and Authenticity

In Art, film, filmmakers, poetry, Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I am not talking specifically about lo-fi filmmaking – with enough conviction you can shoot on anything – truly poetic cinema transcends its medium.

For me, the idea of ‘film poetry’ is intrinsically bound up with authenticity; contrived, conceited and overtly self-aware films will struggle to communicate with the same depth and pull (one constantly being reminded they are watching A Film). Authenticity is humbling, engaging (effective as any scriptwriting formula) and altogether human.

Eschewing tackier modes of delivering a narrative in favour of creating something truly personal is difficult – can feel downright punitive (certainly if you’re as doubtful of yourself as I am when working creatively); easy to become disenchanted early on. Over-analysis is the enemy of free-rolling thought – I find it most effective to Stop Thinking So Hard (especially during the early stages of an idea). We have more preconceptions than we realise.

I ran my first filmmaking workshop last month and assaulted my audience with a deluge of instruction for some time before realising I was making the same mistake I’ve made for many years in writing and shooting films – doing can be writing, writing leads to doing-to-writing-and-on. This doesn’t (necessarily) mean shooting. It means submerging oneself utterly in the experience of the film during its creation – being honest to it. ‘Knowing your film’.

If you know your film, you’ll make your film, because you’ll be very aware of any development towards your film that isn’t your film. A purity of vision, I guess… perhaps this is film poetry?

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Interview with the curators of “Under Light and Shadow”.

In Art, Community, Curiousity, Democracy, discussion, Edinburgh, film, free screening, Interview, Leith, poetry, poets, thiscollection on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm
the shadow of two curators of thiscollection's summer 2012 exhibition.

Photo by Ruei Yen and Xara Vlaxou from their flyering album on facebook.

Thanks to Fiona Grieg, freelance producer, we can listen to the enterprising young film curator programmers, Hara Vlahou and Ruei Yen discuss their experiences organising “Under Light and Shadow” their personal interpretation of This Collection’s poems and films to date.

Listen to Fire Horse findings on Leithermagazine.com here.

The event is happening this Saturday June 23rd at Out of the Blue Drill Hall 2-7pm.
There are limited spaces for the free filmmaking workshop with the very talented and funny Oliver Benton from 3-6pm. Register here!

If you are interested in presenting the assortment of collected wonders and running workshops or discussing the methods or materials used in this project feel free to contact filmthiscollection_at_gmail.com.

New Beginnings

In activism, Art, Community, Curiousity, Dérive, Democracy, film, film artists, films, poems, poetry, poets on June 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

This Collection : Collaborate Create Curate

This Collection is very fortunate to be collaborating with the very talented Anni Poppen of NEOI along with 11 other Non Profit Organisations from around the world.

Anni Poppen, is an award-winning graphic designer from Hampshire, IL who currently lives in the vibrant college town of Champaign, IL. Through her work as a graphic designer, musician, yoga practitioner, and environmental advocate, she was drawn to implementing a flexible business model that would uplift NFPs and small businesses while allowing her creative freedom, travel, and volunteer opportunities.

We’ve been working together since the end of May and every step of the way, she has been supporting This Collection’s move towards a more open web presence and coherent design to showcase work done so far.

We’re looking for

Guest Bloggers to share:

  • film poetry that inspires,
  • filmic reflections on the city through poetry walks
  • dérives based on This Collection poems or films as impulses
  • tips on how to develop film poetry and
  • exciting experiments that explore the relationship between text and image.
Affiliates:
  • Sites, journals, blogs who share the same ethos of open accessible art interventions involving film, poetry and observations of a place.
  • Advocates of film poetry as a medium of expression
  • Community based initiatives that celebrate literacy and everyday art practice against all odds.

Ongoing call for curatorial experiments based on works done to date, we offer:

  • Access the films collected to date
  • Access our social media channels and
  • Support from a wide range of filmmakers or poets involved depending on the nature of the proposal.

Anni is helping us package the site and web presence to help others use This Collection as a resource more readily. We are very grateful for her hard work, creativity and marvellous spirit and humour for this new beginning.

For more information contact Stefanie: filmthiscollection[at]gmail.com

Please Save “The Welcoming”! Thursday 9th Feb 930am @ City Council Chambers St, Edinburgh

In activism, Art, Community, Democracy, discussion, Edinburgh on February 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

credit Will's class

IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN WELCOMED BY THE WELCOMING AND/OR YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE IT GOING, PLEASE TAKE ACTION AND JOINT US IN TRYING TO SAVE IT.

The Welcoming – Grant Cut

The Welcoming has not been recommended for the next batch of funding from the City of Edinburgh Council.
If our grant is cut, The Welcoming is in danger of closing.

We are having a deputation to the City Council, Chambers St on Thursday 9th February at 9.30am. Please come and support in our protest about The Welcoming grant cut!

Also please forward this note to all your contacts, and your local councillor and MSP.

If The Welcoming closes, Edinburgh will lose:

a unique, vibrant and highly cost effective project for newcomers to Scotland:
– training and preparation for migrants, refugees and minority indigenous groups for life in Edinburgh
– provision of a wide range of classes in English, employability, wellbeing and Scottish culture
– 650 classes a year, 6 days a week and over 60 volunteers
– a prime focus for integration, wellbeing and cultural interchange

PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE WELCOMING!!

Watch our new film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk0GVvfbaxU&feature=youtu.be

The Welcoming Association, Tollcross Community Centre

117 Fountainbridge Edinburgh. EH3 9QG

Tel: 0131 221 9756

email: thewelcoming2006@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://thewelcoming.btck.co.uk/