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this collection’s FREE March McEwan Hall showcase!

In film, poetry on March 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Explore Edinburgh as you’ve never seen it before – come to our FREE poetry-film showcase extravaganza in the magnificent McEwan Hall!

We all know Edinburgh is the greatest literary city in the world – a centre of vibrant culture and home to the biggest, brightest, loudest and coolest annual arts festival ever. But how well do you really know Edinburgh? this collection is a non-profit DIY project that aims to take a fresh look at life in the city… through the eyes of its talented writers and filmmakers.

Last year we started out with 100 poems – each of 100 words or less, and each inspired by a different Edinburgh postcode. All these poems were submitted by Edinburgh writers of all walks of life; from award-winners like Brian McCabe and Alan Gillis to students, school children and talented first-time poets. From there, we worked to pair our poets up with local filmmakers, to create a collection of collaborative snapshots inspired by life in Edinburgh. Filmmakers have also come from all works of life – this collection has received responses from well-known professionals, but we’ve also gathered a great crop by running free public-access workshops, in which budding first-timers were given the chance to make an entire short film from scratch in only a few hours. The results have been by turns funny, beautiful, moving and dark, and we’re so proud of this collection so far that we want to share it with the world!

So on 25th and 26th March we’ll be showcasing all the collaborations we’ve gathered so far, in a truly awe-inspiring setting – the University of Edinburgh’s magnificent McEwan Hall. Thusday 25th will see an all-day film exposition from 10am-5pm in the hall’s main space, with films projected on several screens and a free press table where visitors can gather more information about our artists and the project as a whole. On Friday 26th we’ll be holding an evening event with live sets from poets, screenings of our films, and the chance to further explore this collection within the amazing McEwan Hall. You’ll also be able to find out more about how YOU can get involved in one of our collaborations. The entire event is free, and everyone is welcome to attend – the Friday evening event will also include free refreshment for visitors.

So come along and see Edinburgh through the eyes of its artists: see, hear, be inspired, get involved!

this collection March McEwan Hall showcase: Thursday 25th March 10am – 5pm / Friday 26th March 7pm – 9pm . FREE, all welcome.

See some of the films we’ll be showing here.

Poets reading at on Friday 26th from 7-9pm include:
Tom Bristow
Christine de Luca
Hayley Shields
Russell Jones
Andrew C Fergusson
Morgan Downie
Anita John
Andrew Philip
Rob A Mackenzie
Aileen Ballantyne
Jane McKie
Chris Lindores
Mairi Sharratt
Juliet Wilson
McGuire
Claire Askew
& more TBC!

(Photo by mikefranklin)

Filmmakers! Come and join this collection!

In film on February 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Are you a budding filmmaker? Want to get involved in a huge non-profit public access project in Edinburgh? Want to make a film that may end up being shown on the Edinburgh festival circuit? Come and find out more about this collection at our FREE speed-dating evening on Friday 5th March from 6.30pm at the Scottish Poetry Library.

It doesn’t matter what stage you’re currently at — maybe you’ve only just heard about this collection? Maybe you’ve visited our website and have a poem or poems in mind that you’d like to adapt? Maybe you’ve already started — maybe you attended one of our free film workshops? Or perhaps you have a completed film already under your belt. Wherever you are with the project, we’d love for you to come along to our poetry/filmmaking speed-dating event on Friday 5th March at the Scottish Poetry Library, starting at 6.30pm.

Basically, the event will be an opportunity for you to meet your poet — or, if you are not yet working on a specific poem — to find a poet you think you’d like to work with, and talk over your ideas. You’ll be able to speak with poets whose work you’ve earmarked for possible collaboration, as well as poets whose work you maybe haven’t seen yet. We’re hoping it’ll be a laid-back, fun and productive evening for all involved.

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to:
— check out the 100 poems at http://thiscollection.org before you come along, and pick out any poem/s you think you’d really like to work with
— provide previous work (if you have it) so we can show the poets you’ll be meeting what kind of stuff you do (if you can, feel free to bring your own tech to play your videos from — or if you have clips online, respond by email (to film@thiscollection.com) with some links, and we’ll be able to play the footage for you)
— RSVP to film@thiscollection.com so we can get an idea of numbers (and the poet: filmmaker ratio)!

As well as giving you the chance to mingle with Scotland’s poetic rising stars and superstars, we’ll also be holding a raffle with covetable prizes up for grabs… including a state-of-the-art videocamera phone and a year’s supply of literature! The event is free and liquid refreshment will be provided.

So let us know if you can make it — please do try to come along at 6.30pm as we’re hoping to brief all the filmmakers prior to the poets arriving!

this collection poetry/filmmaking speed-dating event, 6.30pm on Friday 5th March, at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Hope to see you there!

Claire and Stefa
film@thiscollection.com