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KITCHEN SINK COLLECTIVE PRESENTS…
This year our specially dedicated Cinema in the Field hosts a range of films and events by day, with the Kitchen Sink Collective running wild at night with an eclectic range of music documentaries. For all things Quadrangle, go here.
Our partially confirmed programme so far:
Dick Fontaine / 1967 / USA / 30’
A poetic journey from zoo to echoic chamber in search of the limits of music with Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Cage.
Although Rahsaan Roland Kirk and John Cage never actually meet in this film (Cage’s enigmatic questions about sound are intercut with some of Kirk’s more ambitious experiments with it) these two very different musical iconoclasts share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. Kirk plays three saxes at once, switches to flute, incorporates tapes of birds played backwards, and finally hands out whistles to his audience and encourages them to accompany him, “in the key of W, if you please.” Cage, on the other hand, is preparing a work for musical bicycle with David Tudor and Merce Cunningham at the Seville Theatre in London. Cage meets Rahsaan’s music in an echo chamber, and he ends his search for the sound of silence in his favorite spot — the anechoic chamber — where it turns out to be the uproar of “your nervous system in operation.” Rahsaan is in top form playing everything from “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” to his suite “Rip, Rig and Panic.”
“Arty but effective,” The Nation
DRIVING ME CRAZY
Nick Broomfield / 1988 / USA / 85’
In 1988 Nick Broomfield was asked by a Tele Munich, a German production company, to document the making of a musical show by Andre Heller, “Body & Soul”, an all-black revival of the music, dance and songs of the thirties and forties. Broomfield agreed under certain conditions (concerning money and schedule) but when he arrived in New York to start filming everything had changed: the budget had been cut down, the time frame changed, and the producers were not willing to keep any of their promises. But instead of walking out of the job Broomfield stayed on and began making a film about his desperate attempts to produce the documentary: he filmed telephone conversations, meetings and verbal fights with his producers, each of his failed attempt to get in touch with the money people, and sometimes he even followed the progress of the show. He did that with a truly sardonic and unforgiving eye – and produced one of the funniest and most revealing films I`ve ever seen about showbiz. If you always wanted to know if all that gossip about showbiz is true or if Bob Fosse was a pathetic liar, then you should see that movie: a delight!
The award-winning Chinese investigative journalist Sun Hua, knows just what he can and cannot get away with when reporting for the Jinan Times. While working on a story about possible corruption by a property developer, he constantly considers his position as a journalist in his ongoing struggle for increasing freedom of expression.
Directed by Ling Lee and Ying Cui
Two shorts from the Collective are screening at the wonderful London Short Film Festival.
Kristofs’ PARALLEL LIVES screens this Saturday as part of the “Window on the World” slot, Jan 12th 16.15 in Cine Lumiere.
Srdan Keca’s THE FIRST STEP screens as part of “London Lives”, on Thurs Jan 10, 19:00, Museum of London Docklands.
That short will be also screened again on Jan 12 at Rich Mix London with a live score performed thanks to Whirlygig Cinema.
(dir. Tobias Lindner - Germany, 2012, 94 mns)
Screened on Sunday October 14th 2012 5pm
There was a Q&A with the director Tobias Lindner
Though he has all reason to, filmmaker Tobias Lindner never takes advantage of his subject’s vulnerability and honesty but lets viewers make up their own mind entirely. That he has won the trust of the people of Orania is already quite remarkable but the stunning way in which he created this fly-on-the-wall portrait of a remarkable quirky and somewhat frightening town is something to applaud for.
Orania is situated in South Africa’s barren Northern Cape province. All of the 800 inhabitants are white Afrikaans people, also referred to as Boers. They live here on private property which was bought in 1991. People of other cultural or ethnical descent may not live or work here. Thus, Orania is a culturally homogeneous place in a historically multicultural country. By carefully observing its protagonists, the film explores the mechanisms behind this societal experiment.
Tobias Lindner has studied Cinematography at the University of Applied Science in Berlin. He wrote his thesis on the development of ethnographic documentary as a filmic genre. Orania was his postgraduate film project. It is currently shown at the Raindance Film Festival, nominated best documentary.
Kitchen Sink Collective proved to be legendary with its 2nd edition of the Cinema in the Field at the Quadrangle Film Festival , where it curated two evenings during an Indian Summer weekend in September 2012.Two Happy Hours up our sleeve (one hour of uplifting documentary moments and another one filled with music sequences) or two times a near to sold-out super-cosy army tent and an audience that was full on singing and dancing the tunes we played.
For a nice review about Quadrangle, do go here!
Ling is currently working on five short documentaries commissioned by Calouste Gulbenkian initiated by the charity BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International). It is a project showing how different Botanic Gardens throughout the UK engage with various communities that usually would never come to the gardens.
Juliet Brown is currently shooting her feature documentary in Louisiana, funded by the Bertha Foundation. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill her observational documentary explores the unsettling repercussions in a small community in the Gulf of Mexico. More here.
Srdjan Keca has been commissioned by the Festival Delle Lettere from Milan (as part of their collaboration with the London Short Film Festival) to make a short film based on a letter. The film will be shown at the next edition of the Letters’ Festival.
The Real Social Network has properly launched and is screening at University of Lincoln, Cineclub in Cluj, Romania, Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona, Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Arts, Open City Documentary Festival, Secret Garden Party, Docaviv, Tel Aviv, Israel , Cronograf Film Festival, Chisinau, Moldova, Bread and Roses Film Festival, screening & workshop in collaboration with Mind the Gap and Brixton Youth Center, London Workers Unite Film Festival, NYC and many more. See the new website here.
Noble Fox is currently researching and shooting in South Africa for a music documentary.
Ludovica Fales and Isis Thompson are currently programming for the Bread and Roses Film Festival, on behalf of the Kitchen Sink Collective.
Kristof Bilsen just came back from shooting in DR Congo for his feature, telling the story of a group of public sector workers who live in the third largest city in Africa, Kinshasa, where the weight of history has not stopped them from pursuing hopes and dreams. Produced by Roast Beef Productions and supported by Cinereach and Worldview. More here.
Sean Mc Allister about the Bread and Roses Film Festival
I often wonder what happened to our wonderful tradition in political documentary filmmaking, it’s funny to think that it was British TV documentaries that inspired me to leave an oily factory in the early 1980’s and become a documentary filmmaker. I cannot imagine finding the same inspiration coming from TV today, sadly. Somehow I still manage to come out of the grey BBC white city building with commissions to go off to far-flung places to make my films, but often, in lonely filming moments, I do wonder where those passionate films that push for social and political change have gone.
When I was asked to show my most recent film in a great local pub around the corner from me called The Bread and Roses in Clapham, I wasn’t exactly sure why. Then I discovered it was housing a fantastic festival celebrating the centenary of the 1912 bread and roses textile strike, where a whole collection of political films marking great moments in history will to be shown – and to help those of us with no money, all the screenings are free! The Bread and Roses pub is a beer workers co-op pub that also sells great independent beer, so there is the chance to get a great pint and see a great movie also. I think this festival is the inspiration I miss from British TV: it has the most amazing collections of films and great timing after an explosive year of revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and hopefully Syria soon too – where I’d spent most of the last year myself.
The festival has been organised by Studio Strike alongside the Kitchen Sink Collective who are an inspiring group of NFTS graduates that got together and formed a filmmaking co-op that they run above the pub, and will also be screening their film ‘The Real Social Network’. There’s a fantastic array of other films including the Oscar-nominated ‘If a Tree Falls’ and Michael Moore’s ‘Capitalism a Love Story’ and an appearance from Nick Broomfield with his first film ‘Behind the rent strikes’ a great depiction of strife in 1970’s Britain in a Liverpool housing estate. Nick will be in conversation after the screening with the godfather of documentary, the great Colin Young, an inspiration. Colin founded the NFTS and has written extensively on documentary filmmaking – he has always been a major influence to me in my own career.
I’m writing from Athens, where I’m developing a new documentary about the Greek crisis, but will be back next week to introduce my most recent film at the festival: The Reluctant Revolutionary (Friday 4th May at 9pm), which charts the Yemeni revolution last year through the ambivalent eyes of a local tour guide, Kais.
Srdjan Keca’s A Letter to Dad had its North American Premiere in competition at Full Frame Documentary Festival. In Europe it screened in International Documentary Competition at Filmfestival goEast (Wiesbaden, Germany) and many others — see the new website.
Ludovica Fales is now a PhD student in Audiovisual Studies… More details on that soon!
Srdjan Keca and Kristof Bilsen will both be attending the #10 Berlinale Talent Campus between 10 and 17th February.
Ania Winiarska’s Dylan was also nominated in 3 categories: British Council Award for Best UK Short, Best Student Film and Best Short Documentary.
Srdjan Keca’s A Letter to Dad screened in the International Documentary Competition at the 23rd Trieste Film Festival and is set to screen at Tempo Documentary Film Festival (Stockholm, Sweden), Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival (Slovenia), Filmfestival goEast (Wiesbaden, Germany), London International Documentary Festival (UK) and Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria).
The National Film and Television School produced a bumper crop of documentaries in 2011, including this sumptuous visual exploration of Dubai. Director Keca balances the stunning landscapes of the city – from its beautiful but brutal sand dunes to the innumerable glittering towers of Babel that line the empty streets – with the earthy sweat of the people who live and work there, in glorious luxury or abject poverty.
Ling Lee is in post-production for a Witness-episode, commissioned by Al Jazeera – “Balancing a Dream”.
Juliet Brown has been awarded the second Docs for Change Award funded by the Bertha Foundation and DocFactory. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill her observational documentary explores the unsettling repercussions in a small community in the Gulf of Mexico. More here.
The Bertha Foundation also generously supported our project The Real Social Network.
Kristof Bilsens’ White Elephant (recently screened at Raindance Film Festival) just had its North-American premiere at Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival in the American Museum of Natural History (NY). The films’ image featured on banners around the Museums’ site. Later this month, the film will also screen at Festival dei Popoli (Florence), and in competition at IDFA.
We’re part of a Kitchen Sink /NFTS Showcase at Free Zone Film Festival in Belgrade. The following films will be shown: Letter to Dad/Dylan/Miles Apart/This film meant to be about Stokely Carmichael/The Perfect Belgian/Letters from Palestine/Noah’s Canoe
We will also do a preview screening of The Real Social Network as part of a workshop in crowd-funding and collaborative filmmaking practices.
Kristof Bilsen just finished working on the second series of Invite Mr Wright, as researcher and assistant-producer for the acclaimed travel series by travel-veteran Ian Wright. The 6 new episodes were shot in Okinawa (Japan) - Sumatra (Indonesia) - Darwin (Australia) - Sapa (Vietnam) - Rumtek Monastery (India), and Singapore. Premiere in March 2012.
(prod. Roast Beef productions / com.ed. Discovery Channel Asia)
Kristof Bilsen and Roast Beef productions have been awarded a grant from CINEREACH for White Elephants, a Congo Trilogy, being one of 17 out of 1000 submitted projects to their summer grant cycle. More here.
Kristof Bilsens’ White Elephant won the Audience Award for Best Short at the Festival du Film Brittanique de Dinard 2011.
Ania Winiarska’s Dylan was in the Short Film Competition at San Sebastian Film Festival and will be part of the catalogue at the Short Film Corner in Cannes 2012.
Ludovica Fales is currently Assistant Producer on Olly Lambert’s documentary The Invasion of Lampedusa for BBC2.