Hardcore Wondermentalism!

As part of the Flicker: Artists & Super 8 exhibition in Bury St Edmunds, we’ve invited a number of practitioners to run hands-on workshops. Over the weekend of 16/17 February it was the turn of Martha Jurksaitis, founder of Cherry Kino in Leeds, to lead a group that shot and developed films in a darkroom under her expert supervision. We caught up with Martha at Abbeygate Picturehouse on the Saturday evening and interviewed her at length about the European DIY developing scene, the origins of Cherry Kino and the attractions of playing with film chemistry. Listen to the interview (MP3, 28 minutes, 25MB).

Martha curates work under the banner of “Wondermental Cinema” and you can follow her blog.

In the interview she mentions the Hamburg supplier Wittner and the new ADOX monochrome film.

Coming soon in this interview series: Dagie Brundert! And more adventures among the fixer-fingered folk keeping film alive and kicking…

Panorama 2

For this second round of Panorama, we are delighted that a couple of directors joined us for this screening. You will have the chance to meet Felope Cataldo (Monocelular) and Aaron Wesley Gibson (The Good Soldier).

The screening starts on Friday 30 April at 8pm at the Murray Edwards College, Buckingham House.

Programme 2… last chance

This is the last week of the festival and tonight (Thursday 29th April) is your last chance to see the competition’s programme 2.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this year’s best UK film (Bridge Study, Naren Wilks) and Best Cinematography film (Corto, Dairo Cervantes).

The screening starts at 8.15pm, at the Anglia Ruskin University, lecture room Rus203.

A short break

So we’re pausing for breath after a successful first week of the 2010 Festival. Directors came from France and the US; prizes went to Colombia and Japan; and appreciative audiences enjoyed four competition programmes, a panorama showing and an eye-bending retrospective from Ian Helliwell with plenty of questions to answer. Traditional film projectors were also in evidence, to show the distinctive collage achieved by the workshop participants (another cutting-edge success) and in Mat Fleming’s brief but thrilling Super 8 Hypnosis Experiment that rounded off Saturday night.

A full list of prizewinners is already on this site, and we’ll have a further gallery of pics in due course. Much social chat has thrown up much to develop in future showings and festivals, particularly in the direction of performance and music collaborations. Showings resume on Wednesday at Anglia Ruskin University and will end on Saturday evening back at Buckingham house with a feature-length showing and a compilation from all our festivals so far.

A big thank-you goes to all our volunteers who guided, greeted, glued, brewed, taped, carried and (in one case) interpreted to keep all our viewers happy.

2010 Awards

The first week of the festival has just finished and we are proud to announce this year’s winners:

  • Jury Prize
    Bautista’s Fable, Rafael Martínez Moreno / 2009 / Colombia
  • Audience Prize
    The ghost tram of Marseilles, Lionel Laget / 2009 / France
  • Development Prize
    Photophobia, Paulo Abreu / 2009 / Portugal
  • Best UK Film
    Bridge Study. Naren Wilks / 2009 / United Kingdom
  • Best cinematography
    Corto, Dairo Cervantes / 2009 / Colombia
  • Best sound
    Area of no sound, Mie Kurihara / 2006 / Japan

The jury has also decerned a special mention to:

  • Move Your Body (A Coffee Nightmare)
    Lars Harald Gathe / 2009 / United Kingdom
  • Le Grand Déballage
    Viktor Kolbitr / 2009 / France

Don’t forget, the festival is still on next week!

Festival 2010 – Preview night

Thursday 8thApril 2010
@ 8pm
Basement of CB2 cafe
Norfolk Street

A second selection from our fourthcoming festival.

Even though we’re busy finalising details for this year’s festival we thought we’d take some time out and give you a sneaky peek at some of the great Super 8mm films that we’ll be showing. The fun starts at 8pm, so come and join us for a great night of inspirational shorts.

Ticket: £4/£3

Call for Volunteers

The 2010 festival is just round the corner and we need volunteers to help out.

Volunteers will gain valuable hands-on experience in the smooth running of a arts event.

We need stewards and publicity distributors in particular but all offers of time or skills will be welcome.

Two volunteer information meetings will be held on:

  • Wednesday 14th of April, @6pm.
    The meeting will be held upstairs at the CB2 cafe, Norfolk Street
  • Wednesday 21st of April @6pm.
    The meeting will be held at the MCR, Murray Edwards College, Huntington Road