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27 Mar

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Screenings: One Square Mile

March 27, 2017 | By |

ONE SQUARE MILE – a new artist film commission by myself and Chris Paul Daniels, screens at the following events and festivals:

29th November – 10th December – screening as part of POLYRHYTHMIA, Castlefield Gallery New Art Spaces, Manchester, UK

 

Winner of the Northern Artists’ Film Commission.
Psychogeography meets Open University in this surreal instructional video for sociologists, film-makers and of course property developers looking to “rightly read an area”. Employing a variety of film-making techniques, ONE SQUARE MILE hints at the rich diversity of urban spaces whilst demonstrating the absurdity of trying to represent them in any meaningful way.

Featuring soundtrack by Graham Massey.
One Square Mile was co-commissioned by University of Salford and Quays Culture.

Previous screenings:

November 2017 – PLACE MAKING – screening as part of ONE MINUTE at VINTAGE MOBILE CINEMA, THIS WAY UP CON, HullSeptember 2017 – screening at – Bideodromo Festival 2017, Bilbao, Spain
September 2017 – CHANNELS FESTIVAL, Melbourne, as part of CONDITIONAL SURPLUS programme
April 2017 –  part of ‘Under Construction’ at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK
April 2017 – part of ‘London Overground’ at Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham, UK
April 2017 – Synthetic Ecology, Brighton, UK
March 2017 – HOME, Manchester, UK
January 2017 – Airspace Gallery, Stoke, UK
December 2016 – Lightwaves Fest, Salford, UK

14 Nov

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Artists and Archive Film Screening – THE GREAT FLOOD – plus NOAH’S ARK

November 14, 2014 | By | No Comments

Thursday 11th December 7pm – 9pm
in the Living World Gallery at Manchester Museum

Artists and Archive Film Screening
featuring
THE GREAT FLOOD
and
NOAH’S ARK
with live poetic narration from Nathan Jones (Mercy)

tickets £5

Manchester Museum in association with Bigger Picture Film Festival present a programme of artist films using archive footage and live performance.

THE GREAT FLOOD (Bill Morrison, 2013, 78 minutes)

The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was the most destructive river flood in American history. In the spring of 1927, the river broke out of its banks in 145 places and inundated 27,000 square miles to a depth of up to 30 feet. Part of it enduring legacy was the mass exodus of displaced sharecroppers. Musically, the “Great Migration” of rural southern blacks to Northern cities saw the Delta Blues electrified and reinterpreted as the Chicago Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Rock and Roll. Filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer / guitarist Bill Frisell have created a powerful portrait of a seminal moment in American history through a collection of silent images matched to a searing original soundtrack.

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NOAH’S ARK (Sam Meech, 2010, 23 mins)

Commissioned as part of a residency at the North West Film Archive for AND Festival, Noah’s Ark uses only films from the archive collection to retell this classic tale of preservation. The film relocates the story to the North West – with Noah and his congregation based in a church in Hulme, the animals in Belle Vue Zoo, and Mount Ararat now a seaside town near Blackpool. The film will be presented in the Living Worlds gallery (which also features in the piece) with a live performance from poet Nathan Jones of Mercy.

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09 Apr

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Noah’s Ark lands online

April 9, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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My film Noah’s Ark is finally online. It’s taken 3 years, but you can now see the film, kindly hosted by North West Film Archive, and shared both on this site, and on the project website. The film was made as part of a residency at NWFA in 2010 set up by Abandon Normal Devices, and features the contributions of Nathan Jones (text) and Carl Brown (music)

Why has it taken so long?

The film is made up of over 70 separate sources which each had to be cleared for use. All were cleared completely fine, apart from one clip (90 seconds) of the Manchester Museum, the rights of which were held by Granada, who had conditions on its use. This section appears before the main film. but it is one of my favourite parts. It features a poem about the Dodo by TS Elliot, as well as shots of the animal exhibits in the museum, and a Museum staff member who provides a cautionary tale about preservation.

I managed to negotiate an exhibition license for screening the clip, at a cost of £350. Sadly the cost of extending that license to dvd and web was prohibitive (£1400). Because of this I have not been able since to share the film as a whole online. Prompted by the release of Aronofsky’s blockbuster version,  I’ve finally bit the bullet and edited Noah’s Ark – cutting that fantastic prologue out of the film in order to share the work. It’s a sad thing, but necessary. When a knot can’t be untied you must cut it off. Hopefully it doesnt impact too much on the enjoyment of the film – the images, text and sound are all extremely rich, and of course, you already know the story.

If there is one overriding message from my film, it is that often in order to preserve something we are forced to make choices about what must be lost. It is difficult, but hopefully those choices force us to reassess what is important, and those things we save will form the foundations of our future stories.

Hopefully the full version, reinstated with dodos, will be screened again properly at a later date (please contact me if you would be interested to do so!).

08 Jan

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Knitted Horse Firework

January 8, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Knitted Horse Firework

A knitted animation loop, created for the Crystallize show in  November 2013.  Eadward Muubridge’s Horse in Motion is codec-wrecked with firework.

28 stitches x 4878 rows

(272 frames, 11 seconds duration, 13 metres length).

Developed as part of the Knitting Digital research project.

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Film Soup at Rogue Open Studios

October 10, 2013 | By | One Comment


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At the end of September I took part in the Film Soup Collective’s show as part of the Rogue Open Studios event. The Film Soup collective has been meeting for over a year, and the artists involved all explore fundamental properties of film and animation. Showing as part of this event were Dave Griffiths, Mary Stark, Joe Duffy, Chris Paul Daniels and myself.

This gave me a first chance to share my Knitted Horse in Motion prototype. I presented the animation alongside the knitted ‘reel’ and the punchcard that created it.

Mary Stark showed a 16 mm loop created from an exposure of upholsterer’s measuring tape.

Dave Griffiths created his own 35mm film stock from  splicing tape, and used a polarising filter to reveal the amazing range of colours inherent within the material.

Joe Duffy shared his stereoscopic images from his recent residency in China with Dave. The slides were exhibited on a lightbox with stereoscopic viewers.

Chris Daniels showed two video works that referenced early animation techniques –  the Zoetrope and the Thaumatrope.

 

 

05 Sep

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FILM – Knit and Natter

September 5, 2013 | By | No Comments

The NEPHRA Knit and Natter group is based in New Moston, North Manchester. I began making this film last year, but only found time to edit it recently. What I’ve tried to do is give a sense of knitting the film together, by using four interviews and stitching together discussion of techniques and personal gripes, so that the final piece is an absurd narrative created through structure. It’s quite a formal approach to film-making, but I think it works well in this case, giving a feel of the knitting group, rather than an factual overview of it.

Part of the Knitting Digital project

19 Feb

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View From Here – Florence Mine

February 19, 2013 | By | No Comments

A film documenting views achievable from the vantage point of Florence Mine shaft no. 2, overlooking Egremont, Cumbria. Filmed using a traditional manual titling system bought on Ebay and lettraset to create analogue equivalent to motion graphics typography. Created for the ‘Unearthed‘ exhibition, Florence Mine.

06 Aug

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Rotunda Cinema

August 6, 2009 | By |

On Monday we had the first ever Rotunda cinema at the Lee Jones centre in Kirkdale.  Over 40 pensioners and guests came and enjoyed the screening, developed and hosted by the young people from Rotunda college.

We had adverts for local places of interest, trailers for classic films such as ‘The Quiet Man’, the ABC minors song, a raffle, oranges and ice-cream, and of course popcorn.  Milkman Tommy himself  came along to watch his own films by local film-maker Tim Brunsden.

The price of entrance was 1p or a clean jam jar.

The cinema is installed and ready

The cinema is installed and ready

iceacream, oranges and popcorn

ice-cream, oranges and popcorn

audience enjoying the trailers

audience enjoying the trailers

the box office board

the box office board

The Small Cinema in the Community is a Re-Dock project, supported by Liverpool City Council.

13 Jul

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Leave a memory

July 13, 2009 | By |

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I’m collecting peoples’ memories of going to the cinema. I’m interested in the different experiences we have depending on when we first or last went, and the role it plays in our lives.

Please spend 60 seconds sharing a memory of a cinema experience you had: