Monday, 14 November 2011

Concert of the Week: Farewell Poetry


Tonight we see the amazing band Farewell Poetry playing at The third Door supported by 3 other bands
MATTHEW COLLINGS
HIVA OA
OPUL

"Ten Tracks and Sleepsound Agency present FareWell Poetry.

FareWell Poetry is a collective of Parisian musicians and an Anglo-saxon poet and filmmaker.
From indie to modern classical to drone and shoegaze, spoken word and experimental film, FareWell Poetry represents the pooled influences of its core members and passionate collaborators."

Have a look at this powerful live performance shot in a church:

FareWell Poetry - As true as troilus from Soul Kitchen on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Festival Openings of the Week: African Cinema Collides with Spanish Short films

This week in Edinburgh sees two opening nights of eclectic Film Festivals:

The African in Motion 2011 Festival on the 3rd of Novembre and the Spanish Short Film Festival on friday the 4th.

From the website: "Africa in Motion is already in its sixth year! The profile of the festival has grown steadily since the inaugural season in 2006 and this year Africa in Motion focuses its attention on films and events that open doors to children and youth in Africa.

The Opening screening of the Africa in Motion 2011 is Tunisian film "Bab' Aziz: The Prince who Contemplated his Soul" (Khemir: 2005: 8.15pm: Filmhouse Cinema 1). Following the screening, you are all welcome to join us in the Filmhouse Cafe/Bar to enjoy a night of performance and music to bring in the festival!"


AIM Trailer made by Filmmaker Adam Barnett








The Africa in Motion Film Festival (2nd November - 6th November)




From the Flyer: "CinemaAttic is an experienced group of professionals from a design/festival production background
with the aim of bringing cutting-edge contemporary Spanish cinema to Edinburgh.Our 3rd Spanish Film & Arts Festival -the only of its kind-kicks off with a Short Film Festival, a unique free-entry exhibition and an unmissable homage to Spanish maestro Luis Garcia Berlanga at Filmhouse Edinburgh.

The Opening session has been programmed this Friday 4th November 8pm at Inspace (1 Crichton street, just opposite Edinburgh mosque over the new university buildings) witha block of 2009-2010 awarded Spanish short films. £5 Entry"




Last CinemaAttic event, video made by Julien Pearly






For further details follow CinemaAttic Facebook page or alternatively drop an email to info@cinemaattic.com.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Event of the Week: OOTB 10th anniversary

This week Out of the Bedroom is celebrating 10 years of local live music. OOTB is an open mic night that has been running since 2001 specifically to encourage new songwriters to perform their material in a supportive live setting.

On Friday 4 November, it’s the big OOTB tenth anniversary extravaganza at Cabaret Voltaire, it’s a fiver to get in, and you can buy tickets in advance here. And the acts performing on the night will be: Rossco Galloway, Fraser Drummond, James Whyte and Caro Bridges!

OOTB Committee says: "Only £5 admission for that one, but it’s a prompt 7pm start (6:30pm doors) and we won’t be running late because we’ve got a 10pm curfew. Plenty of other stuff will be happening at this event too, by the way, we’ve got one or two surprise floorspots lined up and of course the silver bag o’ dreams!
Huge thanks should go to James Igoe for the Wednesday and Friday events, he really pulled together a whole lot of people from OOTB times past and present and it’s going to be a very satisfying evening as a result I think. Here’s to another ten years!"

James Igoe says, “I can’t believe that Out of the Bedroom is 10 years old this week. Nelson Wright and I started the night back then in The Waverley Bar and it’s testament to all the wonderful people involved over the years that the weekly event is still going strong today in The Montague Bar.”

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Here are the performers in image and sounds:


Rossco Galloway



Myspace



Fraser Drummond



Fraser Drummond will be accompanied by John Farrell, his mate from confushian, and Dale Radley

Myspace


James Whyte



Blog
reverbnation



Caro Bridges And the River






Caro Bridges and the Rivers are:

Caroline Overy Guitar/Voice
Emily Nicholl Paper
Thomas J MacColl Bass
Matt Norris Banjo
Rowland Sillito Saxo

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Monday, 31 October 2011

Definition of the Week: Factuality

Factuality: describes the extent to which the text may be regarded as imaginative or non-imaginative, that is, as describing a fictional or a non-fictional world.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Questionnaire

Interview made by Emails for WMIFF Washington DC - August 2010

I introduce myself. I’m a French filmmaker from Avignon, a town in the south of France, and I have been living in the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh since 2001. I work under my professional name Julien Pearly.

1) What first got you interested in film?

I always had a big imagination and I’m a dreamer. I have watched films since my childhood but then never really thought of making one myself. I have always been more a music person. Then in 2005, I completed an MSc Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, an intense one-year course during which I discovered the amazing possibilities of linking visual and sound in a very unique and creative way. It’s through this door as a sound designer/music composer that I got interested in cinema and entered the film world. I started building an international network of filmmakers and created for four years musical soundtracks and sound designs for lots of short length films, documentaries, experimental and multimedia video projects. But all that time I always felt I had a vision to explore, stories to tell in a different way than in songs. I practiced with camera during the shootings and watched people I was working with. Also other experiences in my personal life changed the way I was seeing the world. I didn’t study film but learnt on the field, in filming workshops and festivals.

2) What is it that gets your creative juices going to create a film?

As a multitalented creative person, what drives me is the combination of my unique background as a sound designer with my past years as a music performer, which both inspire my vision as a filmmaker, I’m also interested in photography and I have been writing poetry for many. When filming I want to seize moments, they never happen again or if they do, they happen with a different atmosphere. The primary thing I shoot is atmosphere. In films the magic takes place not with the actors, not with the director, but in the space between them. I use Documentary because it’s the best film form to capture and recreate real energy and spontaneity. But to write a narrative story I go beyond reality and dig in people’s minds, imaginations, dreams and memories. That’s why also the term “documentary” doesn’t define entirely my film but more the word I used as working title for “I’m Sorry LOVE…”, Dreamentary.
3) What are some of your favorite American films? Foreign films? Television shows? Music videos?

My favourite American films from my childhood are the Star Wars Trilogy. I watched also all the classics but as an adult I’m into films like Donnie Darko, American beauty, Magnolia, Mulholland Drive, Ghost Dog, Secretary, Team America etc. I love Asian cinema: In the mood for Love, Old Boy, the Killer, The Woman in the Dunes… European cinema is very diverse with films like the double life of Veronique, (Poland), Reconstruction, Dancer in the Dark (Denmark), All about my mother, the lovers of Arctic Circle (Spain), Holly Grail, Trainspotting, Full Monty (UK) and lots of others I can’t think of. In France I watch the surrealists films (Cocteau, Vigo), the new wave (Truffaut, Resnais, Goddard) and Contemporary French films like Amelie, Belleville Rendez vous, Eternal sunshine and the Spotless Mind shows they can do well all around the world. I don’t really watch TV but dvds of Television Shows. The best are in UK: Life on Mars, Green Wing, the Monty Pythons, Black Books, Mighty Boosh but I watched from the US all (or almost) 6 Feet Under, 24 and Friends. In music video the best for me is Michel Gondry and lots of Radiohead and Bjorks video.

4) How would you describe the film "scene" where you live?

The Film Scene of Scotland and particularly Edinburgh is very dynamic if you consider the size of the city (around half million inhabitants). It’s an amazing place to create and explore film and art. Due to its size it’s also easy to make contacts if you go out there and reach people. It’s also benefic for crisscrossing genres and scenes. As a singer songwriter for the past 7 years I have a foot in the music scene and one in the film scene, which helps me to find a balance for my needs and creativity. It’s also very cosmopolitan with lots of young filmmakers, Scottish and foreigners, making films shown in festivals all around the world, winning prizes and when they go to festivals or back to their respective countries they bring something of Scotland with them. All these advantages however can become inconvenient for example if you want to be bigger and get proper money for what you do, but also to keep young creative people in Edinburgh, lots go away after a while. But I think it’s already on the way to change, I hope for that.

5) How many films have you done?

As a freelance sound designer/music composer, I worked on "Lenin Code" (Dir. Nikita Sutyrin), a Russian Mockumentary filmed in 2008, which was screened at the "critic weeks" of Cannes 2009 and did the post-production sound of “Fistful of Roses” (Leo Bruges, who did the beautiful cinematography for my film) that won the factual award in this year BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards. “I’m Sorry LOVE…” is my debut short as a director; I did the music video “On the Wire” for an Edinburgh local band “Lindsay Sugden and the Storms” (http://www.vimeo.com/6132567) and work on a new video for a composer also based in Edinburgh. I filmed an experimental short last may during a “KinoKabaret” in Vienna, Austria (a mini festival where you have to make films in 48 or 72hrs) which was a three minute one take short story of a dancing couple that was screened in cinema with a live music band (http://www.vimeo.com/11868257). I loved the immediacy and the rawness of the experience, it completely underscored the nature of the relationship I wanted for the couple. This “Film Song” started the whole project I will describe more below. I also recently did a “Film Poem” called “Forgotten Memories” using time lapses to create a sense of passing time (http://www.vimeo.com/10612089).

6) What is the best film that you believe that you have done so far?  

Well I feel “I’m Sorry LOVE” is my biggest achievement so far, but for me the best has yet to come.

7) What are your biggest challenges being a filmmaker?

Beside of being recognized as a director with his own print and originality, the most challenging is to keep up with all the rest of the film industry and to make a living from it. That’s why I work on clips, adverts and shows as a camera operator and photographer. I Also find difficult to get rid of all the frustrations that can come from trying to find funding and help. But I have been very lucky as great people surround me in my life and I always find salvation in creation and the different travels and new experiences I’m taking part of.

8) What is your ultimate goal in being a filmmaker? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I try to push the boundaries of traditional film forms with new tools available with the latest technology. The new cameras used like the canon 5D, 7D are the way forward, they help already to crisscross between two worlds: photography and video. I want to be part of a movement I believe is happening around the world, which is to create new generation of films inspired by live performances but also merging different art forms organically together. There is a whole alternative to our current expensive cinemas with all these 3D films and huge but empty blockbusters. There is also one to expensive concerts and pop celebrities. This is my goal to explore this area, to have cinematographic contents covering live performances and to tell the stories of the people involved. It’s happening already: I went to some events in Paris and Edinburgh where you can have a great film and live music for half the prize proposed by the mainstream. With other people we want to bring out that to the world and being recognized for what we do. I hope in 10 years there will be all these projects made and this alternative scene brought out to the public consciousness. I will have myself travelled all around the world to show my own work. I will probably live in a house in the countryside of Scotland with a studio and recording equipment, and won’t struggle anymore with money. I hope also I won’t be living there by myself.
9) What advice do you have for anyone trying to get into the film industry?

Be strong and keep trying, but most importantly be yourself, don’t try to be something you are not. If you fail at some point in your passion you are more likely to get back up and move forward than if you do something you don’t like.

10) Who or what do you cite as major inspirations (they do not have to directly relate to film) for your work?

My Family and my friends, any important relationships I come into. People I collaborate(d) everyday are a big influence and inspiration, particularly American filmmaker Peter Gerard from Accidental Media (www.accidental.tv) and Mexican Director Cristina Ertze from Bitterblue Production, both Scottish residents. They gave me great support the past years. Travels bring a big part for imagination and keep you a healthy mind. People I visit, meet and share their life with and stories. Musicians like Fraser Drummond taught me a great deal about musicality, melodies and I look up at these kind of persons when its getting difficult to fight what you believe in and who you really live for.

In terms of known directors they all reach different aspects of my personality. For example David Lynch is a sound designer and master of creating atmosphere and dreams. Jean Cocteau work is pure poetry and experimentation. Werner Herzog works, specially his documentaries are clever, funny and touching stories of people living into the wilderness. I love Michel Gondry for his imagination and childlike playfulness. Another filmmaker I’m looking at is from the new generation; Vincent Moon films are all about the spontaneity and rawness of music. Music is by all means my main inspiration. The sensitivity and the universality of its language reach me more than any films or words have ever done.

11) What is your favorite genre of films to watch and what is your favorite to make?  

My favorite films are the ones that give me the feeling of being a new person, making me feel like a grown up understanding things differently. My favorites to make are the ones that make me feel like a child inside, that bring me the fun needed to enjoy creativity. When I connect to something bigger than myself, something I can’t really understand, which goes beyond imagination, I’m just a human being with a clear mindset.

12) Can you tell us about "I'm Sorry Love"?

“I’m Sorry LOVE…” written and based in Edinburgh, is the result of many years of exploration in music and song-writing in Scotland, transposed to film through documentary and narrative story telling. Shot in May 2009, the aim of the film was to capture the Scottish Capital as shown through the perception of the people living in it: here the story of a young couple struggling with their own imaginations and the choices those imaginings dictate. Made with a talented team of three production staff and two subjects, it uses HD technology (Panasonic HVX 200) and up to date post-production tools. The song I wrote was interpreted and filmed live first and led to keep a certain goal to the film. We filmed then some fictional scenes then a one-hour open discussion between Liam and Jeannette. In between we were always ready to shoot stuff spontaneously. It was only on the editing stage that I gave a sense of storyline. But this lack of structure in the filmmaking process gave the couple a chance to show real truth and honesty, and gave me the freedom and flexibility to change the original idea to a believable experience.

13) Do you have any films in the works or plans to do any in the future?

I’m on the way to set my own company production called Pundigrion Films, with the focus of creating unique and high quality videos and explore the different possibilities in narrative story telling by merging different art worlds and film forms together in short films, documentaries, music videos and live performances. I’m currently setting up a team for The Workers In Song Project (working Title), I mentioned earlier, a collaborative broadcast program between Pundigrion Films and Accidental Media (Production Company based in Edinburgh). Its aim is to film the music and artistic scenery of Edinburgh, Glasgow and other places of Scotland in a cinematographic and narrative way, to celebrate its soundscape through the landscape, by discovering the roots of its folklore, and to embrace a future generation of films inspired by live performances. The final target will be to expand the project to different countries and art forms. I’m also thinking of my next short film. Called “The Whistler” and with a similar approach than “I’m sorry LOVE”, there will be a song and a discussion but this time it will be between two people of two different generations with the older person narrating his life to the younger person who will react to it in different ways. Another thing I have always in the back of my mind is a lifetime project called “The Changing Man”. Based on my first conceptual music album made for my MSc Sound Design Final Project in 2005, I will create short films on the go for each of the ten tracks. I have done already three of them and when time will allow me to finish them, I will organize a film concert with the original musicians from the album performing live and all the films played on a big screen. But I think it will not be before a long long time.

14) Where can people find more information about you and your films?

They can see my videos on Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/jupearly, on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/jupearly and myspace www.myspace.com/jupearly

15) Do you have anything additional imformation to add to the viewers out there?

They can hear my last music album on myspace http://www.myspace.com/pundigrion. I started recording a new series of acoustic EPs with friends in Edinburgh, Berlin and Vienna.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Edinburgh is the eternal autumnal city says DANI

Film reviewer and freelance writer Daniele Wecker wrote a very touching review on I'm Sorry love...

Extract:

What does it mean to be in a certain space at a specific moment, and how does this tie in with not only your, but life in general? Is there such a thing as common existence or a concept of life which is not only universal, but can it be expressed at all and if so, how? These conceptual inquiries are as old as mankind, nevertheless, film-makers generally tend to shy away from them in our post-modern age, which more often than not prefers to feign disillusionment at life's mysteries. After all, if God is dead and any attempt at political action seems futile from the start, what point is there in making sense of the world and our existence in it?

Fortunately, Julien Pearly's I'm sorry LOVE bravely aspires to come to terms with this universal concept of subjectivity within the space of existence....

You can read the full article here