FIELD: Music & Film Festival Organisers
INTERVIEW LOCATION: Bar Italia - Soho
INTERVIEWEES: Françoise Lamy, Samantha Fougeras Lavergnolle
BORN: Françoise Lamy - Paris Samantha Fougeras Lavergnolle - London
EDUCATED: Françoise - La Sorbonne (Foreign Civilisation, English & American Literature) Samantha - Faculté St Denis (Fine Art, Cinema Audiovisuel)
What prompted your moves into film?
Samantha - I made a few films at University and when I came over to London I got involved with the Portobello film festival, I was there for two years until 98/99 and since then I've been organising one off events.Françoise - Same question? Actually my position is more to do with music which was one of the main reasons I moved to London. I worked as an assistant studio manager of an RSL (restricted service license) radio station and then I went to work at Peeping Toms which is how I got involved in film.
What are you both doing now?
S. - We are organising events linked with our Paris events, Valis has a Paris connection, a French Connection! At the moment we are organising a film night on the 25th of February called Transmission at DIY PLC on Commercial St in London but mainly we are trying to coordinate our London and Paris events.F. - Yes, and we have a new venue in Paris, the Lighthouse Boat on La Seine for an event on the 18th of February to promote the electronic and digital film and music culture, something we plan to do in London.
Where is this Lighthouse Boat?
S. - Its on the east end of the Seine opposite the National Library, its a big bright red thing you cant miss it!
What are your plans for the future?
F. - Well, weve just started working on a website for Valis to let people in London know what we are doing in Paris and vice versa. Well compile a detailed program of the films we are showing and the artists work. We also have a very exciting festival in the pipeline based in the French Alps ski resort of Tignes.S. - Apparently there is a Eurostar link from London but Snowtronix is a festival of electronic music like a formal rave. Therell be shorts screened, live bands, digitised music like House and Techno which hasnt got a good reputation in France but Valis is doing a lot to change that!
Will you spread to other countries in Europe?
F. - Well it took 6 years to set up the London - Paris connection!S. - Now its to do with sponsorship, to get European funds you need to be involved with more than two European countries. So well have to.F. - And wed like to keep linking up with other like-minded people but we are not in any rush.
Do you plan to move back to France?
F. - Well I am really working there part time with Valis France anyway.Samantha?
S. - Not if I can help it!