LFS Autumn Q&A Programme: Still to come

From London Film School:

The London Film School’s Q@A programme returned last week with a wide-ranging selection of preview and retrospective screenings - and there are many great guests still to come.

We have an allocation of free places for industry guests and those interested in studying at the London Film School. If there is an event you would like to attend, please apply for a place online at www.lfs.org.uk/qa. Screenings start at 5.45pm, followed by Q&A and networking drinks. Q&A@LFS: Autumn 2008, Sponsored by Skillset



Free pre-release screening of Chet Baker Jazz doc

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RAINDANCE FILM CLUB : Chet Baker Screening


When: May 21

Where: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (behind Russell Square tube station) WC1N 1HX.

How much: FREE

RAINDANCE FILM CLUB presents LET’S GET LOST, a documentary about jazz legend Chet Baker.

On June 6, the Oscar-nominated LET’S GET LOST will be released in UK cinemas. Directed by internationally renowned photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber, Let’s Get Lost offers a powerful and uniquely personal insight into the life of the late jazz great Chet Baker.

You can see the film two weeks early at this exclusive Raindance preview screening on May 21 at the Horse Hospital.

Travelling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

Winner of the 1989 Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award, Let’s Get Lost has become an important document in the career of the filmmaker on the life of a jazz legend.

Since its release in 1989, Let’s Get Lost has introduced a whole new generation of jazz enthusiasts to the timeless talent of the late Chet Baker (trailer after the link)


Ahlaam gets Iraqi distribution, making of doc picked up for Tribeca Fest

"War, Love, God & Madness is Lost in La Mancha for adults. The woes that filmmakers usually experience really do pale in comparison to what this production went through."

ah_0013.jpgJust a day after reading in Variety about the UK's Human Film - previously profiled on Netribution - getting their Iraqi-set and shot feature film Ahlaam a release in Iraq, comes the news that the much awaited making-of documentary on the film, War, Love, God & Madness has been selected for Robert de Niro's Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

In the film, Ahlaam helmer Mohamed Al-Daradji, an Iraqi-Dutch national, leads us on his disturbing journey inside Baghdad where fiction and reality blur in the gritty aftermath of 25 years of dictatorship, three wars and occupation - as never seen before.

In 2004, undaunted by the volatile political, military dangers and heartbreaking chaos, after studying in the UK, Al-Daradji returned to his home, Baghdad. Stumbling upon the once vibrant streets now consumed by unemployment, hunger, poverty and madness, he set forth to make his debut film 'Ahlaam'. Challenged physically and emotionally by unimaginable brutal circumstances with no money, just hope, the camera rolls as the world unravels around the film; a young child sings for Saddam, a father grieves for his hanged son, a poet reflecting back on his time in prison, whilst a troubled friend is lost in his madness.


Glimmer : 6th Hull Short Film Festival shines a light

glimmer.jpegOver the years I've been lucky enough to visit most of the main film festivals in the UK. By far my favourite experience was the Hull Short Film Festival, back in 2003, where I saw some truely mind-expanding films from Oscar-winning master Virgil Widrich, participated in some lively debates and panels, ate great food at the unique Hitchcocks restaurant (the first person to book for each night can decide which country's cuisine the whole restaurant will eat that evening) and danced alongside Virgil at one of the infamous Hutt Street parties.

So when Laurence Boyce, DVD reviewer for Netribtion and one of the most passionate and committed people about short films in the UK (he watches several thousand a year) was made director, we were very excited here and Netribution is delighted to be a partner of the festival. With the vast majority of films shown online being short form, the medium will only continue to grow and develop, with festivals like Hull more important than ever.

soft_poster_jap.jpgKicking of last night (15th April), treats include the presence of the UK's hottest short director - Simon Ellis - in attendence for a BAFTA masterclass and trawl through some of his favourite shorts. Ellis made his first short, Thicker than Water, for a fiver, and last year saw his short film Soft (pictured) pick up 30 awards at pretty much all of the top film festivals . It only missed out on an Oscar nomination after a middle-of the night screening on Channel 4 made it ineligable for the awards.

Internationally acclaimed 16mm short filmmaker Ben Rivers will be presenting a retrospective of his work, and three programmes of India shorts will showcase some of the riches of talent coming from the world's most productive filmmaking country. Further screenings from the brilliant Slack Video, Creative Partnerships, Propeller TV, and the London Short Film Festival are joined with panels from Film and Festivals magazine and Netribution (yay), where we will run a follow-up to the Never Mind the Celluloid event from Leeds Film Festival 2004 - which has even made it to the pages of Wikipedia! Other events include four competitions - Hull, Yorkshire, UK and International - and a full screening of this years BAFTA nominated and winning shorts and animations. Yorkshire writer-director Sue Everett and producer Rob Speranza lead an in-depth masterclass, Anatomy of a Short Film, on making shorts from start to finish, while filmmaking collective EXP24 run a workshop on making shorts without a camera.

slack.jpg It sounds great, and I strongly recommend you download their brochure and get yourself over to Hull. You can also see some trailers and previews at ITV's website .


Who Shot Darth Vader?

2001.jpg(Thanks to Bill Friend from Raindance):

Who Shot Darth Vader? Kelvin Pike did. And that's not all he shot...

Kodak Masterclass with Kelvin Pike hosted by Raindance Film Festival

For this Spring 2008 edition of the Raindance Kodak Masterclasses we welcome veteran cameraman Kelvin Pike BSC whose work includes 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Dr. Strangelove, and Heaven's Gate.

Kelvin will speak about his filmmaking career and show us examples of his work giving us a behind the scenes look at what it was like working on some of the most iconic films of the 20th Century. And yes don't worry, we've made sure to save some time for all your questions about Stanley Kubrick and George Lucas.


Chris Jones' has Gone Fishing at BAFTA

Chris 'Guerilla Film Superstar' Jones has his Oscar 2009-hopeful short Gone Fishing premiering at BAFTA Saturday night, accompanied with a full day's masterclass about the making of the Bill Paterson starer. Billed as Jaws for Kids, Gone Fishing was put into production after financiers told Chris they loved his feature film script, Rocket Boy, but would only let him helm it if he had some awards on the shelf.

Being behind the bible for indie film production apparently not accolade enough, Chris set out to shoot a 35mm high-production value short - microfinanced by volunteers - with a named cast and animatronic amphibians. And of course being the man he is, Chris was not content to simply make the film, but also had to share the fruits of a great learning experience, blogging the full process, with a further kit bag of insights offered at tomorrow's event. From concept, to script, to production, to edit and finally, to premiere – the one day seminar at BAFTA, will culminate in the black tie and posh frock premiere of Gone Fishing.


Film Club: A free night out on Raindance

Raindance Film Club is great way to see a free movie that you won't find in your neighborhood cinema and have a free beer on Cobra. This month's feature is Exhibit A, winner of the Best UK Feature award at the Raindance Film Festival's closing gala. Exhibit A is a dark family drama that unfolds from the unique perspective of a young girl's camcorder. This film has not yet been distributed in the UK so if you missed Exhibit A at the festival, this is your chance to view it for free.