So far 2017 has turned out to be an exciting and busy year, one filled with many new collaborations and projects. The first big project of the year was our first ever UK Tour which took place between 28th February and 11th March. During this time we stopped off at Cambridge, Galashiels, Edinburgh, Stoke-on-Trent, Farnham and Bristol for screenings and talks. It was an amazing experience and has spurred us on to do it again in 2018. The greatest pleasure of the trip was to be able to spend time talking with the programmers and audiences about the films and to also find out about their own work and interests. We came home energised and inspired! You can read an account of our tour here.
In the next few months we have a couple more events coming up!
On Friday 5th we’ll be in Portugal to present a cine-ritual performance called Monochrome Witches, which involves video projection, ritual actions, live sound and music. We’ll be presenting this at PA!, a night of performative oddities, works in progress and projections which will be taking place at Rosa Imunda in Porto. Here’s the facebook events page
Coming up in June we’ll be screening The Kingdom Of Shadows in Warsaw at a brand new film festival called Station To Station, this weekend of screenings will showcase a selection of new films by contemporary artists with the artists in attendance to speak with the audience about their work. It sounds like it’s going to be an amazing event and we can’t wait! The screenings will be free so they are currently crowdfunding to cover the costs of accommodation and flights for all the artists, if you can help them in any way please do and any help spreading the word would be fantastic, here’s the crowdfunding page: https://igg.me/at/stationtostation/x
Those of you that have been following our work over the past year will already know about our partnership with the Dublin based Experimental Film Society. We have teamed up for a series of collaborations which will include film production, screenings and writing. Recently EFS have successfully completed a crowd-funding campaign to fund the publication of a new book called Luminous Void, which brings together a collection of articles, interviews and essays relating to the history and work of EFS. We are very pleased to have been invited to contribute our manifesto The Quest For The Cine-Rebis to this publication. The book is currently being put together and should be available later this year.
We have also recently had the great pleasure of interviewing one of our favourite animators, the great Bruce Bickford! This interview will be included in a book dedicated to his work called Mr Bickford Discovers a New Land, published by Topalian & Milani, to accompany an exhibition of his work in Germany at the Stadthaus Ulm, which can be visited until 18th June. This book can be pre-ordered, you can find all the details here.
In regards to our own publication, we are in the final stages of putting together the latest issue of FILM PANIC Magazine, which we are very excited about! In this issue we have interviews with seven contemporary artist filmmakers: Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, Marnie Weber, Scott Barley, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Janja Rakuš and Susu Laroche. We hope to have it finished and on sale in the next couple of weeks. You can find previous issues of FILM PANIC Magazine here.
Alongside writing about films we have also been programming a series of film screenings called FILM PANIC Presents! Over the course of this series we have shown a selection of contemporary underground and experimental films from around the world, the last screening is coming up on 12th May and we are going out with a bang – we are very honoured to be hosting the world premiere of Gurcius Gewdner‘s scatological mystical masterpiece Pazúcus: Island of Vomit and Despair. Full details of the event here.
Coming up with our own films, we have two productions that we are focusing on over the communing months. The first is Black Sun, a feature film which is currently in post-production. The film was shot in 2016, the editing is now complete and we are working on the sound design. This film continues our investigation of alchemical themes in cinematic form and it is the first of a series of films exploring humankind’s relationship to darkness. It draws inspiration from the portrayal of female characters in European fairy tales, paintings and literature.
As well as Black Sun, we have begun working on a new project which sprung up from our recent UK Tour, and will continue over the rest of the year. It is called INT. LANDSCAPE, an experimental feature film shot around the country exploring various rural sites of personal, historic and mythological interest such as Hastings, the Essex coast near Colchester, Avebury stone circle, and many other locations. INT. LANDSCAPE investigates the narrativity of place and how each individual projects their own inner life and personal narratives onto the places they visit. The sequences in this film will be like windows into an inner space where the landscape we live in mingles with the landscape of the imagination.
If you are interested in seeing our work, we currently have three feature films available on DVD & VOD:
Savage Witches (2012): a kaleidoscopic adventure in cinematic alchemy and our first collaboration, which launched The Underground Film Studio
Splendor Solis (2015): Daniel’s epic ‘home movie’ project 17 years in the making.
In Search Of The Exile (2016): a visionary cinematic experience, a doorway into a dreamworld where reality morphs and transforms before our eyes.