The Arches presents
Tue 24 May 2011 | 7pm | £4/£3
Short film night Focus Left returns following its launch last year – and a highly successful youth edition at Glasgow Film Festival.
This new platform for short filmmakers is seeking submissions that drive the shorts genre forward through innovation and a re-imagining of the cinematic rule-book, particularly those which incorporate live elements into the work – whether it be music, soundscape, performance or improvised narration.
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Julien Lonchamp and The Apostrophe Ensemble – Verso-Tempo
Katri Walker and Wounded Knee – North West
Ruth Paxton – Paris/Sexy
Daniel Warren – In Sobieski’s Shield (feat. sci-fi writer Russell Jones and musician Dominic Dixon)
Christopher Quinn – Commuting
Jeorge Elkin – Wind Over Lake
Rosalind Masson introduces her brand new documentary/art film short
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Julien Lonchamp and The Apostrophe Ensemble – Verso-Tempo —————————————-
Created by Julien Lonchamp, the Apostrophe Ensemble proposes to recapture the essence of early cinema performance by combining live orchestral music and original short films. In Verso-Tempo, a character battles on the cusp between reality and madness, condemned to the confines of a half-lit house. Within the four walls of the film, time structures space, determining the fate of a man seemingly trapped within his own mind. Verso-Tempo was nominated for Best Experimental Film at the 2009 Fastnet Short Film Festival.
Katri Walker and Wounded Knee – North West —————————————-
North West uses cinematic language to make layered connections between the Scottish landscape and the seductive visual and aural culture of the classic Hollywood Western. Shot in Assynt, Sutherland, it focuses on the geological parallels between Monument Valley – the ubiquitous location and signifier of so many Westerns – and Scotland’s own sandstone inselbergs, or ‘island mountains’, while exploring mankind’s relationship to land, land ownership and the visual depiction of land as a signifier for notions of nationalism.
The film’s score, which plays with the melancholic tones of the Spaghetti Western and Scottish folk music to create a unique and ambiguous cinematic soundtrack, was created by singer and experimental vocalist Wounded Knee, who will perform live as part of this screening.
Katri Walker is an artist living and working between Glasgow and Mexico City. Working predominantly with video installation, she has has shown her work throughout Europe, Mexico, Australia and America. A graduate of the MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2007, she is currently Artist-in-Residence at Stills Gallery in Edinburgh as part of the RSA Residencies for Scotland Programme,
Ruth Paxton – Paris/Sexy —————————————-
Greer’s weird. Everyone in the village thinks so. Greer lives in a ramshackle woodland farmhouse with her father, Ivan, a failed gamekeeper who has a chronic mental illness. Isolated and ostracised by the nearby villagers, Greer works in a care home and monitors Ivan.
Greer is troubled by her burdens. She loves her Dad but dreams of a life lived in colour. Greer is entranced when an exotic couple crashes into her tedium. She takes them home but her half-formed hopes are destroyed, ending in fatal violence…
Charming and disturbing, Ruth Paxton has written and directed a compelling tragedy where virtue is not rewarded and dreams don’t come true. Paris/Sexy has been nominated for multiple awards in 2011, including the Best of 8th London Short Film Festival, the Shquip International Short Film Festival and the Revelation Perth International Film Festival.
Ruth Paxton is an impassioned young Scottish filmmaker and visual artist. Her work is heavily influenced by popular culture and has been celebrated for its surreal, unique and often humorous style.
Rosalind Masson – as yet untitled —————————————-
Part documentary, part art film, Rosalind Masson’s new short explores energy transformations in real time and edited time. Shot in Berlin, it captures the daily urban dialogue between humans and nature, serving as an introduction for a choreography based on these interactions.
Glasgow-based artist Rosalind Masson studied at London Contemporary Dance school and has worked with choreographers in New York (Miguel Guitterez, John Jasperse) and Berlin (Arthur Staldi, Renate Graziadei). She is currently on the Artistic Panel for The Workroom at Tramway.
Daniel Warren – In Sobieski’s Shield —————————————-
Warren’s 2010 film In Sobieski’s Shield uses archive and documentary photographs to juxtapose the familiar view of space from earth – that of stars, wars, and the obsolescece of the recent past – with a strange and new environment. Contemporary images of government bunkers abandoned in the early 1990s also evoke the nuclear anxiety that coloured the filmmaker’s own childhood.
In this special screening, science fiction poet Russell Jones will narrate Edwin Morgan’s eponymous 1968 poem live over the film, with a score created by musician Dominic Dixon, aka talkingmakesnosense.
Christopher Quinn – Commuting —————————————-
Christopher Quinn is an independent filmmaker based in Glasgow. His short film Commuting was awarded winner of the Narrative Film category at the Can-Do International Film Festival and Competition 2010 in Los Angeles, as well as achieveing runner-up in the Professional Film category at London’s G-Tech Driven Creativity competition in the same year.
Recent works include short film Nedator, starring Glasgow Youtube hero The Wee Man, which was shown as part of the Magner’s Glasgow International Comedy Festival in 2011. He is currently in post production of his latest short, Terra Pronto.
Jeorge Elkin – Wind Over Lake —————————————-
“Wind Over Lake is an experimental film in which the participants are portraying a fictionalised version of themselves.The idea was to create story intuitively as a thought association based on what had been shot previously. The intention was also to let the audience participate as much as possible in the storytelling. For that reason, every scene was shot in one continuous shot and the participants asked not to signal or suggest emotions.”
Jeorge Elkin is a filmmaker currently residing in Scotland.
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