We're big fans of the Darklight Film Festival, every year they celebrate the best of independent, DIY and artist films. This year's festival will take place in the very impressive Darklight HQ, at The Factory, Grand Canal Dock on October 20th - 21st.
This year the festival is looking at grassroots film-making, looking at how friends and communities come together, and against the crazy backdrop of global financial meltdown still manage to make moving, hilarious, challenging and kick-ass films. The strands will include crowd funding, distribution, homemade digital and special FX.
The Darklight 2011 program currently looks like this
Spotlight on Docs
Darklight are excited and delighted to welcome Hussain Currimbhoy, curator of the Sheffield Doc/Fest, as our special guest programmer this year. Hussain has selected some feature documentaries for screening that connect with the Darklight 2011 theme Strictly Roots; Sound It Out, Blood In The Mobile, Resurrect Dead plus a special screening and performance by the makers of We Are Poets.
ALT. DIST. DOC.
A Symposium on how documentaries have been leading the charge with alternative and innovative distribution models. Guests include; Anna Sissons from film distribution company DogWoof/Popupcinema, documentary filmmaker and artist Jeanie Finlay, Hussain Currimbhoy programmer Sheffield Doc/Fest, and Alan Maher Irish Film Board / Bord Scannán na hÉireann.
Workshops topics include -
Crowd-funding case studys with Fundit.ie
YouTube - step by step of how to setup and get the most out, YouTube partner channels.
Masterclass on D.I.Y. Alternative fundraising and distribution with Sound it Out director Jeanie Finlay. (Seewww.screentrainingireland.ie for applications
New Indie Voices
New Indie Voices features a day-long Show-&-Tell style screening and presentation, shining the Dark Light on filmmakers who collaborate at a grassroots level from across the country. We will be screening work by collectives of friends / colleagues / community groups / artists /performers and / or random folk who've met through the twists and turns of life. Selected from an open call for entries these screenings has been programmed by long time Darklight contributor Michael Connerty and the Darklight team. Final programme TBA
Bellflower Film Screening & Workshop
Also part of New Indie Voices, we are thrilled to welcome SFX magician and director of Bellflower, Evan Glodell. Made by Evan and a group of friends from Ventura California, Bellflower was a big inspiration for this years Darklight theme. As well as screening the film, Evan will be doing a workshop on the amazing SFX and homemade camera he and his friends created for this critically acclaimed and brilliant film.
"An agonizingly intense, almost unbearably beautiful first feature from the writer-director Evan Glodell." (The New Yorker, Read more here)
Community Filmmaking Panel
Round table discussion on community filmmaking programmed by Eileen Leahy (TCD) including Daniel Lucchesi, director of We Are Poets. A panel consisting of community filmmakers, activists and artists, will discuss the hows and whys of community film. Topics up for debate include whether communities need to take control of how they are represented and how they might do so through film. A panel consisting of community filmmakers, activists and artists, discussing the hows and whys of community film. A diverse panel includes: Katherine Atkinson (Create), Paula Geraghty, (Trade Union TV), Dr. Àine O'Brien, (Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Fomacs) Ruth McCarthy, (Pixelbrix & Outburst Queer Arts Festival) & Joanie Whyte (Fatima Groups United)
A symposium of workshops & discussions on the democratization of 3D techniques programmed by Gavin Kelly and Caroline Campbell. Topics including -
Mocap Hack workshop hosted by Gavin Kelly (Piranha Bar)
Mocap Animate - a look at low budget pipeline and techniques with Giant Creative.
Stereoscopic pipeline - camera to screen - for the first Irish 3D film with Sophie Merry and Sigmedia (TCD).
Inspired by our trip to SWSX, we've invited Coatwolf Studios, producers of critically acclaimed Bellflower to come and talk about their extraordinary DIY special effects skills
Artist in Focus: Jesse Jones
Now In its 5th year, the Artist In Focus strand of Darklight is where we feature the work of exceptional Irish artists whose work investigates the language of cinema. In previous years we have been honoured to screen work by Vivienne Dick, Paddy Jolley, Willie Doherty and Gerard Byrne. This year we are delighted to host a retrospective and public interview with Dublin Visual Artist Jesse Jones.
For tickets and more information visit www.Darklight.ie