The film screening sessions has pretty much turned into my responsibility and my project. In all honesty it doesn’t raise enough money to be a beneficial factor to the Manchester to London exhibition fundraising fund. However, I have, since the beginning original idea thought it was a great opportunity for people on the course, and more importantly people from other art and design courses to get together to see a film that has at least one connection to an art and design field.
The films that have gone have been,
Thursday 19th January - Snowtown
Thursday 26th January - Bill Cunningham’s New York (Couldn’t be screened for legal reasons)
Thursday 2nd February - The Beginners
Thursday 9th February - Happiness
Thursday 23rd March - Shooting Robert King
Thursday 1st March - Project Nim
Thursday 15th March - Annie Lebovitz Life Through a Lens
After the easter break I am looking to show more photography orientated films, more documentaries. The first film will be Sally Mann, What Remains, almost a biopic of the very well known and talented photographer Sally Mann. The introduction speaks about What Remains like this,
Sally Mann: What Remains presents this celebrated photographer’s most recent body of work, a five -part series that explores the ineffable divide between body and soul, life and death, earth and spirit. The project is organised into five sections that visually depict the eternal cycle of life, death, and regeneration. What Remains draws upon the artist’s personal experiences as inspiration for a haunting series about the one subject that affects us all; the loss of life and what remains.
I know I personally want to watch this film because I feel it connects with the work I try to produce.
The film I am hoping to follow What Remains is the very compelling film Manufactured Landscapes, directed by Jennifer Baichwal focusing on the photographer Edward Burtynsky. A film that has us seeing slag heaps, e-waste dumps, huge factories in the Fujian and Zhejiang provinces of China, and a place in Bangladesh where ships are taken apart for recycling. This moving film is a must watch I feel because it makes the viewer think a lot about how powerless they are in this world and the effect their lives are having on this damaged world.
Thursday 19th April - Sally Man; What Remains
Thursday 26th April - Edward Burtynsky’s Manufactured Landscapes