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Back to Japan!

I'm thrilled to be back off to Toge in Japan, where in 2006 we took part in the legendary Seven Samurai project for Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. This time I'm developing the House of Ferment, learning about Japanese food culture and exchanging village updates between Toge and Coniston!

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Nina and Karen visit Kanazawa in 2006

Farewell Floating Cinema

We really enjoyed our last screening as the progammers for the cinema last night - a firm Floating Cinema favourite venue at Three Mills, only light drizzle (!) and lots of friends of both Somewhere and the cinema in the audience. What a good way to end a very happy five years of working together - best of luck to all the Floating Cinema team for Extra-Terrestrial and beyond!

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Photo: Nina Pope

Looking forward to another 20!

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20 years of Somewhere!

FLOATING CINEMA FINALE: FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING of THE CLOSER WE GET
Thurs. Aug 20th @ Three Mills, Bow, London E3 3DU

We'd like to warmly invite you to a fabulous summer evening celebrating both 5 years of the Floating Cinema and 20 years of Somewhere.

Yes it really is 20 years since our first exhibition Somewhere Over The TV at the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh!
We have made many films and projects together since then and the latest one Repeat to Flourish has gone online last week - an archive commission created for The Floating Cinema this summer as it travelled from Brentford to Bristol and back again.

So to celebrate we'd like to invite you to join us for an exclusive al fresco free screening of The Closer We Get - Somewhere's fourth feature film - which as most of you will know is about Karen's own family - an incredible autobiographical tale of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption spanning decades and continents. We're delighted that the film was recently awarded one of the documentary world's highest accolades - Best International Feature - at Canada's Hot Docs - and we're really looking forward to sharing it with many of our friends here.

"A beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life"
Alison Rowat, The Herald ****

You can watch the Trailer, read reviews and see more about the film here at: www.thecloserweget.com

We'll be there to introduce the film - on an evening that marks 20 years of working together as Somewhere and the end of five very happy years collaborating with UP projects on The Floating Cinema. Feel free to come early & bring along your own picnic, drinks, dogs (on leads) and friends for this special event - we hope to raise a glass with some of you as we wait for it to grow dark!

The event is very near to another, much loved, Somewhere project Abbey Gardens - so you can even double up and go to the garden club before you come to Three Mills - www.abbeygardens.org

Though the event is free, tickets are limited so please reserve yours here!

Very best wishes,

Nina & Karen

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ps. See how we've all aged with 10 years and 3 more films since we showed our first feature Bata-ville at this party: http://www.somewhere.org.uk/ephemera/party/

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Somewhere at 10 years! Photo: Jet

A New Somewhere Film is born

This is our last year programming the lovely Floating Cinema, and as part of our send-off we got to make a new film purely from archive films, new and old, 'Repeat to Flourish' - which we have shown both one and off the boat this summer.
Now you can watch this little gem online :-)

The word 'archive' conjures up black and white, grainy footage (and we have a lot of that lovely stuff in there) but in fact with the bold Alice Powell our editor, we sourced lots of more recent material via YouTube to use, and we are grateful to everyone who pitched in some footage for us. We found kids doing parkour, men pretending to be horses and much more besides, and as ever with old films, it's a constant delight to us film makers to see what others in your shoes have done with a camera since it was invented.

The film journeys - like the barge - along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bristol to London, and is about 20 minutes long, with a great soundtrack from the Olden brothers.

To watch free, online, for one year only just click right here!

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Summer Fete

It's that time of year again!

Abbey Gardens Summer Fete – a free event for all ages on Saturday 25 July 2015 from 1pm – 4pm

Come along to try an array of activities and enjoy the garden:

Talk by Neil Fraser, author of Over the Border: The Other East End
Exhibition of archive images from the garden
Enjoy music from the Regent Community Brass Band
Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall
Children's activities, including a Treasure Hunt and a potato and spoon race
Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant
And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

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We're Hiring! Distribution Producer Wanted

SOMEWHERE seeks a DISTRIBUTION PRODUCER
for their award-winning feature documentary THE CLOSER WE GET

Deadline for Applications 09:00 Monday August 3rd

Part-time, free-lance paid role starting in August 2015 for circa 10 months*.
We are looking for a highly-organised and self-motivated individual with engaging verbal and written communication skills to help our small non-profit company maximise the impact of this award-winning film. You will be good at making fresh and appealing approaches to diverse people, organisations and companies who may screen the film or support its distribution. We will want you to work to distribution targets.
You can be based anywhere within the UK but periodic meetings in London will require your attendance.

Responsibilities include:

Managing the UK theatrical distribution of The Closer We Get:
·· Scheduling cinema release dates with independent cinemas around the UK.

· Negotiating ticket splits and minimum guarantee fees with each cinema.

· Managing and coordinating print transport and press materials.

· Researching and booking special guests for Q&A screenings.

· Keeping track of sales reports and invoicing individual cinemas.

Arranging community and film festival screenings:
· Checking and answering emails about screenings.

· Negotiating fees, sending print materials and invoicing for screenings.

· Liaising with the director and producer to book and manage Q & A appearances.

· Updating invoice and account Excel spreadsheets.

· Identifying further screening opportunities and submitting screener copies.

Approaching new organisations and managing existing partnerships:
· Building and maintaining relationships with existing partner organisations.

· Identifying possible groups who might screen the film or become partners.

· Contacting or liaising with groups about screenings or partner activities and ensuring they run smoothly.

Social Media / Website:
· Contributing to and monitoring the film’s website and social media accounts.

DVD / DoD:
· Manage the production, independent release and distribution of the UK DVD & DoD edition of the film.

Other:
· Collating audience-related data, feedback and statistics and contributing to funder reports.

Fee: £7000 - £10,000 depending on experience. Some expenses available. *NB This post is contingent on pending funding applications, outcomes of which should be known by mid-August.

Queries / To Apply:

Email your CV and a max. 2 x A4 letter of application outlining your relevant experience and aptitude for the role to artists@somewhere.org.uk by 09.00 on Monday Aug. 3rd

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 17.00 Wednesday Aug. 5th and interviews will take place by Friday Aug. 14th (either via Skype or in person in London).

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Swansong at Sunset

Very nice to be in Bristol at the weekend to see our new film 'Repeat to Flourish' launch ... we've now worked with UP projects for five years programming the Floating Cinema and I did feel a bit sad on Saturday night as this is going to be the last programme we do together. We wish them every success with the on-going project, it's been nothing but a pleasure to work on.

On Friday Laura Harford (project curator from UP) and I got together with members of the cube cinema team (THANKS Hogge, David & Jamie) to talk about different ways of approaching exactly this type of project - which is a cinema in every sense of the word, but also independent of the often very restrictive constraints of the more established cinema and film distribution network in the UK.

Laura and I were both really inspired by chatting with the cube team - their project has lasted some 16 odd years as a loose collective, and they take the idea of being independent through every aspect of what they do - from fundraising (and writing their own crowd funding software to buy the cinema building) to film, music, food and drink. So, we were also very happy to host a Cube Cola Lab with Kayle Brandon ... leaving us a concentrated remender of cube independence to drink on our way back to London over the next few weeks.

SO come and enjoy the spirit of independent film afloat as we travel back to London - I will certainly miss the taste of it in years to come!

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Repeat to Flourish screening in Bristol

Photo: Nina Pope

Mops across the ages ...

The Floating Cinema has made it to Bristol - and we're really looking forward to this week's programme of great events. Last night we kicked off with a small launch and the first screening of Repeat to Flourish - I was so busy chatting to some of the contributors I forgot to take any photos - so here one of my favourite stills from the film - showing mops across the ages! Prizes for those who can recognise the source films for these stills!! BIG thanks to Tim & Matthew Olden for all their hard work on the score and the ever patient Alice Powell for an epic archive edit.

You can find the programme for this week here

You can come and see Repeat to Flourish Saturday night as a prelude to the brilliant Penny Woolcock archive epic 'From the Sea to the Land Beyond'.

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Still from 'Repeat to Flourish'

Repeat to Flourish

It's all systems go here at Somewhere this week, alongside editor Alice Powell we are peddle to the metal trying to finish our archive film (which travels along the route of the K&A from Bristol to London) to show on the Floating Cinema. One of my main jobs has been trying to track down permissions from the 80+ film makers whose work we are using. There have been many frustrating hours on YouTube and following up dead links BUT there have also been some wonderful discoveries.

Today Alice and I were celebrating getting in touch with Sandra the daughter of Eileen Mackay Higgins Antwis a fascinating amatuer film maker who made many cine films between 1958 and 1978 apparantly using a clockwork Paillard Bolex 8mm camera. Amongst these films is an amazing colour record of the CND London to Aldermaston march in 1959. It's beautiful footage and we are really lucky that Sandra has allowed us to use it. The news that she has granted us permission was, I must admit, tempered with sadness though - her mother also shot the Devizes to London Canoe race in the 1970's - another major feature of our film - sadly one that has yet to be digitised by Sandra!

We can't wait to unveil the film next week in Bristol ... on Saturday 11 July at the New Inlet in Bristol's Floating Harbour, 8-11pm or see it on any of the other return journey screenings as follows:

Bradford-on-Avon, 16 July, 12-4pm (on-board)
Devizes, 18 July, 8-10.30pm (open-air screening)
Honeystreet, 20 July, 12-4pm (on-board screening)
Newbury Waterways Festival, 25 & 26 July, (on-board screening)
Brentford Lock, 2 August, 8-10pm, (open air screening)

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