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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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Soil Culture

You should know this - 2015 is the official UN Year of Soil.

I am showing a new work produced at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in this touring show put together by CCANW.
It opens in Bristol at Create (on July 4 (from 6pm - do come) running till August 26.

Create Centre
Smeaton Road
Spike Island
Bristol
BS1 6XN

tel: 0117 925 0505
e: create.reception@bristol.gov.uk

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And Relax....

Gosh, that was the week that was.

Two screenings of The Closer We Get at Edinburgh International Film Festival and one at Open City Dcoumentary Festival in London.
A lot of (great) reviews.
One award (thanks, Open City!)
Much laughter and tears.
Many old friends :-)

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Photograph by Lindsay Perth

Nina Pope, Karen Guthrie & Rebecca Day at Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Ye Olde Somewhere

Most ex-printmakers like us seldom see our old work getting the light of day, though of course in many private houses it's probably being enjoyed daily - in fact a buyer of one of my degree show prints from 1991 recently contacted me about buying another print 24 years later - and with a his (slightly) healthier bank balance!

So it was my good fortune to drop by GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow) to see 'Ripples in the Pond' a group show including two prints from 1992 by us - that's three years before we even started collaborating as Somewhere!

It's a fascinating show as it's conceived as a conversation between works by women on paper and moving image and was generated by partners Modern Edinburgh Film School, along with LUX Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library. There is a screening room along with lots of very diverse pieces.

Our two small prints were created at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, a wonderful place where we both worked at one point, and they then we acquired by Glasgow City Council (I can't remember how) and until now have lived in a planchest in storage, so it's great to see them again and to know that they have interested someone enough to draw them out into the public eye again.

And on a library table in the show, there is a copy of the lovely 'Guide to Somewhere' produced for last years show in Kettles Yard!

AND the show runs until April 2016 - so no excuses if you are in town!

More about the show can be found here.

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FANFARE: FLOATING CINEMA ON TOUR LAUNCH!

This is our final season programming the lovely Floating Cinema, so join us as often as you can this summer as we leave London for the first time and float to Bristol.

This Friday 5 June we kick off at Brentford with Kevin MacDonald's acclaimed film 'Life in a Day' - an epic collection of everyday brilliance, collated from 80,000 contributors from around the world.

Enjoy canal side refreshments, and find out more about our ambitious voyage and action packed programme of screenings, events and artists commissions that will unfold along the route.

20.00 Explore the Floating Cinema and enjoy canalside refreshments
21.15 Speeches
21.30 Open Air screening programme
23.00 Event ends

BOOKING DETAILS

FREE, Booking essential, limited capacity available.

As there is limited capactiy, book online here via Eventbrite.

Please note the finale open air film is rated 12A and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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European Premiere announcement!

We're thrilled to at last be able to tell you that our UK friends have some upcoming chances to see our new film THE CLOSER WE GET at long last!

We've been selected to screen at the wonderful Edinburgh International Documentary Film Festival and here are the dates you need:

Thursday 18 June 18:10
Cineworld 12
Fountain Park,
130/3 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1AF
&
Saturday 20 June 13:30
Filmhouse 3
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Edinburgh International Film Festival Tickets / Bookings:
EIFF Box Office
88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
info@edfilmfest.org.uk
Tel. +44(0)131 623 8030

LONDON PREMIERE @ OPEN CITY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL - JUNE 21
Hot on those Edinburgh heels is this Closing Gala night screening at this state-of-the-art central London cinema!
Sunday 21 June - 18:00
Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Tel. +44(0)20 7911 5050
Open City Documentary Festival Tickets / Bookings:
Open City Box Office, Festival Hub
Robert’s Building, UCL, Torrington Place, London WC1E 7JE
+44(0)20 7679 4907
info@opencitylondon.com

We'll be at all of the above screenings - can't wait to see you there!

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Best International Documentary Feature at Hot Docs

What a week - our first ever trip to Hot Docs in Toronto for the World Premiere of The Closer We Get.

We screened twice to fantastic audiences - laughter, a few tears and many insightful questions afterwards for myself and our editor Alice who travelled out with me.

Then came the award ceremony evening at the wondrously-named 'Shangri-La' hotel, when we heard we'd won the top prize - amazing! Luckily a friendly producer took care of my glass award for the rest of the evening for me (thanks Dewi!) as it went a bit hazy after that...

We met so many fantastic film-makers and film fans it really was quite overwhelming, but a wonderful start to the film's life. We can't wait to tell you about the UK premiere, which we can do in a few weeks time, so do watch this space !

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Karen and the Hot Docs gong!

Today is the big day in Toronto ...

GOOD LUCK Karen & Alice for the World Premiere of the film today ... it's a been a long long journey to get here but so worthwhile, I can't wait to start reading the reviews as the film goes out into the big wide world at last today ... you two won't be awake as yet but when you are (as they would say in Largs) Weeeellll Done ;-)

For anyone else over there in Toronto too tickets are right here.

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Eyes on the Horizon

It's been great to work again with Koby Barhad on design for The Closer We Get. Koby did lots of great stuff (including a Somewhere font dontcha know) for our recent show at Kettles Yard and he's nailed it again in this lovely poster.
A shout out must also go to photographer Damian Shields who did some incredible compositing work to the photographs that went into the design....

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The Closer We Get

Graphic design by Koby Barhad, digital compositing by Damian Shelds, photography by Nina Pope

Bata-ville at Eastside Projects in Birmingham

The nice folk at Eastside Projects sent us this picture of our Bata vintage shop awning as it was hung in The Birmingham Show, which comes down today.

Looks small but that's warehouse shows for you :-)

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Vintage Bata awning from Maryport, at Eastside Projects in Birmingham
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