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Nina and Karen visit Kanazawa in 2006

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!

Photo: Nina Pope

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!

Looking forward to another 20!

Somewhere at 10 years! Photo: Jet

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

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!