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California buddies - The Closer We Get (to you)

Very thrilled to be selected to screen The Closer We Get in the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival.
We screen in a cinema with the word 'Hollywood' in it, about which we are very excited !

Sunday 17 July, 15.00 - Ticketing & venue info here

ACME Hollywood Theatre
135 N. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
United States

MG, Karen & Alan / Javelin meeting in Chicago

Once Upon a Time Somewhere

...was big in the nascent media art world and in 1999 we made a rather successful project called An Artist's Impression (now in the Science Museum London's collection)....

This piece was an installation akin to a huge model railway layout (it showed extensively at the ICA, the Fruitmarket, Chapter and many other places) plus a live online world (or MUSH as it was known) which existed entirely as text and interactivity between its players. When stuff happened online, we tried to model it live onto the installation. Simple! The online space that was being 'built' was based on our childhood homes and hence a slightly spooky evocation of these remembered locations still exists online, accessible, maybe forever. When online gaming became the infinitely more elaborate thing it is now, it was expected that these low-fi social spaces were a thing of the past, but now with Minecraft perhaps that was jumping the gun?

Anyway, somehow (Alan, can you recall how?!) we found a very clever person to help programme and run this world for us, and this was 'Javelin' or Alan as was his real name, and he was in Chicago. Though now retired from the post, Alan has kept in touch so when I found myself at Chicago International Film Festival last week, it was great to catch up again IRL with him and his family.

Darkon bling
Can it buy me a movie distribution deal?

'Darkon' bling

Apparently our fave movie to date 'Darkon' won the best documentary feature audience prize last night so big congrats to them. We have met a few of this tenacious team , who hung out with a group of Baltimore fantasy role players for over a year to make the movie. The DoP, unusually, a woman, said hi at the screening and I have to say her work in the film is one of its most memorable aspects..... The Darkon players themselves have a few of their number here at the festival, and though apparently contentious with some of their group, they seem to be taking a huge pride in the film. The 'president' of Darkon gave me this momento - the currency of Darkon - but how many margaritas can it buy?!

..or should I say 'Bannor'?

Yee-ha! SXSW here we come

After a busy afternoon at the launch of our new web project Sometime Later ( at the Hospital in London, the suitcases are packed and tomorrow morning we head to Austin Texas for the North American premiere of 'Bata-ville'.
Our usual thorough research - an evening with a glass of wine surfing the website - has yielded a fantastic personalised calendar of events to pack our 5 days with, over and above our 2 screenings (2:00 PM, Tuesday March 14th - Dobie & 4:30 PM, Thursday March 16th - Dobie for any of you in Texas)
Otherwise we have no idea what to expect - stetsons, tortillas, pools?!
By funny coincidence Belle & Sebastian are playing in the music part of the festival - one of the band, Stevie Jackson plays on our flm soundtrack - but due to my brother Sean sorting all that side of things out - we haven't yet met!