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Karen and the Hot Docs gong!

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 !

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.

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

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....

Vintage Bata awning from Maryport, at Eastside Projects in Birmingham

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 :-)

The Closer We Really Are Getting …

At last we can share not only the wonderful new trailer for the film (with big thanks to Intermission) but also the VERY exciting news that we have our World Premiere at the acclaimed international documentary festival, Hot Docs - in Toronto, Canada - and soon!

Have a look here for more info - we screen on Wed April 29 & Thurs April 30 and tickets are already available :-)

It's an amazing start to the film's journey, and we are looking forward to bringing it closer to our home shores in the UK as soon as we can. Right ... back to trying to print out the flyers, get some hard drives off to Canada and finish those sub-titles - no rest here!

Still by Nina Pope, compositing by Damian Shields

The Closer We Get

The pedal has been on the metal these last few weeks on our new film The Closer We Get, and at the end of March we welcome once more Karen's niece Zoe to intern on this next phase of the film's life.

We're still at Splice in Shoreditch where people are beavering away finessing audio and final picture tweaks, and upstairs at Intermission Film, an incredible trailer has emerged - we cannot wait to show you it next week, we think you'll love it.

Lastly I have to flag up the great work of designer Koby Barhad (working on our film poster) and Damian Shields who has been doing our digital compositing - look at this wonderful picture below!

Floating Cinema by Hydar Dewachi

Up, Up and Away

We're having a superbusy few weeks planning the Floating Cinema's first trip beyond London - up the Bath & Kennett canal to Bristol, very slowly of course.
It's all happening from June this summer so look out for us if you're in the West Country!

One Day, an Expedition Arrived at a New Place….

Very pleased to have heard that we have some very welcome Arts Council support offered for our epic 25 year project, Prospection - a multi-disciplinary survey of the evolution of a new place and community from 'Year 0'.
A prototype of what we're doing was first shown at Kettles Yard in Cambridge last year and we are hoping the survey will take place annually at North West Cambridge - where our residency in archaeology that inspired the project was - for the next 25 years.

Picture by Andreas Lang

Mobile Garden City for Chobham Manor

We're very busy at the mo working with public works (who we've worked with before in various guises from the wondrous Egremont Folk Float to the Abbey Gardens Honesty Stall). We've been appointed 'Design Champions' (Yes, we wondered that too :-)) working with gardening charity Groundwork London, to design a temporary 5-yr garden that will move twice - yes TWICE - in its life.

The rather windswept site (pictured) is our canvas, but in reality it has a great view of the velodrome, some rather smart flats nearby, a nice cafe / play area and of course the brilliant expanse of the Queen Elizabeth Park (former Olympic Park) right beside it. The growing space will be comparable to our nearby 2009 garden project What Will the Harvest Be? at Abbey Gardens and ground pollution means raised bed growing again. We're having a lot of fun looking at English garden city design principles in the early 20th century and coming up with ideas around the paradoxical concept of a moveable garden....watch this space as the project unfolds!

Birmingham on my mind

I was once a very young lecturer in Fine Art at what was University of Central England (i think it's now Birmingham City University?) in the late 1990's until 2003. My colleagues (some of the most fondly remembered died too young - Mike Holland, Pete Lloyd Lewis...) and students made lasting impressions on me, and the city of Birmingham itself was unrecognisable from what's there today - I still remember the fantastic basement diners where we had to get lunch - smoke-filled places where food was cheap and fast and greasy. Pret a Manger was still nearly a decade off.

So I'm very pleased to be showing in the city for the first time, and with former students (incl. the unforgettable 'you did what with the rabbit!?' Reuben Henry) and also former colleagues (David Burrows).

So, to see the faded glamour of our beautiful vintage Bata awning in this forthcoming show:

Eastside Projects / 86 Heath Mill Lane / Birmingham B9 4AR

31 January to 11 April 2015 (Public Preview - 30 January 2015/ 6–8pm)

Tel. 0121 771 1778
www.eastsideprojects.org

Wednesday to Saturday 12–5pm - Free entry

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