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Another long creative journey reached a destination, though not the final one...alongside our work we stop-over at various other projects and ideas across the world that are worth sharing. 

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Please note that for news items that do not consist of filmpro project, the text is published as received and announced by the respective parties. We are therefore not responsible for any last minute changes, inaccuracies or terminology outside the remit of the Social Model of Disability. 

The first workshop group on the their 'Explore' session. Tower Hamlets local history unfolding in front of them, whilst sharing their own stories, pieces of great East End history!

Thank you all for coming along and we look forward to seeing you again!

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filmpro are pleased to announce that Çağlar Kimyoncu has been awarded a grant through the Artists International Development Fund programme to research and shoot the preparatory footage for his new project Conscientious Objectors. The programme is jointly funded by the Arts Council England and the British Council.


Following the success of his recent multi-screen installation COnscription, Çağlar has been awarded funding for a residency in Israel to develop and create the new project. Conscientious Objectors will look at the stories and experiences of those who take an ideological stand against compulsory military service, and the wider effects such actions have.


'In the UK, we don't really know much about conscription and conscientious objection, but it exists in dozens of countries worldwide. Why choose Israel and Palestine? Because the draft for conscription in Israel is amongst the broadest in the world: women and Deaf people are also eligible. As conflicts in the widest region continue to escalate and chances for peace seem ever more remote, the positions of those who refuse the draft and take up strategies of non-violence resistance are crucial to examine and bring into the public discussion.'
 
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Caglar is joining DYSPLA on ther GALA Fundraiser Night (Monday 11th November), contributing his message about the challenges, assumptions and creative power behind dyslexia.

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For three days in September our new studio on Cremer Street  magically transformed into a small digital art gallery, as part of the ACAVA Open Studios days!

Good old friends and new ones visited our versatile studio at its best, introducting the growing network of filmpro Associate Artists! Most of the artists were there, or through their work, eitherway, their presence was strong!

Caglar Kimyoncu

Michael Achtman

Zeynep Dagli

Julie McNamara

Juan Soto

Daniel McGowan

Theresa Kiyota Rahman de Swiet

Juan delGado

 

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This summer A World Not Ours continued its glorious journey to the screens and our hearts! Mahdi's captivating documentary was presented with the award for Best Film in the International Competition at the Edinburgh International Film Festival!

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Juan delGado's Ringing Forest is one of the five projects to receive a research and development grant through the inaugural Jerwood Open Forest!


Each selected project will be supported by Jerwood Visual Arts and Forestry Commission England to expand on the concept of their proposal and explore potential sites through a six-month period. The research process will culminate in a curated exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts, London in January 2014.

 

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COnscription Catalogue - Front Cover


Following two exhilarating weeks, COnscription - The Exhibition completed its show in East London and now looks forward to continuing the journey to other galleries in the UK and beyond! Watch this space, as we will soon be announcing where the next project of the Conscientious Objectors series goes!

We are grateful to everyone in the production team who worked enthusiastically with Caglar Kimyoncu and filmpro to make this happen! We would, also, like to thank the Old Truman Brewery for their hospitality at the Wilkes Street gallery.

Two open events, an Artists' Talk and a Panel Discussion, complemented the exhibition, bringing to audiences the creative subtleties of improvisation in filmmaking and thought-provoking questions about a subject rarely approached through art.

The greatest 'thank you' goes to guests, friends and visitors who joined us at COnscription, and shared their inspiring comments and thoughts, encouraging us to take the project to new destinations. 

We hope you all remain on-board this journey! 

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The current overhaul of benefits has intensified debate about who is disabled, and the necessity to 'perform' this identity to be validated. Meanwhile Disabled artists enjoyed perhaps their highest profile yet in the UK through Unlimited and other London 2012 Paralympics programmes. This symposium brings together artists, campaigners and producers to discuss the implications and opportunities for Disability Arts and its activist role in the wider social context. The artists exhibiting in 'People Like You' will also discuss the works in the show.


DATE: Wed, 10 Apr 2013, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 

LOCATION: Salisbury Arts Centre 

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Are you interested in drama and performance?

Are you someone with speech impairments or someone who uses assistive technology to communicate?

If you are, then check out Pete Edwards' upcoming workshop at the Barbican Centre in April and book a place now! Sessions will be held once a week, over a six-week period.

Click here for more details about the workshop and how to apply.

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Boat needs your support!

Still from Boat featuring the Old Man

 

A mischievous short film, by Daniel McGowan, with a sense of playfulness and creeping menace, which argues that no matter how hard you try, you can't keep the world at bay forever, nor all that it contains...   

Having had the first shoot end prematurely due to bad weather in November, Daniel is now at the final stages of his film and is seeking for funding support. A new funding campaign has been launched, hoping to raise money to finance these final steps and post-production. 

Daniel would love any help you can give, even if it is just sharing the project with others!

Click here to go to the funding campaign on Indiegogo, where you can also read what the funds will cover.

To find out more about Boat, the story, crew, cast, updates and how to get involved, visit the website: www.boat-film.com

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A flickering light in the darkness, a lighthouse watching, a woman dreaming

Sailing Out of Grain is an intimate portrait of Hilary Lister, the first disabled woman to sail solo around the UK. This new artwork by renowned artist Juan delGado captures Hilary in a distinctive, mesmerising way.

A triptych, a fragmented portrait, sounds from a life

Drawing on poetic and evocative images, Sailing Out of Grain is a non-linear narrative split over three screens, with a nuanced, naturalistic soundscape.

A sail flaps in the wind, in anticipation, in the call of the open sea

Sailing Out of Grain explores themes of dreams and reality, freedom and confinement, and challenges our perception of what constitutes the 'perfect sports body'. It is the story of Hilary's journey to regain her independence.

London Premiere Screening Press Release (PDF format)

Birkbeck Cinema (41 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, University of London, WC1H 0PD) on 11 April 2013 (5pm).

Click here to read more about Sailing Out of Grain    

 

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We recently turned a new leaf in our activities in disability film distribution making thought-provoking films available online for anyone to watch or download worldwide!

Partnering up with Realeyz TV, a German based video-on-demand company, means that we can offer the opportunity to disabled filmmakers we collaborate with to reach out to a much wider audience, who can watch the films from home and as many times as they wish!

The first films are now uploaded and more will follow! Click the titles below and happy viewing!

Resistence, by Liz Crow (2008, UK)

Frida Kahlo's Corset, by Liz Crow (2010, UK) 

Morticia, by Nabil Shaban (2009, UK)

 

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Still from COnscription promo video

You are warmly invited to become an intrigued spectator, an observer, an invisible protagonist or simply a passer-by in relation to

COnscription, an experiential multimedia installation by Caglar Kimyoncu, at the Old Truman Brewery in May 2013!

Click here to watch the promo video.

Exhibition details:

Venue: Old Truman Brewery, 4 Wilkes Street, London, E1 6QF. Click here for Google maps

Dates: Thursday 2nd – Saturday 18th May 2013

Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6pm / Friday 11am – 8pm (Mondays closed)

Part of the Whitechapel Gallery's 'First Thursdays' - 2 May 2013

 

COnscription is the first project in Conscientious Objectors, a series of collaborative research-based works coming from countries which use conscription and national service.

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Follow COnscription on facebook and twitter.

The project is funded by the Arts Council England and supported by the War Resisters' International.

 

 

You are warmly invited to become an intrigued spectator, an observer, an invisible protagonist or simply a passer-by in relation to COnscription, an experiential multimedia installation by Caglar Kimyoncu, at the Old Truman Brewery in May 2013!


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Mahdi Fleifel's feature documentary A World Not Ours continues its journey around the world, enchanting audiences and jury panels! After the Abu Dhabi Film Festival success in November 2012, the documentary receives the Peace Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival!

Congratulations to Mahdi for this captivating documentary! 

A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.

Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, this film is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased.

 

Click here to view the trailer on vimeo.

Join 'A World Not Ours' on facebook.

Read more about the award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

 

 

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A light hearted and thought provoking afternoon of films and and music hosted by the totally disgraceful Twisted Blister (aka Julie McNamara).

A selection of short films from the best Disability Arts events on the world stage. Music from the Steve Varden Experience and Beaumont College Records.

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Following the world premiere in Toronto this September (Abilities Arts Festival 2012), Mahdi Fleifel's feature documentary A World Not Ours wins the Black Pearl Award in its Middle East premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival!

Congratulations to Mahdi for this captivating documentary! 

A World Not Ours is an intimate, and often humorous, portrait of three generations of exile in the refugee camp of Ein el-Helweh, in southern Lebanon. Based on a wealth of personal recordings, family archives, and historical footage, the film is a sensitive, and illuminating study of belonging, friendship, and family.

Filmed over more than 20 years by multiple generations of the same family, this film is more than just a family portrait; it is an attempt to record what is being forgotten, and mark what should not be erased.

 

Click here to view the trailer on vimeo.

Join 'A World Not Ours' on facebook.

Read more about the award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

 

 

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'Disability Film in focus' will offer blind and visually impaired audiences the rare opportunity to access non-English language films, as they are seldom audio described. Along with all the other films on the day, audio description (AD) will be provided for the two feature films ('Yo, Tambien' in Spanish and 'The Hammer' in English and American Sign Language - ASL), as well as for two of the shorts under the 'Liberty International: Shorts programme' ('Shadi in the Beautiful Well' in Arabic and 'One Day' in BSL).

AD coordinator and writer Michael Achtman, after consulting with VI cinemagoers, will be using two voices for each of these descriptions, one to describe the action and the other to voice over the dialogue.

 

So, come experience audio description of non-English language films - we welcome your feedback!

 

You can send your feedback via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), facebook, twitter, write to us, talk to us... we would love to know your thoughts!

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Creators of London's Disability Film Festival:

Caglar Kimyoncu and Julie McNamara return to the British Film Institute, Southbank, to curate the best of the fests celebrating the extraordinary talent and imagination of disabled filmmakers from a selection of Deaf and Disability Film Festivals across the globe. 

Two exciting 90-minute shorts sessions, in partnership with the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival and the BFI, and two great feature films, in partnership with the BFI, promise to offer you an inspiring and unforgettable cinema experience.

 

From freak shows to fitting rooms, disabled people have been scrutinised for generations and objectified on screen, fair game for pity or ridicule. From 1998 - 2006 the UK led the way in Disability Film Festivals, showcasing the work of Deaf and Disabled filmmakers on the international circuit and reshaping the way our images are portrayed. The past ten years has seen an explosion of talent in filmmaking thanks to developments in computer software and mobile devices. More importantly attitudes have changed. Now we are back, bolder and brasher than ever...

Save the date! Saturday 1st September 2012

Liberty 2012: Disability Film at the British Film Institute, Southbank

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