Northern Film & Media, Channel 4 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art commissioned 10 artists and filmmakers for Channel 4’s renowned Random Acts strand. To celebrate their completion and in the lead up to broadcast, due Autumn 2013, the ten films will be premiered at BALTIC from 28 October – 17 November 2013, with a programme of talks and presentations from 06 - 14 November.
Random Acts is a short-form, late night daily arts strand on Channel 4. It launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold expressions of creativity. Adopting a ‘television as art’, rather than television about art approach, Random Acts enables a diverse range of established artists and emerging talent to create their own pieces, unmediated by presenters and unfettered by the conventions of conservative arts television. These short films disrupt the schedule with content including, but not restricted to: spoken word, dance, animation, visual art and music.
Some of the Random Acts artsits and filmmakers will be talking informally on a drop in basis; others will delivering more formalised presentations, for which booking is strongly recommended.
(All presentations run from 4.00pm – 5.30pm, in BALTIC Cinema, LEVEL 1.)
Friday 8 November Lyn Hagan
Lyn will address the practical and creative challenges involved in making her film with a prisoner on Death Row. (Click here for more info and to book.)
Tuesday 12 November Lesley-Anne Rose
Lesley-Anne will talk about the craft of stop-motion animation in the digital age and will illustrate her presenttion with a selection of puppets and set pieces from her film. (Click here for more info and to book.)
Wednesday 13 November Maxy Bianco
Maxy will be screening a selection of his previous work and exploring his focus on the strange lives of marginalised characters who haunt the raggy fringes of the North East of England. In conversation with Roxy Bramley of Northern Film & Media. (Click here for more info and to book.)
(All talks run from 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Ground Floor, BALTIC.)
Wednesday 6 November Ben Jeans Houghton
Thursday 7 November Andrew Coats
Saturday 9 November Ian Cottage
Sunday 10 November Ed Carter
Tuesday 12 November Michelle Fox
Thursday 14 November Reuben Jacob Abraham
The films commissioned were:
The ten projects were selected by: Roxy Bramley (Creative Industries Manager, NFM); Tabitha Jackson (Commissioning Editor, Arts, Channel 4); Laurence Sillars (Chief Curator, BALTIC); and Agnes Wilkie (Deputy Director, BALTIC).