Posted: 5th August 2015

Our FILM CLUB, a series of artist film Q&A screenings together with peer-to-peer networking, has now drawn to a close. Across the programme, we were delighted to welcome a range of artists and practioners to the region to screen short form works and discuss them with the audience, facilitated by a curator or collaborator. 

Emily Richardson discussed her approach to immersive audio within her work with sound artist and recordist Chris Watson; we talked food, politics and Palestine with Larissa Sansour; we examined cryopreservation with Naheed Raza and explored live music and artists’ moving image performances with Video Jam and Mary Stark; and we talked all things green screen with Rachael Maclean.

I think this series has been useful and relevant to my own practice, within that it is interesting to respond and have your own point of view on the work - which you often need to think about and reflect on, not always agree with, but always get something out of it. It also introduces you to artists and their work in an a-typical setting…Great idea Northern Film and Media

Video Jam attendee

It was interesting to hear the artist's interview, which gave insight into some of the thinking behind the films, and the threads connecting the works. It was also a good opportunity to see works which I would otherwise not have a chance to see

Naheed Raza attendee

In addition, there were also opportunities for artists’ one-to-one advice and discussion sessions with leading figures such as Ben Cook, Director of LUX, and artist-filmmaker Ben Russell (winner of our international open call commission in partnership with Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, which won a Tiger Award at RIFF 2015).

The one-to-one session … was a fantastic opportunity for us to talk to someone so relevant to our own practice as artist filmmakers. The discussion we had over the course of one hour has been very important in shaping the outcome of our latest project

Artist-filmmaker who participated in a one-to-one session with Ben Cook

The NFM>>FILM CLUB will return in 2016 (subject to funding), with further opportunities for to hear from artists-filmmakers about their practice and approaches, and a greater number of artist one-to-one advice sessions. Keep an eye on our newsletter and twitter feeds for further information.


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