Press Play and NFM: Crowd Surfing - DIY Film Funding and Distribution

With clips, success stories and words of warning from the worlds of filmmaking, crowd funding and online distribution, this is a not-to-miss event for all DIY film-makers. As well as panel discussion and clips there will be an opportunity to put your questions to the speakers.

Speakers and panellists will include:

  • Hal Branson, chair (Press Play)
  • Anna Sissons (Dogwoof)
  • Jeanie Finlay (Glimmer Films), director, Sound It Out
  • Lauren Simpson, producer, Just Do It
  • Slava Rubin (IndieGoGo) - tbc
  • Mandy Berry (Omigi)
  • Adam Lopardo (Sponsors Club for Arts & Business)
  • Ellin Hare (Amber)

When: Thurs 17 Nov; 1.45pm for a 2pm start; ends 4pm

Where: Side Cinema, 1-3 Side, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 3JE

There is no charge for this event, but the availability of places is limited. To register please clickhere.

In keeping with the spirit of all things DIY, event attendees will receive £2 off entry to the film Just Do It, which is screening at Side Cinema after Crowd Surfing.

Just Do It (12A)

Dir. Emily James/ UK / 2011

5:00pm / Side Cinema/ £5

A tale of modern-day outlaws - what would make you cross the line?Just Do It lifts the lid on climate activism and the daring troublemakers who have crossed the line to become modern day outlaws. Documented over a year, Emily James' film follows these activists as they blockade factories, attack coal power stations and glue themselves to the trading floors of international banks despite the very real threat of arrest.Just Do It is an independently produced film made possible by over 100 volunteers and 447 crowd funders."Rousing Stuff" - Empire ****"A smart, funny, adrenalised portrait of 21st-century activism", Danny Leigh - The Guardian"Fun and bold, with endearing, vibrant characters" - Little White LiesFor more about the film click here; watch the trailer here.Press Play create unique cinematic experiences in an array of playful spaces and places, in and around Newcastle upon Tyne. They combine site specific screenings, special events and a rollicking good time, showcasing an eclectic mix of new films from the international festival circuit, classic films you will never tire of seeing and kids’ films that are fun for all the family. Crowd Surfing is part of their DIY Weekend (Thurs 17 – Sun 20 Nov). Click here for more info.


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