Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Screening event in Robert Street, Saturday 19th march

On Saturday, 19th March, our second major screening event at 157 Robert Street took place. This night showcased a specially created sculptural piece by Karolina Racyznski in the basement of the shop using up most of the space downstairs to create a 16mm loop installation.

We were also delighted to showcase the Oral Histories project by Faridha Karim with the locally based Surma : The Bengali Workers Association, a collection of interviews archiving the personal histories of the vibrant Bengali community based in Camden town. Transcripts of three interviews with such residents were displayed in English with the sound available through headphones.
The evening opened with a spontaneous collaboration between film maker Claire Thomas and her Cellist brother, Richard improvising to her hand painted film, made just days before the screening. Our full programme included Maria's Here this time, a terrible beauty, Chris's The World Moved as well as a sneak preview of Kelvin's Unravel sound edit from the Manchester date at AND Festival. We were also extremely pleased to screen Knitting a Frame by Chris and Maria's old tutor from the RCA, Jennifer Nightingale and then, after the suggestion of our very first locally based participant episodes from The Open Road by Claude Friese Greene. This was one of our most remarkable consequences in the full residency at Robert Street as none of us knew of the film's existence prior to Gerry, the local resident, coming in to the shop after passing by and informing us of his friend's  deceased husband's grand father (!) being Claude Friese Greene, a director who, in 1927, filmed a documentary detailing a trip between Land's End to John O'Groats which he then manipulated by hand to turn the black and white film into colour. Below is an on-line clip of this remarkable film, re-restored by the BFI...

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