Instigated to create a new forum for debate, Berwick New Cinema presents films where the boundaries between art and cinema remain fluid. Exploring our theme of Fact or Fiction through discussion, reflection and contextualisation of the featured films, Ed Webb-Ingall will lead a Seminar programme featuring directors present at the Festival, including Salomé Lamas, Tim Leyendekker and Deimantas Narkevicius.
Places on the seminar are free and will be available to Full Festival Pass holders (£25/£20 concession) through a simple online application form. Click here.
Co-hosted with Berwick Visual Arts, accompanying Artist One-to-One mentoring Sessions with Paul Rooney and Rehana Zaman will also be available to seminar participants on a first come, first served basis.
The Berwick New Cinema programme runs throughout the Festival (23rd-27th September). The seminars will be held in the Henry Travers Studio at the Maltings Theatre & Cinema on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 11.00-13.00 each day. We encourage attendees to be present for all three sessions. However we will consider applicants who can attend a minimum of two sessions.
We encourage applications from artists, filmmakers, students, writers and academics with an interest in this field. There will be a focused group of up to 15 participants.
The full Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme is available here.
Ed Webb-Ingall (UK) is a filmmaker and writer with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collectivity and collaboration. Examining how technology operates within social contexts, his research explores how the portability of video contributes to its form and content. He asks how concepts of mobility and access intersect with political platforms of community-based activism and forms of representation. He is currently a TECHNE PhD candidate at Royal Holloway University, England, where his research focuses on the history and practice of community video in the UK between 1968 and 1981.
Salomé Lamas (Portugal) studied Cinema in Lisbon and Prague, visual arts (MFA) in Amsterdam and is a PhD candidate in film studies in Coimbra. Lamas' filmography includes The Tower (2015), Le Boudin (2014), Theatrum Orbis Terrarium (2013), The Community (2012), Encounters with Landscape 3X (2012) and No Man’s Land (2012). She has exhibited in museums and film festivals such as FID Marseille, BAFICI, Guggenheim Bilbao and the Pacific Film Archive - Berkeley. Lamas is a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center fellow, a Bogliasco Foundation fellow and DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm fellow.
Tim Leyendekker (Netherlands) is a visual artist exploring the boundaries of cinema as a narrative medium, working with fragmentary layers and personal obscurantism. Conceptually and formally rigorous, his acclaimed short films include Still (2006), Opening Night (2009) and The Healers (2012). Leyendekker received his MFA from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. His films have been exhibited at International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, UnionDocs, Brooklyn and 25 FPS, Zagreb.
Deimantas Narkevicius (Lithuania) initially trained as a sculptor before developing an interest narrative, film and video. Since 1992 he has exhibited his work in a significant number of museums, contemporary art events and film festivals. His work was screened at Manifesta II in Luxemburg in 1998 and has also been shown in London, Paris, Vienna, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Melbourne. His solo shows include Deimantas Narkevicius Project at the Munchner Kunstverein in Munich in 2002 and Either true or fictitious at FRAC Pays de la Loire in France in 2003. He has also represented his country at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001 and in the ‘Utopia Station’ exhibition at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.
Paul Rooney (UK) is the Berwick Visual Arts and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2015 artist in residence and will premiere his new work Still at Large at the Festival. He creates sound, video and text works that focus on the instabilities and deceptions of language and narrative, particularly in relation to how they represent 'place' and the historical memory that haunts it. Rooney studied at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1998 to 2000 he released three music albums as the band ‘Rooney’, featuring in John Peel’s Festive Fifty as well as recording a session for the show. Since then he has continued to make sound, video and text works with recent solo exhibitions at the Liverpool Biennial, Outpost Norwich and screenings at the ICA and Whitechapel Gallery in London.
Rehana Zaman’s (UK) videos and performances take up anecdotes and short stories to examine moments of socio-political resonance. Narratives are often generated through collaboration, a process that determines both the subject and structure of the work. Solo commissions include Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, and I, I, I, I and I. She has exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, The Showroom, Tenderpixel, London, ‘Projections’ Art Rotterdam, Baro, Sao Paulo and Scaramouche, New York. She graduated from Goldsmiths with an MFA in Fine Art in 2011 and was a LUX Associate Artist from 2012-2013.