Environmental doc Chasing Ice tops Berwick Festival programme
Chasing Ice – director Jeff Orlowski and environmental photographer James Balog’s glacial climate change documentary – tops this year’s Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival programme, which takes place from 19-23 September.
In keeping with this year’s Pictures in Motion theme, Chasing Ice uses time-lapse photography to provide a stark reminder of the extent and impact of climate change on the fragile environment.
Other highlights include a 50th anniversary screening of Chris Marker’s La photo-montage film Jetée and The Great Northwest, Matt McCormick’s (Some Days Are Better Than Others) retracing of epic trip across Northwest America by four women back in 1958. The Great Northwest will close this year’s Festival.
The Festival has confirmed two commissioned works from artist Jason Dee and photographers Mishka Henner & David Oates and will host a worldwide premiere of A Live Road Movie in Super8 and Sound by Screen Bandita & The One Ensemble.
Filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) will also participate in a Q&A screening of his latest documentary What is this Film Called Love?
Award-winning photographer Amit Madheshiya will bring his travelling cinema for Talkies Wallah - a series of projections around the town which capture the joy of cinema on audience members and beam them back to a cinema tent in Mumbai, India.
From the North East, Sundance-award-winning cinematographer Lol Crawley will introduce Here, a film shot in Armenia, and Duane Hopkins will present three works from Sunday as a triptych for the first time, as originally conceived. Hopkins’ producer Samm Haillay will also be present at the Festival, to introduce the regional premiere of Ruben Ostlund’s Play, and to represent Sunday in one of the two Artist Talks planned for the weekend.
“We’re really happy to be announcing the 2012 programme, and believe it includes something for everyone to enjoy as much as we enjoyed putting it together,” said Melanie Iredale, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival’s director.
“The line-up is certainly our most ambitious yet, and shows a real development in our own commissions as well as our curated programme. We look forward to welcoming a whole host of high profile artists, filmmakers and photographers to Berwick.”
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