Embrace – Empowering Documentary Film Screening – 18th January 2017 – Chatham – Back The Screening Now!

You may or may not have heard of the ‘Body Image Movement’ (www.bodyimagemovement.com), an initiative launched by Australian Taryn Brumfitt, who is on a quest to end the global body-hating epidemic.  Her work is helping women to accept and feel better about themselves, and challenges the idea perpetuated by the media that external beauty = everything.

A Global Ambassador for the Body Image Movement has been enabled to host a special one-off local screening of ‘Embrace’, the powerful documentary that Brumfitt made whilst traversing the globe to talk to women about this issue.  The film launched successfully in Australia and the US in the summer and is now finally coming to the UK in early 2017.  The trailer of the film can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8vnaRiF_-U

The local screening is scheduled for 18 January 2017 at 6.30pm at Odeon Chatham and is the only one scheduled in Kent at this time.  As an independent film, tt won’t go on general release and is therefore being crowdfunded, meaning that as long as a certain number of tickets are reserved then the screening can take place.

If you wish to reserve a ticket please do so asap via this link https://tickets.demand.film/event/1316, as the number needs to be reached by 7 January 2017 in order for the screening to go ahead.

This is a very relevant and important film for everyone to see, so please do spread the word far and wide!

If you are on Facebook there is a new Body Image Movement Kent page here: https://www.facebook.com/bodyimagemovementkent/ and a Facebook event that you can share/invite friends to here: https://www.facebook.com/events/373738859643031/

Medway Visions Film Festival is back!

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Medway Visions is back and it needs your films! Medway Visions promotes independent filmmaking from around the world but a big emphasis will be placed on local upcoming filmmakers who have produced a short film, feature film or music video that needs to be seen!

The film festival is a new venture by Rochester filmmaker Mr Young, himself a indie filmmaker who has seen his short films and his debut feature film screened at festivals around the world and broadcast on television.

Medway Visions – Year One was a huge success, bringing together local arts providers and using their strengths to bring a passionate audience the best indie shorts and features from around the world and, of course, from Medway.  Last year’s event can be found here:

http://www.themoontheeye.com/medwayvisionsyearone

In order to submit your film email medwayvisions@themoontheeye.com with:
Title, running time, a brief synopsis, cast and crew list, previous screenings.
We will then ask you to send a DVD in due course.

 

For further details please visit our website: http://www.themoontheeye.com/medwayvisions

or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/medwayvisions

 

 

 

 

Seasonally Effected – Creative Open-Mic Events – Medway

Seasonally Effected is a Rochester based open-mic night for creative and cultural exploration.  It features a diverse mix of performances including poetry, short film, comedy, short stories, original music, plays and a variety of experimental content that is less easy to define.  Usually happening at the lovely and cosy Dot Cafe on Rochester High Street, it is advisable to arrive early to guarantee a seat.  The first events for this year are planned for the 29th January and 19th February and will run 7-9pm.

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This year they are looking for performers who are up for more of a challenge. Organisers are suggesting people try something completely different from their usual practice, for example poets do a painting, singer-song writers perform some stand up, film makers experiment with flower arranging and storytellers sing a song.

The event is free to attend and there is no pressure to perform.  However, if you are interested in booking a 10 minute spot to share something you have created, whether that be film, poem, song, art, idea or other form of expression, contact them on: seasonallyeffected@gmail.com

The Vision and the Voice: Part 2 by Jane Ayres

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How do you see the world? Is it ugly, beautiful, evil, good, exciting, depressing? A mixture?  None of these?  The mind’s eye is a strange expression. According to wiki (the fount of all knowledge!) it refers to the human ability for visualization using the imagination.

When you look at an object, or a place, do you see what is there – or beyond this? Can you see what it means, or meant; its place in history?  Does it evoke the past?

Recently, I spent an absorbing few hours catching up on programmes I recorded on Sky Arts (a brilliant source of material) which began with a film about my favourite artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) the Dutch pioneer of abstract art. Mondrian is my favourite artist. He sought through his work to find essence and truth using horizontal and vertical lines, to create a new kind of beauty through geometry. His art is about structure, distillation, order and emotional connection and he wanted his art to be part of a greater whole. Not surprisingly he saw architecture as living art.  On arrival in New York in 1940 he commented, “They told me New York was a hellish place, where you grew old before your time and gangsters made the law. That may well be true. But that is not the New York I saw, the one I loved and thought of as my own.”  He saw beauty in the lights, the sounds, the skyscrapers and the vibrancy. The film, called Dans L’Atelier de Mondrian (in the studio of Mondrian) shows the artist’s studio as a working art installation and moves me to tears every time I see it. Mondrian lived in poverty most of his austere life and did not receive critical recognition until he was in seventies. (A familiar story for so many creatives, regrettably).

The next film was a documentary called Hitchcock on Grierson, which offered further insights into the ways other creatives have seen the world. It’s always interesting to see what one film director thinks of another and how he was influenced. I admire much of Hitchcock’s work but knew little about Dr John Grierson, who I discovered was a prolific, influential and pioneering Scottish film director and producer (1898-1972) who used documentary to express his distinctive way of seeing the world, utilising stunning shots to find patterns in objects not usually considered art, such as scaffolding and cranes, and seeing beauty and meaning in geometric shapes and structures and feats of engineering. It reminded me of Mondrian, and also the French composer (and one of my favourites) Edgard Varese (1883-1965) a visionary who had been dreaming of new sounds and electronic music a generation before it was technically possible, and whose astonishing blocks of dissonant sound are incredibly beautiful. Listening to his music, it is not surprising to learn of his fascination with architectural structures.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8FcxVKIAwo  extract from Octandre by Edgard Varese

Reflecting on the way that these contrasting but connected artists saw the world, I was also reminded of doing art classes at school, and learning about seeing the light and shade in an object like a pot or a piece of cutlery. For a long time, I just didn’t get this. I couldn’t see it.  Then, one day, I did and it was like a revelation which has never left me.  Like being let in on a wonderful secret.

Finally, I watched a deeply moving and hauntingly beautiful film called The Way of the Morrishttp://www.wayofthemorris.com/

Written and presented by Tim Plester (who was also co-producer and co-director) it is a personal, heartfelt journey, both physical and spiritual. Every shot was like a painting or photograph, with amazing lighting and stunning landscapes. Subtlely observed, like Grierson, this film used documentary to convey something profound about community, ritual, and the human soul, and what tradition and shared history can mean to us.

To see beauty is a gift. I’m a natural pessimist.  I get angry about injustice and passionate about causes I believe in. But I can get emotional about beautiful landscapes and wild birds; about music, art, film, and literature.

In the 1940s, Mondrian wrote: “Art today is condemned to a separate existence, for present day life is essentially tragic.  But in some distant future, art and life will be one.”

How do you see the world? Consonant or dissonant? Can you find beauty easily? And has your view changed over the years?

Links:

https://creatabot.co.uk/2013/08/13/the-vision-and-the-voice-part-1-by-jane-ayres/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Piet-Mondrian-Mondrians-Studio-DVD/dp/B004754TF6/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1374505365&sr=1-1&keywords=mondrian

http://go.sky.com/vod/content/SKYENTERTAINMENT/content/videoId/718a084b7c0ea310VgnVCM1000000b43150a________/content/default/videoDetailsPage.do

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind’s_eye

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/198800.html

http://www.pietmondrian.com/

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Edgard+Var%C3%A8se

To find out more about Jane’s writing and publishing experiences, visit her blog www.janeayres.blogspot.co.uk

Her recent e-book, Beware of the Horse, is available from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beware-of-the-Horse-ebook/dp/B00BEJTDUE/

The Rochester Film Society – The Great Gatsby – May 23rd

The Rochester Film Society presents – The Great Gatsby – at the earlier time of 7.20pm, Thursday 23rd May, at the Odeon Chatham image

Post screening discussion hosted by film writer and programmer Nick Walker.

Students can attend any Thursday night screening on a 2 for 1 offer if they present a valid student card when purchasing their tickets. Making one ticket just £3.25!

Find us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/rochesterfilmsociety

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce

Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire |

Rochester Film Society – Black Narcissus – Rochester Cathedral

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The Rochester Film Society invites you to a special screening in the beautiful surroundings of Rochester Cathedral – Black Narcissus – Friday 17th May.

Film introduction by festival programmer and film writer Nick Walker

£8 per adult (concessions £7)
Doors open at 7pm
Introduction at 7.30pm
Film Starts at 7.40pm

A complimentary drink will be available before the screening

To book:
01634 810074
or email development@rochestercathedral.org

Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Cast: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson

Synopsis: After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension – both with the natives and also within their own group – as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

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Rochester Film Society – To The Wonder – Thursday 16th 7.45pm

 

 

 

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This week at the Rochester Film Societies regular Thursday night screening at the Odeon Chatham. Terrence Maliks’ latest film – To the Wonder –

Tickets available through the Odeon website or on the night at the cinema box office.

All students presenting a current student card for any Rochester Film Society screening at the Chatham Odeon can take advantage of the special ticket offer to receive 2 for 1 tickets on the concession rate, which makes the price £3.25!

Film introduction and post-screening discussion over a drink, hosted by festival programmer and film writer Nick Walker

Director: Terrence Malick

Cast: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams. Javier Bardem

Synopsis: After visiting Mont Saint-Michel, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Marina meets a priest and fellow exile, who is struggling with his vocation, while Neil renews his ties with a childhood friend, Jane.

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Rochester Film Society Screening – Stoker – 9th May 2013

The Rochester Film Society invite you to their screening of – Stoker – this Thursday 9th May 7.45pm at the Odeon Chatham.

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Film introduction and post-screening discussion over a drink, hosted by festival programmer and film writer Nick Walker

Director: Chan-wook Park [Oldboy]

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode

Synopsis: After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.