Upcoming screenings, Stories and Sledgehammers

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Alan Lomax: American Patchwork, Q&A with Philip Trevelyan, Story Spectacular in Battersea, and Q&A with Andrew Kötting.

Screen Bandita Presents: Unseen footage from Alan Lomax’s American Patchwork series

Tuesday 8th November.
7.30 doors. £2 entry on the door. BYOB with corkage.
Word Of Mouth Cafe, Albert Street, Leith, Scotland

Oral traditions, songs, language and melodies were the focus of Alan Lomax’s relentless mission to record, understand and wonder at, the folklore and creativity of the people of the World. At this event, we will present previously unseen footage recorded for Lomax’s TV mini- series American Patchwork in the 1980s. Join us in celebrating Lomax’s legacy and in traversing the length and breadth of America to uncover the hidden reverse of American folk culture, tradition and lore.

Following the screening we will enjoy an informal chat / Q&A session with a representative from the Alan Lomax Archive.

The Moon & The Sledgehammer with a Q&A by director Philip Trevelyan

Wednesday 9th November, 7pm
Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Brick Lane, London E1
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A part of Caught By The River’s monthly events.

Philip Trevelyan’s unique portrait of the remarkable steam-loving Page Family.

It is a film about a family of real people: Mr Page; his two sons Jim and Peter; and his two daughters, Kathy and Nancy. Mrs Page died long ago. The Pages live in a ramshackle house situated in six acres of woodland, which they own themselves, in the heart of the commuter-belt, 20 miles south of London. The trees cut the Pages off completely from the outside world, and isolated in their island-clearing, they let the 20th Century slowly pass them by. It is a simple life without running water, electricity or gas. Peter and Jim earn what little money the family needs by doing casual repairs to tractors and farm-machinery in the neighbourhood. Machinery is the permanent obsession of Mr Page and his sons.

Story Spectacular

17 & 18 November, 7.30pm
@TESTBED1 , 33 Parkgate Road, Battersea, London SW11
£5/ £4 concessions

A cinematic debate & artistic ensemble exploring the perils and complexities of Motherhood, from the creators of The Short Film Movement+

Story Spectacular will examine and explore the darker side of Motherhood. Presented in the form of an amalgamated show featuring film, poetry, drama, music, song and dance, Story Spectacular will be hosted by TESTBED1, Battersea’s most clandestine location.

The Short Film Movement+ is an underground project that celebrates short film and its interrelation with performing art. Focusing on themes related to the human condition, it aims to inspire, question and instigate debate.

This Our Still Life (Andrew Kötting, 2011)

In selected cinemas across the UK from 18 November 2011
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Opens at the NFT Studio in London on 18th November, and play at the Curzon Renoir from 21st November and HMV Curzon in Wimbledon on 24th and then from 27th at The Cornerhouse in Manchester.

Q&A with Andrew Kötting

A new film by Kötting is cause for celebration, and his latest is a lovely portrait of the artist’s daughter as a young woman in their tumbledown Pyrenean farmhouse. Last seen in Gallivant (1996) as a plucky kid touring the coastline of Britain, Eden, now 23, is here shown painting still lifes and singing along to the radio as the seasons ebb and flow. Reminiscent of Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man, this lo-fi marvel features music by Scanner’s Robin Rimbaud.