Shooters in the Pub and Q&A with Sideways Films

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

This Tuesday is Shooters in the Pub, we’ll be meeting from 6.30pm in the The Arts Theatre Club, 50 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SQ. Join us for some drinks and catch up with your fellow film creatives: directors, writers, actors and more. We’ll be talking to Kazz Basma from the documentary sales agency Sideways Films, whose docs have been screened across many channels including BBC and HBO. They are continuously on the lookout for new documentaries to represent, so if

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015: Day 3

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015

Planetary (dir. Guy Reid) Meditation Session Yes, I meditated to a film – this was a nice little retreat from the hustle and bustle of the festival. Taking yourself away to a ‘mindfulness meditation’ session to the audio of Planetary; a poetic and cosmic journey into global perspective. It’s a visual reminder that every living thing is connected that will question your own environmental awareness. The soundscapes are mesmerising, so much so that I completely missed the bells ringing for the meditation to

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015: Day 2

Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Mavis! (dir. Jessica Edwards) A force of nature would be a mildly accurate way to describe Mavis Staples, and does not do her justice. As a teenager, Mavis was fronting The Staples Singers, a family gospel group that provided the soundtrack for the early civil rights movement after being inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now 75, Mavis is still unstoppable, constantly touring, recording albums and cheekily reminiscing about Bob Dylan. Cobain: Montage of Heck (dir. Brett Morgen) It’s intimate,

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Film of the Month: May’s Winners

Posted Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The rather lovely Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breath In, Spooner) came on as judge in May for Film of the Month. All top 3 films were, ironically, of a romantic demeanour – and Drake loved each one. His favourite was a beautiful piece on the probability of finding your soulmate: “Asks a very simple question in a highly original way. Tightly packed with emotion and honestly. This short exemplifies what a great short can and should be. Makes you think

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Kickstart this: GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2015

Members are doing great things; Dale Beaumont-Brown is crowdfunding to make a documentary on the medicinal use of cannabis. A topical issue which is very much in debate, and their reasons for making it are worth hearing, I think. Anyway, here’s Dale with the rest… GrassRoots: The Cannabis Revolution, is a feature-length documentary exploring the medicinal use of cannabis, the patients involved & the campaign to change UK law. With unrestricted access to activists/medical cannabis patients, we lift the lid on the people within the

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What’s On: ‘The Man Who Saved The World’

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

This week (7th May), DocHouse are hosting a special DocHouse Thursday screening of Peter Anthony’s epic cold war ‘thriller’, The Man Who Saved The World.  “Few people know of Stanislav Petrov… yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him.” 1983. The height of the Cold War. Stanislav Petrov is the man with his finger on the button when Russian radars intercept what appear to be five American nuclear missiles heading straight towards Russian soil. With alarm bells ringing and panic spreading,

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Film of the Month: April’s Winners

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

  David Oyelowo judged Film of the Month back in April – it was a close call, but here are his top 3: First place, “This is a tender, imaginative and truthful take on the joys and challenges of caring for an impaired loved one. I was surprised and moved.” – David Oyelowo Director – Mustapha Kseibati “To have David Oyelowo watch and select Mohammed as film of the month is brilliant! Myself and the rest of the team would like to thank

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Doc Labs: Call for Entries

Posted Monday, April 27th, 2015

Shooting People and Open City Docs Fest are joining forces to help you get your documentary project off the ground. Doc Labs will give you the opportunity to work with successful crowdfunded documentarians and digital experts to tackle the planning, execution and promotion of the perfect crowdfunding campaign for your project. We’re looking for both short and feature length non-fiction projects to participate in the first edition of Doc Labs during this year’s Open City Docs Fest (15-21 June). Selected teams will

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Film of the Month: Feb’s Finest

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

BAFTA winning writer Jack Thorne (This is England ’86 ’88 ’90, The Scouting Guide Book for Boys, Skins) came on as Film of the Month judge back in February. His first short was actually crewed through Shooting People, and went to Sundance. FOTM was definitely feeling the love in February, all top 3 films were romantic(ish)- weaving in quite nicely with Valentines Day.. Jack had some great things to say and members were thrilled with his comments Taking the lead, was

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#FilmmakersTell: Orlando von Einsiedel

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015

Investigative documentary filmmaking can impose real challenges and risks, especially if you’re taking on one of the biggest oil exploration companies in the world. Director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga and long-time Shooter, Orlando von Einsiedel, opens up about making a film that really takes a stand. Touching on Netflix distribution, teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his career in filmmaking. Orlando started off shooting snowboarding videos before delving into documentary filmmaking, tracking down incredibly varied stories across Africa, Asia, the Americas and the

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