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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Film of the Month: David Oyelowo

Posted Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Fresh from portraying Martin Luther King Jr in Academy Award-winning Selma, acclaimed English actor David Oyelowo has come on board as April’s Film of the Month Patron. David is a graduate of prestigious LAMDA, and his past films range from indie darlings to blockbuster treats with roles in A Most Violent Year, The Butler, The Paperboy, Interstellar and Lincoln. . Now one of Hollywood’s most sought after acting talents, David will be able to provide fantastic insight on your films.

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Film of the Month: March’s Top 10

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The presence of Clerks creator Kevin Smith as March’s patron has stirred up some fiery and fierce competition in Film of the Month. SP’s social media has been going wild with filmmakers promoting their films on the leader board – which is exactly what it’s all about. Not only is there the opportunity to win stuff, but entrants can get that wonderful thing called ‘feedback’ from leading industry figures and other filmmakers. Helping with the improving and bettering work as creatives –

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Good Morning, Austin: Mayor Peacock

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2015

As the sun sets on SXSW 2015 – we look back at some of the highlights. Here’s some more from Chris and Ben’s time in the deep south, their screening of Nina Forever and when they met the ruler of the roost…

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