Published: 7 October 2020
PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT: CONTINUE WATCHING
We are delighted to announce Continue Watching, a new virtual programme taking place between October 2020 and April 2021 that includes film screenings, guest-curated shorts programmes, commissioned essays, artist Q&As, a digital symposium and a new book publication.
The season includes feature films by Yashaswini Raghunandan, Noorafshan Mirza and Brad Butler, and Joshua Bonnetta. New essays on these features have been commissioned by Jemma Desai, Sonya Dyer, and Alix Rothnie.
The season’s shorts programmes are curated by Jonathan Ali, Daniella Rose King and Marcus Jack. To mark the latter programme, we are especially pleased to be supporting the publication of DOWSER Issue 3, the latest in Transit Arts’ book series of newly commissioned essays, interview transcripts and archival materials on artists’ moving image in Scotland.
The season also includes Archive, Verb: a digital symposium exploring archival practices in artists’ moving image featuring artists Ashanti Harris, Onyeka Igwe, Sophie Lindsey and Ed Webb-Ingall.
All screenings and events will be captioned.
The full schedule for Continue Watching can be found here.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: NATASHA RUWONA
We are super excited that Natasha Ruwona will join us next month as an artist in residence.
Undertaking research about Hawick-raised Tom Jenkins (1797 – 1859), Britain’s first Black schoolteacher, Natasha will be exploring memorialisation and its various processes and cultural impacts. She will also be looking at ecologies of habitat within the River Teviot, and the human uses of the river.
More information about Natasha and her residency can be found here.
FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE 4 DECEMBER
Submissions to the eleventh edition of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (29 April – 3 May 2021) remain open until 4 December 2020.
In case you missed it, we have increased screening fees for next year’s event and are providing waiver codes to any artist who needs one – no questions asked!
Submit your film to next year’s festival here.
FILM TOWN: SCOTTISH CHARITY AWARDS
We send warmest thanks to everyone who voted for Film Town, our community filmmaking project, at last month’s Scottish Charity Awards.
We were as humbled to have been nominated in the Demonstrating Digital category as we were honoured to have been beaten by Simon Community Scotland, who also were also crowned Charity of the Year.
More information about Film Town can be found here.
OTHER NEWS: SCREENINGS, EVENTS, RECOMMENDATIONS
Rhea Storr, an Alchemy Film & Arts Programmer, premieres her new film Here is the Imagination of the Black Radical at London Film Festival (7 – 18 October): watch here.
Jonathan Ali, an Alchemy Film & Arts Programmer, takes part in a conversation on Prem Kapoor’s 1971 debut feature Badnam Basti at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (17 September – 11 October): watch here.
Alix Rothnie, our Film Town Programmer, recently concluded an artist residency with Taigh Chearsabhagh exploring the waters of North Uist and the threat an encroaching tideline poses to its communities: more here.
Rachel Pronger, an Alchemy Film & Arts Trustee, is also one half of Invisible Women, archive activists whose latest newsletter highlights Scottish documentarians Jenny Gilbertson (1902 – 1990) and Ruby Grierson (1904 – 1940): subscribe here.