Here’s our press release: Stroud Film Festival announced this year’s line up. Following the success of the very first festival last March, the Festival takes place at venues throughout the town, on 4th-20th March, 2016. It’s a two-week celebration of cinema on the big screen, bringing new opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide range of films.
The Festival is launched at Stroud’s Brunel Goods Shed on Friday 4th March with the highly acclaimed, Oscar winning 20 Feet from Stardom, an energetic, energising film about life as a backing singer in the music business. Information about all the festival events can be found through www.stroudfilmfestival.org. Plus you can download one of the amazing brochures.
Later in the festival, feature films include the recent production of Macbeth at Lansdown Hall where audiences can also see award winning documentary by Wim Wenders Salt of the Earth and the superb children’s animation, Cat in Paris. Amy, the Amy Winehouse documentary is on at Vue and at the same venue Beach Boys fans and others can see Love and Mercy about the extraordinary life of Brian Wilson. The classic John Lennon film Imagine is screened at the Sub Rooms where Casablanca is also on the programme as is Night at the Museum which is followed by a chance to get close to some exhibits from our own Museum in the Park. The highly acclaimed Benda Bilili, about a group of musicians in the Congo, is on the programme at Open House where audiences can also see Stand or Fall, a documentary about a unique drama project in a prison.
A number of the films are connected with music and creativity, so locally produced films are on the programme, along with events where filmmakers show their work. ‘Flies in Frame’ is a celebration of short films made by local young people. It’s at Horsley Village Hall where the young film makers will meet industry professionals as part of the evening. ‘London Calling’ showcases award winning short films by young professional directors at the Brunel Goods Shed where some of them will talk about their work. Local film maker Alasdair Ogilvie screens a collection of short films at Open House, about Stroud artists who will be familiar to many.
All the big screens in the town which regularly show film will be involved – VUE Cinema, Lansdown Hall, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Brunel Goods Shed, and Open House. This year films will also be screened at The Subscription Rooms, as well as at less traditional ‘cinemas’, including the Crown and Sceptre, Star Anise café, the Prince Albert and Atelier..
The Crown and Sceptre hosts the annual Stroud Community TV awards event for short films made by local film makers: the winners will be announced and presentations made. See more here: http://stroudcommunity.tv/awards-2015/ Another pub, The Prince Albert hosts two film events which celebrate the lives and work of David Bowie and Ian Dury
Jo Bousfield of Lansdown Film Club says, ‘How wonderful to have a different film on every day for fortnight, a tasty collection of funny, fascinating and exciting films at a variety of venues.’
Other highlights include the visually arresting Watermark, screened by Transition Stroud and an evening at Stroud Valleys Artspace exploring punk, based around the film The Decline of Western Civilisation. At Atelier there’s Breaking Away, the 1970s classic about the drama of cycle racing, and at the same venue a chance to see the beautiful Danish film about food and farming Good Things Await which is followed up later by Songs from the Soil by the same director as part of a banquet at Star Anise café. In case that’s not varied enough, the wonder of life under the waves is celebrated by an evening of films by Stroud Sub Aqua Club at Randwick Village Hall.
The Festival is being generously supported by Stroud Town Council, and is wholly run by volunteers. Support is also gratefully acknowledged from Stroud Festival, The Subscription Rooms, Film Hub South West & West Midlands and the BFI’s Film Audience Network.
We are keen to encourage the local community to help promote and support Stroud’s own Film Festival. If you’d like to be involved by spreading the word, distributing festival publicity, or helping run events with filmmakers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.stroudfilmfestival.org for programme details and breaking news.
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