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Cross and Cave to Premiere at Olympic Park

Cross and Cave, a 5-minute film by emerging filmmaker Muzzammil Hashmi will premiere at a special event in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday. The film captures the making of a new piece of public art by Heather and Ivan Morison which is situated in the North Park on the former Olympic site.

Eelyn Lee was commissioned by A New Direction to produce the film whilst working with young filmmakers from east London. Eelyn collaborated with cinematographer Winstan Whitter in factilitating the making of the film and with Francis Morgan-Giles in post-production.

Watch the full film on Vimeo and the teaser film above. Both the artwork and the film were commissioned by LLDC [London Legacy Development Corporartion]. 


New Film about Public Art Commission for Olympic Park

Watch the teaser clip for a new film we're making about an exciting public art commission for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Heather and Ivan Morison are making a new piece of work for the re-vamped Olympic Park. Inspired by caves and shelters the sculptures will sit like urban relics in a newly landscaped northerly section of the park which is due to open on 29th July.

Directed by 19 year old Muzzammil Hashmi, the film crew comprises young filmmakers from East London working alongside the Eelyn Lee Production team. The longer film will be released at the end of the month.

Commisioned by A New Direction for LLDC [London Legacy Development Corporation].

Successful Screening in Paris

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On 6th December Truce Triptych screened at Paris's Palais de Tokyo, one of Europe's major visual arts venues. It was programmed as part of Les Rencontres Internationales a festival celebrating new cinema and contemporary art. Artist and filmmaker Eelyn Lee was in attendance at the screening and says,

"It was great to have the film selected for an international arts festival and to see the work presented in this amazing space. It is exciting to be making work that can play in both gallery and cinema contexts."

Watch Truce Triptych here 


Life and Deaf Picks up Award in Berlin


On Sunday evening our film, Life and Deaf picked up one of the three main prizes at the 6th Zebra Poetry Film Festival. The 'RITTER SPORT Film Prize' was awarded to Director Eelyn Lee during the closing ceremony in Berlin's Babylon Cinema. Eelyn says, ".... It's great to have the film recognised and encouraging to know that it reaches out to international audiences...."  

Two of the young deaf poets and actors also attended the festival. Nadeem who plays the angry young man in the film made an impassioned plea to a packed auditorium: ".... you don't have to feel guilty about us. We're deaf and we're OK .... really, we're OK...." 

Life and Deaf will launch online early next year. In the meantime watch this space for special screenings.........


UK talent is Celebrated in Berlin
Another UK Filmmaker won the 'Goethe Film Prize' at the festival. 'I Come From' features a poem and performance by Joseph Buckley and is beautifully illustrated by mesmerizing shots of Leeds. The short film is part of a feature-length documentary, We Are Poets. It's great that Zebra Poetry Film Festival has acknowledged both of our films which celebrate young people from UK cities.


Life & Deaf on BBC this week


Following a well-received premiere screening of our recent short, Life & Deaf at The South Bank Centre last month the film will be featured on this week’s episode of See Hear on BBC2 & BBC1. The 8 minute film is based on poetry written by deaf young people from around UK and was adapted for screen and directed by Eelyn Lee.

Broadcast Dates are as follows:
Wednesday 25th April 2012 on BBC2 at 1pm
Repeated on Thursday 26th April 2012 on BBC1 at 12.50am
Available on iPlayer after the broadcast - series 32 episode 4 

Don’t forget to Tweet your views #lifeanddeaf


Great Review for ALL EYES ON US

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Nina Muehlemann from Disability Arts Online attended the premiere screening of ALL EYES ON US at the East End Film Festival. She had also attended the preview screening back in March and writes of the film,

The 30 minutes of the documentary are packed with emotion, beautiful images and interesting insights into the performers’ lives. The film perfectly captures the spirit of London 2012 from the point of view of four very different disabled people.

Although it tells personal stories, ‘All Eyes On Us’ never feels intrusive, and during both screenings, all people involved confirm that the filming was a supportive experience. Director Eelyn Lee, says that to her, crossing the boundary from the outside into the Olympic Park was an important moment, and that, although the film had a big production crew, she felt a very strong bond with everyone. It reflects in the way the documentary captures the bond between the Paralympic performers.


Paralympic Film to Premiere at East End Film Festival

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Pleased to announce that All Eyes on Us, a 26' documentary about the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games will have it's world premiere public screening at this year's East End Film Festival. Last summer Eelyn Lee and her crew of local young filmmakers were granted unique access to rehearsals taking place in secret locations around East London. The film captures the spirit of an Olympic summer through the experiences of four inspiring performers.

'The East End Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere our film which is a story about the world's eyes all focussing on a major event in East London.' Eelyn Lee

The film will screen at the Rio cinema in Dalston on Sunday 30th June at 1.30pm. For ticket info click here. Watch the trailer above and get updates on the Facebook page. Watch the subtitled version here.

For more details about All Eyes on Us which was commissioned by A New Direction see our project page or check the film's website.

Life and Deaf Selected for Festival in Ukraine


Life and Deaf will screen at 'CYCLOP' as part of the 2nd International Videopoetry Festival in Kiev, Ukraine on 17th / 18th November. The festival programmers have selected the Best of Berlin's Zebra Poetry Film Festival so we're pleased that the film will be reaching even wider audiences across the globe.

Life & Deaf Selected for Film Festival in Berlin


Our short film poem Life & Deaf, directed by Eelyn Lee has been selected for this year's 6th Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin. From almost 900 entries only 30 films have been chosen for the competition selection so we're very excited to be attending the festival which runs from 18th - 21st October. Some of the young deaf Londoners who were involved in the film will also be attending so we look forward to representing the Poetry Filmmaking Team GB.

Life and Deaf was commissioned by the Life and Deaf Association and has so far been premiered at The South Bank Centre and extracts featured on BBC's See Hear. The film will go live online later this year.

Ian McMillan to Write Poem for Charity Film

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We are very excited that South Yorkshire poet and football fan Ian McMillan has offered to write a poem for our promo film about FURD - Football Unites Racism Divides. Ian who presents the flagship Radio 3 programme, The Verb is an ambassador for the Sheffield charity and a supporter of the great work FURD have been doing over the last 15 years.

Everyone working on the film is giving their time voluntarily as part of the Media Trust's Untold Stories initiative. The film will be released in the Spring.


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