The Monster Team at the End of Day 5. From left to right: Joana Teixidor [animator], Emma Passmore [writer], Eelyn Lee [lead artist/director], Kingsley Ben-Adir [actor], Anamaria Marinca [actor], Nicola Bland [actor], Chris Kelly [art director] Debbie Korley [actor], Amy Addison [design assistant], Francis Morgan-Giles [editor/musical director], Natasha Zielazinski [lead musician], Detta Danford [lead musician], Hi Ching [actor], Sam Mumford [guest musician], Dominique Dunne [Barbican assistant], Sandy Abdelrahman [production assistant], Dominik Rippl [cinematographer]
To kick start a new piece of moving image work, last week Eelyn Lee led a team of eighteen artists, musicians and actors in a five-day lab exploring improvised filmmaking. Eelyn was selected by the Barbcian to develop the work in their studio theatre as part of their Open Lab programme. The lab was also supported by Arts Council England.
"It was an amazing experience. The beginning of the week felt like we were creating improvised theatre and by Thursday the space was functioning as a film set. We have some incredible footage that I can't wait to see cut together" Eelyn Lee, Artist
A day-by-day account of the lab can be read on the project blog.
Happy to annouce that An Ealing Trilogy, Eelyn Lee's film commisioned by the National Portrait Gallery, London has been selected for this year's Les Rencontres Internationales, an international festival in Paris celebrating new cinema and contemporary art.
The film will screen next Thursday 4th December at 7pm at the Gaîté Lyrique Lyrique, a major contemporary arts centre in the heart of Paris.
For screening details click here.
Video installation, An Ealing Trilogy returns to the borough it was inspired by for two weeks in October. The film will be projected in the studio gallery at Pitzhanger Manor from 4th - 18th October. Eelyn Lee who made the film in collaboration with Brentside High School says,
'After a successful run at the National Portrait Gallery it's great to be showing the film in Ealing at a location that features heavily in the film. The Pitzhanger Manor Gallery is an amazing space and provides an opportunity for the work to be seen on a large scale.'
An Ealing Trilogy was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and will be projected on a loop at Pitzhanger Manor from 4th - 18th Oct. Check for opening times here.
Eelyn Lee will be overseeing the delivery of the Barbican BFI Film Academy for the second year running. Eelyn has developed a creative approach to devising 90 second micro shorts with compelling narratives. Working alongside long-term collaborator, Winstan Whitter, Eelyn will guide students through a fast-track, hands-on introduction to filmmaking.
If you are aged 15-19 and would like to take part in this 12-week course, apply through the Barbican's website to sign-up for the taster session on Sat 4th October.
Film still from An Ealing Trilogy
Artist filmmaker Eelyn Lee will be showing a new piece of moving image work at the National Portrait Gallery, London this summer. Commissioned by the gallery to work in collaboration with a group of young people from Brentisde High School, Eelyn ran a series of workshops over a four month period to develop content for this 7 minute single-screen projection.
An Ealing Trilogy is a response to portraits of people in the gallery's collection who have links to the borough of Ealing, which include Charlie Chaplin, Freddie Mercury, Dusty Springfield, recent Oscar-winner, Steve McQueen and the man who invented ways to make mauve, William Perkin.
Early on in the process, Eelyn identified three themes that seemed to sum up the achievements and characteristics of this group of 18 inpiring people. Endeavour, creativity and vision are explored in a trilogy of slow moving narrative portraits which reference constructed photography, allegorical painting and cinematic forms to create a powerful and engaging piece of work.
An Ealing Trilogy can be seen alongside the collection of portraits from 20th June - 21st September. Eelyn will giving a talk about the display and her work at 19.30 on 20th June as part of Late Shift. More details here.