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Truce Triptych Selected for Festival in Paris

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Image from Truce Triptych by Eelyn Lee

Hot on the heels of Life and Deaf picking up the RITTER SPORT Film Prize in Berlin last month, we are delighted to announce that another of short film by Eelyn Lee has been selected for an international festival. Truce Triptych will screen as part of this year's Les Rencontres Internationales [The International Meeting] in Paris which runs from 30th Nov - 8th Dec.

Inspired by Old Master paintings, Truce Triptych comprises three slow-moving tableaux images depicting scenes of conflict and resolution on the streets, at home and in the workplace. It has already been well-received in the Tanks at Tate Modern and at various Peace One Day events.

Eelyn Lee worked in collaboration with young people from east London; cinematographer Winstan Whitter and photographers Tim & Barry to create this compelling piece of moving image work.

The film was commissioned by A New Direction as part of their Headstart Programme.
Find out more about the project here

Life and Deaf Selected for Festival in Ukraine

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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

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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.

Watch an Interview with Artist Song Dong

The film about Song Dong's 'Waste Not' made by the Barbican Young Filmmakers is now available to watch online. Commissioned by the Barbican and Guildhall we have designed and delivered a series of projects for this new group of young filmmakers. We are enjoying working with a creative and talented group of young Londoners in the inspiring environment of the Barbican building.

If you haven't seen it yet, you have until 12th June to see Song Dong's powerful installation in The Curve Gallery at the Barbican Centre. Wet your appetite by watching an intimate interview with the artist below

 

Young Filmmakers Create VJ Sets for Live Events

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We have been working with our young filmmakers, Constant Pictures to create a series of VJ sets. Video Jockying - the art of mixing projected images live, sometimes on multiple screens is an opportunity for filmmakers to feel the buzz of creating work in front of a live audience opposed to sitting in the edit suite.

Working alongside our Associate VJ Francis Morgan-Giles, the young filmmakers took things one step further by remixing sounds and music as well as images. Marie-Solange made an audio-visual remix of her short documentary about Hackney that also screened on the night. Following a premiere screening of your own film with an instant remix of it is pretty groundbreaking!

Constant Pictures performed their VJ sets recently at the Discover Young Hackney closing party. Get in touch if you'd like to book them. They are pictured above with up-coming East London music artist Lil Simz. [From left to right: Sandy, Lil Simz, Marie-Solange, Jonelle, Muzzammil, Shajna] 

Life and Deaf Screening at Barbican Centre

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Still from Life and Deaf directed by Eelyn Lee

On the back of winning the RITTER SPORT Film Prize in Berlin last month, the Barbican Centre are screening Life & Deaf before Penny Woolcock’s new documentary One Mile Away as part of their FRAMED film festival.

Eelyn Lee will be leading the Q&A with Penny Woolcock and two of the contributors from her film at the end of the night. Get your tickets here

 

Life and Deaf Picks up Award in Berlin

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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.

 

Two Nations Ident Goes Live

A third of Londoners were born in another country. Who will you be cheering for in the Olympic & Paralympic Games?

We have just finished overseeing two young filmmakers from Constant Pictures make an ident to promote an interesting event taking place this Thursday 21st June, 6.30 - 9.00pm at Freeword in Farringdon. Muzzammil Hashmi and Sandy Abdelrahman Co-Produced and Directed this great little sting from initial concept to the final edit.

Constant Pictures will be filming at the event which will feature poets, films and discussions introduced by BBC Radio 1xtra breakfast show presenter, GEMMA CAIRNEY

Tickets available here
Join the Two Nations Facebook page

Life & Deaf on BBC this week

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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

 

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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