November 22 2011//
My film Mapping London’s Subterranean Rivers will be installed on loop in the Lexi Cinema foyer as part of In Short film festival – A digital festival showcasing local short films and soundscapes November 20th: From 2pm to 5pm. I went along to view the selected entries for this local festival open to both amateur and professional filmmakers…..
Large comfortable armchairs await visitors to the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise North London. Personal touches such as the retro standard lamp to illuminate speakers introducing the festival line-up make this boutique cinema unique in character, the tiny bar served a tea and home made cakes in the interval.
A great line up of 15 films from diverse genres created by both amateur and professional filmmakers made for a really entertaining couple of hours viewing including abstract animation, social documentary and comedy to name a few. The jury voted 2 films into joint first place; ‘Forgotten Carers’ by Matthew Wolpert – An hilarious take on the single life of a man left by his girlfriend for being too high maintenance.
‘The Dog Smells You’ (James Wright) a contemporary, haunting & ambiguous journey using continually shifting colour, filters and textures – filmed in one day using an i-phone. The audience prize went to (Island) ‘Murmuration’ by Sophie Windsor Clive. My personal favorites for InShort festival include; Constantine Gras’ Bound for Glory ‘A poignant docudrama about a woman who stitches together memories of her West Indian mother.
The Money Shot – a film by Graham Rathlin: ‘An ebayer discovers his new camera has magical qualities that could make hime extremely rich’ …with a twist at the end! And finally, 2 young filmakers Marco Pini & Daniel Lubin presented Day 56 a film shot in Wales imaging a world where there are suddenly no people. The judges were; Jack Arbuthnot, Joanna Hogg, Martina Amati and Tora Young, the winning films will be screened before the main program each day at the Lexi during the forthcoming week.
194b Chamberlayne Road
TRAIN – Kensal Rise (Overground) – 3mins
TUBE – Kensal Green (Bakerloo) – 10mins
Queens Park (Bakerloo) – 15mins
BUS – 52, 6, 187, 302