New Film Showcase for Tottenham
Date posted: 19.09.2012
In a unique collaboration, Film London and Haringey Council, with support from the Mayor of London, are joining forces to invest over £10,000 in Tottenham through an innovative film showcase taking place over the last weekend of September.
Project Tottenham aims to rejuvenate the area's cultural offer and provide new community activity along with training to boost local expertise and deliver a lasting legacy.
In a borough without an independent cinema, Project Tottenham will feature free screenings, events and film-related activity curated by multiple local community groups and hosted by local venues. The programme's highlights include awarding-winning features and shorts including films shot in Haringey as well as those made by residents of the borough.
Following last year's riots, Project Tottenham aims to unite the community and celebrate Tottenham's film making talent and cultural diversity. Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said "Project Tottenham is a great opportunity for us to work with the London Borough of Haringey to bring cultural film to an area of London which is currently lacking in any non-mainstream cinema programming."
Project Tottenham kicks off at the Northumberland Park Resource Centre on Friday 28 September with Living Under One Sun's Tottenham Tales, a medley of shorts and archive film from Tottenham including What Future Haringey? from the collection at Bruce Castle Museum.
The following day, Living Under One Sun will present the critically acclaimed Mission to Lars, directed by Tottenham resident James Moore, which follows an autistic man's journey to meet his hero: Metallica's Lars Ulrich.
Taking place at Tottenham's Marcus Garvey library and spanning Friday and Saturday, Black History Studies' present a programme of documentary screenings celebrating the life and times of the Jamaican cultural and political leader Marcus Mosiah Garveys, including Marcus Garvey: Look for me in the Whirlwind and double bill Marcus Garvey: A Giant of Black Politics and The Promised Ship. On Saturday afternoon at the Bruce Castle Museum, Wise Thoughts present Sensational Films to reflect the plethora of cultures and communities that come together to make up the LGBTQ communities in the area. The programme includes features and shorts including I Shot My Love, Children of Shrikandi, and Homecoming.
On Saturday evening De Skalon Public Relations present the Columbian themed Chiva Cine Club incorporating the UK premiere of Cannes 2012 Un Certain Regard contender La Playa DC and short film Minuto 200. The screenings will be followed by Movimientos Latin beats DJ until 1am.
The weekend draws to end on Sunday afternoon with two screenings from Gold Onyx. Following the success of the monthly Children's Cultural Film Club, Gold Onyx aims to broaden their offering with a series of film screenings relating to Adults and Young People within the African community, hosting see a screening of Favela Rising and Burning an Illusion, presented by writer and director Menelik Shabbaz, to close the showcase.
Coordinated by Film London and funded by Haringey Council and the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund, the event is the area's first community film showcase. In addition to the weekend of screenings and events, Project Tottenham also provides local cultural orgnaisations with a unique training opportunity, aiming to deliver more year round community film activity for Tottenham.
Wootton continued: "I am delighted to be working with Haringey to deliver this weekend showcase, but also to back that up with training to improve the local expertise, which I hope will see many other local film exhibition projects run in Tottenham in the future."
Cllr Alan Strickland, Haringey Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Social Inclusion, said: "It's been fantastic to work with Film London to bring about Project Tottenham, which will give everyone the chance to celebrate the area's rich talent and cultural diversity. The exciting programme of events will showcase the very best of Tottenham. I hope that this will be the first of many film festivals for Tottenham."
Film London worked with advisors from The Audiences Agency, ICO and Film Festival Academy to provide expertise in audience development, programming and publicity throughout the scheme.
Full listings of all events taking place over the weekend can be found on Haringey Council's website.
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