New artists' films from FLAMIN Productions begin shooting
Date posted: 18.12.2017
Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) has greenlit two new works from artist filmmakers in the seventh round of its FLAMIN Productions series. The ambitious new works from mid career artists Roz Mortimer and Paul Simon Richards have each been awarded £30,000 funding and have now entered production.
Paul Simon Richards' Quasi-Monte Carlo
Combining real time footage with photorealistically-rendered CGI sequences, Paul Simon Richards' timely project explores the distortion of perception through paranoia, fantasy, desire and the digital unconscious. Set in uncanny virtual dream spaces and probing themes of humanity including error and random access, the film takes its title, Quasi-Monte Carlo, from the algorithm used in its CGI imaging, one which is also used industrially in artificial intelligence, hazard detection and financial future simulation.
Roz Mortimer's The Deathless Woman
The Deathless Woman, the newly-commissioned film from Roz Mortimer, is a socially engaged experimental documentary which explores the traumatic and overlooked history of the nomadic Roma people. Unearthing tales of persecution and resistance from the 1940s to the present day, the film responds to the current climate of intolerance and segregation, aiming to open up a new space for discussing historically marginalised communities. Subversive in structure, Mortimer's production will be a theatrical take on documentary akin to recent productions such as Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing and Clio Bernard's The Arbor.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "FLAMIN Productions have an enviable track record for identifying pioneering talent and helping ambitious artists take their work to the next level. Roz and Paul both exemplify the FLAMIN Productions ethos, seeking as they do to challenge perceptions, provoke debate and encourage us to think more deeply about the world around us. We look forward to helping them bring these fascinating stories to life, and working with them as their careers continue to flourish."
Past recipients of FLAMIN Productions awards include Turner Prize winners Elizabeth Price, Mark Leckey and Laure Prouvost, as well as renowned names in artists' moving image such as Jane and Louise Wilson, Ben Rivers and Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind.
Image: Paul Simon Richards, Quasi-Monte Carlo (2018), production still