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					MEDIA RELEASE 20 MAY 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REEL ISLINGTON SCREENINGS BRINGS BEST FILMMAKING TALENT TO NORTH LONDON Part of the Holloway Arts Festival, 25 June-5 July 2009 The Holloway Arts Festival is delighted to announce the second Reel Islington Screenings film festival. The festival brings the best in professional and amateur filmmaking to the area for a series of screenings, workshops and talks as well as celebrating Islington and North London filmmaking talent. Highlights include a screening of the exhilarating Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire, (Sunday 28 June), which tells the incredible story of Philippe Petite’s death-defying walk between New York’s Twin Towers, followed by a Q&A session with the film’s producer, Simon Chinn. There’ll also be afternoon of film at one of London’s oldest cinemas, the Holloway Odeon (28 June). It starts with short local films, Islington Reels, which includes:  Idol Mind – a stylish documentary produced by Kate Greenslade, who has been Lecturer of Photography and Digital Media at Westminster Kingsway College in King's Cross since 2007. Idol Mind is her first foray into moving image and focuses on one of her photography students, a 19-year-old trying to get his life back on track after having been convicted of a knife crime and the experiences that ensued. Cluster – directed by Louise Radinger who lives in Highbury and is part of Highbury Film Group, Cluster focuses on a small group of survivors at the end of the world. With a cast of North Londoners, it is filmed in various settings including Arsenal Bridge at dawn. All Shades of Grey – a fantastic collection of three films featuring young Muslims in North London, by Minou Norouzi. Adjudicator – a locally filmed Samurai action film shot in Clissold Park. By Lasco Atkins. Calling Home – documentary about a North London call centre. By Maria Eduarda Andrade and Marcelo Starobinas.

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Also on 28 June, Two-Minute Films at which the audience will help our panel of industry professionals decide which three films win a £100 cash prize. The programme includes:  Granny Story – compelling animation from 12-year-old Montell Amadi, who invented the Granny character in a comic he created in 2008. Montell is interested in comics and likes to make things out of paper,

cardboard and other materials. Since April 2008 he has been taking part in a creative mentoring scheme, launched by Cubitt Education.   Head Lines – film about two mannequins from Archway filmmaker Miranda Howard-Williams. Dementia – a tragic tale of two zombie lovers in Clissold Park, directed by James Roberts.

The day finishes with the Independent Films Selection, a free event at the Hideaway bar (28 June). There will be further screenings at the Big Day Out in Whittington Park, (Saturday 4 July) showing a selection of short films by independent filmmakers including:  Toast – this short, in which a man’s perfect life of synchronisation comes crashing down, is directed by Peter Devonald. Based in Hornsey Lane, Peter is a multi-award-winning scriptwriter and producer with several feature commissions/options. His short films have shown in over 50 international film festivals, and awards include winner of best drama at the New York Film Festival, winner of the North London Film Award (Film London, UK Film Council) and selected as the Evening Standard Pick Of The Day. More of Peter’s films are being shown during Reel Islington: :-), which won the main jury prize at the Wood Green International Film Festival, The Calling, Super Shorts finalist and Virgin Media Award Finalist (distribution for a year in 214 cinemas) and Beggars Belief, shown in over a dozen international festivals.

On 27 June Landseer Gardens will be the venue for a free outdoor screening of Afro-Saxons (2008, dir. Rachel Wang and Mark Currie), a realistic and cliché-busting portrayal of contemporary black British culture by independent production company Chocolate Films. This warm, funny observational comedy following the stylitsts at four salons as they prepare for the UK’s biggest Afro-hair competition, deliving into their lives and showcasing their skills. ‘Impossible to watch it without a smile on your face’ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. To help nurture budding local filmmakers we are also hosting a film workshop at North Library on Saturday 27 June where established industry professionals will teach participants how to make a film in one day. Reel Islington Screenings is part of the Holloway Arts Festival, which this year brings over 40 events to the Holloway area between 25 June and 5 July 2009. Now in its seventh year, the Festival attracts over 6,500 people, bringing a packed programme of music, dance, comedy, literature, film, arts and crafts to Holloway. www.hollowayartsfestival.co.uk For more information contact Ginette Goulston Lincoln, 020 7923 0807/07958 448 002, ginette@goulston-lincoln.com or Amelia Robinson

amelia@givemusicnyc.com 07504 943520 Ends Information for editors Press contact: Ginette Goulston Lincoln, 020 7923 0807/07958 448 002, ginette@goulston-lincoln.com or Amelia Robinson amelia@givemusicnyc.com 07504 943520 Listings The programme curators have deemed all films suitable for 12 years old and over. Saturday 27 June LEARN HOW TO MAKE A FILM IN ONE DAY, 10AM – 4.30PM Come and learn how to make a short film in a fun and relaxed environment. Professional filmmakers will show you the ropes and the films you make will be screened at the Big Day Out on 4th July. This event is suitable for young and old alike – whether documentaries, zombie gorefests or nature programmes are your thing, come on your own or bring friends and family. Venue: Meet at North Library, Manor Gardens, N7 6JX Tickets: Free (advance booking recommended, call the library on 020 7527 7840) FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING: AFRO-SAXONS (2008) Directed by Rachel Wang and Mark Currie. Chocolate Films. This warm, funny observational documentary follows the stylists at four hair salons as they prepare for the UK’s biggest Afro-hair competition, delving into their lives showcasing their skills. Date: 27 June 2009 Time: 10pm. Running time approx. 84 minutes. Venue: Landseer Gardens Landseer Road N19 Nearest Tube: Holloway Road Tickets: Free. No Booking Required Age Range: 12+ (contains brief non-sexual nudity and moderate swearing) Web site: www.hollowayartsfestival.co.uk Sunday 28 June ISLINGTON REELS, 1.30PM A terrific selection of entertaining, home-grown films featuring local talent, or directed by local filmmakers. Venue: Holloway Odeon Cinema, 419-427 Holloway Road, N7 6LJ Tickets: £3, to book visit www.hollowayartsfestival.co.uk TWO-MINUTE FILM COMPETITION, 2.45PM Three £100 cash prizes will be awarded at the end of this session: a panel of industry professionals will vote for their favourite adult and youth films – then the audience will vote for their winner!

Venue: Holloway Odeon Cinema, 419-427 Holloway Road, N7 6LJ Tickets: £3, to book visit www.hollowayartsfestival.co.uk MAN ON WIRE, 3.30PM This Oscar-winning documentary will have you on the edge of your seats! Join the film’s producer Simon Chinn for a post-screening Q&A session. Venue: Holloway Odeon Cinema, 419-427 Holloway Road, N7 6LJ Tickets: £5, to book visit www.hollowayartsfestival.co.uk INDEPENDENT FILMS, 6.30PM A punchy selection of surprising and moving films by independent filmmakers. Venue: The Hideaway, 114 Junction Road, N19 5LB Free Saturday 4 July BIG DAY OUT FILMS More Reel Islington Screenings at the Big Day Out in Whittington Park. Venue: Whittington Park Community Centre, Yerbury Road, N19 4RS Free


				
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