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Mysteries, conspiracies and new world orders at Nine Worlds Geekfest

Last weekend I journeyed up to Geekfest Nine Worlds Conference to present the short film Devil In The Room as part of The Skeptic Magazine’s strand at the conference. I showed the film and discussed it alongside Dan Denis, researcher for the Sleep Paralysis Project. Dan offered an in-depth tour of the history, science and latest research around […]

The Art of Science

In November, Rich Pickings teamed up with Underwire Festival to present an evening of science shorts and discussion. Underwire festival is dedicated to showcasing films made with women in key production roles. This event, which was supported by Wellcome Trust, screened a selection of some of Wellcome’s short film commissions by female practitioners. What really […]

Cinema as an Extreme Sport

The excellent Scala Beyond season continued on Friday with Cinema as a Subversive Art, an all-night tribute to the recently deceased Amos Vogel, founder of the legendary film society Cinema16 and author of Film as Subversive Art. The event, co-hosted by LUX and Little Joe, curated a selection of films mentioned in Vogel’s book and split […]

We Are Legion: The Story of the Hactivists

I didn’t have high hopes when I went down to Frontline Club to see Brian Knappenberger’s We Are Legion, a documentary that promises to take the audience ‘inside the complex culture and history of Anonymous’. Films about politicised computer hackers are usually: a) Boring, ridiculous propaganda in which hackers are presented as terrorists tearing down society. b) Boring, […]

So you wanna be a deep topographer? 6 tips from Nick Papadimitriou

“At moments like this the County sits in the palm of my hand, or it hangs suspended in the cortex. At other times it is a wild vicious thing: squashed insects on summer bitumen; dead souls trapped in pre-stressed concrete; sadness floating across wind-hacked sportsfields on lonely winter rambles. The county is both an intimate […]

Scala Beyond

The cult cinema obsessives from Scala Forever are back with Scala Beyond, a six week long season of one-off cinema events bringing together some of the UK’s coolest festivals, cinemas and pop-up events. The season launched last night with an 8 hour film jam at Roxy Bar and Screen. Contributing film clubs operated a kind […]

Kinemastik

“Well, at least if the films are bad we can look at the view” mutters a middle-aged Maltese woman as she takes her seat at the 8th Kinemastik International Short Film Festival. The seating area is positioned on the edge of a high cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. As the sun sets over the harbour, […]