Summary report of the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium is now available to download

A report summarising the discussions which took place at the February 2012 UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium is now available to download: UCL Urban Migration Film Festival summary report.

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Estates/High Rise Life screenings, London, May 2012

Two film/conversation evenings in London on ESTATES and HIGH RISE LIFE

ESTATES

15 May 2012 / 19.00 / £4

BEAUTIFUL THING (Hettie MacDonald, 1996); ESTATE (Fugitive Images, forthcoming); MYTHS OF SOCIAL CAPITALISM, PART 1 (Rastko Novakovic, 2012); HEYGATE (Will Montgomery, 2010).

Frustrated with cliched and simplistic representations of council estates as “sink estates”? Come and join us on Tues 15th May when UCL Urban Lab Films and Passengerfilms will be at The Screen @ RADA for a collaborative night of films, art and conversation about ESTATES and the UK housing crisis.

Our feature film will be “Beautiful Thing” (1996), Hettie MacDonald and Jonathan Harvey’s tender ‘coming out’ story, in which Thamesmead, set against the blue skies of a hot summer, plays an important role. The soundtrack features tunes from Mama Cass Elliot and The Mamas and the Papas that you’ll no doubt be whistling on the way home. The film was widely acclaimed at the time of its release, winning awards at numerous festivals, including Paris Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival and GLAAD Media Awards. Author Jonathan Harvey will be present to introduce the film.

We’ll also be showing an extract from Fugitive Images film-in-the-making, “Estate”, a feature length documentary-fiction hybrid following the bulldozing of the Haggerston Estate, and the construction of replacement housing. Filmmakers Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Lasse Johansson will be present for Q&A.

Rastko Novakovic http://www.rastko.org.uk/, moving image artist and film curator and Steven Ball http://www.steven-ball.net/ will present another film-in-progress, “Myths of Social Capitalism, Part 1″, recorded on London’s Heygate Estate, and critiquing its imminent demolition.

Poetry and sonic expert Will Montgomery (RHUL) will introduce his sound archiving project, “Heygate” (2010), recorded in and around the Heygate.

This is the sixth screening of a season by UCL Urban Lab Films and Passengerfilms on urban architectures.

Followed by Q&A with the artists, filmmakers and author of Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey. Chair Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory).

HIGH RISE LIFE

17th May / 19.00 / £4

A UCL Urban Lab, Open City Docs Fest and LSE collaboration

HIGH RISE (Gabriel Mascaro, 2009); LIFT (Marc Isaacs, 2002).

Followed by a discussion with Marc Isaacs (Director, Lift), Luciana Martins (Birkbeck), Tom Cordell (Director, Utopia London) and Richard Baxter (QMUL). Chair Andrew Harris (UCL Urban Laboratory).

The Screen @ RADA / Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre / Malet Street / WC1E 7JN

Tickets available from April 10th at the RADA box office (+44 (0)20 7636 7076), online and at the door (first-come-first-served).

Further details:

www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab

http://www.facebook.com/events/356461197729585/

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Open City / estate films

Readers of this list may be interested in the forthcoming Passenger Films and UCL Urban Lab two evenings of film and conversation on Estates and High Rise Life:

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Full list of films screened at the #UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium

Several respondents to the survey asked for a full list of films screened at the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium, including dates. Some of the films are available to purchase, whilst others can only be obtained from film libraries and the like. See link to the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FH7M6RR.

Journeys

Chronicle of a Summer (Jean Rouch, 1961)

Crossroads at the Edge of Worlds (Charles Heller, 2006)

Encounters at the End of the World (Werner Herzog, 2007)

Sudeuropa (Raphaël Cuomo and Maria Iorio, 2005-07)

The Invisibles. A Hidden Journey across Mexico. (Marc Silver & Gael García Bernal, 2010)

The Other Side (Eva Palacios, 2012)

Transition

Statue of Liberty (Ken Burns, 1985)

Odessa . . . Odessa! (Michale Boganim, 2005)

News from Home (Chantal Akerman, 1976)

Kenedi Goes Back Home (Zelimir Zilnik, 2003)

Calais: the Last Border (Marc Isaacs, 2003)

Carmen Miranda: Bananas is My Business (Helena Solberg, 1994)

Lunch Break

Lift (Marc Isaacs, 2001)

Refuge England (Robert Vas, 1959).

Negotiation

West Indians (Jack Gold, 1963)

Handsworth Songs (John Akomfrah, 1986)

Trapped in Transition. (Alexandra Urdea, Amy Greenbank, Lucrezia Barnes‐Dacey, Roz Corbett, 2009)

Little Georgia (Manal Wicki, Laura Haapio-Kirk and Daria Prokhorova, 2010)

L’Esprit de L’Escalier (Searle Kochberg, 2010)

Lisboetas (Sérgio Tréfaut, 2004)

Breaking the Plain (Christy Johnson, 2009)

Fragments from the past (Julie Scott, 2008)

Photo-text screening

The City That Exploded Slowly (Leslie Hakim Dowek)

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Reminder about survey for participants in the #UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium

We’ve had some great responses to the survey so far (it’s particularly interesting to hear your comments). If you haven’t done so already, could you spare the time for a five-minute survey about the event? We’d be very grateful for your responses and further thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FH7M6RR

You may also wish to add comments below.

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Survey for participants in the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium

Thanks to everyone who took part in the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium. We had some fascinating discussions on representations of migration in film as well as on urban space and migration. If you can spare the time for a five-minute survey about the event, we’d be very grateful for your responses and further thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FH7M6RR

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Download the timetable for the #UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium

Nearly 200 people have signed up to the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival and Symposium! Make sure to arrive in good time to secure a place if you’re planning to attend tomorrow. You can download a PDF of the timetable from here.

Sign up for the UCL Urban Migration Film Festival here

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