Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
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MOVING IMAGE SHORTS : SEEING LANDSCAPE - FULL DETAILS
11am, SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
1h13m


RUTH JONES: VIGIL / 4:58

Ruth Jones - Vigil

Vigil explores the presence that Strumble Head Lighthouse has on the surrounding landscape in North Pembrokeshire. Strumble Head was built in 1908, and its rotating beam can be seen for thirty miles in all directions. Every lighthouse has its own distinctive "character", recognised by a pattern and duration of flashes, in this case one flash every two seconds four times followed by seven seconds of darkness. Vigil explores how this rhythm has permeated the land for over a hundred years, seeping into the psyche of its inhabitants. The installation also explores the lighthouse as a threshold place, situated between land and sea, day and night and human and animal kingdoms. Using Strumble's regulated light pattern as a guide for editing both picture and sound, the film invites a quiet contemplation of the internal and external rhythms that influence our daily experiences, rituals and memories.

Ruth Jones Website


ANDREW PAYNE: RIVER LINES / 3:58

Andrew Payne River Lines

River lines is a film of the surface of a river with its movement slowed down and its surface reduced to linear patterns by the use of video editing software.

Andrew Payne Website


ELAINE KORDYS: HOW EXCELLENT YOUR NAME IS IN THE WORLD / 4:30

Elaine Kordy - How Excellent Your Name Is In The World

The film was an instinctual response to the structure and the beach. The film resonates with loss, hope and time, three themes that re-occur in my work. 

Elaine Kordys Website


MATT LLOYD: POLLPHAIL / 9:59

Matt Lloyd Polphail

Pollphail is a village in limbo, built at great expense during the 1970s Scottish oil boom. The story is told by two men who share an obsession with this ghost village.

Matt Lloyd Website


DEE SHAW: ARBOREAL/ 3:58

Dee Shaw Arboreal

From my window the trees appeared to be dancing in the gale force winter wind. I watched entranced almost hearing music in their movements, a symphonic study in black and white.


SEAN VICARY: SEA OF GLASS / 3:45

Sean Vicary Sea Of Glass

The coastal landscape of West Wales provides the setting for this short film. Organic remnants are manipulated and juxtaposed with music and photography in order to investigate the liminal space between land and sea. The animation has evolved from an original piece produced as part of an audio visual performance with the composer Tom Middleton at the National Film Theatre, London.

Sean Vicary Website

HUGH WATT: REMIND ME TO TELL YOU A STORY / 3:00

Hugh Watt Remind Me To Tell You A Story

Originally shot on 16mm film, ‘Remind me to tell you a story’, takes the audience through a landscape, weighted with the presence of human interaction. Throughout the film we are suspended in the space of not knowing. Stories, which might have once accompanied the film, have now been replaced with the rasping, repetitive sound of the 16mm projector. In essence the film is a reflection on time and space when the spoken word was traditionally a central means of transferring knowledge and understanding.



EMILY CANDELA: VOLCANO (FROM DISASTER SERIES) / 2:36

Emily Candela Volcano

The digital compositing techniques used to make volcano reference 19th century romantic landscape painting and photography, forging a contemporary understanding of the human relationship to both nature and the image.

Emily Candela Website


NATALIE TAYLOR: NEW LIFE - LUPIN / 1:00

Natalie Taylor - New Life - Lupin

Filmed over five days, using time-lapse photography, this short animation of a germinating Lupin seed is presented along with the sounds of a baby's heartbeat recorded through an antenatal monitor during labour.

Natalie Taylor Website


ALASTAIR COOK: THE SILVER DARLINGS / 7:00

Alastair Cook The Silver Darlings

The Silver Darlings is a film by Alastair Cook featuring an original soundtrack by Italian composer Luca Nasciuti, commissioned for Alastair's exhibition Sutherland | Caithness, at the Timespan Gallery in Helmsdale, Sutherland, in Spring 2010. Taking its name from the eponymous book by Neil M. Gunn, The Silver Darlings follows a route from deep within the land out toward the coast, evoking the Clearance and reflecting on the land, heritage and people moved from the Straths to the planned villages of Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale. An emotive subject, the swell of the music carries the viewer on the journey toward the sea.

Alastair Cook Website


LYNNE WILLIAMS: WINTER FIELD IMAGININGS / 2:53

Lynne Williams Winter Field Imaginings

Photographs from a walk on a winter’s day are animated, a slippage from reality to fantasy occurs, the imagination takes over and a story is imposed on a bleak landscape.


HELEN GROVE-WHITE: RISING SLOWLY / 9:23

Helen Grove-White Rising Slowly

Rising Slowly refers both to levels of C02 in the atmosphere and to sea level change which already impacts on our coastlines in Wales. Both rise so insidiously that we may think that nothing is happening but drop by drop there is an unstoppable process at work.

Helen Grove-White Website


HUGH WATT: BLACKLAW WINDFARM / 5:00

Hugh Watt Blacklaw Wind Farm

The cool, metal-lic arms of wind generators rhythmically slice through an open landscape shrouded in semi-darkness. The hope invested in this elegant technology takes on a poetic dimension in a perfect marriage of the man-made and the magnanimous forces of nature. The edges of the blades nonetheless hint at the fine balance between machine and the elements, an equilibrium that can be so easily disrupted by ‘freak’ weather, itself a product of destabilising the relationship of humankind to its environment.


POLLY GOULD: OBITUARY / 7:00

Polly Gould Obituary

Obituary is a fictional account of a lovers' argument about a stranger's death based on a true story of an Australian convert to 'Breatharianism' who died alone in the Highlands of Scotland.

Polly Gould Website


SEAN VICARY: RETOLLED / 2:47

Sean Vicary Retolled

Developed in response to a large supermarket development in Cardigan, RETOLLED draws upon the imagery of the Mari Llwyd and other Welsh folk ritual in an attempt to manifest the ‘spirit’ of the land. As trees are felled and the landscape altered, the reverberations are felt deep in the earth, disturbing creatures that are now only remembered in folk memory.

Sean Vicary Website

2011 SUBMISSIONS

Submissions are now officially closed, but please do contact us if you think you might have something we should not miss. We cannot guarantee to review late submissions.

This year's Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival will be exploring landscape and the four elements: earth, air, fire and water, whether interpreted literally, metaphorically or catastrophically.

The deadline for submissions was 10 June 2011

FULL 2010 PROGRAMME

Friday 10th September 2010

Saturday 11th September 2010

Sunday 12th September 2010

Download printed pdf programme

TICKETS

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Heart of Hawick – Tower Mill
Kirkstile
Hawick TD9 0AE
01450 360688 [Box Office] & 01450 373993 [Visitor Information Centre]

Tickets £3 per event unless otherwise stated. Limited number of Weekend Tickets available at £15 on first come, first served basis. Weekend tickets exclude VOMO [Trouble Sleeping], Hawick Film & Video Group and Little Theatre Film Club [The Kite Runner] screenings.
We regret Heart of Hawick cannot exchange or refund tickets.

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Thursday 1000 - 1815
Friday 1000 - 1945
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