The Fringe! festival programmers have announced the feature films, short films, art exhibitions, events and workshops which will be showcased at the fourth edition of East London’s Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival, 3-9 November, their biggest festival yet.
The art strand is opened with a joint private view of punk art installation Pauline Boudry / Renate Laurent: No Future/No Past and RCA Queer: Skin/Cells on 4th November. The heart-warming documentary Peter de Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn opens the film festival on the 6 November, with a drinks reception, followed by a Q&A with the film-makers. The closing night, in partnership with London and Sydney-based online film viewing and discovery platform FilmDoo, sees the premier of Finnish film Open Up To Me at the Hackney Picturehouse on 9th November. The festival team is also proud to have secured a media partnership with the online art and culture magazine Polari for the length of the festival.
This year, thanks to the support of Arts Council England and Film Hub London the festival will extend from a long weekend to a week-long festival. Fringe! continues to present artwork, films and events that create a space for reflection and discovery around current queer culture. We are thrilled to be hosting several UK premieres, including Naomi Campbel, an experimental film following a trans* woman who turns to reality TV for surgery and Out in the Night, a doc following a group of friends whose New York night out ends with them being branded a ‘gang of killer lesbians’. Something In Between, a personal political doc about transition and Popular Education Terror, a post-gender DIY musical odyssey, join us for their international premieres. Docudrama The Circle comes to Fringe! fresh from being chosen as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Annual Academy Awards.
The Visual Arts programme will showcase work created especially for Fringe! including Jeffrey Hinton’s new project Willy Nilly, as well as a retrospective of the work of Stuart Sandford. Other exhibitions include Ken. To Be Destroyed by Sara Davidmann, previously shown at homotopia and further developed especially for Fringe! The visual arts programme is supported using Public Funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A specially curated programme ‘There’s a Dyke In The Pit’ will pay tribute to the queercore and Riot Grrrl movements through a day of film, conversation and live music, culminating in a screening of Jill Reiter’s ‘lost film’ In Search of Margo-go starring Kathleen Hanna. Programme supported by Film Hub London <http://www.filmlondon.org.uk/filmhub> , managed by Film London. Proud to be a partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery.
East London’s annual queer film and arts festival Fringe! takes place in a range of venues across including the Hackney Picturehouse, Rio Cinema, the Rose Lipman Building – this year’s festival hub, Forge & Co, Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Dalston Superstore and more. The festival includes 20 feature films, 15 programmes of short films, 5 exhibitions, 17 events including 5 panel discussions and 4 workshops. Among the film-makers and artists attending are Jill Reiter, Sébastien Lifshitz, Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny (Superm), and Antonio da Silva.
Emma Feasey, Festival Producer, said: “We are thrilled to be presenting the most ambitious Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival to date, in our new November slot. We have put together a vibrant and daring programme of feature films, shorts programmes, exhibitions, events, parties and workshops for our audiences to enjoy across a whole week.”
Konstantinos Menelaou, Festival Curator, said: ” The new edition of Fringe! features a wide selection of new work created by groundbreaking local and international artists – it’s a celebration of creativity all set in East London.”
Paul Ridd, London Cinemas and Acquisitions Coordinator at Picturehouse, said “We are delighted to support FRINGE! once more this year, a festival which has become a beloved mainstay of our year-round commitment to showcasing the very best film festivals London has to offer. Top notch queer features, docs, special events and fun, we can’t wait!”
Feature films, short film programmes, cutting-edge exhibitions, vibrant events including panel discussions, workshops and parties across East London, 3-9 November.
Fringe! is a film and arts festival rooted in London’s queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. We’re not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! Fest 2014 will be hosting a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With our signature blend of eye opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, we’ll be packing out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues and basement clubs.
Fringe! Fest was launched in 2011, by a group of queer creatives as a community response to arts cuts carnage. Our mission was to offer a dynamic, representative and unmistakably fresh alternative to other film and arts festivals.
Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Festival, 3-9 November 2014
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