OMSKOMSK gives voice to the unprecedented and the seldom seen. Countless performers and live art acts have engaged OMSK audiences, including The Dragon Ladies and The Frank Chickens, The Sonic Catering Band, Lovely Jon, Snidey, Raving Feminine Duet, the Molotov Mongolian Throat Singers, The New Purposists Exploding Paintings and Free Range's Stigmata Exercise Bicycles. Installation, video art, sound art, food art, sculpture, spoken word, multifarious cinema, animation, physical theatre and site specific dance have all found a home with OMSK. There are very few events which can offer emerging artists such scope for testing their work.
CONTACT: Steven Eastwood - 0207 803 1009
HALLOWEEN SOCIETYFounded in 1995, the Halloween Society is a SHORT FILM screening club based at the Notre Dame Hall in Soho, London. It's run by a fabulous pair called Philip Ilson and Tim Harding. They show up to 13 films an evening and they're super keen on 16mm and also can show beta formats. In recent years Halloween has mutated into a sideline called KENTRA, a fusion of nightclub and cinema mixing experimental visuals with sets by leading DJ's.
CONTACT: Philip - 0207 833 1009
KINOKULTUREShort film cinema that specialises in Underground Kulture, drag racing, urban folk art and Americana. Regular screenings and events at The Chamber of Popular Culture. Recent shows have featured live appearances by Richard Hell, Kozik and the Islamic Diggers.
Oxford based documentary video group
BACKSPACEBackspace are the tekky hub of the Volcano!!! festival. James Stevens, the uber dude, is always keen to help out with projects involving computers and digitally mastered video. They also have an excellent track record in broadcasting live over the internet - now every Tuesday at 7-9pm GMT @ www.ard.spc.org/live.ram
CONTACT: James Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton based radical protest video group.
RENEGADE ARTSAn agency that distributes and networks underground film specialising in European work. They stage occasional screenings and they are open to suggestion.
CONTACT: Robert Robinson on 0207 445 4883
MY EYES MY EYESMy Eyes My Eyes are a film group coming out of Woolwich who do great collaborations, most recently with Autonomous Astronauts Association. They are always open to film submissions: 16mm, Super 8, Video but the programme is curated. They are also keen on performance and installation artists.
CONTACT: email@example.com or phone Clive 'n Grace on 0208 858 5983.
Coventry based. They organise screenings, if interested send your videos to: Headcleaner, c/o The Depot, Bond Street, Coventry, CV1 4AH
Phone: (01203) 525074.
KINOFILM ManchesterKino is the short film agency and outlet in the North West of England. They are in the process of a research and development project looking at setting up a national Short Film Agency which will include a multimedia short film database. The aim is for Kino to act as agents for filmmakers. Info: Kinofilm, 48 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6HR. TEL. 0161 288 2494. Fax: 0161237 3423
DAZZLE (Plymouth)"We want to show your no/low budget Super 8 and 16mm films, no matter how weird, wonderful or wasted, to a like-minded audience with food and booze available. Details, help or inspiration, call us. NOW!"
Plymouth 01752 666 354
OXFORD FILM & VIDEO MAKERSThe OFVM organises screenings fortnightly at the Sound Bite Cafe, Cowley Road, Oxford. If you are interested in coming or want to be a speaker contact Super 98 at: The Stables, North Place, Headington, Oxford 0X3 9HY, Tel: 01865 741 682 Fax: 01865 742 901
FIX FILM CLUBFix is a new video-screening club in Birmingham interested in low/nobudget innovative and experimental work and in getting in touch with other film clubs around the country. Contact: Mark Lynall, The Big Peg, Reception, 120 Vyse Street, The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6NF.
JUNK TV (Brighton)Fortnightly screenings of no/low-budget short films in Brighton. Absurd comedies and dramas to abstract films and video activism. Send a VHS copy of any films you would like to show.
CONTACT: Junk TV, Flat 18, 71 Middle Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AL. Tel: 01273 882 313
LONDON SOCIALIST FILM CLUBSocialist screening group who hold regular screenings of left based and agit-prop film and video and are also able to assist community groups and organisations with projection equipment for film/video shows in the London area.
Get in touch with Chris at 6 Cromer House Street, London WC1H 8DB.
Tel/Fax: 0207 278 8394
THE TERMINAL BAR
Underground cinema and cyber cafe based in
EXPLODING CINEMA AMSTERDAM
Mutant offspring of the Exploding based
Brussels based Belgium film group who organise European
Amsterdam based no budget film/video group
who organise the ROUGH AND RUINED FESTIVAL !
CONTACT: Liz Wendelbo
Stichting F.A.K.E. Film and Kult Entertainment
Rombout Hogerbeetsstraat 135 huis
1052 VZ AMSTERDAM
ALL NIZO RESTRICTED REVOLUTION PICTURES
Hamburg based no budget Super 8 group who specialise in outdoor
(London film maker, friend of E.C.)
TOTAL MOBILE HOME
San Fransisco based underground (in the basement of their house!)
WEB SITES & MAGAZINES
FLICKER CINEMA SHOWCASEFrom Scott Stark comes the crossroads of all underground, low/no budget, experimental, Independent film and video web sites. More links, references, reports and information than you could wrap a tree with ! Get going... http://www.hi-beam.net
FILMWAVESThe magazine for low/no-budget filmmakers and audiences. Published quarterly Filmwaves is an indispensable source of information on the established British Independent Film and Video sector which covers festivals, state funding agencies, books, new technology, Independent cinema history, features on film/video makers etc. Although it began as a d.i.y. autonomous publication it is now becoming a glossy creature of the state, It's coverage of the underground is sketchy and its politics compromised, but all the same it's worth the cover price for the listings and occasional good article. What you gonna do?
Subscription to FILMWAVES for 4 issues is £10 (UK) £15 (EU) $28 (US). Make cheques payable to Obraz Productions Ltd. and send to Filmwaves, P.O. Box 420, Edgeware HA8 OXA. tel. 0181 906 4794.
AMATEUR CINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINEThe original cinema underground, A.C.E. has been published in various forms since 1934 and it's a revelation for any filmmaker working in Super 8, Standard 8, 16mm, or even 9.5mm. It's packed with articles, reports, adverts and classified ads on every aspect of amateur cine filmmaking and technology. If you've been told that Super 8 is dead or that you just cant get bulbs for the Pailliard Bolex G916 projector anymore... it's a lie !
Tel. 01503 272616 Subscriptions make cheques payable to Ace for £14 (UK) £20.00 (airmail) Send to ACE, Porthallow End, Talland, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2JB, UK
VERTIGO MAGAZINEHeavily subsidised, definitely old school, Independent film and video magazine whose contributors and editorial board reads like a who's who of state funding selection panels. The contents is mostly theoretical, profiles of makers, reviews and hand wringing about cuts in state funding. If you can get past the in-jokes and the self righteous tone there's sometimes some revealing features. It's even got a bit cheeky lately. Hmmmm.
Published quarterly, subscription £10 (UK) £15 (EU) $18 (US and beyond). Make cheques payable to Vertigo Ltd. Send to Vertigo, 7-9 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LL, UK.
MELANCHOLIC TROGLODYTECinema At The bottom Of A Swamp. Willfully obscure and unrepentant Marxist/situationist style theoretical journal, like the bastard hybrid of cyber Sufi mysticism and 70's Screen structuralism! It's a laugh riot !!!!
£2.00 (p&p) to Melancholic Troglodytes, box no.44, 136-138 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2NS.
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