We are happy to present a recording of a discussion between Thomas Elsaesser and Erica Carter (King’s College London) following our screening of his film The Sun Island on 28th March 2018.
In his first film, The Sun Island, Thomas Elsaesser, eminent film theorist and film historian, documents the life and professional career of his grandfather, Martin Elsaesser (1884-1957), who was architect and chief city planner in Frankfurt from 1925 to 1932. The recent and controversial acquisition of the latter’s landmark building, the Frankfurt Central Market, by the European Central Bank as the site of their new headquarters, allows the film to draw attention to the importance of Martin Elsaesser’s place in the city’s architectural history, and to the neglect of his legacy.
But the film also revolves around Martin’s private life, and notably his wife Liesel’s long-standing liaison with landscape architect Leberecht Migge. Home movies and photographs are combined with personal letters and contemporary interviews to create an intimate portrait of these relationships, and of the protagonists’ collective attempt to create a self-sufficient utopia on Sun Island during the crucial years between the Weimar Republic and World War Two.
1. Martin Elsaesser Stiftung PDF
2. Review of The Sun Island
3. Thomas Elsaesser website
From our archives we are happy to present four major recordings of acclaimed film-maker Thom Andersen introducing his films and discussing his career. Thom was a guest of the 1st Essay FIlm Festival held in 2015 and in these recordings he is in conversation with Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group and Michael Witt.
EFF 2015: The Thoughts That Once We Had – Thom Andersen Introduction (March 25th, 2015): https://soundcloud.com/user-952189740/eff-the-thoughts-that-once-we-had-thom-andersen-introduction
EFF 2015: The Thoughts That Once We Had – Q & A Thom Andersen and Michael Witt (March 25th, 2015): https://soundcloud.com/user-952189740/eff-the-thoughts-that-once-we-had-q-a-thom-andersen-and-michael-witt
EFF 2015: Thom Andersen Shorts – Introduction (March 28th, 2015): https://soundcloud.com/user-952189740/eff-thom-andersen-shorts-thom-andersen-introduction
EFF 2015: Thom Andersen Shorts – Q & A Thom Andersen + Kodwo Eshun (March 28th, 2015): https://soundcloud.com/user-952189740/eff-thom-andersen-shorts-q-a-thom-andersen-kodwo-eshun
The BAFTSS Essay Film SIG and the Derek Jarman Lab
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Writing with The Camera: Unconventional approaches to Essay Filmmaking
A roundtable discussion and workshop for essay film practitioners and enthusiasts. The gathering aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas about the screenwriting process and screenplay development for the essay-film, as part of the London Essay Film Festival.
Date of the workshop: 24th March 2018 (10 am – 1 pm).
Deadline: 15th March 2018
Location: Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck School of Arts, Birkbeck London WC1H 0PD
During the session, we will introduce approaches to screenwriting outside conventional formats and discuss how the participants’ essay-film projects might draw from the application of similar development techniques. The focus will be on processes of layering, working and re-working material, remaining flexible to facilitate moving backwards and forwards between scripting, editing and devising sound/VO. Filmmakers Romana Turina and Rebecca E. Marshall will look at this process within their completed works and how open systems of development loops can make use of both carefully planned sequences and unexpected moments.
Participants of the workshop will be asked to bring examples of storyboard/script/ notebooks/image collection from their projects. In the second part of the session, we will share and discuss these documents.
Date: 24th March 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm
- 10 am: welcome, opening presentation and introduction
- 10:30 am – 12 am: Roundtable Discussion – individuals present their ongoing projects one by one.
- 12 am – 1 pm: Participant’s Materials displaying on the tables – knowledge exchange and discussion on process.
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:
If you are interested in participating, please send a 150-word description of the project and a 100-word bio to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
before 15th March 2018.
Essay film specialist Laura Rascaroli will give a talk on lyricism and poetry in the essay film, and introduce Pietro Marcello’s La bocca del lupo [The Mouth of the Wolf] (2009).
Wednesday 21 March 2018, 18:00
Birkbeck Cinema: FREE event [book here]
Opening Lecture: ‘Compounding the Lyric Essay Film: Towards a Theory of Poetic Counter-Narrative’, by Professor Laura Rascaroli, University College Cork; followed by a screening of Pietro Marcello’s film La bocca del lupo [The Mouth of the Wolf] (2009)
La bocca del lupo [The Mouth of the Wolf], Pietro Marcello, Italy, 2009, DVD, 68 minutes, Italian with English subtitles
Continue reading “Session One: Laura Rascaroli Lecture With Screening Of La Bocca Del Lupo”
Image credit: Rebecca E Marshall
1st April 2017, 10am–1pm
Room G10, School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
Organised by The Derek Jarman Lab in collaboration with Rebecca E Marshall.
A roundtable discussion, workshop and performance hosted by the Derek Jarman Lab for essay film practitioners and enthusiasts to exchange ideas about working with/against cinematic time.
During the session we will introduce approaches to editing outside conventional formats and discuss how to tailor them to the participants’ own essay-film projects. The focus will be on how the filmmaker’s voice can emerge through both sound and image, and can generate a sense of cinematic time. We will look at the process of montage and how it can make use of both carefully planned sequences and accidental moments.
Participants in the workshop should bring up to 3 clips from their own footage (not more than 5 minutes in total duration) . In the second part of the session we will discuss and paper-edit those excerpts with a view to constructing a narrative about time. The workshop will finish off with a collaborative VJ performance during which we will live-edit the footage with an accompanying commentary and a pre-recorded music track.
If you are interested in participating, please send us an email before 25th March. We will be collecting clips prior to the session on Friday, 31st March in our office at 36 Gordon Square. Quicktime Prores format is preferred; if necessary we can help extract clips from file, DVDs, or Blu-rays.
10am – welcome and opening presentation
10.30am – roundtable discussion
11.30am – looking at clips and paper-edit
12.30pm – VJ-ing performance
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.