“Got to meet amazing, passionate people, watch great films and have a fantastic time overall... The whole experience reminded why I want to be involved in film exhibition!”
Cinema Rediscovered is a collaborative endeavour involving a whole range of partners and creatives who all share a passion for cinema.
The festival is produced by a dedicated team with the support of Watershed in collaboration with a curatorial group, guest curators, a dedicated PR person, freelance marketing people and of course our many partners, contributors and volunteers without whom the festival would not be what it is.
Each year we welcome new collaborators and volunteers – if you would like to pitch an idea for a season, event or just want to let us know about an upcoming restoration or film discovery, please get in touch and look for our annual call for volunteers in early February.
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Founder & Co-curator
Inspired by Bologna’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, Mark founded Cinema Rediscovered in 2016 and works collaboratively with the curatorial group to develop and present the festival programme.
Mark is passionate about film and music and has dedicated his professional career to independent cultural cinema exhibition starting out in Plymouth Art Centre some 30 years ago followed by Cornerhouse in Manchester. He joined Watershed in 1994 where he has curated a whole range of seasons and touring programmes ranging from New Portuguese Cinemas to a retrospective of filmmaker Claire Denis. He co-curates Filmic, is an advisor on Encounters festival, Film Hub South West and Director of Film Culture at University of West of England. Listen to Mark on Watershed’s Cinema Podcast and stay in touch with him on Twitter @msc45.
Maddy helped set up Cinema Rediscovered in 2016 and has been Festival Producer ever since, overseeing the festival development and delivery from partnerships and sponsorships to guest liaison and the touring programme.
She is a producer of film events, talent and people with extensive experience of advocating for the cinema sector. She joined Watershed 15 years ago and currently leads on major cinema programmes, the Film Hub South West as part of BFI Film Audience Network as well as a portfolio of talent development activity. She has directed several international Europa Cinemas Audience Development Innovation Labs including Bologna in Italy and is currently Vice-President of Europa Cinemas. Follow her on Twitter @cineredis & @MaddyProbst.
Film Critics Workshop Founder and Co-curator
Tara set up Cinema Rediscovered's Film Critics Workshop in 2017 which has since expanded into a major part of the festival.
With a background as a freelance film critic, Tara was also Co-Director at 20th Century Flicks video shop and programmed films for Australia's iconic single screen repertory theatre, The Astor, and for Melbourne's annual feminist film event, Girls on Film Festival. Tara is a keen advocate for all manner of cinema-going, the film print medium and repertory programming. She joined Watershed as Cinema Producer in April 2018 after working freelance in programming and editorial for Cinema Rediscovered since its inaugural year in 2016.
Co-Director/Co-Curator of the award-winning South West Silents, James has been involved in Cinema Rediscovered since its inception.
A film graduate from the University of the West of England (UWE), James Harrison works at BBC Bristol where he has been involved in numerous film and archive related documentary productions. A graduate of the Giornate del Cinema Muto Collegium (Pordenone Silent Film Festival) in 2005, James has written many articles about classic cinema and has been heavily involved with Bristol Silents and Slapstick Festival.
Rosie introduced the concept of the Projection Tours at Cinema Rediscovered and was instrumental in the development of Analogue Rules introduced in 2019.
Rosie is a passionate film and media archivist and historian, a dedicated advocate for film history and preservation, and bringing it to new audiences. She is currently Curatorial Specialist at the British Film Institute and Co-Director/ Co-Curator at South West Silents. Rosie graduated from the The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. Her film interests include Silent Westerns, film collectors, and the history of British Cinema with a particular interest in British Women filmmakers.
Dr Peter Walsh
Peter has worked regularly with some of the region's most successful film festivals to present silent cinema, and was part of the team that helped establish Cinema Rediscovered in 2016 and introduced the popular Cinema Walk.
Peter is active as a freelance researcher and editor, specializing on cinema's earliest years, as well as being Subtitles Co-ordinator for MUBI's international programming. In 2015 he co-founded South West Silents, to help present new restorations of silent films from across the world, back on the big screen with new contexts and live music. In 2018 and 2019 Peter collaborated with Tara Judah to present two early cinema interventions at the Critics' Choice programme at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Pam Beddard is a Bristol-based publicist specialising in promoting film and TV. She is the long-time publicist of the city’s Afrika Eye, Cary Grant Comes Home and Slapstick screen festivals and recently handled regional campaigns for ENYS MEN, the latest film by the BAFTA-winning Mark Jenkin and Nepal’s first Oscar nominee LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM. Earlier credits include PR work for FilmBath, FilmHub SW, Calling The Shots, Film Africa, Encounters, the F-Rating, Wildscreen plus a wide range of TV documentaries and she is a previous head of external communications at Watershed.
Editorial & Marketing Specialist
Nathan is a writer and producer who regularly contributes editorial as part of Cinema Rediscovered Festival. From studying Mathematics at Plymouth, he pivoted careers to writing so he could develop his passion for cinema and storytelling. With articles published on Watershed, his blog HardieWrites, BFI Film Academy South West and Freestyle Bristol, he frequently covers local screenings and film festivals and is hoping to soon programme events of his own. He has also been a guest on Watershed’s monthly podcast and hosted Deaf Conversations About Cinema.
Guest curators and collaborators
Guest Curator & Consultant
Karen Alexander is an independent film and moving image curator, writer and researcher. She has worked with and for the BFI, the Royal College of Art and a consultant for a diverse range of cinemas, galleries and arts organisations. Karen works across media, arts and culture, programming and running courses on black British representation, independent cinema, national identity and collective memory. Recent projects include Black Star (BFI 2016), Black Atlantic Cinema Club (Autograph Watershed 2016) Philomela’s Chorus (2017) and Dream Time: We All have Stories for Nuit Blanche (Toronto 2018).
Currently, Karen works as a tutor at the University of the Arts, London and has been guest curator and consultant at Cinema Rediscovered since its inception.
Guest Curator & Marketing Specialist
Elizabeth Chege trained as an architect and town planner but has long held a passion for film, art and music. She is from Kenya and is currently based in the UK forging her new path as a curator. In 2013, she founded Cine Kenya which is a curatorial space devoted to African cinema with a special dedication to Kenyan film. It is a repository of inspirations that includes visual arts and music alongside its film focus. Liz is part of the Come The Revolution collective and has worked as a freelance marketeer and curator for a whole range of film organisations including Afrika Eye, BFI, Early Day Films and Encounters Festival.
Liz has been involved in Cinema Rediscovered since its beginning as a guest curator, speaker and more recently as freelance marketeer for the festival. Follow her on Twitter at @elchronicle or @cometherev.
With a background in journalism and the arts with considerable experience in TV, cinema, PR and social media, Lorena is passionate about people and cinema. For almost a decade, she was a Lecturer at the Audiovisual Department in the Universidad Central de Venezuela and responsible for the Publicity and Marketing of Warner Bros Pictures in Venezuela. Since relocating to the UK, Lorena has volunteered for Bath Film Festival as a programmer and set up her own cinema series ‘Getting Together Through Film’ at Trowbridge Town Hall.
Lorena has been involved in Cinema Rediscovered since its beginning as a freelance marketeer and photographer for the festival.
Follow Lorena on Twitter @lorenapinom
Adam is a freelance Music and Film critic, Camera Operator and member of Bristol’s Universal Magnetic Crew. He is part of the Come The Revolution collective and Cables & Camera. He is also a presenter on community radio station Ujima as a member of The Universal Magnetic Show. Adam's interests as a curator with Come The Revolution revolve around representations of Hip Hop culture on the screen; race, gender, and diversity.
Adam has been involved in Cinema Rediscovered since its beginning as a guest curator, writer and speaker.
Graeme is the founder of the Cube Cinema in Bristol and has a studio practice that involves working with analogue film – shooting, developing, printing and projecting. He looks after a growing collection of cinema apparatus and odd bits of film, and is currently restoring a 1930s contact printer and an optical printer (both machines rarely seen by the public). His MRes (UWE) is looking at analogue film artefacts in digital archives, the use of film as a technology of memory and the history and uses of found footage.
Graeme was instrumental in the development of Cinema Rediscovered's Analogue Rules, introduced in 2019.
The Final Girls
The Final Girls have collaborated with Cinema Rediscovered since 2016. The Final Girls is a UK-based film collective focused on exploring feminist themes in horror cinema and highlighting the representation and work of women in horror, both in front and behind the camera. The Final Girls is run by Olivia Howe and Anna Bogutskaya.
Follow them on Twitter at @TheFinalGirlsUK.
Quiz Co-host & Collaborator
Jonathan (also known as Bags) is a freelance editor and video essayist, whose essay film “Before the Revolution” screened at Cinema Rediscovered in 2017. Part of the extended 20th Century Flicks family, he, together with his co-conspirator David Taylor, programmes a long-running repertory strand at Bristol’s Cube Cinema and co-hosts the shop’s notoriously fiendish regular film quiz night. He is also a regular contributor to the Encounters Short Film Festival, for which he serves on the festival’s pre-selection team.
He has been involved with Cinema Rediscovered since its beginning as a writer, co-host of the closing night quiz, and as a guest speaker in the Critics Workshop in 2017.
Follow @iambags on Twitter.
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Quiz Co-host & Collaborator
David (also known as 'Pip') runs 20th Century Flicks Video Shop and has bizarrely spent almost all his working life in the film rental industry. His dream is to retire running the last video shop in the world and being given an award of some kind. A graduate in Film and Literature from the University of Warwick, he was tutored by Victor Perkins, Charlotte Brunsdon, Ed Gallafent and Jose Arroyo and as a result, he remains addicted to the films of Nicholas Ray, Powell & Pressburger, William Friedkin and Pedro Almodóvar to this day. Alongside Bags he has helped program a long-running series of their favourite films at The Cube cinema, hosted a nefarious film quiz at The Christmas Steps pub and directed a no-budget remake of his favourite film Point Break.
He has been involved with Cinema Rediscovered since its beginning as a co-host of the closing night quiz.