Three Watershed-supported projects were announced as winners of the 2013 Media Innovation Awards last week at a glittering event held in Plymouth. Hosted by one of Channel 4’s Three Hungry Boys, Thom Hunt, the event is a joint initiative by the media and design networks in the South West. Now in their seventh year, the awards celebrate the most innovative work produced by creative companies.
For the past two months we have had the great pleasure of hosting two magicians in residence, Stuart Nolan and Kieron Kirkland. Based at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio, they have been exploring creative ideas that blend technology, interactive design, magic and illusion. Kieron and Stuart here share some of the ideas that they have been developing in collaboration with the Bristol Interaction and Graphics Group at the University of Bristol.
Following an open call for a new resident competition where we asked for applications from people with fantastic ideas who want to explore how to make them a reality, we are delighted to welcome four fantastic new faces to the Pervasive Media Studio community.
We are welcoming Josh Barnes and Silas Adekunle on our Graduate and new talent residency.
The Passion of Joan of Arc enjoys a glorious South West homecoming on Mon 25 Nov with a performance in Bath Abbey, one of the country’s great medieval buildings, as part of the Bath Film Festival.
Developed in Bristol by musicians Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) working with inspiration from Watershed, The Passion of Joan of Arc is a live performance to Carl Theodore Dreyer’s 1928 classic of silent cinema.
We’re putting the finishing touches to Electric December, our annual short film showcase for filmmakers under 21 years old, which goes live on Sun 1 Dec. This year, we’ve gone global, with entries coming from three continents, making this the widest reaching online showcase of young emerging talent we’ve seen since Electric December began fifteen years ago.
Following sold out screenings at Afrika Eye Festival here last weekend, we are delighted to announce that two new Kenyan films - Nairobi Half Life and Something Necessary - will be playing at cinemas and festivals across the UK until March 2014 as part of New Visions from Kenya: Celebrating 50 years of Independence. Audience reaction at Watershed has been outstanding for both films.
If you thought German New Wave of the 1970s was all about Fassbinder, Wenders and Herzog then think again. This was also the the time when cult filmmaker Roland Klick was making his dystopian punk rock odysseys, psychedelic westerns and youth-oriented crime dramas, and we are delighted to screen a selection of his incredible work – which is ripe for rediscovery.