Saturday, 25 July 2009

Screened at FilmRats

On Wednesday, was FilmRats, based in the Bristol Pear in Selly Oak. We've had our stuff screened there for the last couple of months but weren't able to make it, so it was a nice surprise to see the evening's films finished off with Bored Stiff and Message in A Bottle.

Organisers Andrew and Tom Hewson seem to have got the event down to a T, warming up the night with some music/live performance, then some films, then polishing of with a final musical act. An audio visual sandwich if you will. I think the guys have got a great feeling for keeping the mood up in the room too. It's easy for these sort of screenings to end up as a endless depressing sludge of grainy experimental films - which is great in moderation - but here the films were mixed up so that there was a nice change of pace and our in-your-face-dirty-little-treats were used as little pick-me-ups at the end. Most importantly though Andrew compared. The most important thing for events like this is to TELL people to clap and get some repore going. For some reason people just don't do it otherwise. I still don't understand why.

The venue's the perfect setting, it's relaxed, nice size and layout, built in projector and a decent sound system. It's a shame no where in the city centre really matches up. Highlights were personal favourites KateGoes plus FaceOmeter, as well as meeting Black Country Cinema collective, Birmingham Salute.

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