2014 SO FAR...
In summary the past couple of weeks have been a hive of activity here at Gingerwink Films!
We went into production with Gabi Menezes' second film, about Ballet and Beauty, Gabi writes about the inspiration for her latest film here. Gabi got to have a go with the c300 (thank you Sarah at Feral Equipment, and Henry Tempereley for hooking us up.) Thanks also to our partners on the film Sophie Edmonds and Lady Grey Productions, and the rest of the team inc Bonita Wadhwa. More to come on that, Gabi is editing now, and we can't wait to share the film. For photos of the shoot and more info, check out our Gingerwink Films Facebook page.
Georgie is off with the the talented theatre director and radio 4 producer Susannah Treselian to to Rwanda+Burundi for inaugural @ProjectAriadne chapter (do follow progress on twitter and facebook . This is a fantastic project to profile female theatre makers in post conflict zones, supported - somewhat miraculously - by the Arts Council and in partnership with In Place of War. We feel very lucky to able to help such a project happen and are excited about the journey. We meet with @HopeAzeda in Kigali in the coming days, you can follow our progress on twitter @ProjectAriadne and on the Ariadne Facebook Page. We are off tomorrow and here is Susannah's first blog.
Lots more exciting projects coming up too, including a film with the firebrand and all round inspiration that is Eve Branson, mother of Richard, Nessie and Lindy. We're talking about an upcoming event for her Eve Branson Foundation, supporting girls in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.
Gingerwink Films also sponsored a white leather poof to be housed at wonderful video artist Zina Saro-Wiwa's pioneering new arts space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. More on that later.
AiM Bienanale, Marrakech 2014
We made many new friends at the Aim Biennale in Marrakesh and have some podcasts coming soon with fascinating Chinese Artists Yumg Shun and Ni Weihma, talking about their work as part of the THIS IS MY HOMELAND exhibition. We also met Anne Verheijen and look forward to broadcasting some fascinating conversations in our next WinkPost Podcast.
Gingerwink is working with Alex and Tom Cairnes and our new organisation Freetown Uncut, in Sierra Leone, profiling the musicians of Freetown. Lots more to come about that, but in the mean time more info below and see Alex's latest film posts. Exciting!
Freetown Uncut was created as a platform to showcase Sierra Leonean artists and provide them with a platform to share their music more widely. From rap and RnB, traditional African music, rock and jazz, we want to share the best that Sierra Leone has to offer.
While there are many videos of Sierra Leonean music on YouTube, Freetown Uncut will focus on capturing live performances to showcase unsigned musicians and promote individuals based on talent, not their ability to purchase studio time or their connections.
We ourselves are a small group of Sierra Leonean musicians and hope that Freetown Uncut can play its own small role in the local music industry. We want to give these artists a chance at a career in music. In addition, we hope to show that Sierra Leone is a vibrant, young, creative country with the potential for an independent & brighter future.