Reel to Real Cinema At Home: United Skates

Reel to Real Cinema At Home: United Skates
Friday, 12th February 2021
Watch live from 7pm
Post-film discussion on Crowdcast 8.45-9.30pm

Each month during lockdown we are sharing with you a brilliant find that we have unearthed and that is available to view for free and online. This month we are delving into new Reel to Real territories courtesy of the BBC iPlayer.

Our film choice in February, is United Skates,a real gem of a documentary directed by Dyana Winkler and Tina Brown, that follows the story of three roller skaters fighting for their communities. These are stories of the places where we build community, of race and prejudice, and the drive and passion of underground subcultures to survive.

“For years, roller-skating rinks have been a constant for African-American communities across the U.S., serving as a meeting ground, a place to have fun and an incubator of iconic hip-hop talents like Queen Latifah and N.W.A.”

As America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community joins forces in a racially charged environment to save the underground African-American subculture of roller skating, which has been overlooked by the mainstream for generations – yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talents.”

After the film, we invite you to join us over on Crowdcast for a conversation about the film with a special stovie guest.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film.

Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

United Skates: Trailer

How to Watch

We’re doing things a bit differently this month, so to watch the film you will need a free account with the BBC, details of how to set this up here:

And to hit play on our selected film, United Skates at 7pm. We’ll make sure there is a clear link available from this page. Note that this film is available with subtitles, to view these use the subtitles settings button located on the bottom right of the BBC iplayer browser once you have opened the film.

We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 8.45pm on Friday, 22ndJanuary.  Please register in advance here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/c23nkvbl
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!

If you are unable to access the BBC iplayer, please get in touch and we will try to offer advice. For more information contact katie@thestove.org.

The Discussion

Let’s chat! Join us over on Crowdcast, sign up below:

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Categories
Musings

Creative Repositioning for the New Normal

What makes a place? And what role does creativity have in times of crisis?
Katharine Wheeler of the Stove Curatorial Team and Lead Artist/Researcher for our Embers project, reflects on the role of ‘creative place-making’ in wake of the national lockdown.

As people pull together to face the collective challenges and strain at this time and without the usual noise of other ‘news’ it is the kindness, ingenuity and resilience of people that are centre stage. We can see more than ever the generosity and value local people, groups and organisations invest in supporting their communities.

Small businesses re-organise themselves to take food to our most vulnerable (often without payment), neighbours leave groceries on the doorsteps of those they barely know, people pledge all manner of support and money to those they have never met, we share creative ideas to keep us busy and explore ways of connecting when we cannot physically meet.

The Stove has always been many things for many people – a café, an events space, a space to gather and take part in activity, to have conversations about our place, to challenge ideas and perceptions, to grow projects and activity together. All of this expressed as seriously playful partnership with our community to support and grow a resilient, progressive and creative Dumfries and Galloway. 

We strive to be for, and of, our community and have been asking ourselves “How do we reposition our work at this time?” as a creative community-led organisation that uses creative practice at the heart of what it does.

We have taken time to think and are exploring two directions:

  • in our program – as we explore new ways to grow activity that engages local people in reflection and co-development of work and activity 
  • for our wider creative community – to reconnect and support this community at this time.

Through this we hope to support the building of a collective awareness and narrative of the ‘new normal’, one which helps the transition into the next stage of this new journey we are all on together. Our intention has not changed, this is an ethos and approach of Creative Placemaking. We have spent the last 10 months digging down into the grassroots practice of Creative Placemaking across Dumfries and Galloway through our Embers consultation talking to groups and organisations embedded in their communities about their work. Creative Placemaking is a collaborative practice that uses creative activity to connect and come together with other individuals, groups and organisations and respond to local needs with innovative solutions that focus on social wellbeing and inclusion in our communities.

Times such as this highlight the struggle in places that have had their local resource and ability to respond stripped in favour of centralised service provision. Our new reality is shining a spotlight on the value of our sometimes less recognised and smaller parts, our key workers, our local services and businesses, our sole traders and freelance workers, our community spaces and social relationships. We are seeing the value of our collective creativity to shape and adjust systems and support appropriate to our local need.

Where will we go from here? At the Stove we will continue to advocate for the value of our smaller community-focused parts and use activity to test and develop ways of working that invest and support the creativity and innovation around us to grow our local resilience.

A few related things to and look out for…

Embers report – to go live in a few weeks this report explores some of the fantastic work in our communities and proposes more considered understanding and support for Creative Placemaking work for the South of Scotland.

Don’t Forget the Self-Employed – talking about our responsibility to the region’s cultural, creative and community sectors. Of our 600+ members, we estimate that as many as half will be self-employed or freelancers.

Culture and Creative Industries consultation – add your voice to the role the new South of Scotland Agency can take in supporting our creative sector.

Homegrown – addressing this new normal by proposing four values that will frame our work: Insight, Perseverance, Open-heartedness & Solidarity.

Third Sector D&G Resilience Map – a page created in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council that displays information from local community groups and organisations offering support or looking for support in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Categories
News

National Culture Strategy

Last Friday, the Scottish Government published the new National Culture Strategy for Scotland, and we are delighted that the Stove has been featured as a case study! You can download and read the Culture Strategy in full online here, and comment on Twitter using #culturescot.

The strategy has three main aims:

  • to strengthen culture
  • transforming through culture
  • empowering through culture

We’ve been having a read of it over the weekend, and have picked out some of the key facts that we found particularly inspirational.

“Value, trust and support creative people – for their unique and vital contribution to society and the economy.”
“Encourage greater openness and diverse cultures to reflect a changing Scotland in the 21st century.”
“Foster international collaboration and build on Scotland’s reputation for cultural excellence.”
“Open up the potential of culture as a transformative opportunity across society.”
“Extend the view of culture to include the everyday and emerging, the established and more formal.”
“Extend opportunities that enable people to take part in culture throughout their lives.”
“Recognise each community’s own local cultures in generating a distinct sense of place, identity and confidence.”
“Everyone has the right to participate freely in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits (Article 27, Universal Declaration of Human Rights).”

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.

Drawn to Life: Community Mural

Want to contribute to Blueprint100’s Community Mural? Drop in for as long as you like to help form a lasting image of our thoughts and feelings. Use imagery generated at our other Drawn to Life workshops, or come and create something new. Artists Blossom McCuaig and Claire Bell will provide prompts and guidance, with materials provided. All abilities welcome.