Friday 11th September 2020
Watch live from 8pm
Discussion Crowdcast 9.10-9.45pm
This month we are sharing with you a series of short films on the theme of The Forest, telling a global story through an artist’s eye. Stretching from the Caledonian forests in Scotland to the Church Forests of Ethiopia and the untamed forests of Poland, this series of shorts seeks to examine our relationship and understanding of the role of forests in human identity, mythology and ecologies.
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.
How to Watch
These films will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 11thSeptember – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
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 9.10pm on Friday, 11thSeptember. Please register in advance here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/8hzy5fm4
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!
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We have found a curious selection of five short films, all sourced online exploring a range of different narratives and identities of our woodlands, from the domestic to the wild and untamed, these films journey through a variety of different understandings of the forest environment.
Start here and work your way down through our selection!
The Church Forest of Ethiopia 9 minutes
Directed by Jeremy Seifert
This film tells the story of Ethiopia’s church forests – pockets of diversity surrounding hundreds of churches and the efforts to protect them.
Forest Pitch 11 minutes
Directed by Nick Gibbon
Produced by Signal Film and Media
In a year where Olympics have been cancelled, this film shares an art project by Craig Couthard created as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, which saw the creation of a full-size football pitch in the middle of a Spruce plantation in the Scottish Borders.
Echo 19 minutes
Directed and written by Marcin Fillipowicz
A short film inspired by author Ryszard Krynicki’s story Silence, and shot in South Western Poland, this dark film tells the story of a father and his estranged teenage son on a camping trip, which turns into a strenuous exercise in endurance and male ideals.
DECOY 15 minutes
Collins and Goto Studio
An artists film created by environmental artists Reiko Goto and Tim Collins, a narrated reflection shot deep in a Caledonian pine forest raising a set of questions about point of view, voice, representation and correspondent experience within a highland forest.
Olfactory Forest 14 minutes
Cinematography and direction by Stefan Stark and Pujan Shakupa
What if all the forests in the world disappeared? A portrait of artist/designer Omer Polak and he scent-based installation Olfactory Forest, raising questions about the future of ecology, artificial landscapes or man-made natures.
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