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Harvest Festival

Busy busy North and South ... for those in London missing the fantastic Scottish film tour (sniff) you could come to Abbey Gardens for the Harvest Festival instead!

On Saturday 26 September from 1-4pm.
The event will have many activities for all ages, including:
  • Watch Bollywood dance group, Tridhara, and learn it yourself in their dancing workshop
  • Attempt apple dunking, thanks to Team Perham,
  • Enjoy seasonal food cooked by Tom Fletcher from Rejuce and fresh pressed juices by Quirky Nature
  • and last but not least, show off your baking skills and bring an entry to our Apple Tart competition!
I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Ged Fitzsimmons 


Welcome Ged !

This windswept chap is none other than Ged Fitzsimmons, a very welcome new addition to our The Closer We Get film team!

Ged will lead on distribution of the film via screenings, festivals and onwards to DVD & VoD.
After an early career in film journalism, social media and marketing, Ged worked on successful UK documentaries such as The Bridge Rising (2013) and Family Goldmine(2014). He is currently in early production of Alias McAlias - a feature documentary about the life of legendary Scottish poet and writer Hamish Henderson.
Ged is also part of the team at Pure Magic Films, a Glasgow based production company, and is currently working on a new feature drama based on a novella by Irvine Welsh.
So, if you or someone you know would like to screen The Closer We Get - get in touch with Ged!

Various ferments afoot.....

House of Ferment in Poland

Fresh from learning new Japanese ferments, I'm taking the House of Ferment on its first trip abroad, with fellow artist Kasia Gaparich. We are taking part in the Krakow ArtBoom Festival.

We're running 10am-6pm from Friday 25 September until Monday 28 September in the garden of a former mill at Salwator, ul. Królowej Jadwigi 20, Krakow, Poland.

We offer an interesting lunch each day from 1pm and drop-in demonstrations of all things fermented.

Nina and Karen visit Kanazawa in 2006

Back to Japan!

I'm thrilled to be back off to Toge in Japan, where in 2006 we took part in the legendary Seven Samurai project for Echigo-Tsumari Triennale. This time I'm developing the House of Ferment, learning about Japanese food culture and exchanging village updates between Toge and Coniston!

Photo: Nina Pope

Farewell Floating Cinema

We really enjoyed our last screening as the progammers for the cinema last night - a firm Floating Cinema favourite venue at Three Mills, only light drizzle (!) and lots of friends of both Somewhere and the cinema in the audience. What a good way to end a very happy five years of working together - best of luck to all the Floating Cinema team for Extra-Terrestrial and beyond!

Looking forward to another 20!

Somewhere at 10 years! Photo: Jet

20 years of Somewhere!

Thurs. Aug 20th @ Three Mills, Bow, London E3 3DU

We'd like to warmly invite you to a fabulous summer evening celebrating both 5 years of the Floating Cinema and 20 years of Somewhere.

Yes it really is 20 years since our first exhibition Somewhere Over The TV at the Collective Gallery in Edinburgh!
We have made many films and projects together since then and the latest one Repeat to Flourish has gone online last week - an archive commission created for The Floating Cinema this summer as it travelled from Brentford to Bristol and back again.

So to celebrate we'd like to invite you to join us for an exclusive al fresco free screening of The Closer We Get - Somewhere's fourth feature film - which as most of you will know is about Karen's own family - an incredible autobiographical tale of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption spanning decades and continents. We're delighted that the film was recently awarded one of the documentary world's highest accolades - Best International Feature - at Canada's Hot Docs - and we're really looking forward to sharing it with many of our friends here.

"A beautifully rendered and ultimately heart-breaking reminder that there is no such thing as an ordinary life"
Alison Rowat, The Herald ****

You can watch the Trailer, read reviews and see more about the film here at:

We'll be there to introduce the film - on an evening that marks 20 years of working together as Somewhere and the end of five very happy years collaborating with UP projects on The Floating Cinema. Feel free to come early & bring along your own picnic, drinks, dogs (on leads) and friends for this special event - we hope to raise a glass with some of you as we wait for it to grow dark!

The event is very near to another, much loved, Somewhere project Abbey Gardens - so you can even double up and go to the garden club before you come to Three Mills -

Though the event is free, tickets are limited so please reserve yours here!

Very best wishes,

Nina & Karen

A New Somewhere Film is born

This is our last year programming the lovely Floating Cinema, and as part of our send-off we got to make a new film purely from archive films, new and old, 'Repeat to Flourish' - which we have shown both one and off the boat this summer.
Now you can watch this little gem online :-)

The word 'archive' conjures up black and white, grainy footage (and we have a lot of that lovely stuff in there) but in fact with the bold Alice Powell our editor, we sourced lots of more recent material via YouTube to use, and we are grateful to everyone who pitched in some footage for us. We found kids doing parkour, men pretending to be horses and much more besides, and as ever with old films, it's a constant delight to us film makers to see what others in your shoes have done with a camera since it was invented.

The film journeys - like the barge - along the Kennet & Avon Canal from Bristol to London, and is about 20 minutes long, with a great soundtrack from the Olden brothers.

To watch free, online, for one year only just click right here!

Summer Fete

It's that time of year again!

Abbey Gardens Summer Fete – a free event for all ages on Saturday 25 July 2015 from 1pm – 4pm

Come along to try an array of activities and enjoy the garden:

Talk by Neil Fraser, author of Over the Border: The Other East End
Exhibition of archive images from the garden
Enjoy music from the Regent Community Brass Band
Buy fresh produce, as well as homemade pickles, jams and chutneys on our honesty stall
Children's activities, including a Treasure Hunt and a potato and spoon race
Delicious food created by Vegan Peasant
And our ever-popular tea and cake stall

All activities are free. Drinks, food and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

We're Hiring! Distribution Producer Wanted

for their award-winning feature documentary THE CLOSER WE GET

Deadline for Applications 09:00 Monday August 3rd

Part-time, free-lance paid role starting in August 2015 for circa 10 months*.
We are looking for a highly-organised and self-motivated individual with engaging verbal and written communication skills to help our small non-profit company maximise the impact of this award-winning film. You will be good at making fresh and appealing approaches to diverse people, organisations and companies who may screen the film or support its distribution. We will want you to work to distribution targets.
You can be based anywhere within the UK but periodic meetings in London will require your attendance.

Responsibilities include:

Managing the UK theatrical distribution of The Closer We Get:
·· Scheduling cinema release dates with independent cinemas around the UK.

· Negotiating ticket splits and minimum guarantee fees with each cinema.

· Managing and coordinating print transport and press materials.

· Researching and booking special guests for Q&A screenings.

· Keeping track of sales reports and invoicing individual cinemas.

Arranging community and film festival screenings:
· Checking and answering emails about screenings.

· Negotiating fees, sending print materials and invoicing for screenings.

· Liaising with the director and producer to book and manage Q & A appearances.

· Updating invoice and account Excel spreadsheets.

· Identifying further screening opportunities and submitting screener copies.

Approaching new organisations and managing existing partnerships:
· Building and maintaining relationships with existing partner organisations.

· Identifying possible groups who might screen the film or become partners.

· Contacting or liaising with groups about screenings or partner activities and ensuring they run smoothly.

Social Media / Website:
· Contributing to and monitoring the film’s website and social media accounts.

DVD / DoD:
· Manage the production, independent release and distribution of the UK DVD & DoD edition of the film.

· Collating audience-related data, feedback and statistics and contributing to funder reports.

Fee: £7000 - £10,000 depending on experience. Some expenses available. *NB This post is contingent on pending funding applications, outcomes of which should be known by mid-August.

Queries / To Apply:

Email your CV and a max. 2 x A4 letter of application outlining your relevant experience and aptitude for the role to by 09.00 on Monday Aug. 3rd

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 17.00 Wednesday Aug. 5th and interviews will take place by Friday Aug. 14th (either via Skype or in person in London).

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