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Photograph Of Jesus at Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Posted by Laurie Hill at 17:49, December 6th, 2017

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at this year’s Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Budapest as part of the Photofilm: Sampling the Archives programme.

14th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Budapest, Hungary
14-19 November 2017

Here’s the explanatory blurb on the programme from the website:

‘Photofilm: Sampling the Archives Conference and film series curated by Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke and Thomas Tode
Organised by the Concrete Narrative Society e.V.

Supported by: Stiftung Kulturwerk der VG Bild-Kunst (Bonn), Liebelt Stiftung Hamburg, AG Kurzfilm, German Films and the Goethe-Institut Budapest.

Reinterpretation work within an archive is based on the experience of memory; we can reach the origin of a fact or circumstance by means of “documents”. An encounter with the archaic is also an archaeological activity — recollection work that involves the personal unearthing of various materials at a place endowed with authority (the search for a lost time). It is concerned with the personal, subversive reinterpretation of official documents from the archeion (ancient Greek for the building in which the magistrates’ archives were stored), and questions the official writing of history. It also examines the emergence of memories that result from the programmatic processing of photographic archival material, the archaeological excavation of previously stored “impressions”, and the personal decoding of registering and reading records and documents: the communicating and processing of archives. Exactly this processing of the archives permits us to produce a connection with the filmic. The associative aspect is that films can be viewed as an archive and archives can be considered in a cinematographic context because of digital media.


Digital devices have fundamentally reshaped the “handling” of non-moving and moving images over the last decade. On the one hand, we are now able to record and play back both non-moving and moving images on our smartphone, tablet, computer, photo or video camera. On the other hand, we no longer regard the photo as an enlargement, but rather as something at hand, presented in a device. With a tablet, we are able to hold moving images that were once un-touchable. Our relationship with moving and non-moving images is thus being essentially altered by mobile recording and playback technologies that allow us to immediately observe, process, and forward or broadcast the recorded materials. The merger of image-producing devices, which calls for a conscious decision whether to shoot photos or film, is evidently having a clear impact on today’s artistic work.


The program consists of three blocks of short films, a conference, and additional screenings of feature-length films. Filmmakers, media artists and theorists will discuss the exciting new developments in audio-visual media, specifically, the fusion of the image-creating apparatuses, tablets, smartphones and internet cross-media which demands a conscious decision on whether to use photo or film, and the influence this has on how artists work today.’

http://verzio.org/en/2017/program/Photofilm_Sampling-the-Archives

Laurie Hill animates 2ManyDjs visuals

Posted by Laurie Hill at 17:46, December 6th, 2017

Director:
Laurie Hill

The summer festival season 2017 and more 2ManyDjs Under The Covers shows - June and August sees lots of beautiful live visuals!

Photograph Of Jesus at Cologne City Library

Posted by Laurie Hill at 17:45, December 6th, 2017

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at the city library in a special programme put together by the folks from the Short Film Festival Cologne - KFFK: Frames & Letters.

Stadtbibliothek Köln
Cologne, Germany
19 May 2017

The blurb:

‘Manche Filme kann man lesen, manche Texte sind so nah am filmischen Realismus, dass die Bilder nur so vor den Augen vorbeiziehen. Sowohl Literatur als auch Film erschaffen ein Abbild unserer Welt, das wir zu konservieren versuchen. Wir zeigen Euch eine besondere Kurzfilmnacht an einem Ort, an dem gesammelt, archiviert und daraus Neues geschaffen wird: Die Stadtbibliothek Köln. Und wir zeigen Euch, was passiert, wenn sich beide Erzählformen zusammentun. Eva Marianne Kraiss liest dazu Texte aus der Weltliteratur.

Das Programm wird in der vierten Etage (Medienetage) der Stadtbibliothek Köln gezeigt. Der Eintritt ist frei.’

(And Google-translated)

‘Some films can be read, some lyrics are so close to the cinematic realism, that the pictures just pass in front of the eyes. Both literature and film create an image of our world that we seek to conserve. We will show you a special short film night in a place where collecting, archiving and creating something new out of it: The Cologne City Library. And we’ll show you what happens when both narrative forms come together. Eva Marianne Kraiss reads texts from world literature.

The program will be shown on the fourth floor (Medienetage) of the Stadtbibliothek Köln. Admission is free.’

https://www.facebook.com/events/1299957460053872//

Photograph Of Jesus at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Posted by Laurie Hill at 17:41, December 6th, 2017

Director:
Laurie Hill

I was very very chuffed to have Photograph Of Jesus screened in this special programme by Gary Meyer.

It was held (and sold out!) at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, as part of the Cinema Mon Amour series.

Gary Meyer Selects: Trailers and Short Films
17 August, 2016
BAMPFA, USA

Here’s the description from the BAMPFA website:

‘Join us for a tour through my life of going to the movies. The selection ranges from George Méliès to Gunvor Nelson, Norman McLaren to Stan Brakhage, Alfred Hitchcock to Mel Brooks, and much more in a program of classic and contemporary short films guaranteed to be hilarious, experimental, thought-provoking, animated, outrageous, and inspiring. Many are about the experience of cinema itself. There will also be rarely seen trailers that defy our expectations of what we expect from “previews of coming attractions.” An evening of surprises! —Gary Meyer’

https://bampfa.org/event/gary-meyer-selects-trailers-and-short-films/

In this article, Gary explains a bit about his thoughts behind programming the show:

https://eatdrinkfilms.com/2016/08/10/eatdrinkfilms-publishers-cinema-mon-amour/

About BAMPFA:

https://bampfa.org/about/about-bampfa

‘The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley, the nation’s leading public research university. Our mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film, engaging audiences from the UC Berkeley campus, the Bay Area, and beyond. Each year BAMPFA presents more than twenty art exhibitions, 450 film programs, and dozens of performances, as well as lectures, symposia, and tours.’ 

More 2ManyDjs live visuals

Posted by Laurie Hill at 17:35, December 6th, 2017

Director:
Laurie Hill

OK transmission resumed and a bit of catching up to do!

Summer 2016 came and went and more 2ManyDjs live visuals!

Laurie Hill behind the scenes on Vigorsol Air Action Xtreme Mission

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:22, May 18th, 2016

Director:
Laurie Hill

And how about this for quality content? An exciting production still from my recent Vigorsol Air Action Xtreme Mission film!

Photograph Of Jesus on Kurzfilmnacht Tour in Switzerland

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:18, May 18th, 2016

Director:
Laurie Hill

Happy to say Photograph Of Jesus is part of the Short Film Night Kurzfilmnacht Tour of Switzerland 2016.

This about the tour:

‘Each year the Short Film Night Tour goes around 23 Swiss cities and screens during 5 hours an array of several international and Swiss short film productions. This year’s tour started on April 1 in Zurich.’ 

Photograph Of Jesus
was chosen to be part of the screening anniversary program 20 Years Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

Blurb says this about the anniversary program:

‘The International Short Film Festival Winterthur celebrate their 20th edition and present audience favourites from the festival archive. Each selected film has its own history and its individual relation to the festival.’

‘Die Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Winterthur feiern ihre 20. Ausgabe und präsentieren Publikumslieblinge aus dem Festivalarchiv. Jeder ausgewählte Film hat seine eigene Geschichte und seinen individuellen Bezug zum Festival.’

http://www.kurzfilmnacht.ch/

Photograph Of Jesus at Filmfest Dresden

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:16, May 18th, 2016

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at this year’s Filmfest Dresden as part of the animated programme.

28th Filmfest Dresden, Germany
12 - 17 April, 2016

http://www.filmfest-dresden.de/en/

Laurie Hill animates 2ManyDjs at Coachella

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:11, May 18th, 2016

Director:
Laurie Hill

April 2016 saw 2ManyDjs play Coachella Festival and visuals time again!

http://www.2manydjs.com

Laurie Hill animates for SBTRKT’s Save Yourself project

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:10, May 18th, 2016

Director:

Laurie Hill

Also at the end of March I worked, again with the excellent Mike Zauner, on an animated promo video / trailer / short for SBTRKT’s latest release SAVE YOURSELF.

https://www.facebook.com/SBTRKT/videos/vb.126105955151/10154102727940152/?type=2&theater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyisE3DRkjY

http://sbtrkt.com/

Laurie Hill and Anya Hindmarch

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:04, May 18th, 2016

Director:

Laurie Hill

Rewinding to March 2016, I worked on a nice video, a seasonal film for fashion brand Anya Hindmarch. Myself and Mike Zauner worked with Director Bouha Kazmi on this one.

https://www.facebook.com/AnyaHindmarch/videos/10154724222860752/




Laurie Hill and Arthur Baker live visuals

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:04, May 18th, 2016

Director:

Laurie Hill

Another fun project to mention going back a few months that for various reasons I couldn’t talk about at the time.

I helped the fab Lewis Kyle White with some character animation and other bits on live visuals for (legendary producer!) Arthur Baker’s Slam Dunk’d live shows - especially enjoyed putting together the New Order Confusion visual - I’ve loved New Order for such a long time! Very Happy :)





Laurie Hill directs Vigorsol Air Action Xtreme Mission

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:34, October 10th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Here’s some news!

I’ve directed a tasty animated project with Annex Films. It’s an online film for Vigorsol Air Action Xtreme gum, BBH the agency behind it.

This was a little while gestating but it finally got the go ahead and we dived in, plunged into a world of lemmings and snow.

It’s a collage-style project using manipulated photographic and footage source material from a variety of places. As such it required some heavy-duty picture research from the outset and there were some interesting challenges along the way!

I gotta say, I was working with a very very wonderful, creative and crazily talented animation team for this. Thank you Bill Porter and thank you Michael Zauner. You’re both amazing! Animation was by the three of us.

Here’s a link to my Director’s cut.
http://www.annexfilms.co.uk/directors/71/laurie-hill/

Here’s a link to the Italian language version.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIbwNvYq98M

Blurb on the Annex website about the project.
http://www.annexfilms.co.uk/news/laurie-hills-vigorsol-air-action-xtreme-mission/

I’ll pop a few stills in too. Here we go:







Photograph Of Jesus at Big Cartoon Festival

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:26, October 10th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus is to screen at the 9th Big Cartoon Festival, Moscow, Russia.

30 Oct - 8 November, 2015

www.multfest.ru

2ManyDjs Under The Covers show visuals

Posted by Laurie Hill at 23:22, October 10th, 2015

Director:

Laurie Hill

Summer and 2ManyDjs played another of their Under The Covers shows at this year’s Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium. Of course more splendid animated collage visuals were required and I was happy to do my bit!

Photograph Of Jesus at Flatpack Collage Party

Posted by Laurie Hill at 22:06, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at the Flatpack Collage Party, a multidisciplinary thingumy and part of the Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham UK.

19-29 March 2015

http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/

Photograph Of Jesus at Glasgow Short Film Symposium

Posted by Laurie Hill at 22:02, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

March 2015 and Photograph Of Jesus featured in the Glasgow Short Film Symposium Short Film (and) Criticism, part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

The blurb says:
The 2015 symposium is devoted to film criticism in the context of short film: critical writing on short film, short film curation as a form of criticism, and short filmmaking as criticism.

http://www.glasgowfilm.org/gsff/symposium
http://www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/whats_on/7184_anatomy_of_a_short_film_programme

Photograph Of Jesus returns to Tampere Film Festival

Posted by Laurie Hill at 21:36, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened in a Uusi Kino 20 years special programme at 45th Tampere International Short Film Festival, Finland.

It previously won Best Animation in the International Competition at the festival.

March 4-8, 2015

www.tamperefilmfestival.fi

Laurie Hill gets animated for lode2Manydjs

Posted by Laurie Hill at 21:34, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

At the end of last year I once again cooked up some spicy audiovisual treats for the 2manydjs Under The Covers live spectacular and festive bash, this year held in Spain.

lode2Manydjs
19 & 20 December 2014
Razzamatazz, Barcelona

https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/lode2manydjs

Sleep Like A Baby Tonight animated film for U2’s Films Of Innocence project

Posted by Laurie Hill at 21:25, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Back in September I helped out the wonderful and talented Michael Zauner in making the Sleep Like A Baby Tonight animated film for U2’s Films Of Innocence project.

The film was a response by street artist ROA to the music, was directed by Wim Reygaert with animation direction by Mike.

Head over to iTunes to check it out.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/u2-films-of-innocence/id939643009

Wolfgang Gartner - Unholy lyric video

Posted by Laurie Hill at 21:13, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Autumn time 2014 and I squeezed in a quick animated lyric video for this track by Wolfgang Gartner, working with Lauren Hutchinson (Art Direction) and Nova Dando.

Wolfgang Gartner - Unholy feat. Bobby Saint

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcpy_3LAlgc

Photograph Of Jesus at Solarkino

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:55, June 14th, 2015

Director:
Laurie Hill

Time for a few updates …

Photograph Of Jesus screened at Solarkino St Gallen, Switzerland, on 28 August 2014 as part of a programme from Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

Some blurb from a previous Solarkino event says:
‘Solarkino, an open air cinema event which shows a series of films and whose technology for projection is generated solely by solar energy.’

21-23 August & 28-30 August, 2014

http://www.solarkino-sg.ch/solarkino

Laurie Hill co-directs As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:59, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

So at long last it’s out … As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2 is the final (or is it? - who knows?!), hour-long instalment of the mammoth Radio Soulwax project.

It was a long time in the making and a big effort by a lot of people! I have a co-directing credit.

Tune in for all your audiovisual mashup thrills and spills at:
www.radiosoulwax.com

Vimeo too:
http://vimeo.com/93039571

Laurie Hill animates Klaxons ‘Love Frequency’ remix by Tom Rowlands for 2ManyDjs

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:52, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Did this wee animation that started out as a 2ManyDjs live concert visual for the Klaxons ‘Love Frequency’ remix by Tom Rowlands (Chemical Brothers), out on Phantasy Sound. A collaborative effort, co-directed with Lewis Kyle White. Acieeeed!

Check it out on Vimeo:
http://vimeo.com/93417147

Blurb says:

Fresh from 2ManyDJ’s recent “Under The Covers” live shows, here’s our new animation for the Tom Rowlands remix of the title track to the new Klaxons album, currently available on Phantasy Sound.

The album itself, Love Frequency is released on July 16th and is available to preorder now at Klaxons.net or at iTunes here goo.gl/P83V2S

McBusted tour visuals

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:48, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Hey - thought I’d mention that I recently did some nice concert visuals for the current 34-date McBusted tour!

http://www.mcbusted.com

Photograph Of Jesus at Werkleitz Festival 2014 Doppelgänger

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:45, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at the Werkleitz Festival 2014 Doppelgänger in Halle (Saale), Germany

April 25 - May 4

http://doppelgaenger.werkleitz.de/

Laurie Hill has fun with Play-Doh

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:43, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

I helped out my friend Nuno Costa with a few bits and bobs for his recent Play-Doh commercial. Nice to be back at Clapham Road Studios again …

Laurie Hill interview on //Projection//

Posted by Laurie Hill at 1:37, May 15th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Right! Catch up time again!

New interview on //Projection// right here:

http://projectionreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/photograph-of-jesus-and-interview-with.html

Thanks to Miriam Lee.

Photograph Of Jesus at FUNNIER THAN FICTION, Lo-Co Film Festival

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:28, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at Lo-Co Film Festival at the BFI Southbank, London, as part of a special programme called FUNNIER THAN FICTION put together by DocHeads.

24 January, 2014

Photograph Of Jesus at Unlimited #7

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:26, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at Kurzfilmfestival Köln, Unlimited #7, Cologne, Germany

14 – 17 November, 2013

Photograph Of Jesus tours with McLaren Award Winners in Beijing

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:23, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened as part of a special touring programme of McLaren Award Winners from the Edinburgh International Film Festival at 2nd China Independent Animation Film Forum, China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts (CMoDA), Beijing.

Time: 14:00 – 17:00, Thursday 14 November 2013

The blurb says:
‘A total of 22 animation short films from a British Council programme of films from Edinburgh International Film Festival’s McLaren Award will be screened at CMoDA during the 2nd CIAFF on 14 November.’

It’s a tasty programme - check it out here:
www.britishcouncil.org/china-arts-film-ciaff2013

UPDATE Oct 2014**
Since then the programme has toured to China, Portugal, India (five cities), Russia, Venezuela, Italy and Colombia.

Photograph Of Jesus at Blue Door Cinema

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:17, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at Blue Door Cinema, Great Missenden, Bucks. It showed with the documentary feature Searching for Sugarman.

28 September, 2013

Photograph Of Jesus at Estilhaços

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:17, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened at Estilhaços (Shrapnel) - a ‘one-weekend happening’ at Teatro José Lúcio da Silva in Leiria, Portugal

The blurb says:
”Estilhaços” is the space of “shorts”. Visual, musical, film and performing short moments, that will succeed each other and merge, in the space of Teatro José Lucio da Silva. Piece after piece, block on block, defragmenting and reordering, and emerges ”Estilhaços”, as a construction of small moments, which by virtue of a common direction and sense, take on new form.

www.eco-associacao.com/estilhacos2013/

27-29 September, 2013

Photograph Of Jesus at One Minute Film & Video Festival

Posted by Laurie Hill at 20:12, February 17th, 2014

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus screened as part of a special programme selected by Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur at One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland.

22-25 August, 2013

Photograph Of Jesus in the DocTent this summer

Posted by Laurie Hill at 19:13, May 24th, 2013

Director:
Laurie Hill

Photograph Of Jesus will be screening at DocTent this summer.

DocTent is an initiative run in association with DocHouse - a documentary film screenings and workshops space for various music festivals across the summer.

It will be at:

Wychwood Festival
31st May - June 2nd, Cheltenham Racecourse, UK
www.wychwoodfestival.com/cinema/

Blissfields Festival
5-7th July, Winchester, UK