Surviving Sandy Hook selected for Sheffield Doc Fest

SandyFun

I’m very happy to say that Surviving Sandy Hook will be screened at Doc Fest 2015. Details below:

8th June

Showroom Cinema
12:45pm – ITN Source Showroom 4

Sheffield DOC/Fest presents

Surviving Sandy Hook (18)

Director: Jezza Neumann | Producer: Sarah Foudy | Country: United Kingdom, United States | Year: 2014 | Duration: 90 MINS

A year on from her six-year-old son’s death, Scarlett Lewis is on a mission of healing. “I think guns are a symptom of a greater problem that we have,” she asserts. Jesse was one of 27 victims killed in a shooting spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in November 2012. Filmed around the first anniversary of the horrific event, the documentary shows four families trying to move on courageously and tentatively. While the details of the day are revisited piecemeal and painfully, we never actually learn the name or intent of the killer; the focus is on life continuing, on the dangers of firearm possession, and on a crumbling health and welfare system that fails to care for the mentally ill in the United States. Jezza Neumann’s latest documentary is an examination of how people make amends that questions more broadly the country’s policies of gun control.

Buy Tickets Here

Hip Hop Hijabis

Nice to work with Mette Reitzel to shore up some of the music on Hip Hop Hijabis, now available to view on Al Jazeera.

Muneera and Sukina are Poetic Pilgrimage, Britain’s first female Muslim hip-hop duo. And this is their personal, spiritual and physical journey.

As a tour of the UK takes the women into diverse communities, they remain undeterred by the fact that some Muslims consider music and public female performances to be forbidden.
Instead, their music guides them to new discoveries about their faith, as they learn that they share their journey with other Muslim women around the world, and explore their desire to reconcile their conversion to Islam with their strong feminist sensibilities and Jamaican roots.

Watch and read the director’s review here.

 

 

london recruits review on i-docs

Nice to get a shout from i-docs, “a space for news, research, analysis and dialogue about interactive documentary”.

“Featuring interviews with those who took part in the anti-apartheid campaigns, from the printers of the leaflets to the people who set off the leaflet bombs, this immersive and interactive film takes viewers across multiple parallel narratives.

Browser pop-ups echo leaflets released in leaflet bombs and dedicated viewers are rewarded with a number of hidden stories, picture and poster galleries and photomontages from Peter Kennard. Viewers can either watch all of the narratives, or select a particular strand. Any chosen route takes the viewer to a leaflet maker to write their own message and share it with friends and other viewers.

Kati Price, Head of Digital Media, V&A said: “With this commission we wanted to explore how digital media can tell multiple narratives, allowing viewers to understand the incredible story of the London Recruits from different perspectives. The result is a rich fusion of documentary and interactive storytelling where the format helps convey the secretive, surprising nature of the Recruits’ work.”

Read the full article here

Surviving Sandy Hook

Finally screened on BBC 2, watch on iplayer here!

Over the course of a year, the programme follows families of victims, and survivors present at the school during the shooting. Some are taking the lead in community healing, while others advocate for a change in gun laws; all are working to heal and move on from that traumatic event. In their journey, some venture out of their ‘safe’ suburban community with new eyes; engaging with black urban America, with youth who are coming together from all walks of life to make change, with gun proponents at a gun convention, with prisoners incarcerated for violent crimes. Part of the award-winning BBC2 series, This World.

Guardian ReviewTimes Review
Independent Review

The London Recruits – Disobedient Films – The V&A

Nice to be doing some deep sound design with Katharine, Leah and Gilbert at Disobedient Films.

Play the interactive film here

“Here it is. The Disobedient Film Company have launched a new experiential film on rights, resistance and rabble rousing in apartheid South Africa. “London Recruits: the Secret War on Apartheid” is a film made with the support of the V&A for their Disobedient Objects exhibition.

Thanks to the Recruits, the V&A, Disobedient Objects curators Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon, Jonathan Barnbrook and co for typography, Peter Kennard for some of the art and much of my personal knowledge and inspiration, Jamie Perera for the sound, Kate Reid and her crew for the filming, William Vine for the pyro tips, James Holloway for feeding us and my fellow Disobedient mandem – Katharine Round and Gilbert Sinnott.

Look out for more experiential and interactive films from us.”

WW1 Through Arab Eyes

WW1

Nice to have done some music for this including title sequence. My name is in arabic somewhere on the credits apparently.

“World War One was four years of bitter conflict from 1914 to 1918. Called ‘The Great War’ and the ‘war to end all wars’, it is often remembered for its grim and relentless trench warfare – with Europe seen as the main theatre of war.

But this was a battle fought on many fronts. There is a story other than the mainstream European narrative. It is not told as often but was of huge importance during the war and of lasting significance afterwards. It is the story of the Arab troops who were forced to fight on both sides but whose contribution is often forgotten.

They fought as conscripts for the European colonial powers occupying Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia – and for the Ottomans on the side of Germany and the Central Powers. The post-war settlement would also shape the Middle East for the next hundred years.

In this three-part series, Tunisian writer and broadcaster Malek Triki explores the events surrounding World War One and its legacy from an Arab perspective.”

Playing with Lubomyr Melnyk in the Albert Hall

LUBOMYR-MELNYK
Just a heads up about a lovely little impromptu gig for me with a guy called Lubomyr Melnyk at The Elgar Rooms in The Albert Hall on the 27th Nov. I’m only joining him for one 10 min song so really I am inviting you to HIS gig which I’ll be a small part of!

 

However he is definitely worth seeing and this feels like a tidy polite affair which will suit the arty grown-up in everyone :)

I will be joining him on a track called Minexxa (out next year on Erased Tapes Records) playing acoustic guitar with my new and wonderful custom delay pedal. It’ll hopefully be very beautiful, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens.
Here is a link to some of his work and a bio.

A video of him playing

Here is a link to tickets

Cheers and hope to see you there!

Curing Cancer Tweets no. 3 in UK on TX

…beating The Apprentice no less :) Heres a selection of great press about the film:

Breadline Kids Tweets no. 2 in the UK

Dispatches – Breadline Kids screened in the UK at 7:30 pm on Monday the 9th June, and by 8pm was trending #2 on Twitter. Tweets were overwhelmingly positive towards the characters in the film, and angry towards government inaction.

Other press:

“If Benefits Street was a view of our social security system from Peter Hitchens and UKIP, then Breadline Kids was the reply from the soul of Polly Toynbee and the Church of England, and was consequently much nicer, more thoughtful, humane and moving”

AA Gill – Sunday Times

“The gruelling Breadline Kids highlighted the patronising fatuity of modern political slogans.”
Michael Deacon – Sunday Telegraph

“Watching hungry kids is an ugly form of entertainment”
Zoe Williams – The Guardian

“compelling, distressing, frustrating viewing”
Natalie Williams

“Becky reveals the conditions she. her little sister Rosie and their mum have to endure. ”
Rob Leigh – Daily Mirror

“impressively unsentimental… … the children are, without exception, charming, worried, clever, insightful and jaded, and tired of not getting a fair chance In a society that often claims to be a meritocracy.”
Sunday Times

“the children themselves describe – with a total lack of self-pity – what it feels like living in Britain in 2014 without enough to eat”
David Chater – The Times

“This is another hard-hitting Dispatches”
Daily Telegraph

“”Putting food on the table” is one way of saying “earning money” but this Dispatches takes the phrase literally.”
The Guardian

“a heart-breaking film, especially when the children, burdened with adult concerns about money, discuss their pressured lives and hopes for the future.”
Ian Sinclair – Morning Star