I’m excited to announce that Video Jam will soon be hitting up Islington Mill in Salford. Put the 24th of January in your Diaries and prepare for what’s sure to be another amazing night.
Islington Mill’s 2013 programme launches with Manchester’s music and film night Video Jam - an exciting experiment in sound and moving image inspired by the traditional use of live accompaniment to silent film, now in its second year.
Currently Video Jam are collecting together a range of silent experimental short films to be screened at Islington Mill in conjunction with the Mill’s curatorial residency (with independent curators Jeni Wright and Gass Pendergast) entitled ‘Rule of Three’ that begins on Thursday January 24th. Doors Open 6pmwith mixed-media installation artist Rachel Pursglove’s Open Studio and performance by musician and installation artist Joanne McClung on the Mill’s 5th floor attic space. Video Jam begins at 7.30pm. FREE entrance.
Video Jam are looking for filmmakers and musician/sound artists. Deadline for submissions Tuesday 15th January.
Each musician/sound artist successfully selected for the programme will be provided with a film chosen specifically for them in advance of the event. During this time they will be at liberty to use their creative licence whichever way they choose in composing their own audio accompaniment to the film. Musicians may wish to alternatively improvise on the night or select pieces of existing music if they would prefer, though original composition is favoured. There are no rules other than that the accompaniment must be one that can be performed live on the night.
FILMMAKERS: Send in your films to be considered for the programme. They must be 3-5 mins in length. Video Jam are not looking for any particular style or content (though experimental, abstract, animation may suit well) – the only rule is that the film must be silent and you must be happy for it to be re-scored by an unknown musician. If you are sending in old material, please remove any soundtrack you may have previously added. For this reason, dialogue driven films may not be suitable, but anything you may send will be appreciated and considered
MUSICIANS: This is the perfect project for anyone working ambitiously with sound! Video Jam are open to any suggestion you may have and welcome musicians of all disciplines including writers/poets/sound artists. You don’t have to be a musician to enter, as long as you can provide an aural/sonic accompaniment to the film.
In particular they are keen to explore the more experimental avenues, and to encourage chance encounters between sound and vision.
TO SUBMIT: In order to register your interest in this event, visit http://videojammanc.wordpress.com and follow the tab to the registration form.