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Cinema Jam held its first event on the continent last week: an open house at the Berlinale for Jammers and non-Jammers alike to experience a Jam Session auf Deutsch.

 

The event took place at a cosy venue, PRIMITIV, in the lively neighbourhood of Friedrichshain, with film industry professionals from around the world in attendance.

 

As with most Cinema Jam events, the evening featured an eclectic programme: award-winning American documentary The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist, directed by Mark Columbus; BAFTA nominated British Drama Keeping Up With The Jonses, directed by Michael Pearce; and the internationally-screened German experimental short HAZOR, directed by Miro Mastropasqua.

 

While Cinema Jam already counts among its members a number of Berliners who are connected to the rest of the community online, this open house gave attendees a taste of what the London-based live Jam Session events have to offer.

 

“This is only the beginning”, says Cinema Jam director Jared Fryer. “We had a very warm reception from the film-making community in Berlin and we’d love to start holding regular Jam Sessions here.”

 

Film-maker Miro Masquapasca has already stepped up to help make this a reality and if all goes well, Cinema Jam Berlin will be the blueprint for franchises in other European cities.

 

Anyone who is interested in running their own local Cinema Jam Session or who would like to help to facilitate one should contact jared@cinemajam.com.

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Christabel Samuel is a writer, director and editor. Having graduated from University College London with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Film Studies she is now a self-taught filmmaker, writer and perpetual learner. She won funding in 2011 for Lust in Translation and has gone on to judge at the London Film Festival, been appointed Head of Film for The Book Magazine and is currently editor-in-chief for The Spread.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014

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