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Hi everyone, and welcome to the May edition of The Spread Magazine!

April was a big month for Cinema Jam, one that centered around two great events. The first was, as always, the monthly Jam Session on the 21st.  The JS was once again hosted at the Corbet Bar and Lounge, and sponsored by our good friends at MOFILM. Doc Heads’ BAFTA-winning founder Tristan Anderson was our guest speaker, and we screened a variety of great films. Among them were Riffy Powerz’ “Rythmes Digital”, Isabel Anderton’s “Augustina”, Lily Smith’s “Days”, Mike Lars White’s “Steve’s Problem” and a secret film by Blaise Godbe Lipman.

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Also shown at our Jam Session was Boris Thompson-Roylance’s “Waiting For The Flood”, a haunting documentary that he discussed in our Jammer of the Month interview with him. Boris is the co-founder of Deadbeat Films alongside his twin brother Jack. “Waiting for the Flood” is a family affair that combines retellings of powerful anecdotes with expressive cinematography and unsettling sound design.

Our second big event for the month was the Independent Filmmaker’s Ball on April 29th. For this public event we partnered with Raindance, with whom we’re also collaborating with here on The Spread. For the ball we designed a fun “Film Fantasy” Tarot Card game in which attendees could choose between different cards that represent their film goals for the next year, and match them up with another person with the same card for a free drink courtesy of Caple Rd Cider.

As part of our partnership with Raindance we’re sharing two of their features here on The Spread, and will continue to share more of their work in the future. Take a look at this article about emotional intelligence (EQ) from Raindance founder Elliot Grove, which explores the traits that allow film characters to be connect with and educate their audiences. We’re also sharing a cracking editorial from producer Julian Grant about Camera Envy, or the incorrect idea that great equipment can make a great filmmaker. You can read more of his Cinema 2.0 articles over at Raindance.

Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron..Hulkbuster..Ph: Film Frame..?Marvel 2015This month’s issue is all about art house cinema, the kind of movies made for creative or experimental purposes as opposed to popcorn thrills and easy profits. We here at The Spread love a good blockbuster – I gave an overwhelmingly positive review to the awesome new Avengers movie, Age of Ultron, earlier this month – but we also know that without the creations of our favorite art house auteurs film just wouldn’t be the same.

In line with this we’ve got a selection of features and reviews on all things art house. Sammy Ward starts things off with a quick rundown of some historically important art films, and she’s also done a review of the hit new found-footage horror film Unfriended. Filmed entirely on computer screens, it’s a unique experiment and a frightening cautionary tale.

Lynn Klein’s also got a piece about art films, giving us another of her fun top 5 lists, this time of course of her top 5 art house films. Seen them all yet? There’s still a few I need to catch up on! Lynn’s also done a great feature on the controversy surrounding the film Bakur at the Istanbul International Film Festival last month; the film was cut from the schedule due to a government intervention, an act that led to controversy including many boycotts of the festival.

cosmico-by_cjlazaretti-promo-crucifixI had the pleasure of watching a great piece of animated art this month with Cosmico, a humorous short by Jammer C.J. Lazaretti in his directorial debut. My article explores the controversy surrounding the film, which has been met with a mixture of adulation and disgust across the festival circuit for its biting religious satire. I’ve also done reviews of two new art house films, Wim Wenders’ soul-sucking 3D drama Every Thing Will Be Fine, and Ryan Gosling’s flawed yet underrated visual spectacle Lost River.

Also on the review side we’ve got an analysis of horse racing documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance by Joe Morgan, and a review of Darren Darnborough’s debut short Stefano Formaggio by Marija Makeska. Marija’s also got a few more interviews for us, this time with My Hero star Nathanael Wiseman and Amar, Akbar and Tony star Rez Kempton.

This month we also had a review of Simon Pearce’s Judas Ghost by Marija Makeska and of Simon Curtis’ Woman in Gold by A.D. Cooper. Stay tuned for more reviews (MAD MAX!!!!) throughout May.

This month’s Jam Session will as always be on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, this time being the 19th. The films and venue are yet to be confirmed, but MOFILM will be sponsoring us once again. We hope to see you there!

We are encouraging submissions of feature films as well as shorts, so contact us if you have a feature you’d like us to consider!

Happy reading and have a movie-filled May!

Cameron Johnson

Cameron Johnson is a writer and filmmaker born in England, based in Michigan, USA, and currently living in Enniscrone, Ireland. He writes about all things entertainment with a speciality in film criticism. He has been working on films ever since middle school, when his shorts "Moving Stateside" and "The Random News" competed in the West Branch Children's Film Festival. Since then he's written and directed a number of his own films and worked in many different crew jobs. Follow him on Twitter @GambasUK and look at his daily film diary at letterboxd.com/gambasUK.

Posted on May 4, 2015

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