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Happy June everyone, and welcome to the latest issue of The Spread!

May was an especially big month for the film world, what with that little trade fair in Cannes going on, and we’ve been busy posting coverage throughout the month. In conjunction with a partnership with Nisimazine, we’ve posted reviews of three films from the festival, Natalie Portman’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, Trey Edward Schults’ Krisha, and Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales. Staff writer AD Cooper was also present at the festival, and provided us with some very entertaining feedback on the application process, culture, etiquette and experiences of this year’s event.

The Jam Session was as always the centerpiece of Cinema Jam’s month, held at the Corbet Bar and Lounge on the 19th. Anna Bogutskaya and Kelie Petterssen from Shooting People were guest speakers, and we screened an episode of Tom Levinge’s short film series Bad Dates. For this month’s Jam Session there will be a change to a new location – the Hackney Attic – and the public will also be invited to attend as it will be open-doors.

FEST-no-backgroundJune will also the return of FEST’s New Directors | New Films Festival, to be held in Espinho, Portugal between the 22nd and 29th. Cinema Jam will be there for our own social event on the 23rd, to which we will be bringing one of our exciting matchmaking games.

To celebrate the coming of summer, the season of sunshine and optimism and holidays, our June issue is all about fun films -specifically, comedies. Our features are all about films that have one overriding goal: to make us laugh. I start things off with a countdown of my 15 favorite comedy films of the decade so far, praising the cringe comedy of films such as The Dictator and This is the End probably more than they deserve.

Next, guest writer Thomas Humphrey has compiled for us an insightful analysis of recent British short films, all of which pull laughs out of the darkest places. I’ve also taken a look at unintentional humor, this time exploring the strange appeal of films so bad they’re hilarious. We’ve also shared two  cracking articles from our friends at Raindance, a set of 5 serious career rules for any seriously funny comedic actress by Lindsay Ames, and an essential list of 7 things screenwriters forget about filmmaking.

shesfunnythatway1Also don’t miss this interesting perspective on the idea of genius, shared from Lift-off and written by James Bradley. Catherine Goldschmidt’s also got a new feature for us, this time a recount of her tour of the Cooke Optics Factory, which gives us a peek into how they achieve their signature “Cooke Look”.

On the review side of things we’ve got a new Cannes review from Marlies Janssens, this time of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, and Lynn Klein looks into her favorite romantic comedy of all time – When Harry Met Sally – as well as a review of Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes. To top things off I’ve reviewed She’s Funny That Way, Peter Bogdanovich’s zany new screwball comedy starring Imogen Poots, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. And just in case you missed them, we’ve also got reviews of Mad Mad: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 and Tomorrowland from earlier in the month.

This month’s Jammer of the Month is CJ Lazaretti, whose humorous short film Cosmico was the subject of a feature here last month. An editor-turned-director, Lazaretti provided us some eye-opening insight into the world of editing, giving us the details on his influences, style, and work process, and explaining how he came up with all the profound ideas for his debut short. Also interviewed is actor and director Sean Cronin, with whom Marija Makeska spoke about his upcoming feature Give Them Wings.

I hope your June is full of big laughs, and that you enjoy the issue!

Thanks for reading, and stay jammin!

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 Jun 1, 2015

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