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cinemajamfruitWelcome everyone to our next monthly issue of The Spread – and what a month it’s been. Not only did Leo finally win that elusive Oscar (amongst many other important Academy Awards takeaways), but there was Berlinale, where Cinema Jam held our Freshly Squeezed Talent Party, in collaboration with FEST, to great success. Celebrating up-and-coming film talent, the event resulted in 10 lucky attendees winning all-access passes to FEST 2016. And notice those fruity pics on social media? Those were said attendees’ ticket to clinching the prizes. 

As always our month was centered around the all-important Jam Session, which invited members only to the Corbet Bar and Lounge in Shoreditch for a night of screenings, guest speakers, and Q&A’s. This month’s speakers were United Agents’ Sean Gascoine, who provided some important insights on casting and selecting clients – including his admission that many decisions are made on a whim – and screenwriter and Terry Gilliam collaborator Tony Grisoni, who had all the crowd laughing as he spoke about his daily writing routine, his past experiences, what makes you a writer and that, to be able to write well, you must be prepared to write a lot of rubbish beforehand!

teawithastrawThe screened films included Lewis Rose’s The Chop, a 2015 UKJF Pears Film Fund Award Winner, Rene PannevisJacked, which also recently screened at Berlinale, Noriko Ishibe‘s animation Tea with a Straw, which aired at LSFF, Laura Spini‘s You Are Whole, starring Fred Melamed, and Kim Noce and Shaun Clark’s animation The evening her mind jumped out of her head, which showed at Encounters.

Afterwards, Kim Noce, Shaun Clark, Laura Spini (and producer Laurence Brook), Noriko Ishibe, Jennifer Eriksson (producer of Jacked) and Lewis Rose joined us for a Q&A. On March 22, we will return to the Corbet Place Bar and Lounge for our next Jam Session. 

In our interviews with Rene, Laura, Noriko and Jammers of the Month Kim and Shaun, we learn about their careers and artistic processes, as well as some of the creative challenges they faced putting together their films. Check out the interviews for more on Noriko’s translation of her struggles with the language barrier – through Google Translation of her film’s dialogue – and the unique techniques used by Kim and Shaun to prepare their film for projection onto the side of a building in Watford. 

batmansupermanAlong with these challenges, our new issue has a variety of articles dealing with cinematic challenges of varying scope and nature, starting with a think piece from one of our multiple new writers, Neill McNamara, on whether Superman is the evil challenger in the new Batman v. Superman film. We’ve also shared two great pieces from Raindance, one from Nathalie Sejean which deals with creative challenges and their benefits to filmmakers, and the other which challenges you to see the top 10 German films of all time.

Another challenge that has been plaguing the industry recently has been finding a way to get people to start going back to the cinema instead of just staying home and watching Netflix, and Francesca Amoroso thinks Secret Cinema is doing just that. Read her extensive feature on the subject here.

On the review side, we’ve got a mixture of old and new, with some challenging, dense films and others which are…less so. In the case of Among the Living, a slasher film that I have a few words on, that’s not really a good thing. And despite its acclaim, Dimitar Ganev doesn’t have much love for Carol, either. The same less-than-favorable reception goes for another Cate Blanchett film, Truth, which didn’t impress AD Cooper.

thumbnail_23310On a more positive note, Ian Donegan has a high opinion of the writing and direction of Steve Jobs, although he doesn’t think the cast quite live up to their potential. Joshua Smith does, however, think the actors in James White live up to theirs. Hail, Caesar! gets similar love, with a review from Ilya Melnikov praising its performances and humor. To wrap things up on the review side, we’ve also got a classic review of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver from Matthew Wilson, who thinks it’s the director’s strongest collaboration with De Niro. You Raging Bull superfans might have to challenge him on that, but it’s a strong argument.

As always, keep up to date with The Spread throughout this month for more reviews and more from our writers. We’ve got a lot coming up, including the aforementioned Batman v. Superman, so it’s shaping up to be another big month.

Thanks to Kiera Hill for contributing to this editor’s note. 

Posted on Mar 7, 2016

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