Microcinema opens in Cambridge this weekend

Microcinema in Cambridge this weekend

Microcinema in Cambridge this weekend - Credit: Archant

The 16th edition of microcinema, a weekend of screenings of artists’ films and talks, takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

While part of the Cambridge Film Festival (October 19-26), this year’s microcinema will for the first time have its own dedicated venue at Downing College, Cambridge, where it will also present an installation by the revered American artist and filmmaker William E. Jones, at the college’s Heong Gallery.

This year’s programme is organised around the theme of ‘archive and memory’ and will encompass both contemporary and historical work.

Highlights include a newly commissioned film by the 2016 winner of the Margaret Tait award, Kate Davis, entitled Charity (2017), alongside a rare screening of Tait’s seminal work On the Mountain (1974), and a newly restored work by the avant-garde filmmaker Margaret Raspé, Blue on White Edges and Frames (1979). Works by Cordelia Swann, Sarah Wood, Gair Dunlop, Sam Ashby and Dick Jewell complete the programme.

Screenings will be held over the weekend in the Howard Theatre of Downing College. All sessions will be free of charge and feature an introduction and artist question-and-answer session with James Mackay, programme curator. A round-table discussion about how artists are exploring the relationship between image and memory will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Heong Gallery.

Glasgow-based artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler’s 2017 film, ElectroPythagorus (a portrait of Martin Bartlett) will be shown at the Arts Picturehouse. As part of the programme, an installation of a new photo and film work by William E.Jones will be shown at the Heong Gallery from October 19-23. Entitled Fall into Ruin the work tells the story of the artist’s relationship with Alexander Iolas, the Greek art dealer and collector who at the height of his career owned galleries in New York, Paris, Milan, Geneva, Madrid and Athens.

INFO:For more information and times of all events included in the Cambridge Film Festival, visit: www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk.

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William E. Jones, Installation view, Fall Into Ruin, The Modern Institute, Osborne Street, Glasgow, 2017. Image courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photography: Max Slaven.