Spotlights: Art & Beyond - 3 December 2014

Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, each event is inspired by a particular theme or genre. From animation to art, screenwriting to sci-fi, Spotlights strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing handpicked film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

Spotlights in December will focus on art and the more experimental side of filmmaking, featuring Nicholas Abrahams, Noriko Okaku and Erica Stanga.

Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE
Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm. Tickets £5 Door / £4 Advance / £3 WhirlyBadge holders & Picturehouse members

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Nick Abrahams

Nick won the British Council Best UK Short Film award for 'Ekki Mukk', one of several films he has made in collaboration with Icelandic rockers Sigur Ros. This year he had a solo exhibition at London’s Horse Hospital, and released a 7 inch single, both furthering ideas brought up in 'Ekki Mukk’. Nick has co-directed 2 feature length art films with Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, and he now has two feature projects in development.

Erica Stanga

Erica Stanga started working with video in 2005 to document her sculptural works, as a result becoming interested in video and film as artistic media. Since 2007 her 16mm film work has incorporated hand developed techniques and in-camera effects. As a self-taught film artist she creates film with a sculpture-like approach. Her animation was awarded a people's choice award for best short film at the Fantastic Planet Sci-Fi International Film Festival 2010 (Sydney, Australia) and this film was also featured as a special event at the Venice Biennale 2011.

Noriko Okaku

Noriko Okaku was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, completing an MA (RCA) in animation in 2005. Her work explores the variety, eclectic nature and strangeness underlying everyday things and actions. Her animation work incorporates drawing, collage, photography and painting. She is the winner of several awards including Best experimental film at Lucca Film Festival, Italy, 2013; Best music video, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada, 2011; Best Audio visual performance, International Videofeatival Bochum, Germany, 2011; Third prize, Beck's Futures Student Prize, UK, 2003.