Spotlights: Docs - February 2015

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 February will focus on documentary filmmaking, featuring Jackie Nunns & Angie West, Victoria Fiore and Asmita Shrish.

Wednesday 4 February 2015
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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Jackie Nunns & Angie West

After years of being part of film festival audiences, Angie & Jackie asked themselves "How hard can it be to make a short film?" and set about finding out. Their first short CHILDSPLAY (2011) screened at the 2012 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Santa Barbara Outrageous festival. The documentaries ANGIE & JACKIE FINAL CUT (2011) and MARK BUNYAN: VERY NEARLY ALMOST FAMOUS (2012) screened all over the world including San Fransisco Frameline (2013), Sydney Mardi Gras, (2013), Athens, Outview (2014) and many others, and won the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival Audience Choice Awards in 2013 and 2014. The duo continue to collaborate with other filmmakers and artistes and their sixth short, FEMALE MASCULINITY APPRECIATION SOCIETY (2014) is enjoying success on the international lesbian and gay film festival circuit. They are currently working on their first feature film.

Asmita Shrish

Asmita Shrish is an independent filmmaker, artist and ethnographer who uses media and technology to explore new ways of looking at human stories and connect with the world. She did her MA in Graphic Arts and Animation and completed a documentary course from National Film and Television School in 2013. She is currently working on her own production company to produce original films and documentaries to inspire and challenge. She is also doing an independent research in installation documentary and climate change in the Himalayas and its impact on mountaineers and locals. Recently she had been commissioned by Arts Council England and B3 Media to make a documentary on ex-Gurkhas in England.

Victoria Fiore

Victoria Fiore is a filmmaker and editor specialising in hybrid documentaries with a background in music and anthropology. After years of travelling and living in developing countries she was offered a documentary residency at the BFI. Since then, she has gone on to produce and edit content for the likes of Vice News and New York Times Op-Docs that take her around the world from the Siberian Arctic to the Saharan desert, exploring boundaries between performance and reality.