Spotlights: Performance - April 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 April will take a look at filmmakers who work with non-acting performance, such as poetry, dance or song, either on-screen or as a means to making the final work. Featuring David Baksh, Isabelle Sieb and Gabriela Tropia.

Wednesday 1 April 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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Gabriela Tropia

Gabriela Tropia is a dance filmmaker. She directed the short, Units of Action, which has toured more than 20 countries, including the Live Screen event at Sadler's Wells in London, and is available on the Videodance Mercosur Circuit DVD. Her most recent and on-going project is an experimental collaboration with contact improvisation dancers, shooting and editing short films within a strict and limited timeframe of 2 hours. Her latest film, Under the Cobblestones, has been awarded at the Passion for Freedom Arts Competition in 2014. Since 2010, Gabi has worked as a Lecturer at the London Contemporary Dance School.

Isabelle Sieb

Isabelle Sieb is a German born director who started her career making documentaries for clients like National Geographic and FIFA in South Africa. London based since 2010 she has made four short films, two of which screened at festivals in the UK and internationally. She was also selected for Creative Europe's Four Corners mentoring scheme and the EIFF Talent Lab 2014. She is currently developing a slate of projects in the UK, Germany and Los Angeles and has recently been selected for the Northern Film & Media feature development scheme RISE funded by Creative Skillset and the BFI.

David Baksh

Filmmaker, poet and singer-songwriter David Baksh was a self-facilitating media node - and living off Brick Lane - long before anyone had heard the name Nathan Barley. Starting in broadcast TV, he had a hand in some of the worst/best shows of the 90s, working for ITV, Channel 4 and MTV. When commercials beckoned David sold out almost immediately and as the world went digital, he moved into interactive and made some of the most annoying things ever to appear on the internet and even won awards for some of them.

More recently, David has made a series of personal films, exploring different subjects and themes by combining his own poetry, music and performance with his hands-on style of spontaneous documentary filmmaking. Beginning with ‘The Butterfly’ (Special Mention at LSSF 2013) and continuing with ‘The Bombay Highway Code’ (BFI’s ‘12 to Try’ at LSSF 2015), David’s fascination with performance and performers – both his own and others - informs both his filmmaking process and his other artistic endeavours.