JULY 2007 line-up
10/7: White Working Class
17/7: The Future of Food
24/7: Zen & Zero, PLUS animation by the Black Heart Gang
31/7: Film Appreciation 101 (Lesson 2)
and a variety of music videos and short films during every show.
More about alt film
It is there for filmmakers (dazzle the audience with your work, or simply get objective feedback from the public), and it is there for the general public (see a film show that won’t cost you a cent, and get an idea of what the local film industry is doing).
We wish to empower everyone involved to become more visually literate, and to cultivate an educated sense of quality with regards to the art of filmmaking.
Let us know what you want to see – your input may just cause spontaneous reactions.
Or just come over, sit down, and open your eyes.
The restaurant and bar provides the necessary culinary ingredients to keep your tummy happy. And if you wish to stay for some aural pleasure, Zula presents the Acoustic Sessions, a free musical jam session just after alt film.
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Special thanks to:
- Vusa, Grant and the rest of the Zula team
- Zivia Desai Keiper (Tri-Continental Film Festival)
- Derek Serra (Controversi Films)
- Charmaine, Luanne and Adrian (SAFeAGE)
Dir: Derek Antonio Serra
Courtesy of the director
Producer/director Derek Antonio Serra is a fiercely independent filmmaker, who owns his own HD cameras and edit suites, which enables him to make films outside of the "SABC commissioning censorship machine." He has produced and directed 10 documentaries in 10 years on budgets ranging from R 200 000 to R 2000 often using a guerrilla-style approach to filmmaking. Derek is considered a technical expert on low-budget digital production, and has offered HDV Masterclasses at the Sithengi Talent Campus and Zambian Film Festival on several occasions, as well as free Digital Production Workshops countrywide.
Dir: Deborah Koons Garcia
Courtesy of SOUTH AFRICAN FREEZE
(Screening will be followed by an audience discussion)
After the movie we will have a discussion about GM Foods in
ZEN AND ZERO
Dir: Michael Ginthor
61 mins, Subtitled
Courtesy of the Tri-Continental Film Festival
Film Appreciation 101
An alt film initiative! Every month we present a short class on the medium of film, covering a wide range of topics. By charting the history timeline of filmmaking, we hope to educate and foster a new sense of appreciation for this art form and also a positive reception and renewed interests in what’s happening in modern day cinema. Each class is structured around a period, movement or theme.
July 2007: Lesson 1: “The Beginning – Early Cinema”
In this class we will explore the early days of cinema, including the very first films produced in the 18th century, and also the start of filmmaking in
Before Yesterday, before Tsotsi, and even before Mr Bones, South African cinema has been at the forefront of filmmaking on the continent. As a bonus feature, alt film takes you back to the times of SA screen heroes, the likes of Jamie Uys (contentious subject matter...never the less) and Katinka Heyns, by screening a truly South African cinema classic directly after the class.
Latest news: We will screen JUMP THE GUN, courtesy of the producer and Ochre Media.
July 2007: Lesson 2: Silent Classics
Still focusing on the evolution of early cinema, this week’s lesson will take a look at the silent classics, and stylistic innovations of that era. From the zany, heyday antics of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to breathtaking German Expressionism to the extraordinary technique of Surrealism in film, these images formed a vital part of the collective consciousness and style within modern cinema. Screening includes clips from German Expressionism classic, The Cabinet of Dr Caligri (which was the influence behind a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video), Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, Louis Bunuel and Salvador Dali’s masterpiece, Un Chien Andalou and a few other surprises.