Filsm at The Forest

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Monday, 4 April 2011

FilMon Program-April

4th_It's not all about drinking and backpipes night
       5pm: The Secret of Kells
       7pm: The Wicker Man

11th_Nomad night
         5pm: Himalaya-The Salt of Life
         7pm: The Cave of the Yellow Dog

18th_Coming for Age for Queers night
         5pm: C.R.A.Z.Y.
         7pm: Fucking Amal

25th_From Ukraine with Love night
         5pm: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
         7pm: A Forest Song

Friday, 1 April 2011

Movie Mondays: "It's not all about drinking and backpipes!"

Hi all!
 This Monday April, 4th, come for a big dollop of beautifully drawn celtic culture and odd paganism on fictional remote islands. Lost you there? Then scroll down to find out about our program... just see it as a proper tribute to folk tales (and good movies...!)

The Secret of Kells
(2009, Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey, France/Belgium/Ireland)

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? (imdb)

The Wicker Man
(1973, Robin Hardy, UK)

Sgt. Howie travels to Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He discovers that the locals are weird and unhelpful, and becomes determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance. (PG 15)

Please note those movies are in English, and will be shown with English subtitles. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Latest news!

Hallo all film makers and film eaters!

First of all, a big thank you for coming to the Films at the Forest Fundraiser. We had an awesome time (though sometimes stressful) organising and running it, and are really looking forward to run a similar event in the future. So if you missed the deadline or have more movies you wanna send, or even a project in around film making (it can involve other medias too), please get in touch :)

The regular film night (Movie Mondays) is suspended for March, as we won't be very available and we didn't have much time to select films, besides the café has been booked on some Mondays for gigs already! So, we'll be back on Monday April, 4th.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser - PROGRAM

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser

15.00-15.10:   Opening

15.10 – 15.50 :   Low Def  
A bunch of low definition films made by folks from - and around the Word of Mouth Café! (Special thanks to Paul Maguire! )

15.50 – 16.10 :   Save The Forest Café
 You love the Forest Café but you don’t know how could you help us? We will give you a brief update on our current situation and how can you get involved. Is that your first time here and you would like to know more about our activities? We show you a film made by Ansgar Hoeckh so you will know what we ask your money for! J

16.10 -17.20:  Animation / Stop Motion
A block of short animation and stop motion films made by the super talented students of ECA!
      Ania Hazel Leszczynska: Monster in the toilet//
                                       But it makes me happy// Mrs. Robinson
      Amy Shields and Oana Nechifor: Magnets and Postcards
      Amy Shields: Hair today gene tomorrow//Terrestrial reverie in the ocean of emptiness //
                                  Do not gentle into that good night
      Oana Nechifor: Battle song// Looking out the window
      Adam Gierasimiuk: The ruler and the rebel// Wolf Me// Sneeze// Scanner
      Peter Shaw: Know Thyself// Minotaur Jr.// When I became man
      Alexandru Nechifor and Peter Shaw: Extinction
      Demosthenes Panagiotakis: Shower// Thai chi form
      Michael Melrose: Dot
      Farah Ahmad: untitled// Chinese whispers
      Miryam Lacey: Eyes for you//Penny Lane//Snnigely cat
      Anna Ginsburg: The Cat Burglar// She thought she was kind//
                               Take off your bonnet and jump in / /Crisp Envy
      Will Anderson: Job interview
      Cat Bruce: Memories: Little Men// How to do a walk cycle// Dancing is easy// Dance room

17.20-17.50:   Break, Soundtrack Jam
Have your coffee, go for a smoke or play your guitar or anything that you find! Some of the thiscollection short movies don't have any music in them, and we're planning to ask you, viewers, to create a soundtrack for it. Anyone can join in! Doesn’t matter if you’re not a musician or you don’t have your instrument with you, take some spoons or sing. J You have more ore less half an hour to improvise and rehears together and then to perform when you get the sign... And the fun part: this Jam will actually be filmed and used in a future project of Glue Factory, Glasgow.

17.50 – 19.40:  This Collection
Sit back and enjoy this vivid snapshot of the range of creative talent auld reekie has to offer through poetry and film art! is a copy left non-hierarchical, non-curatorial experiment to engage
film with local poems set in the postcodes of Edinburgh.
Every scratch, every shake, every poetic pause in our digital canvas makes art a right
not a privilege, and our terms of engagement must shift.
Familiar streets and scenes take on a new look from these films collected to date, all
short poetic vignettes and some imaginative reinterpretations of poems written by
poets from all walks of life. (You find the detailed program of films screened tonight at the door!)

19.40 – 20.15:  Start of FILM Hunt, Break
Are you a bit jealous watching these films…?
Well, FILM Hunt is a possibility for you to produce your film in 48 hours! Right here right now! Registration and more info at the door!
The Hunt starts at 8 pm!

20.15-22.15:   Short Films , Experimental, Documentaries       
Interesting stories, strange and beautiful pictures, magical sounds, true stories, tiny details provided by Edinburgh based artists from all around the world!
Fake Dog Films: Crackdown 2. // Street of Rage
Jon Howells: City of Deadinburgh
Scott Wills: Sour Eggs
Daniel Andreas Neofetou: The Triumph of Willy Callahan// Dark Azaleas
Alexandru Nechifor: Organic
Anna Ginsburg: The silver side
Paramita Das: A kind of Crying
Demelza Koij: The Little House of Memories// Voyage of a Mind’s Eye
Alberto Iordanov: Processes
Adam Stafford:  The Shutdown
Anna Urbanowska: Cheat
Maddi Barber: All is Full of Love

22.15-22.30:  Break
Last chance to get a pastie from the fridge tonight and a second chance to see the film about the Forest Café made by Ansgar Hoeckh.

22.30-23.00 :   Low Def
The second bloc of low definition films made by folks from - and around the Word of Mouth Café! (Special thanks to Paul Maguire! )
Last minutes of films for you today, enjoy it and prepare yourself for the party!

23.00-Late:   Party with DJ Akimbo Devine
Bring your booze and dancing shoes! Why would you watch films sitting if you can dance and enjoy the pictures on the wall at the same time? ...time to move and dance around! Celebrate yourself, your films, the film of your friends, your enemies and last but not least:  the FOREST!!!!

We'd like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students,
This Collection and the
Word of Mouth Café.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Monday, 21 February 2011

FFF - Films at The Forest Fundraiser - UPDATE


Hi all!

We are proud to present: FFF Films at The Forest Fundraiser!

Come all this FRIDAY (25th Feb) from 3 O' CLOCK, and enjoy a MASSIVE screening of FILMS made by local artists, and all of this for free. The screenings will be followed by a big party, from 10PM with DJs, so bring BOOZE and your DANCING shoes (corkage fees apply, no spirits please).

Films will include animation/stop-motion, low def, experimental films, music video, short films, documentaries , poetry and a lot more...!

...... but mostly, this is a fundraising event to help save the Forest Café. The Forest is under threat of shutting down due to the bankruptcy of its landlords, the EUS (if you need to catch up on this bit, please go to: :))


Flash fiction writing challenge based on short films (and access to writing workshops after the event) and Live Jam (BYO instruments, though we'll provide some too)...

Organic, home made pop corn sale...

Forest Goodies...

We'd like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students, This Collection, and the Word of Mouth Café. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Stay plugged in for the FULL, DETAILED PROGRAM.
Spread the word, join our Facebook group :!/event.php?eid=173085989394787

Monday February 21st: Just Married! Night

 Hi there! So, in a very "post Valentine's day" spirit, the movies this Monday  will explore closure and the deterioration of relationships within marriage, showing:

Scenes from a marriage (1973), Ingmar Bergman

The story explores the disintegration of a marriage between Marianne, a lawyer, and Johan, a professor (played by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson) over a long period, using a restricted cast, a naturalist, hyper-realistic cinematic style, claustrophobic close-ups, and strings of rapid, articulate monologues. After major success in Sweden, the series became notorious worldwide when it was condemned for allegedly inspiring a spike in Scandinavian divorce rates, which almost doubled in the year of its release.

A trailer is available here:

The Kids Are all right (2010), Lisa Cholodenko

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married couple living in California. They have each given birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Nic, an obstetrician, is the primary breadwinner and the stricter parent, while Jules is more laid back and lives as a housewife who is starting up a landscape design business. While the couple is happy, and the family functioning well, it is also clear that their relationship has begun to go stale. The balance of this very suburbian, middle class family soon is threatened when the younger child, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), contacts their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo)...

Thursday, 10 February 2011

14th of February _Crazy Painters night

This night is the night of painters, colours and craziness! 
Yeah we know that it's Valentine's Day... but who cares? :) 
Come to the Forest with your love/friend/dog or whatever and enjoy the films!
 If you can't make it this Monday or just love aur film nights, why don't you check out our full program for February?

5pm: The Adventures of Picasso 
      (Tage Danielsson, 1978, Swedish)
This film is about Picasso's life and art, told through a distorted mirror. Don't worry, it's not the kind of 'let's make a boring movie out of a famous person's life with bad actors and zero creativity... '
It might seem to be a somewhat shallow and burlesque film, but it is more than a ordinary comedy. It also shows the trouble of becoming the victim of your own public image, and how the creativity and the personal life may suffer from it. In many ways it is a film in the same spirit as Charlie Chaplin's "The Dictator", slapstick mixed with reflection.

7pm: Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry)
       (Kwon-taek Im, 2003, Korean)

You can watch the trailer of the movie here!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser - 25th of February - STILL HAVE TIME TO SUBBMIT YOUR FILM!

Thank you for all who have already submitted your works! 
You Are Amazing! :)
If your film is to large to send it by e-mail (probably it is), please send us via rapidshare or drop in a disc to the Forest
(3 Bristo Place) with your NAME + TITLE of your Film/s and 'Films@theForest Fundraiser' on it!