This year we’re thrilled to add a new creative element of the arts to the ArtBeat festival: Film. Local film-maker, Michael Lane, generously put his hand up to lead the initiative.
We decided to find out what made him give up his precious time to bring us a festival of Film…
What inspired you to kickstart a film strand at ArtBeat?
I’ve been a local participant at the ArtBeat Festival for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This year, I thought it might be nice to give something back. I noticed that the performance arts section had a couple of areas which could do with some developmental help, like theatre and film. So, I have volunteered to launch a film strand into ArtBeat.
What’s your background with film and film-making?
I’ve loved films since I was a boy. I went to the Saturday Morning Flicks at the Trocadero and the excitement of watching moving images in the dark has never left. My day job as a Drama Teacher felt like a natural follow on from that initial energy.
I have retired now and can give more time over to a lifetime interest. Now I’m a member of the ‘7/5 film-makers group based at Phoenix Leicester and I make a short narrative film a year.
Last year, my film Some Questions, Like Ghosts, Haunt received a Highly Commended award at the Stratford-upon-Avon film festival. I’ve just screened my film Captured at Phoenix. At the end of March I’ve been invited to present a new work BOXES! at the Five Ways Screenings in Derby. And I’m due for a reading of my latest script The Arrangement – A love story this week with a view to filming in the Autumn.
I like switching roles too. All the films listed I’ve written and some I’ve acted in, others produced. I see it as a field of creative endeavour and enjoy all different aspects.
How can local film-makers get involved?
This year is an experiment to see if I’m right that the gap in performance art can be filled so I’m keeping it low-key for now. We have a couple of opportunities for Clarendon Park film-makers and film enthusiasts.
If there are any film-makers in Clarendon Park who would like their work to be shown to a local audience as part of ArtBeat, please get in touch. We will be displaying these short films in Create Studios on Hartopp Road because it has the perfect ambience to show and chat about film.
I’d also love to hear from any willing participants for a question and answer session. The questions could be about any aspect of the film, presentation fun and problems with making or showing.
If you’re a local film-maker or film enthusiast and are interested in getting involved, please complete the contact form on the website and I’ll be in touch.
What’s your vision for film and film-makers at ArtBeat in the future?
Part of the future will depend on the present; meaning, interested film-makers themselves may wish to take ‘film’ in a direction I haven’t yet thought of and their opinions go into the considerations pot. I’ll know better after June.
The main aim presently is to create a platform on which to build. I can forsee the possibility of an active film-making strand, not just watching evenings. There could be research done on film of historical Clarendon Park; there could be a thematic making spread throughout the year on something central to Clarendon Park-like ‘Shops’.
For me, the tone of ArtBeat is celebratory of the area and that any films shown should have something to celebrate- either the work of the person concerned or some aspect of Clarendon Park itself. The festival itself is young yet and has time to grow organically: the film strand will undoubtedly evolve accordingly.