2013 in one page

As they say, its good to look behind and see your own footsteps in the snow or sand. Or lunar surface. People have done it, they ve said some positive things about, so here it is…

We started year the same way we finished the last one, doing a campaign for Deaf and Hard of Hearing association’s struggle to introduce captioning in Maltese cinemas and on TV. This project was helped by the Il-Premju tal Prezident so big thanks to the Prez and the team behind this fund.

This campaign has been a success as most of the cinemas did introduce the captioning but TV stations are still largely unresponsive.  If PBS reads ever this blog, hopefully they re clap their hands and say yes, this may be a good idea…

A month later, we hosted Ben Russell and Basma Alsharif, a tall couple of filmmakers who came to Malta to hold a workshop on psychedelic ethnography.  Malta Arts Fund gave us a helping hand so this hand we shake it firmly and say thanks. We still await to see their works produced during the residency here. A word excited would be an understatement. Ben Russell made a video during his stay in Malta, for none other than Kentucky’s most charming man(sorry Mike)

All year round, we invited various people to host our film club for a month. Amazing line up included Will Oldham, Jeffrey Lewis, Djinn Carrénard, Dimitrije Vojnov, Basma Alsharif, Violeta Kulewska, Katarzyna Peukert and Auditus Foundation.

Some time in May, Valletta V18 got us side to side with Renzo Spiteri, where we showed Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times” to hundreds of people in Merchant Street in Valletta. We projected it on a mega screen whilst Renzo gave it a sound.

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Then we went to Odessa, Ukraine, via Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia. Arts fund help once again. We went round and round and showed films that were shown at our festival and showed Maltese short films for the first time ever in the history of man kind or any kind for that matter. We re small, they re bigger but love sees no sizes. We thank everyone once again for their warm welcome.

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Our Children’s film festival happened for the 4th time. If you re still pondering should you have kids or not, this festival alone is a good enough reason  to do it.

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In the meantime, grown ups went to our 9th Short Film Fest, that was great but will be much better next year, when we celebrate a decade of existence.

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A little later, Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain came to visit us. They played in Hamrun, the city that never sleeps.

There’s an amazing art gang in Novi Sad, Serbia, that have done a wild bunch of critical and subversive actions that have made them into a cultural institution(in a good way). They presented a documentation of their actions in Valletta on October 12th.

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Would a proper English allow me to say how privileged was Kinemastik to host one of its own and may i add – what noise he made in British Legion, whilst swiftly adding word epic, never before used here. “A trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” is in fact the unique work of Lucas Abela, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass. He was accompanied by Keg De Souza, an artist who designed a Gigloo, for an exhibition Mix Tape, that we hosted at St James.

Happy new year to you all, this is the end of the text, it may have been a drag to read it all but the reward, that has nothing to do with the text above, comes to those who wait.

MATT LAMBERT – La Jetée

After moving between LA, NYC and London – Matt Lambert is currently stationed in Berlin. Head of the art collective Bare Bones, a UK group whose work covers a range of artistic disciplines, his films to date include commercials, music videos and short narrative films, as well as wilder experimental films, video art and installations. With a number of high profile clients, Matt has been given platforms to both display his work and his mature understanding of human experience.

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Please note that this film may be not fit for the minors. To view it, please click here.

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London Short Film Festival no 11

London Short Film Festival no 11

Loraine Ipsum, wife of Lorem Ipsum, entered the butcher s store one day, demanding pork chops. “CHOPS CHOPS CHOPS”, she was screaming! Terrified butcher, covered in lamb blood, didnt know what hit him, but he knew he had no beef with this woman. “You ve got to wait like the others”, he pointed his blood dripping axe towards 3 old men, who patiently waiting to order. I am Loraine Ipsum and i aint waiting for no one. I am going to London Short Film Festival in January .

The most amazing news since the beginning of internet is that Kinemastik Film Club is back!

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Midnight Cowboy (1969) is an ultra-realistic, adult film (shot on location) with sordid, downbeat and serious content, from British director John Schlesinger, who had previously directed the widely-acclaimed Darling (1965) – with a Best Actress win for Julie Christie.

This film portrays the unlikely companionship and poignant tragic drama of two homeless, down-and-out, anti-hero drifters who are powerfully bonded together in a tale resembling Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. With a misleading title for the morality tale about the venomous American class system, some viewers thought it was a western; in fact, the film’s title expresses the code name for a “male hustler” – the self-professed occupation of one of the characters, a slow-witted, fringe-jacketed Texan dishwasher transplanted to the big, apathetic city of New York to hopefully become a high-paid street gigolo.

The flip-side of this dark and serious buddy picture was its major competitor of the year, the M-rated, humorous revisionistic western/comedy Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) with its heroes Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) and the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford).

It was notable for being the first and only X-rated film (its nude scenes and bold content – sex and drugs – were shocking for its time, but its X-rating for its initial release was later downgraded to R when the film was re-released in late 1970) to receive the Best Picture Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

It garnered seven nominations, including Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight), Best Supporting Actress (Sylvia Miles in an extremely brief on-screen role), and Best Film Editing (Hugh A. Robertson), and ended up with three Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay (by Waldo Salt from James Leo Herlihy’s 1965 novel).

It was an archetypal film for the “New Hollywood” of the 70s, with its adult themes of alienation, sex and drugs, anti-authoritarianism, and a quest for freedom.

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MIDNIGHT COWBOY is the first of four films that is chosen by JEFFREY LEWIS who will be introducing each film via video link.

Place to be is The Royal British Legion in 111 Melita Street, Valletta.
Time to be is 20 hours, 30 minutes.

Janet Bergstrom – Murnau’s 4 Devils: Traces of a Lost Film (2003)

The movie’s 40 minutes are quite simply done, telling the (background-)story of Murnau’s film by using documents like stills, set blueprints, production drawings, promotional and other related material around it. But it’s not yet another documentary on »lost movies« and film history in general. It is more a fine and sensible reconstruction of »Four Devils«. No expertly talking heads at all! Bergstrom’s film narrates and re-tells the movie’s fable and becomes more and more involved in its (assumed) tone and style and finally – at least for me – effectively blurs the dividing line between documentary and fiction in a contained and sensitive way. It nearly involuntarily assumes to become the real stuff, but never forgets its substitutional character. Its derivative, unoriginal style is one I like to experience more often.

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Jumping Ship in a Hurricane

Flying East

KINEMASTIK is doing a cultural excursion to the east of Europe, all the way to Odessa, Ukraine.
On our way to Odessa, we will stop at Skopje (Macedonia), Belgrade (Serbia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia), Bucharest (Romania) and Chisinau(Moldova).
We will carry most of the equipment in our bags, like a
burden of our dreams, hopping on trains and stopping at different cities on the way to the Black Sea.

This project has a multimedia character consisting of short film screenings, a photography exhibition, illustration and a musical event.

June 5th – Skopje (Macedonia) – Menada
June 8th – Sremska Mitrovica (Serbia) Lapidarijum
June 9th – Novi Sad – MMC Led Art
June 10th – Beograd – Rex Kulturni Centar
June 15th – Bucharest (Romania) – Fabrica
June 19th – Chisinau(Moldova) – Spalatorie
June 22nd – Odessa (Ukraine) -Museum of Contemporary Art

Journal of this tour may be viewed on our tumblr page,

whilst for any updates, please check out our website or our facebook/twitter pages.

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This project is supported by Malta Arts Fund.