Thursday, September 20, 2012


I don't tend to talk about my work here but I'm breaking all the rules today to mention an exciting project I've been lucky enough to be involved with. Tomorrow is World Peace Day and to mark the occasion PUMA Peace have commissioned 17 artists to make short films on the subject of peace. From tomorrow, anyone, anywhere in the world will be able to access these films and curate their own screening.

A still from Isaac Juliens 2012 film Ten Thousand Waves . For image source click here.

The project was produced by Cath Le Couteur, co-founder of Shooting People, an awesome network of independent film makers (their website is really inspiring and you can check it out here). The idea that anywhere in the world from Alaska to Zimbabwe people can request a DVD, Blu Ray or download a high definition or standard definition QuickTime of any of the films and host a screening blows my mind. There's been so much interest in the project this year - I've heard that every child at school in Brooklyn will be taken to a specially curated screening to watch the films followed by a discussion. Meanwhile on the other side of the globe, a man in Cameroon had to request permission to screen the films from his local authority three weeks ago and was advised that if the films provoke any unrest he could be sent to jail.

I was lucky enough to attend a screening of ten of these films at Channel 4 last night and was blown away by the creativity and diversity of the work! Though I feel like I need to make it clear that my involvement is purely administrative, not creative and more concerned with the post production and deliverables side of things, it's still a great little project to have been a small part of.

This years Films4Peace artists are:

Janet Biggs
Ergin Cavusoglu
Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi
Yang Fudong
Isaac Julien
Peterson Kamwhati
Nandipha Mntambo
Michael Nyman
Levi van Veluw
Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance 

If you're interested in gaining access to the films you can do so via the Films4Peace website here.

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