Month: December 2014

Seasons Greetings from Pop Up Docs!

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Thanks for all your support this year – we’re looking forward to a great 2015!

2014 has been a great year for us. It started off with screenings of MUSCLE SHOALS in a night club, THE ACT OF KILLING in an art gallery and CUTIE AND THE BOXER in a disused shop. Other highlights included Ken Loach introducing his classic film CATHY COME HOME in a church and the UK premiere of GIRLS ROCK!  at Komedia which was a real family affair. We finished it off in style with NANOOK OF THE NORTH, arguably the world’s first documentary feature film. Check out the blog and the poster archive to see what we’ve been up to.

We’ve also got some great new members of the team on board this year: welcome to Ed, Sean, Sarah, Melissa, Esther and Hannah!

2015 looks set to be even bigger and better for Pop Up Docs so do watch this space for updates. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the first two events for next year…

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7.30pm, Thurs 26th February @ The Eastern Eye
POP UP DOCS presents POWERLESS: A jarring glimpse at India’s rampant energy crisis. This powerful film won ‘Best Film’ in the India Gold Section at the 15th Mumbai Film Festival.

Tickets £5 (includes onion bhajis & samosas!)

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7.30pm, Fri 20th March @ The Francis Hotel
POP UP DOCS presents CITIZENFOURThis brave documentary follows Edward Snowden as his leaks about the activities of the NSA shock the world. Tipped for Oscar success, its one not to miss.

Tickets £5 (Cocktail bar open before and after the film)

A little Nanook before Christmas…

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It seemed only right that at some point, a pop-up cinema specialising in documentaries should screen “the first ever documentary film” : NANOOK OF THE NORTH.

Although made in 1922, the film feels far from stale. It still had our audience laughing and gasping at this incredible story. There was much discussion afterwards about how Flaherty would have managed to film under such difficult conditions. Researching further I was shocked to discover just how much equipment he did carry with him. In HOW I FILMED NANOOK OF THE NORTH (1922), Robert Flaherty writes:

“My equipment included 75,000 feet of film, a Haulberg electric light plant and projector and two Akeley cameras and a printing machine so that I could make prints of film as it was exposed and project the pictures on the screen so that thereby the Eskimo would be able to see and understand wherever mistakes were made.”

The first scene that Flaherty showed Nanook and the others was the dramatic Walrus hunt footage:

“Our boat, laden with walrus meat and ivory- it was a happy crew that took me back to the Post, where Nanook and his fellows were hailed with much acclaim. I lost no time in developing and printing the film. That walrus fight was the first film these Eskimo had ever seen and, in the language of the trade, it was a “knock-out.””

Its a fantastic scene – and interesting to discover that it was enjoyed by the Innuits themselves as much as by us.

The Pop Up Docs screening of NANOOK turned out to be a great film made better by a fantastic intimate venue that is 44AD. Thanks to all at 44AD for the space – and to FAB for their audio expertise!