Thursday, 28 October 2010

Fund a film and change the world

We're dead keen on a brilliant new initiative being run by Sheffield Doc/Fest - they're opening up the whole crowd funding for documentaries thing, and it means you or me or any of our pals can help to finance an amazing doc. And how do we know it's going to be amazing? Because the general public will choose who should get the money from a shortlist made by Sheffield Doc/Fest - and if anyone knows what makes a proper good documentary, it's them.

They've selected six projects who will pitch live on stage on Saturday 6th November at Doc/Fest. They're asking you to pledge money to a central pot. They'll then ask the audience to decide on an overall winner who will win the pot.

It's not just helping that one film either, it's helping to prove to the world, the film industry, and impoverished frustrated filmmakers everywhere that crowd funding is a viable and excellent alternative to the usual restrictive and loveless funding channels.

Everyone's a winner baby, that's the truth.

Information about the six shortlisted projects is up online here, along with a more sensible and thorough explanation of the scheme.

Get involved.

In lieu of an appropriate image to sum up the brilliance of crowd funding and why you should definitely give some money to this, I offer this picture of a baby donkey.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Bo Ningen Album Launch Gig

The impossibly brilliant Bo Ningen - responsible for one of the most lauded events at this year's Branchage festival - launch their debut album with a typically excellent sounding event with live performances from the band and some other great cohorts.

Branchage hearts Bo Ningen and everything they do, so we expect we'll probably run into you there.

Here's some pictures of Bo Ningen playing at Branchage.

Here's some actual information about the event:

Monday 8th Nov, 8pm - 12am
Stolen Recordings & Far East Electric Psychedelic present the launch of Bo Ningen's debut album

BO NINGEN with special guests Invasion, Lasers From Atlantis, DJ's Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Rhys Webb (The Horrors) & Sammy Seven

70 - 74 City Rd,
London, EC1Y 2BJ
Nearest tube: Old Street
£6 entry
‘They're fantastically energetic, often brain-crushingly heavy, and quite probably the most exciting young band in London right now.’ MOJO ‘The Future Now’ best new bands for 2010