Owning The Cube :
Dir. Jennifer Abbott, Craig Baldwin, Eric Chenaux, Jem Cohen, Mark Cousins, Tony Grisoni, Jandek, Braden King, Andrew Kotting, John Minton, Bill Morrison, Christopher Petit, Tim Plester, Portishead, Ben Rivers, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Strickland
Mon 11 December // 20:00
On 11/12/13 the target was toppled. The Cube had the funds to buy the building it inhabits. The space was secured for the Arts in Perpetuity.
10 years on we pause to reflect, and re-screen The Film That Buys The Cinema with an extra short newly constructed with recent collaborators.
The Film That Buys The Cinema is a social-cinema-art-docu feature film, born out of a very pressing concern: to secure the future of an 108 seat, completely independent Microplex Cinema in Bristol, England. This part of it's mission was achieved, now it has had a life of it's own as a full fledged film screening all around the globe.
The FTBTC is a 70-minute film comprised of uncut one-minute takes, each one shot by a bewildering list of contributors, each whom have a wildly different relationship with this unique art-bunker and volunteer-run space. It's a viewing experience unlike most.
To see the amazing FTBTC line up go here : http://cubecinema.com/ftbtc/artists
Home Page: http://cubecinema.com/film
Espousing charm, wit and all kinds of creative thinking it veers from the intimate and poetic to the political and obscene. Containing unique moments from a cast of famous and obscure filmmakers, musicians, autodidacts, wrestlers, actors and activist groups, it's a series of bumper-to-bumper takes on retaining independence, being here and now and also of forging new communities and making things tick. Each minute has been sequenced together into a labyrinthine journey of light and sound to make a artistic time capsule and an extraordinary rendition of what the Cube is all about so when it comes to intellectual juxtapositions, epic swipes and crazed comedic jump cuts this unique film promises the lot.
What the London Film Festival said about the film on it's world premier.
"An insistent stream of lurid, poetic and bizarre otherworldly episodes are brought into compelling hard collision here, like an old underground VHS mixtape or an exceedingly choice – and unpredictable –weave of unlikely YouTube hits. This beguiling film was made to raise funds for the Cube, a boldly independent micro-cinema in Bristol trying to buy its own freehold. Each minute was newly shot by one of its different allies or former special guests - the luminaries include: Ben Rivers, Jem Cohen, Emma Hedditch, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Strickland and Jennet Thomas plus cult musician Jandek. An entertaining and powerful manifestation of the world of the Cube and its outreach, this epic movie also provides a striking measure of how much rich, diverse creative talent there is around right now." - William Fowler