Today we launched our Kickstarter for our independent community magazine – Village Raw is created by and for the people who live and work in Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Highgate, East Finchley and the surrounding areas. We’re interested in stories on culture, creativity, crafters, makers, artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, places, events, and history. Anything, especially the special or unique, that has sprung out of the community. The magazine will be available for free, every two months, with the first issue set to launch at the Crouch End Festival in June. Please help make this a reality by following this link! #villageraw
Five years after completion Larry and Janet Move Out is still screening at festivals. The latest stop was in Hungary as part of the Budapest Architecture Film Days festival. They created a evocative image gallery on their website Watch this space for some exciting LAJMO side projects coming soon to YouTube. #budapest #architecture #hungary #larryandjanetmoveout #youtube #lajmo #heygate #regeneration #tigers @fattoadfilms
Our first collaborative 360 film ‘Passing Through’ premiered at Dub Me Always at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton. The film deconstructs the traditional linear content of a documentary and reconstructs the elements in ambisonic space – allowing the viewer to essentially create their own documentary experience.
Wayne Binitie presented his artwork ‘Solid, Liquid, Gas’ at the V&A Museum for their Late Friday’s strand – this particular evening exploring water as an artistic material. The artist invited us to create a video of his installation.
On Friday we were filming with trumpeteer Tan Tan, AKA Eddie Thornton who’s still an active performer well into his 80s. We filmed the experimental 360 film in Brixton in collaboration with Fat Toad Films as part of a new venture. Watch this space! #TanTan #Jazz #Brixton
Tindersticks presented the live version of Minute Bodies at the Barbican on Saturday 17th June. It was a beautiful choreagraphed affair as the band members flicked their lamps on and off as they came to perform passages of music. The sound was crystal clear and full of detail and brought an entirely fresh outlook to the film. @tindersticksofficial @barbicancentre #tindersticks #percysmith #minutebodies
Some of the work for Fact/Networked Narrative in Wigan. Visual identity for Mark Titchner’s art commission ‘What I want more than anything else’, which is part of @net_narrative #networkednarrative Studio Moe visited Wigan for the opening and met some of the workshop participants. The range and scope of the work, as in Hull and Burnley, took over several venues in the city.
A really special clip, close to our hearts, on The Nowness. Frank Percy Smith created this beautiful imagery at his home which doubled as his studio. While working on Minute Bodies we tried to get into Smith’s pysche as much as possible. He’s notably elusive and history hasn’t been kind to him, but we managed to piece together an impression of him that led to the Percy’s Dream sequence that follows the menacing Strangler sequence. Director Stuart Staples and Tindersticks really pulled these two disparate sequences together and musically made one the answer to the other. Watch here!
‘What I want more than anything else’ is launching this Saturday in Hull – a series of new artworks by Mark Titchner that explore young people’s’ responses to the question ‘what is it that you want more than anything else?’
This public art project has involved young individuals aged 13-25 from across Burnley, Wigan and Hull, working with the artist to make their thoughts and opinions visible in public spaces. For those living in Hull, messages written in the young people’s handwriting will be made into artworks exhibited at Hull Central Library that will take the form of screens, flags, bookmarks, a large exterior banner and a mural.
As part of our celebrations come down to the library for some light bites, refreshments and a chance to meet everyone involved in the project. We’ll be joined by popular Hull band, Bud Sugar; the artist and young people; the winner of the ‘text painting’ competition; and our competition judges. There’ll also be the chance to make your own banner in response to the question ‘what is it that you want more than anything else?’.
You can book a place through the FACT website: Book Now
Studio Moe assisted with the exhibition design – but more on that soon!
The film’s journey begins in NFT1
We’re proud and excited that the film we’ve been involved with for the past few years is finally going to enjoy its big screen debut at this year’s London Film Festival! Percy Smith spent his life in Islington and Southgate so the LFF seems like the right place to present the film. Worth noting that they got the title wrong in the brochure and ‘life’ should be ‘world’. The film itself is close to completion with Stuart Staples finalising the music for the final edit export in the coming weeks.
The film we contributed to the Tindersticks ‘The Waiting Room’ project played to a sold out audience at the Barbican in London. As the ferris wheel slowly arced through the sky, Dave Boulter finished playing the keyboard refrain for ‘Planting Holes’ just as the sun was setting, and Earl Harvin filled the space with some gentle percussion. The image of the opening credits took on a new dimensionality on the big screen – it was almost impossible to discern the screen from the room.
Shortly after Y/OUR MUSIC enjoyed its first outdoor screening at the fantastic Edge Festival we received word of a nomination…
We’re delighted to announce that Y/OUR MUSIC has been nominated for a Thai ‘Oscar’ as Best Documentary in the 25th National Film Awards. We’re honoured to be alongside such great company as The Songs of Rice and The Down.
The film for ‘Planting Holes’, our contribution to the Tindersticks ‘The Waiting Room’ film project, screened at Rough Trade on Friday 22nd. All of the films looked great projected and we’ve heard that they look even better on the 10m screen that will accompany the live cine-concerts.
The Waiting Room music and film project is now live. The idea was created in conjunction with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and its chief organiser, Calmin Borel, whose vast knowledge of short film coupled with Tindersticks’ distinct aesthetic sensibilities became a strong foundation for the concept. The album has been brilliantly received with Guardian describing Tindersticks as ‘… a band shapeshifting with sophistication’…
The band line up includes Stuart A. Staples, David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dan McKinna and Earl Harvin with guest vocals provided by Jehnny Beth of Savages and a warm duet with Lhasa De Sela.
Studio Moe topped and tailed the film and created the DVD menu, while David Reeve created the film for Planting Holes.
Full list of filmmakers –
1. Follow me – Suzanne Osborne and Stuart A. Staples (UK)
2. Second Chance man – Christoph Girardet (Germany)
3. Were we once lovers? – Pierre Vinour (France)
4. Help yourself – Claire Denis (France)
5. Hey Lucinda – Rosie Pedlow and Joe King (UK)
6. This fear of emptiness – Stuart A. Staples (UK)
7. How he entered – Gregorio Graziosi (Brasil)
8. The waiting room – Stuart A. Staples (UK)
9. Planting holes – David Reeve (UK)
10. We are dreamers – Gabraz and Sara não tem nome (Brasil)
11. Like only lovers can – Stuart A. Staples and Suzanne Osborne (UK)
We’re excited to announce that Studio Moe has been involved with a new film project by the band tindersticks. With the 2016 release of the new album ‘the waiting room’, Stuart A. Staples has collaborated with the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival to produce a film for each music track. The only brief was that the films should attempt not to describe the music, but to create a visual counter-point, a space for the music to inhabit. As well as filming and editing with Stuart and Suzanne on ‘Like Only Lovers Can’, Studio Moe filmmaker David Reeve made a film for ‘Planting Holes’ and we also created the opening and closing titles, and DVD menu. We would like to welcome new client City Slang to the Studio Moe fold. You can read more about the project by clicking
A press breakfast was arranged for the VOD release of ‘Larry and Janet Move Out’, produced by sister company King Chain Productions, and cousin company Fat Toad Films.
Y/OUR MUSIC at the Lincoln Center
We were really excited to have Y/OUR MUSIC play at the Film Society of The Lincoln Center’s Sound+Vision festival. This is one of the world’s most prominent film organisations for American independent and world cinema and pubishes the prestigious Film Comment magazine. We even got a write up in The Hollywood Reporter
Artist Mark Titchner presented his work N(I)B in the group show Ma Voix at Le Silo U1 in France. This is a work that we filmed, edited and post-produced with the artist.
Before the screening…
A work-in-progress screening for our BFI partners was arranged today and the reception was great. More news on this soon…
After SXSW Y/OUR MUSIC to play SXSE
Y/OUR MUSIC has been invited to play at Sounds by Southeast at Hanoi’s Onion Cellar in June. The screening will have Vietnamese subtitles as well as this new poster designed by Hanoi’s Nguyễn Trọng Đạt. For further information check the Onion Cellar’s Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1564183493856201/permalink/1564183670522850/
Larry and Janet Move Out at inHOUSE Festival
We were excited to see Larry and Janet Move Out playing at London’s fantastic inHOUSE festival. The programming team did an incredible job with a really exciting and diverse selection of shorts under the banner ‘We Are All F**cked’: “An eclectic ensemble of shorts that reminds us of our place in the bigger picture (that is society). We are social animals after all. Ideology, politics, community, unfortunate accidents, or an uncertain future rooted in a nostalgia-fueled present bring up a valid question: are we all fucked?”
The screening went really well with the inHOUSE space sold-out. Really lovely to see a projection on a bare wall, with people sitting on sofas watching a film which features a couple sitting on a sofa; it felt like the right place for it.
Y/OUR MUSIC for CIMMfest
We’re really proud that ‘Y/OUR MUSIC’ is making its Chicago debut tonight at CIMMfest. We’re in really great company and just wish we could be there for the screening. For those of you who make it I hope you enjoy the show! Would love to hear your thoughts!
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