Following last year's festival in Suffolk, Otherfield decided to try to channel the enthusiasm and inspiration it had generated into a series of year round events. Otherfield/Quadrangle has always featured works-in-progress in its programming, so it was a natural development to host a series of Rough Cut Screenings at Hackney's Institute of Light. And our interest in encouraging the next generation of film makers through such spots as 'Show and Tell' and 'Student and Emerging Film' led to the beginnings ofOtherfield Shoots.
The first Rough Cut event (Institute of Light 14th March 2017) marked a departure for Otherfield. Jason Massot showed an unfinished cut of his film Ezra & Wanda.
Not a documentary, Ezra and Wanda is a fictional story made by a documentary filmmaker using documentary film techniques. The screening was followed by a Q&A exchange in which Jason sought the opinions and feelings of the audience before embarking on his final cut.
The next rough cut screening (Institute of Light, 25th April 2017, 7pm) will be of Barney Snow’s ‘The Glory of the Garden’. Barney has worked in media since the 90s, and many of his documentaries have been screened by the BBC. The Glory of the Garden is an independent passion project - offering the viewer a tantalising insight into alternative art practices and ways of living.
On 21st February, in collaboration with Youth Workers in Tottenham, including Otherfield supporter Rosie Morris, we had our first event at Chicken Town, a fast food outlet with a difference. The screening of George Amponsah’s Hard Stop (a film that Quadrangle/Otherfield has been supporting for several years) was followed by a lively Q&A with the film’s producer Dionne Walker, and touched on a wide span of topics: from the relationships George and Dionne made with the people in their film, to the social and political issues that surrounded the 2011 Riots.
Otherfield will be announcing its next Chicken Town screening shortly.