Black Film Bulletin Series, Part 1: Interconnectivity
Posted on November 19, 2020
Founded by editors Dr. June Givanni and Gaylene Gould, the Black Film Bulletin (BFB) was first published at the BFI in 1993. An essential space for writing on new Black cinema and Pan African Cinema histories, it documented a renaissance moment for Black filmmaking culture around the globe. Publication ceased in 2000, but now the BFB is coming back. In this post, part one of an extended conversation, ICO Director Catharine Des Forges talks to co-founder June Givanni at the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, Melanie Hoyes at the BFI and Jan Asante at Think Cinematic about the history of the BFB, their path to the new iteration and their hopes for it now.
What cinemas can do right now (again)
Posted on November 12, 2020
Back in March, just as the country was about to enter its first national lockdown, we published a blog with some ideas for what cinemas could do while their doors were closed. With many cinemas across the UK closed once more we wanted to do something similar, using what we've learnt in the time since then to provide some more advice, now with the added benefit of having done all this before.
Manifesto 05: Welcoming people who are working-class and/or in poverty
Posted on November 6, 2020
Where we are now calls for a reinvention of the way we approach cinemas as a business and cinema as a community asset. In this blog series, we ask people to share a personal vision of what’s not working now and what the future of film exhibition should look like. In this fifth article we hear from Dr Leanne Dawson, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh, about the ways in which cinemas and film festivals can be more accessible and welcoming for people who are working-class and/or in poverty.