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We want to make our Screening Days even better over the coming years.
One of the ways we are trying to do this is by including the views of people who do not work for the ICO. We have set up an advisory group comprised of three people who are not ICO staff. They will help us to think more deeply about how we run Screening Days. We also want to reach more people from different backgrounds, and find out what they think we need to change.
We are very pleased to be joined by writer and organiser So Mayer (Raising Films, Club des Femmes), film curator and programmer Jonathan Ali (The Twelve30 Collective) and Cinema Access Coordinator Midnight Memphis (Beacon Films). They will be working with us to advise on and develop our specialised events (Young Audiences Screening Days, Inclusion and Diversity Screening Days and Archive Screening Days) for a year, before passing this work to another group of advisors.
If you have any thoughts, concerns or comments about ICO Screening Days that you would like the advisory group to consider, please submit them via this form.
Current group members
Jonathan Ali is a film curator and writer. He is Director of Programming for Third Horizon Film Festival in Miami, Florida, and a programme consultant for London’s Open City Documentary Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest. For the past two years he has been a programmer for Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. He has previously been a programmer at East End Film Festival and Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, among others. He is co-founder of The Twelve30 Collective, which is dedicated to screening Caribbean cinema in the UK.
So Mayer is a writer and organiser. They work with queer feminist film curation collective Club des Femmes, and they are a co-founder of Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers in the UK screen industries, and currently research lead on RF’s survey How We Work Now. So’s most recent book is A Nazi Word for a Nazi Thing (Peninsula Press, 2020), a whirlwind tour of queer visual cultures taking a stand against fascisms.
Midnight Memphis currently works as Exhibition Officer for Beacon Films, a production company in the North East which supports disabled and/or neurodivergent filmmakers. They have worked as Access Coordinator for BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), working on the nationwide Inclusive Cinema project. They have a background in cinema exhibition across front of house, and as an Access Coordinator for an indie cinema for eight years, running relaxed and dementia friendly screenings. They are a volunteer film programmer at Star and Shadow Cinema, a DIY community cinema in Newcastle. They are passionate about access and thinking holistically and strategically to improve access and inclusion in cinemas and organisations.