Over the last couple of months, we have been assisting film programmer James Mackay in designing and editing a new book called Microcinema: New Artist’s Moving Image Then And Now. 

Microcinema is a strand of the Cambridge Film Festival that focuses on screening works of experimental, avant-garde and independent cinema, often placing contemporary films alongside historical works, in programmes that are always surprising, challenging and inspiring. This strand is curated by James Mackay, who began programming in the 1970s at the London Film-Makers’ Co-op. He is also known for producing the films of Derek Jarman and is the custodian of Jarman’s super 8 films.

In 2016 Microcinema joined countrywide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the London Filmmakers Co-op by presenting a new and exciting group of moving image works over four programmes and a moving image installation at the Heong Gallery, Downing College, Cambridge. The programme included new works by filmmakers who were original members of the LFMC, as well as new films by younger filmmakers who are working in these traditions. This book documents this event.

Book contents:

– ‘Where Are We? Understanding moving image as a fine art practice’ by James Mackay

– ‘Then and Now: Roundtable Discussion’ featuring James Mackay, Yvonne Salmon, Cordelia Swann, Ian Bourn, Sarah Turner, Sarah Wood, Vicki Thornton, Nina Danino, Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

– ‘The Third Space: Sarah Turner’s Public House’ by Yvonne Salmon

– ‘Jennifer (2015)’ by Nina Danino

– ‘Dreaming in Exile: The Alchemical Cinema of Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais’ by Nikola Gocić

+ Microcinema 2016 Programme Details

This book will be available for people attending this year’s Microcinema programme which starts on 19th Oct, full details here.

Microcinema: New Artist’s Moving Image Then And Now is published by the Cambridge Film Trust, edited by James Mackay, Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais.