Freelance filmmaker and editor -
Studying for my MA in Documentary Practice at Brunel University

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Local Lens: Paris outside the Postcard with @gflandre

In this series, local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot around where they live. This time round we take a trip to Paris with Instagrammer @gflandre

"I like to define Paris as a ‘living cliché,’" says Instagrammer Guillaume Flandre (@gflandre). “No matter how many times I have seen the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, le Louvre or Montmartre, I still look at these landmarks with the same amazement I had as a child. Paris actually looks like a postcard.”

Away from some of Paris’s most famous and beautiful landmarks, Guillaume likes to capture moments of everyday life in Paris on Instagram and he has found that places close to his home near Canal Saint-Martin make for great shooting locations.

"This canal has everything I like in a neighborhood: lots of young people as well as great restaurants and bars, parks. It’s also a great place to take pictures of people playing basketball, riding their skateboards or partying on the quay next to amazing graffiti-covered walls—and the setting sun reflecting in the water is something I will never get tired of photographing."

Stroll past the islands in the middle of the Seine, Île Saint-Louis and Notre Dame's Île de la Cité, and you could find yourself in the trendy neighborhood of le Marais.

"This part of Paris kind of looks like a village in many ways," says Guillaume. "With small parks, shops and small streets in which it’s easy to get lost. I like to go there to try to discover all the gems this neighborhood has to offer and, of course, snap pictures of it."

Le Marais (3rd and 4th arrondissements) is full of small boutiques and cool cafés. “This part of town is particularly interesting on Sundays when streets are closed to traffic and hip Parisians like to wander around.”

For more local views of Paris, Guillaume also recommends the following Paris Instagrammers: @monsieurlam for great architecture, @ilkflottante for graffiti around the city, @oliviathebaut for minimalism and @nathparis for postcard views of the city.

Beautiful images

Douglas Gordon - 24-hour Psycho (1993)

"The work consists entirely of an appropriation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho slowed down to approximately two frames a second, rather than the usual 24. As a result it lasts for exactly 24 hours, rather than the original 109 minutes. 

The film was an important work in Gordon’s early career, and is said to introduce themes common to his work, such as recognition and repetition, time and memory, complicity and duplicity, authorship and authenticity, darkness and light.”

thereconstructionists:

Celebrated as one of the godmothers of the modern women’s liberation movement alongside reconstructionist Betty Friedan, feminist, journalist, political activist, and equality exponent Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) has spent more than half a century campaigning tenaciously against a range of gender discrimination laws, championing equal treatment for men and women, and advocating for women’s reproductive rights.
A co-founder of iconic feminist magazine Ms., the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Steinem has been actively involved in a number of organizations promoting social reform that levels opportunities for the sexes, most recently co-founding the Women’s Media Center alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan with the aim of amplifying women’s voices in a severely skewed media landscape.
With her lectures and magazine articles, Steinem has been tirelessly claiming feminism back from the grip of pontifical academic “discourse” — a word she came to particularly detest for its pedantic pretense — consistently reeling the conversation back into the real, living, public dream of a common language (to borrow from Adrienne Rich’s eloquence) where it belongs.
"The meaning of feminism hasn’t changed, but it’s deepened," Steinem poignantly observed— a remark at once timeless and timelier than ever.
Learn more: Wikipedia | biography

thereconstructionists:

Celebrated as one of the godmothers of the modern women’s liberation movement alongside reconstructionist Betty Friedan, feminist, journalist, political activist, and equality exponent Gloria Steinem (born March 25, 1934) has spent more than half a century campaigning tenaciously against a range of gender discrimination laws, championing equal treatment for men and women, and advocating for women’s reproductive rights.

A co-founder of iconic feminist magazine Ms., the National Women’s Political Caucus, and the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Steinem has been actively involved in a number of organizations promoting social reform that levels opportunities for the sexes, most recently co-founding the Women’s Media Center alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan with the aim of amplifying women’s voices in a severely skewed media landscape.

With her lectures and magazine articles, Steinem has been tirelessly claiming feminism back from the grip of pontifical academic “discourse” — a word she came to particularly detest for its pedantic pretense — consistently reeling the conversation back into the real, living, public dream of a common language (to borrow from Adrienne Rich’s eloquence) where it belongs.

"The meaning of feminism hasn’t changed, but it’s deepened," Steinem poignantly observed— a remark at once timeless and timelier than ever.

Spent the day (Sunday 23rd) at the BFI Flare film festival … had a marathon viewing of The battle of amfAR, The Out List, collection of short stories - Performing Dreams and finally Veronica Videla’s Passion

Battle of amfAR - interesting short documentary about Aids research in America.  Great interviews and archive footage.  Found out more about the work of scientist Dr Mathilde Kim and the amazing work of Elizabeth Taylor in becoming a voice for the disease. Well worth a watch if you can! 

The Out List - activists, athletes, actors and drag queens share their story of what it means to be an open LGBT person in America today. I found this ok, bit lazy as a documentary format, but still the message they were conveying was important. 

Performing Dreams - collection of short stories, some very surreal! First was a psychedelic nude performance - then onto a musical foot-tapping incident set in an airport toilet, this did get a round of applause and a few laughs! Next was a mash-up from All About Eve, a bright and shining re-working of a Bette Davis classic.  The final two films were Buffalo Death Mask (my favourite) and I certainly would like to see that film again, really like the visuals on this one, very experimental! and Kisieland, great archive footage of queer photographs from 1980s (Polish avant garde magazine).  The director was also in the audience and introduced his film :-) 

Veronica Videla’s Passion - low-key, heartfelt drama about a trans woman fighting the right to study. Beautiful shot, limited dialogue, great acting! Story filmed just outside Mendoza, Argentina.

 

Tagged: #lgbt #BFIflare

#madocumentary #outoflove #lgbt #god #faith …. abandoned with love, short film finished :)