REMIXING THE ARCHIVE – A FILMMAKING WORKSHOP IN ARCHIVE
REMIXING THE ARCHIVE IS BACK THIS YEAR FOLLOWING ON FROM OUR FIRST SUCCESSFUL EDITION IN 2021.
Funded by Screen Ireland, Screen Wexford, Wexford County Council and the Make Film History project and taking place in the Gorey School of Art and online, this workshop is a wonderful opportunity for ambitious early stage career filmmakers and artists working with the moving image to engage imaginatively with the enormous untapped potential of archive film, and to learn to integrate it into their films.
10 aspiring / early stage filmmakers will work with remarkable footage from celebrated Irish and UK film archives from the BBC, the Irish Film Institute (IFI), Northern Ireland Screen, the British Film Institute (BFI) and local archive through the Make Film History project. Participants will respond by making a short 1-3 minute self-reflexive film in response.
The workshop element will run over three days (4th Feb @ Gorey School of Art, 5th & 10th Feb Online) and will be led by Linda Curtin, facilitated by Irina Maldea & Brendan Culleton of Akajava Films with guest speaker Mick Mahon, all of whom work with archives in their artistic/filmmaking practice. The mentors will help the workshop participants to develop their filmmaking skills through working on a new archive-inspired piece, which will be presented at a special screening event late 2023.
TOPICS COVERED WILL INCLUDE:
– The Make Film History project
– Accessing archive: copyright & legal implications
– Methods and methodologies of using archive
– Ethical considerations
– Remixology in popular culture
– Case studies of Irish films that contain archive (Congo, an Irish Affair & Nothing Compares)
– Archive and art film
– How to make a film using archive
The Peggy Walsh estate is kindly donating local Wexford footage for this year’s edition of Remixing the Archive.
Born in 1922, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Walsh was an amateur filmmaker who observed and documented her life and times in Co. Wexford and further afield in the 1950s and 60s. She also found time to be a housewife and mother to nine children.
Before her death in Dec 2021, her film legacy was discovered in the form of a rich archive of beautiful Kodachrome films of subjects ranging from Irish rural life to John F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Wexford in 1963, just five months before his assassination. This particular footage now resides with the Kennedy Book and Research Archive in New Ross and the footage we will make available on the workshop has never before been seen beyond the Walsh family.
In 2022, Screen Wexford honoured Peggy by creating The Peggy Walsh Award for Female Camera Talent in Wexford.
Peggy’s daughter Ann Larkin who holds the archive, said ‘I am incredibly excited to keep my mothers memory alive through the use of her archive and hope that it will inspire new stories for local and national filmmakers who do the programme‘.
GUEST SPEAKER: Mick Mahon, Editor
Mick Mahon has been at the forefront of editing in Ireland over the past twenty years, with a particular focus on documentary.
He has edited a host of award winning films, and his work has been screened at festivals worldwide. He is a two time IFTA winner, in 2015 for the feature documentary Rough Rider and in 2020 for Gaza, which was Ireland’s entry for Best International Feature at the 2020 Academy Awards. Other credits include I, Dolours, The Queen of Ireland, Breaking Out and Love Yourself Today. His recent work includes Marlowe, Neil Jordan’s new feature film and Nothing Compares with Kathryn Ferguson, a feature documentary about Sinéad O’Connor which was released recently to critical acclaim.
Nothing Compares will be used as a case study for Mick’s guest lecture.
Saturday 4th February @ Gorey School of Art / Time: 10am – 430pm (in-person attendance mandatory)
Sunday 5th February Online / Time: 10am – 430pm
Optional mentor session / technical assistance on Wednesday evening 8th February
Friday 10th Online / Time: 7pm – 9pm (screening)
– a brief bio noting any previous production experience
– a short response (no more than 300 words) to one of the films listed on the Make Film History website, suggesting how you might creatively respond to it. We would like to have an indication of how your voice, style and vision can offer a fresh and original perspective on your chosen film and theme.
– if you wish to send samples of previous work, in any medium, you may do so, but this is absolutely not a requirement.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday 23rd January 2023 @ 5pm.
Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 25th January.
This workshop is free to participants and is funded by Screen Wexford, Screen Ireland, Wexford County Council & Make Film History and is free to participants.
Please note that this call for proposals is intended for early to mid-career filmmakers.
IFI / BBC / BFI & Northern Ireland Screen archive is accessed through The Make Film History research/project which was funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Networking Call’ (grant numbers AH/V002066/1 and IRC/V002066/1).