Friday, 7 March 2008

Final deadline here - and a message from Sarah Turne

Well, we're here - 50 great films, an excited film-making team, and a big day on Sunday. Here's a message from Sarah:

In the Overheated Symphony we wanted to provide a platform that would create a dialogue of women’s voices from around the world: an interactive project where women could contribute a part to a larger whole.

The idea of the symphony was inspired by Walter Ruttman’s 1927 film, Berlin, Symphony of a City. In this film, a team of photographers shot imagery of the city for over a year. Ruttman edited this footage into a whole by imposing a structure that simulates the passing of a single day. The ideas in the film are linked through composition, motion and theme.

Our theme, Overheated, was designed to provoke a response. That response might be to fears of global warming, domestic frustrations, or any situation that provokes heat!

We wanted to develop the idea of a symphony by using traditional symphonic structure: a piece of (visual) music in four movements. The editing will sample elements from each of the submitted films and link them through composition, motion and theme. The movements will loosely build to a musical crescendo...

During the live edit, Annabelle and I will of course be improvising; riffing around the work that contributors have sent in. Through what I’ve seen so far these are the main themes that have emerged: Domestic technologies (cooking/boiling etc), Sun/ light, Burning/fire,'Pressures of life': routine/work/transport, etc

So, let’s see what emerges ….……

We look forward to seeing you if at all possible in the ICA Bar on Sunday afternoon - be there by 7.30pm if you want to see the final screening of the OVERHEATED SYMPHONY!

Monday, 3 March 2008

Deadline Extended - past the 40 videos mark and still going...

Dear symphonic people,

Thanks for all the entries that came in over the weekend - we pushed past the 40 mark and got some real beauties (including a few from festival director Rachel Millward, how's that for dedication to the overheated cause!)

Here's another great entry, a witty and dark treatment of a barbie doll...

Now, seriously. Sarah Turner & Annabelle Pangborn, who are creating the overheated symphony live in the ICA bar on Sunday, are thrilled with the range and quality of materials uploaded so far, but they would love a bit more material. It could be a short burst of temper, it could be a sunset, it could be as simple as you like... Don't forget you can email it directly to us at

More details will follow later in the week about the final edit and screening event.