View From Here (2007-09)
An ad hoc, rural film festival for Newton Abbot and surrounding villages.
Context: DIY festivals, ad hoc screenings, a bit of mud, talent scouting, making and discussing, the town is the venue
View from Here was a rural film festival with a strong regional voice based in Newton Abbot and surrounding villages. Founded in 2007, the festival screened a mix of award-winning drama and documentaries, young people’s films, and premieres of new work made in and around the region. Embracing all forms of moving image View from Here was dedicated to promoting and raising the profile of South Devon as an area of creative excellence. View from Here
provided accessible and innovative community centred events by combining screenings in local cinemas and theatres with free events in community centres, schools, outdoor environments, pubs, cafes, and galleries.
In the three years of the festival our events were hosted by such film making geniuses as Peter Richardson, Fork Beard Fantasy, and Jerry Rothwell. We screened the first short films made by award winning Totnes cinematographer Robin Whenary, and organised events such as Half Hour Pint – the short film pub crawl, a hay bale cinema, and meet the film maker screening and discussion events at the Alexandra Cinema and The Blue Walnut in Torquay, Britains’s smallest cinema.
View from Here was organised by: Blind Ditch, Teignbridge District Council, Coombeshead College, and D+C Film.
Supported by: South West Screen, UK Film Council, The Helen Foundation, Teignbridge District Council, BBC South West, Aune Head Arts and Exeter Phoenix
- 28th November – 4th December 2009 Screenings, workshops and discussion events in Newton Abbot and surrounding villages including:
- 30th November – 4th December 2008 Screenings, workshops and discussion events in Newton Abbot and surrounding villages including: Family Film workshops at Coombeshead College, film and identity workshops 7-9pm, Exminster Youth Club at The Healthy Living Centre.
- 27th November – 1st December 2007 Screenings, workshops and discussion events in Newton Abbot and surrounding villages including: Half Hour Pint a curated screening walk visiting The Dartmouth Inn, Golden Lion, The Green Man, The Jolly Farmer, The Locomotive and The Ship Inn, Newton Abbot. Meet the film maker screenings with nature documentary maker Pete Cayliss and 36mm film artist Vicky Smith at the micro cinema at the Blue Walnut, Torquay, and with Jerry Rothwell alongside a screening of Deep Water at the Alexandra Cinema Newton Abbot. Young people curated and organised events as part of Village Screen on the The Lawn Bandstand and at Hensford Farm in Dawlish, Kingsteignton Youth Centre and the Chudleigh Youth Millenium Centre. A Skylight Open Air Cinema outdoor screening and gala short film night from submitted entries at Coombeshead College.
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