What is 10 x 10?

10 x 10 is a free project development workshop. We meet every month at 7pm at Gertrudes Brown Couch, 30 Gertrude St Fitzroy in Melbourne. Filmmakers can screen up to 10 minutes of their non-fiction works-in-progress and receive 10 minutes of directed feedback in a supportive environment. It's a great opportunity to see some fantastic work, and also to be a part of the Melbourne independent film community.

We present up to 4 projects at our monthly screenings. If you would like to screen please contact Benj and Gen at documentary3000@gmail.com The 10 x 10 format was created by www.doculink.org.

Monday, April 20, 2009

First 10 x 10 kicks off in Melbourne!

Melbourne's first 10 x 10 was a huge success. Three very different projects were on show to a vocal audience. A big thanks to our filmmakers in week 1 for diving in and putting their work on show. We are glad you found the process helpful!

First up we had James Fleming and Ocea Sellar with HERE.

'Here' is a documentary about artist Jeff Doring and the connection we all feel to place. Jeff's work has been shown in the Tate Modern and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His groundbreaking ethnographic film Tidikawa and Friends has been screened at Cannes Film Festival and his beautiful and faithfully recorded ethnographic recordings helped the Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley win native title. Yet Jeff Doring is little known in Australia and perhaps he likes it that way. He lives alone, deep in the bush beyond the reach of the power and telephone lines. But Jeff is nearly 70 years old and suffered a massive blow when bushfire obliterated his land and his home, destroying decades of art work. The works that haven’t been lost sit in tents on his property gathering dust. Through campfire and hilltop conversations on his picturesque property, Filmmakers James Fleming and Ocea Sellar reveal a remarkable and intriguing man, his work and connection to land.

For further info, contact James Fleming at james@rockmelonfilms.com

Second was Benj Binks with MONGOLIAN BLING.

Mongolia has hip hop. It was beamed into the country, bringing with it foreign images of jewels, clothes, and fame. Having been closed for so long under Socialism and eagerly looking to the west for something to relate to, hip hop soon spread across the country. But in their haste to take in the outside world, many youth ignored their countries own rich musical history. A history that the Shamans believe holds the key to Mongolia's success on the world hip hop stage. Now, some bands are starting to delve within their culture to create true Mongolian hip hop.

For further info, contact Benj at nomadicgoat@yahoo.com.au

And finally was James Fleming and Pia Niebel with LITTLE MOUNTAINS

Two and a half year-old Sierra has severe cerebral palsy and may never walk or talk, although her intellect is unaffected by the disorder. Undeterred by the risks or the financial challenges, Sierra’s mother Karen is fighting to raise $20,000 to get Sierra controversial stem cell treatment and physiotherapy in Europe. A film about hope and fighting for the ones you love, Little Mountains intimately portrays the Hill family’s extraordinary approach to dealing with Sierra’s condition, their journey to the high tech private clinics of Europe and the biopolitics of emerging stem cell technologies.

For further info, contact James Fleming at james@rockmelonfilms.com


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