’35 years of Film: In and From Birmingham, 1980 – 2015′
Professor Roger Shannon (Edge Hill University) and Sandra Hebron (National Film and Television School)
Professor Roger Shannon, Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) at Edge Hill University, will be in conversation with Sandra Hebron, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK and Programme Consultant to the International Film Festival and Awards Macao, China. They will be discussing ’35 years of Film: In and From Birmingham, 1980 – 2015.’
This event will take place at MAC Birmingham, a bustling arts centre which exists to connect artists and audiences, working both in its multi-purpose Cannon Hill Park home and in communities across the city and neighbouring regions.
Read Roger’s follow up blog entry here: Comment
As Founder/Co-ordinator of Birmingham Film and Video Workshop, Roger Shannon oversaw (1980- 1987) the production of 25 films, dramas, and series, producing African Oasis, dir Yugesh Walia for Arts Council; Property Rites, dir Heather Powell, for Channel 4; Traces Left, dir Alan Lovell, for BFI; and the feature film, Out of Order, dir Jonnie Turpie, for BFI / Channel 4. BFVW was awarded BFI Paddy Whannel Award for Education; and with other Film Workshops the Grierson Documentary Award for the Miners Strike Tapes. Founding Director of Birmingham International Film and Television Festival (1985 – 1992) incubated at MAC and incorporating International Cinema programme, Third Cinema Focus c/o Pervaiz Khan, themed Television Conferences c/o Dorothy Hobson, Cities and Media, and media debates all across the city. Awarded BFI Spirit of Independence Award. Festival visitors include bell hooks to Kenneth Branagh to Atom Egoyan to Christine Vachon to Black Audio Film Collective inter alia.
Roger Shannon is a Professor of Film and Television at Edge Hill University, and the Director of ICE, Edge Hill University’s Institute for Creative Enterprise.
Sandra began her career as an academic before moving on to independent film distribution and becoming Cinemas Director at Manchester Cornerhouse; the city’s major centre for film and the visual arts. Sandra then moved to the British Film Institute in 1997 and in 2003 she was made Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival. Her innovation, creativity and curatorial stance has helped to foster a new generation of culturally engaged UK cinema. Sandra is Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, UK and Programme Consultant to the International Film Festival and Awards Macao, China. She is also a psychotherapist in private practice.
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