Editor's Blog: Picks of the Fest

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Some personal picks from the EIFF Web Editor

Our Broken Voice
Think ghost tour meets silent disco and you're half-way there. Duncan Speakerman's "Subtle Mob" has been described by The List magazine as, "a slap in the face to the flashmob phenomenon". Taking place during EIFF on 15 and 22 June, Our Broken Voice is like being right in the middle of a film happening in a secret Edinburgh location, played out by you and hundreds of strangers. Armed with only an mp3 player it takes you on a cinematic journey of twists and turns. To take part, please register in advance by signing up at http://subtlemob.com/eiff65/ . You can read more from its creator, Duncan Speakerman, over on Dazed Digital.

A Kind of Seeing: Memories and Myths
Archive film is in the midst of a renaissance, and A Kind of Seeing capitalises on this fresh interest to bring you a selection of rare moments from the last 100 years of Scottish cinema. The ever-entertaining Stanley Baxter shares 1950s nostalgia with taboo, memories, and on-screen myths curated by Shona Thomson. A panel discussion after the screening will take place with special guests including Scottish Screen Archive Assistant Curator Alistair Bell, esteemed folklorist Dr Julia Bishop, and Margaret Longstaff, niece of The Singing Street co-director James TR Ritchie. Now in its third year at EIFF, it's the perfect opportunity to take a peek into the Scottish Screen Archive.

Midnight Movies: Polyester
No film festival worth its salt can get by without a bit of cult camp. John Waters provides just that with the 30th Anniversary Screening of his odorous camp classic, Polyester. Starring drag queen Divine and presented by Little Joe Magazine, the pre-film party at the FIlmhouse bar is the place to be, with music, cocktails plus prizes for the best dressed (polyester permissable)... and worst smelling! See you there, pumpkins!

Project Nim
James Marsh's (Man on Wire, EIFF 2008) documentary charts the 1970s experiement in which a chimpanzee named Nim was raised as a child in a human family. Along with the benefit of hindsight and stunning footage of the Columbia University Professor's research, the second screening will be followed by an in-depth discussion with a bioethicist. Much like its director's predecessor, Project Nim promises a fascinating tale and excellent interviews. This is definitely one to watch.

Cityscapes
City life is explored in these short films shot in London, New York, Prague, Bombay and Vienna. Energetic and contemplative, sinister overtones sit alongside surreal and unsettling exposés of urban alienation and commodity culture. A must for city slickers and urban travellers the world over.

For more from the EIFF blog, check out our Follow Friday: Filmmakers and check back this Friday for the best EIFF bloggers.

 

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Nicola is a writer & EIFF Web Editor.

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