SAT 10 NOV – WILD LIVES SHORTS (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card

The fourth event in our WILD LIVES series – wild life, wild places and wild people from around the world.

West Side Cinema champion short film by showing a short before every feature. For this screening they’re putting on a whole programme of short documentaries under the theme of WILD LIVES – wild life, wild places and wild people of the world.

Cinemagraphic oceanscapes, the glory of Spring in time-lapse, the plight of the Pacific Northwest young farmers, running culture in the Kenyan Rift Valley to the life cycle of Alaskan salmon. Wild, wild lives from across the world.

Confirmed Programme so far:

The Infinite Now – Ray Collins

Australian coal miner-turned-photographer Ray Collins creates mesmeric ocean imagery. His seascapes and waves, frozen in ambient backlight, have risen to a unique pedestal in the world of water photography. For THE INFINITE NOW artist Armand Dijcks has re-imagined some of his best-known stills as cinemagraphs, a blend between photography and video. Each image is painstakingly overlayed, one frame over the next, and set to an infinite loop, creating the illusion of movement. These cinemagraphs inspired André Heuvelman from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra to get together with pianist Jeroen van Vliet to record a very moving custom soundtrack. Kick up your feet and get lost in infinite motion.

Kukimbia – Spencer MacDonald

Kukimbia – Swahili for “running”. In March of 2016 Spencer and his team travelled to the highlands of the Kenyan Rift Valley and produced this film, an experiential journey through Kenyan running culture. They stayed in the family homes of some of these athletes, documenting their daily lives as they prepared for international competition. People often wonder what makes Kenyan runners among the best in the world. In preparation for this project, they came across many different opinions on this; ranging from diet, to genetics, to initiation ceremonies. However, working on this project directly with the athletes gave them different answers.

Spring – Jamie Scott

Spring is a stunning time-lapse piece shot in stunning 4k, a collaboration between filmmaker Jamie Scott and composer Jim Perkins. It’s a captivating close-up look at the birth and life of the beautiful flowers found in and around New York. The music and the film were created in conjunction with each other with each element informing and directing the other, to create a truly integrated audio and visual experience.

Age Of The Farmer – Spencer MacDonald

“65 is the average age of farmers, and there are not enough young farmers to replace them. How did we get here?”

In the summer of 2015, Eva Verbeeck asked Spencer MacDonald to join her on a trip throughout the Pacific Northwest to produce a short film on young farmers, that would accompany her photo story for a variety of publications. Having spent much time WWOOFing on organic farms, Spencer knew the importance of this mission. So they loaded their iPods with old bluegrass music and set off in a 1990 Nissan truck, heading from Portland to British Columbia. They offered their labor in exchange for room and board at the farms that they made it to. This film is an attempt to express some of the thoughts and feelings of the young farmers that they stayed with.

Transient – Dustin Farrell

Storm chasing adventures of summer 2017.

Filmmaker and photographer Dustin Farrell spent over 30 days and travelled 20K miles to make this film, shooting on a Phantom Flex4K at 1,000 frames per second. The result is a hugely impressive and atmospheric film that shows the remarkable complexity of electricity in the atmosphere.

‘My respect and admiration for storm chasers became even stronger this year. This is one of the most difficult projects I have ever attempted in my career. On several occasions I found myself uncomfortable either mentally or physically. Chasing storms with a Phantom Flex4K is stressful even when things are going well. There were at least 10 days where I returned home with my tail between my legs and nothing to show after a ten hour chase and 500 miles. There were also a couple of days that I drove home with an ear to ear smile that lasted for hours’. Dustin Farrell

Alaska The Nutrient Cycle – Paul Klaver

Wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver has created a meditative, quietly-paced perspective on the circle-of-life saga on Earth.  Once they enter fresh water, chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their bodies become a source of nutrients for everything in the forest and sea.

‘I will never forget sitting down near a stream the day after arriving in this new world. It couldn’t have been more than five minutes when a black bear came out of the forest, snatched up a salmon and disappeared again in the thicket. I was speechless’. Paul Klaver