The weather is looking extremely good for the Scottish Documentary Instutute (SDI)!
Taking timely advantage of the worldwide warming towards documentary films, SDI is breezing around the globe during 2013 with its standout roster of feature length and short nonfiction films. Starting with January and February's schedule, here's the list of films and events:
- Future My Love, filmmaker Maja Borg's engaging hybrid that blends archival footage with fictional narration to explore how human interaction with nature is challenging our future, is screening at Sweden's Göteborg (Sweden) International Film Festival, January 26-27, in competition for the Swedish Church Film Prize. Starting in February, the film will tour eleven Mexican states as part of the Ambulante film program.
- I Am Breathing, a moving profile of 34-year-old Neil Platt who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) , expects to die in five months and is planning his funeral, has it's Nordic premiere at Doc Point Helsinki January 26-27, with co-director Emma Davie in attendance. The film will subsequently be screened worldwide on June 21, as part of the Global MND/ALS Awareness Day. By the way, with sufficient lead time to develop community around the Awareness Day screenings on June 21, there's a call for volunteers to help out with bookings and organization.
- Pablo's Winter, filmmaker Chico Pereira's documentary about the decline of the mining economy and culture in the Spanish town of Alamden, as seen through the experience of aging resident and miner Pablo, has its US premiere at MoMA's Documentary Fortnight and its UK premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival. Both take place in February.
- Stem Cell Revolutions, filmmaker Amy Hardie's beautifully animated, scientifically sound documentation of stem cell research from its original experiments to today's developments, will screen at Glasgow Film Theater on January 28 and 30. There's huge interest in this film because two of the featured scientists have just won the Nobel Prize!
Scottish Documentary Institute's cinema tour also features short films, with Pouters, Takeaway, Cutting Loose, Jimmy, Polaris and the Oscar-shortlisted The Perfect Fit scheduled to screen theatrically as openers for feature length documentaries and/or at upcoming short film festivals during February.
The screening tour gives Scottish Documentary Institute's worldwide friends and supporters a chance to see its productions, and will no doubt develop a coterie of new fans for the dedicated, enterprising and resourceful organization.
For more information on the Scottish Documentary Institute, its production-to-market training programs and cinema tour, visit the SDI Website
(PHOTO: Scottish Documentary Institute logo. Courtesy Scottish Documentary Institute.)