RED screening at Anthology Film Archives NYC

RED has been selected to screen at New York’s amazing Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers Summer program series on August 19th 2014. The center focuses on the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. And is one of the largest archives of cinema in the world. This was my most loved venue in New York… quality independent films and Q&As every week within such a cool rustic atmospheric setting. Loved watching Kenneth Anger films here… Such a privilege for RED :) Thank you!
Anthology Film Archives

Quiet time :)

On the road from Taghazout to Imsouane to Sidi Kaouki to Essaouira. Haggling, burning, a little bit of surfing:) <3 remembering trendy days in Manhattan and Brooklyn...that urban concrete swarm...a sharp contrast to where I am now in Morocco, barren, vast, simple ...what a funny little planet... So today I wake up in my hotel room which is pas trop cher and feels so nice I finally enjoy the feeling of sitting quietly...ready to face the emptiness of this little screen before me. Feeling the warmth here, and I hope you do too, wherever you are. Simone x

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Arts Trust of Scotland Award

Very pleased to announce that I’ve been awarded funding from the Arts Trust of Scotland supporting me in the development of new works – future films and multi-arts theatre projects.

Thank you so so much! :)

Film Shortage

“The film is psychologically shocking, and beautifully sad. Simone Smith hit it right on with the emotions.”

Another great feature on RED including my thoughts on the making of it. Full article here. Thank you so much Film Shortage <3

Film Shortage

Creative Scotland Award

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been awarded Creative Scotland investment to contribute towards my time in New York City where I’ll be undertaking a production internship with The Wooster Group beginning March 2014.

WEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

The Wooster Group is an experimental theatre company known for creating numerous original dramatic works and has been one of the most influential and important experimental theatre groups in the world. They have managed to redefine the boundaries of what theatre is and what it can do.

During my stay there,  I will also be researching my new multi-arts piece ‘RELEASE ME’  –  a combined film and theatre piece that explores the relationship between,  sex,  death and existence.

I can’t wait :) HUGE THANKS to Creative Scotland for the support and mega MASSIVE THANKS to The Wooster Group for inviting me to NY. <3 : ) truly wonderful

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(Willem Dafoe in ‘Brace Up!’ by The Wooster Group)

Ain’t It Cool News

“Here’s a jarring/lovely smack in the face (and ears). Here’s the latest (experimental) short from Saturday Shorts veteran Simone Smith.”  

Ain't It Cool News

 THE RINSING gets hand-picked by Mike Muldoon for this week’s Saturday Shorts. Full page here.

The Rinsing wins BEST FILM

Hello :) this week I attended Shorts On Tap in London – a short film event that provides a platform for both up & coming and established film-makers to display their work, exchange ideas and receive feedback.  I was there to introduce my film The Rinsing (shortlisted to be shown in their ‘Women at Crossroads’ line-up). The venue was packed! Filled wall to wall with filmmakers and film fans, and I watched some great material. Very deep and interesting issues explored… and the Q+A sessions sparked off some heated debate! (there were moments I thought people were going to throw punches!!) To top off the excitement, The Rinsing received a strong reaction from the audience and was selected by the jurors as BEST FILM. Wonderful… :) and I’ve been invited to be a juror at their next event as well. Big thank you to Shorts on Tap for an awesome evening x

You can Watch The Rinsing here (via Channel 4, Random Acts).

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The Rinsing on Channel 4

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My three minute short film The Rinsing premiered on Channel 4 on Friday 6th! If you missed it, you can now watch it  here > http://randomacts.channel4.com/#/random_acts/one/788

Future Shorts

Brilliant news! I’ve been invited to screen RED and do a Q&A at the CCA on 13th September as part of the Future Shorts pop-up festival! Info below.

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Future Shorts, the largest pop-up film festival in the world returns to Glasgow’s CCA with another great offering of some of the best short films from around the globe. This season’s selection includes Sundance Animation winner Irish Folk Furniture, as well as La Huida which won the top prize at the Chicago Film Festival, alongside Boneshaker, which stars 9-year old Oscar nominated Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). For the full Future Shorts film programme, see here: http://futureshorts.com/calendar-city-screenings.php

They’ll have tunes in between films by resident dj OZ and will also be screening a varied and compact selection of short films by local Scottish talent which comprises of:

Red – Simone Smith – (Experimental)
The Lady with the Lamp – Duncan Cowles – (Documentary)
Hart’s Desire – Gavin Robinson – (Animation)

All for only £5! Come along :) xx

 

Francis Bacon

“Read not to contradict or confute, nor to believe and take for granted, but to weigh and consider.”