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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2017


March this year (2017) saw the 7th annual Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, hosted by the Heart of Hawick in the Scottish borders. A truly international event, the festival included some of the most exciting work from both established and emerging experimental filmmakers and artists curated by creative director Richard Ashrowan, himself an artist of the moving image. This year’s programme didn't have a fixed theme, rather it was formed by the film submissions themselves, some of which reflected global issues of today, while others were concerned with the engagement of experiencing materiality within aspects of living. I only attended the first two days, but highlights for me were: Erin Espelie’s work, which combines philosophical debates and natural history. The incredible work of Semiconductor, a UK moving image and artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt and the inclusion of Screen Bandita’s expanded cinema. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t there for the Scottish premier of Rachel Maclean’s It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016), however, I did get to see it at Tate Britain the following day!

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