Professor Esther Johnson on ‘Live Scores and Archive’ panel at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Live Cinema Summit – 08 June 2018

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Professor of Film and Media Arts Esther Johnson has been invited to be on the Live Scores and Archive panel at the Live Cinema Summit at this year’s Doc/Fest. The theme real live marks the inaugural Live Cinema Summit which will bring together filmmakers, musicians, performers and practitioners from across the realms of factual and fictional storytelling with the aim to address what live cinema means in 2018, including:

  • what the world of factual storytelling can draw from the narrative-driven world of experiential cinema
  • how archive material and live scores have become a staple of live cinema industry and where can the medium go from here
  • what future tech holds for the in-cinema audience experience.

See the full announcement here.

Live Scores and Archive at Doc/Fest
Netflix Crucible Studio, Sheffield
Friday 08 June 2018, 1130 AM – 1230 PM
Featured speakers: Joel Mills (British Council), Esther Johnson (Artist/filmmaker, Asunder), Jason Wood (HOME), Jason Singh (Artist) and more to be announced.

Artists including Jarvis Cocker and British Sea Power have premiered live scores to archive films at Sheffield Doc/Fest. With more archive releases in the last year with big name artists each year including Asunder (Esther Johnson / score by Field Music and Warm Digits) and Arcadia (Paul Wright / score by Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (Portishead)), we ask what is the enduring appeal of the genre, how has it become a staple of live cinema internationally, and how can filmmakers and producers get involved? Join archive curators, exhibitors and artists to explore the future of the live score to archive film.

Esther Johnson works at the intersection of artist moving image and documentary. Her poetic portraits focus on marginal worlds, revealing resonant stories that may otherwise remain hidden or ignored. Work has been exhibited internationally in 40 countries, and has also featured on television and radio. In 2012 Johnson won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing and Visual Arts for young scholars. She is a Professor of Film & Media Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Find out more about Esther’s work here.

Asunder is co-commissioned by Sunderland Cultural Partnership and 14–18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sunderland Business Improvement District, Culture Bridge North East and Sir James Knott Trust.

Asunder is on Twitter @1916asunder.