So far, there are 9 festivals currently deciding whether or not Speaking in Code will have a screening in their city. As the Sheffield Doc Twitter account says: (Programmer) “Hussain is sleeping on a pile of screeners.” Or, from others, “the Programming team is already working overtime.”
Deciding amongst thousands of film submissions must be insane, as our co-Producer Jason Redmond, of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, could likely attest.
The website Without A Box is massively helpful in submitting and sorting to these festivals, and surfing around we found hundreds of other festivals we had never heard of. We’re happy with the 9 we’ve whittled them down to. Most of these festivals happen in October or November.
Which means that, if accepted, Athens will host the European premiere of Speaking in Code.
Which is certainly fine by us. Greece has long held a thirst for dancing and art, going back to, well, the beginning of Western Civilization. Lately, techno music has been buzzing in the land of Zeus, consider EnTechno, the electronic music festival that takes place in September 09. So far they have enlisted Speaking in Code stars Ellen Allien, Wighnomy Brothers to participate in the fest. Check out their Facebook page here.
Greek techno label Kilk Records started in 2003 and has grown to include artists such as Hiroshi Watanabe (aka Kaito), SCSI-9 and Jonas Bering, all of whom are also on Kompakt Records, which makes an appearance in Speaking in Code.
It’s worth saying that paying for shipping and entry into these festivals is putting the project even deeper into a money hole. It seems to be that the financial commitment never ends when you make a movie.
We are hopeful it will all be worth it, however.
One benefit of festival submission: an official entry on The Internet Movie Database. The Speaking in Code entry is here. Withoutabox is owned by IMDb (which is in turn owned by Amazon).
Musically, the mission remains the same: bring people together to dance and form a community of minds. In today’s tough times, such a concept is even more crucial, it seems to me. Recently, BPitch Control celebrated its 10th anniversary on a boat.
Podcasts are all the rage in the land of beats, with blogs and labels jumping on board at every turn. Both Freude-Am-Tanzen and Kompakt have recently launched their own podcasts, recently, featuring label artists DJing their music, their label’s music and beyond:
While others use podcasts to show over their distributed labels, such as What People Play, complete with commentary and phone-in interviews:
And still others, like Optimo, some of our favorite DJs in the world, push the envelope much further with a mix of obscurities and dark beats that always seems to point to an upcoming trend in dance culture:
Could a SiC podcast be far behind? As with everything in this endless process …