Don't say January in London is cold and boring
Each year the London Short Film Festival programmes 10 days of screenings and events. It happens in a handful of venues around the capital – Moth Club, Hackney Picturehouse, ICA – and gives independent and experimental filmmakers a chance to exhibit their work. There’s also a bunch of decent looking workshops and sessions. It’s a good thing, and rightfully has a respected reputation. Anyway, this January, among all the other topical areas they’re covering, the organisers are putting on some particularly smart looking music shorts. Sure, there’s some Bowie plans around the first anniversary of his death (which will be brilliant) but lots of less-obvious highlights besides. Like this:
Opening night: Long live the new flesh
Friday 6 Jan, 1930
For the moment Savages are concentrating on a few individual projects. Jehnny Beth said as much when we spoke to her in December. Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan from the band kick the whole festival off by performing as part of the Moog Sound Lab. They’ll basically be playing with a wonderland of vintage analogue synths. Martin Dubka will also perform. It comes accompanied by 16mm visual projections by David Leister (Kino Club) & Bea Haut (Analogue Recurring).
A black rock symposium: From Bad Brains to Big Joanie
Friday 13 Jan, 1900
A night that investigates the evolution of black identity in punk and rock music through the past four decades. It’ll kick off with Richard Oretsky’s hour-long Bad Brains Live at CBGB’s 1982 documentary [pictured above]. The incendiary footage was lost for 25 years before it was recovered, dusted off and turned into this chaotic concert film. After that, there’s a discussion featuring Pauline Black (Selecter), Debbie Smith (Echobelly, Curve, Snowpony) and Rachel Aggs (Shopping, Sacred Paws) hosted by Chardine Taylor Stone (activist, and member of Big Joanie). That’s followed by a live show from Big Joanie.
Bands that DIY together, stay together
Wednesday 11 Jan, 1900
Not everyone has the readies to make budget-busting Drake videos. This night is a celebration of those artists who’ve created compelling music videos with, well, very little. A 50-minute programme revisits the fine work of the likes of Pixies and Skepta. It’s £11 in, which also gets you into a talk and live show from The Rhythm Method who’ll show their new homemade video.