Film is a powerful storytelling medium, and can be used as a window, through which we can observe the lives of strangers. Their thoughts and feelings are often laid bare to provide us with insight into the human condition. These human stories can often hit universal truths, whether they are documentaries or works of complete fiction. Hello My Name Is, the first collaboration between Gorilla Film Magazine and IdeasTap, offers a combination of these mediums, as well as the highly expressive art of animation.
On the 1st of July, as part of the East End Film Festival’s Cine-East, The Brickhouse on Bricklane will be transformed into an exhibition space for short films, specially selected from a shortlist of IdeasTap members. The Brickhouse’s big screen will showcase an anthology of work, both fiction and documentary, live action and animation, about identity and human triumphs and failings. Meanwhile, people will have the chance to sit down and immerse themselves with total strangers, that is to say the subjects of five documentaries, who will each be showcased on their own television.
While the films have been selected for their quality and integrity, and the work on display is intended to spark discussion and inspiration, the event will be anything but po-faced. The curators are Gorilla Film Magazine after all, so you can expect a certain degree of silliness, including name badges and facemasks, which you’ll be able to customise yourself, the better to create your own identity.