‘One Voice, One Mic‘ the new short documentary from director Ben Gummery takes an upbeat yet honest look at the rise of podcasting as well as examining the state of the medium; considering whether podcasts are becoming over-saturated and demystifying how the monetisation of podcasts actually works in practice; with a particular focus on the UK podcasting scene.
Huckleberry; from writer/director Roger Hill follows our titular transgender character (Daniel Fisher-Golden); who is navigating high-school life in a small rural town. He experiences discrimination and ‘Dead-naming’ from various authority figures in the community; which is a very timely issue to show on screen (and is currently often discussed in the media). This, however is not the film’s main thrust but more serves as a cultural backdrop to a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ style love story; as Huckleberry vies for the affections of Jolene (Sarah Ulstrop). She, in turn is trying to walk away from an abusive relationship with ‘Jock’ boyfriend Clint (Justin Rose). This is an interesting reversal of stereotypes and also a classic tale of teenage angst and the struggles of young people in small rural communities.
EKAJ is a love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s the journey of a runaway in New York City. Ekaj (Jake Mestre) meets Mecca (Badd Idea)who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds himself disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Written/directed by Cati Gonzalez and produced by Cati & Mike Gonzalez
‘One Voice, One Mic‘ the new short documentary from director Ben Gummery takes an upbeat yet honest look at the rise of podcasting as well as examining the state of the medium; considering whether podcasts are becoming over-saturated and demystifying how the monetisation of podcasts actually works in practice; with a particular focus on the UK podcasting scene. The film features a mix of fresh interviews and archive footage with featured podcasters including Kevin Smith, Joe Rogan, Leo Laporte, Scroobius Pip & Stuart Goldsmith.
Podcasting is a relatively new medium that has it’s roots in the early 2000’s; with the term ‘podcasting’ believed to be coined around 2004. Thanks to pioneers such as Leo Laporte, Adam Carolla, Kevin Smith & Joe Rogan the medium has seen incredible growth in recent years; with thousands of podcasts worldwide covering every conceivable subject matter in many different languages. In 2013, Apple reported over 1 Billion podcast subscriptions on it’s iTunes Store. In 2015, podcaster & comedian Marc Maron interviewed sitting president Barack Obama in his garage. Awareness of the medium has also increased and has been featured in Movies and TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory. However, podcasting is still regarded as ‘new media’.
It’s been a long road for Scotland-based Indie film-makers Auld Reekie Media; but their debut feature ‘Shooting Clerks’ is finally getting it’s UK Premiere at the famous Prince Charles Cinema on 16th January 2018 @ 8:45pm . This is a momentous occasion as Kevin Smith himself has previously held several screenings at the venue; most recently for Yoga Hosers in 2016.
‘After witnessing a murder in the Colorado Wilderness, travel photographer Kyle Williamson seeks out local law enforcement only to find that the small mountain town is not what it seems’
It’s been a long road for Scotland-based Indie film-makers Auld Reekie Media; but their debut feature ‘Shooting Clerks’ is finally getting it’s first screening. The film is a biopic of writer/director Kevin Smith which focuses on the production of his 1994 debut hit film Clerks as well as looking into the events that preceded and followed it.
The original ultra-low budget ‘Babble-On Begins‘ shorts were released in 2012; a super-hero themed short based on the podcast Hollywood Babble-On and it’s hosts Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman are transformed intp their superhero equivalents in these highly comic and enjoyable shorts.
This ‘special edition’ features the two original Babble-On shorts in a much improved version including new/previously un-seen footage. Continue reading