Screenings This Week!!


A Kirsten Kearney J October 9, 2013
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ESC is proud to present the four upcoming film screenings:

Belfast Re-Connects

Belfast Re-Connects is a ground-breaking 10-week course, that resulted in an exciting series of short films made by young people from NIAMH (Northern Ireland Association for Mental health). ESC has worked for the past four months with the Belfast Connects group of young people from NIAMH’s Beacon and Aspen centres. These young people, aged between 18-30, have lived experience of mental health issues. These films address the realities of dealing with mental health conditions in modern day Belfast. Generously funded by Belfast City Council’s Arts and Heritage project grant.

There will be 3 short films and a behind the scenes documentary.

When                      12:30 on 10-10-2013
Where                    Black Box, 18-22 Hill St. Belfast, County Antrim BT1 2LA
Event on FB          https://www.facebook.com/events/435287516576075/

Second Chance for Change (Belfast)

Premiere of ESC’s Second Chance for Change films made with forensic mental health patients at Holywell hospital. There will be a post screening Q&A with the makers and participants. This screening celebrates the conclusion of three years of groundbreaking storytelling and film work. Service users at Holywell hospital, who are in the overlap between criminal justice and mental health, committed to telling their traumatic stories on film. Through this creative process they found catharsis and healing.

The films are incredible and the work has been transformative. Come and share in their journey of discovery. It’s free, donations are welcome on the day.

When                      13:30 on 10-10-2013
Where                    Black Box, 18-22 Hill St. Belfast, County Antrim BT1 2LA
Event on FB          https://www.facebook.com/events/163463983843404/?fref=ts

NI – Mental Health Arts & Film Festival Film Night

This exciting evening of local film–making brings together people with experience of mental health issues with film–makers, passionate about helping people to tell their stories. The films challenge stigma, question the realities of living with mental illness and question what society can do to help. There will be a post–screening discussion of issues raised in the films.

When                      19:30-21:30 on 10-10-2013
Where                    Studio Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, BT27 4RL
Event on FB          https://www.facebook.com/events/456058851177868/

Second Chance for Change (Derry/Londonderry) 11-10-2013

Screening of ESC’s Second Chance for Change films made with forensic mental health patients at Holywell hospital. There will be a post screening Q&A with the makers and participants. This screening celebrates the conclusion of three years of groundbreaking storytelling and film work. Service users at Holywell hospital, who are in the overlap between criminal justice and mental health, committed to telling their traumatic stories on film. Through this creative process they found catharsis and healing.

The films are incredible and the work has been transformative. Come and share in their journey of discovery. It’s free, donations are welcome on the day.

When                      13:00-15:00 on 11-10-2013
Where                    Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery St  Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6RG
Event on FB          https://www.facebook.com/events/659920017373851/

All four of the screenings are part of a bigger event going on, called the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts & Film Festival spearheaded by ESC. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK and Ireland that does not yet have a specific festival devoted to mental health and the arts. To remedy this, a steering group with a wide range of individuals and organisations from the arts sector, the mental health sector, faith and church groups have been meeting over the past year. The group is diverse, cross-community, cross-sectoral and provides a really exciting opportunity for people from very different backgrounds and opinions to work together in creating something nationwide from scratch. For more information on the above events, see our festival website http://www.nimhaff.org

Written by Alex Adriana.

Mickey B in Marseilles!


A Kirsten Kearney J July 31, 2013
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Director Tom Magill and CEO Kirsten Kearney took ESC’s award-winning film Mickey B to the Borders Inside / Outside conference on artistic creation in Europe with offenders and prisoners in Marseilles, France in June of this year. ESC were the only representatives from Northern Ireland presenting at the conference and were able to showcase the powerful work that has been done within the NI prison system.

The conference put the issue of artistic creation with offenders and prisoners, at the heart of society, and focused on a dialogue between the “inside” and the “outside”. It focused on the different experiences of shared creations made by the European partners (Italy, Spain, Norway, Germany, Slovakia and France) of the project BORDERS inside/outside from 2009, who were working for the implementation of a dialogue between art, prison and society.

The BORDERS inside/outside project was part of the “Marseille-Provence 2013, European capital of culture” programme.

Culture NI website showcase Healing Trauma through Film


A Kirsten Kearney J March 11, 2013
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skainos screening imageIt’s tomorrow! Our screening at Skainos, Lower Newtownards Road kicks off at 12.30pm. Leading arts and culture website CultureNorthernIreland interviewed Tom Magill and Kirsten Kearney in advance of the screening to find out what it’s all about. If you still want to come, let us know asap on Facebook, 02890243338 or info@esc-film.com.

Read all about it here.