Filmmaker Michael Urwin will be screening his film MOSAIC: LOVE AND MARRIAGE as part of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Film Screenings @ Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA / Box Office: 020 7613 7498 /£8.50, £6 Cons. GFEST 2010 film screenings will be on 11, 12, 13 Nov 2010 with two screenings each night, first one at 7.30PM and the second at 9.30PM.
GFEST 2010 short film screenings ( 2 Screenings each night) programme info: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/filmscreening.php
A brief chat with Michael Urwin:
What are you doing right now?
Looking at various new ideas for new projects including gender identification and male prostitution.
How would you describe your own work or artwork?
I see my artwork as being educational. But it is also about taking action and taking a positive stand for the gay community.
How relevant is your work today to be a part of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) or queer art work?
Because gay civil marriage is a hotbed topic in many parts of the world and my film is to highlight the importance and relevance of marriage for gay people.
Tell us more about the process:
The process was to divise questions around what I felt was of interest to me, and relevance to gay people and people in general. My idea was to allow the participants to talk openly about their thoughts and then to structure or create the film in the edit. I felt it was important for an audience to see the work – particularily a gay audience who I feel could benefit from seeing positive role models.
Do you see yourself as ‘gay or queer artist’?
No. I see myself as a human being and labels (although I can see the point) are devisive. We are all human so we all have the same fears, desires and wants. But I recognise that certain groups need to make a strong fight for identity but ultimately it shouldn’t be an issue. Our identity keeps us locked into our limitations.
How do you resource your practice?
We had no funds and we made the film with minimal resources – my cameraman is my boyfriend who used his own equipment and the participants are all friends of friends due to lack of any response to calls for collaborators. We wanted a very simple approach to the filmmaking process and the finished film itself.
How do you publicise or market your work?
As yet we have not marketed the film but we are working on a short trailer for the internet, and are even considering making the footage available online in a different format – perhaps as short episodes.
How would you like your work to be known?
I’d like my work to stand for itself.
How do you see tomorrow’s ‘gay or queer art’ scene?
I see it continue to flourish abundantly as so much has happened in the last 10 years – with a new generation unrestricted. But that has always happened – such as with Derek Jarman, but perhaps there is more variety now and more forums such as GFEST to show gay art or cinema. The future shouldn’t be so self pitying as often queer work was in the past, which is why my film is so positive and joyous. It’s a celebration.
A Single Wish?
I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony! 😉
Thank you Michael & best wishes from GFEST
GFEST2010 showreel on YouTube
GFEST 2010 images on http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST
GFEST 2010 Short Films: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995610876/
More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.ukGFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar
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