Friday, May 16, 2008

the online Quad* of independent film
the 15 May 2008 edition

This week
Our New Blog
Cannes Do
Upcoming courses
Little Black Book
Film Club
Cannes Party Planner
Win Stuff
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By the time you get this email, Raindance will be airborne...

We're on our way to Cannes, to work(?) and to party. I'm a newbie to this Cannes lark, though I do have experience of sitting on beaches and getting drunk, so apparently I'll be fine.

Whether you're going or not, hopefully the following information will be useful. We'll be updating our site daily, so remember to check back.

See you soon...
Hello! Our New Blog

Want to know where the coolest parties are? Who saw who, and where? Check out the brand new Raindance Cannes Blog, brought to you from the heart of the Cannes Film Festival.

News. When and where it happens. It's all yours and it's free if you go here.
Do you have any thoughts, rants, raves or news about the Cannes Fim Festival? Send it to the Raindance's roving reporter Xavier Rashid and we'll spread the word. Email him here
99 Minute Film School99 Minute Film School

Our new term starts shortly and first up is the 99 Minute Film School.

An ideal taster course, it'll give you an overview of the filmmaking process without breaking the bank.

If you're not sure exactly which area of filmmaking would most suit your talents, want to get a feel for the overall process before specialising, or just want a fun night out, then come along and get inspired.

The 99 Minute Film School
Thursday May 29 6:30 - 9pm
The Arts Theatre London nr Leicester Square
£30 (£25.50 for Raindance Members)
black bookLittle Black Book

Every year Raindance members get a free copy of the Cannes Little Black Book - a listing of the 120 top sales agents, distributors and financiers. It takes us ages and ages to assemble.

This year we thought - let's give last year's away to anyone who wants it.

So here it is, the 2007 Cannes Little Black Book. Just click here.

Remember, in a few weeks, Raindance members will get the brand new, greatly expanded edition, absolutely free. Raindance membership only costs £50 per year and you get a whole load of stuff. To join, click here
Let's Get Lost Not Going to Cannes?

If we're not going to see you in Cannes, why not come and join us then at our Film Club exclusive on May 21 at the Horse Hospital.

We'll be showing Bruce Weber's film about jazz legend Chet Baker, LET'S GET LOST. Released on June 6, you can catch it a full two weeks early at our Raindance screening.

Travelling with the elusive jazz vocalist and trumpeter Chet Baker, Weber weaves together the life story of a jazz great. The film uses excerpts from Italian B movies, rare performance footage, and candid interviews with Baker, musicians, friends, battling ex-wives and his children in what turned out to be the last year of his life.

We also have the UK premier of Bruce Weber's latest short film, WINE AND CUPCAKES.

WHERE: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury (behind Russell Square tube station) WC1N 1HX.
WHEN: May 21
Party Cannes Party Planner

Hot. HOT hot HOT!

Cannes Party Planner: click here for a list of all the parties.

We sent this out to Raindance members earlier in the week so they've had a headstart in the blagging stakes.

They've also been emailing us details of their parties, so we're updating this list constantly. If you have a party you want added to the list, email - and don't forget to put us on the guestlist: Elliot + 8.
Send Us Your Films! We Want Your Films!

16th Raindance Film Festival Submissions

If you missed the May 1st Early Deadline don't fret. It's not too late!

We're accepting films until 6th June which is our Late Deadline and the 20th June which is our absolute, no excuses, we don't care if your dog ate your final edit, deadline.

Click Here to submit or visit
What's On?
The Official Cannes Festival Screening Guide is here
What about a list of all the British companies in Cannes, including Raindance?

It's here, courtesy of the UK Film Council.

Charles Bukowski Quote

"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must live."

Charles Bukowski
Working the Net

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Comedy group No Cause for a Llama are performing Llama Llive, a potent cocktail of songs, sketches, Shakespeare, Welsh Cowboys, 3% ash hamburgers, and a Boy Band, at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, Highbury Corner, on Monday May 19th at 7.30pm.

Full info is on our website

'Cracking Songs... a real giggle... we'll come back' - The Metro

'You need a slap round the head' - someone who played one of our songs to her mother.


The script is ready, a director in India is ready, now I need a UK director who can work with an Indian associated director.

I am working on the budget now; Indian film producers are willing to co produce it only if UK fianances are ready. Anyone interested, contact Charan Assi.
RDTV w border What is Cannes really about?

Isn't it about watching great movies? For all of you who can't make it to the Cotes d'Azur, you can watch great movies on the newly launched Enjoy!

Get the latest updates from the Ministry of Information from, where Jarl Olson's Ministry of Information: Bulletin 1: Symbols is now available.

Also ready for viewing on Dailymotion is The Boy With No Name a short animation about a lonely boy with arms growing out of his head struggling to find his place in the world.

While at Raindance's Dailymotion channel check out all 5 newly posted videos including the music video to Flipron's "Dogboy vs. Monsters" and check back later this week for more.

La Antena Win! Win! Win!

'Unmissable' ***** Empire

'This is a full-on experience, a 98-minute sweep through cinematic history, breathtaking in its audacity and imagination.' Sight and Sound

'Every now and then, a knockout film comes along that reaffirms your faith in all things cinematic. Here's one such flick.' FILM OF THE MONTH Bizarre

A festival favourite from last year, and one of the short-listed films for the Official Selection competition, the incredible LA ANTENA is released in cinemas from this Friday 16 May.

A monochrome, almost dialogue-free, love letter to cinema's most innovative talents, LA ANTENA tells the story of an entire city which has lost its voice. Mr. TV, the owner of the city's only television channel, is carrying out a sinister, secret plan to subject all of the city's inhabitants to his will forever more. But he hasn't reckoned on The Inventor.

To celebrate the film opening at the ICA, Dogwoof are kindly giving away ten of the cinema posters for this sensational film - the first ten to e-mail with the answer to the following question will be the lucky winners:

LA ANTENA was made in which country?
A quad is a poster used to advertise a film outside a cinema. It is called a quad because of its size: 30 inches by 40 inches. The quad is only found in the UK.
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