The Hive Lab participants announced

The Hive Lab has announced its film-makers to collaborate with artists, theatre actors, choreographers, animators and writers over 11-14 October. The list of film-makers include Sophie Raymond, co-director of Mrs Carey’s Concert and Natasha Pincus, director of music video Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye with artists such as Eddie Perfect and Bill Henson.The announcement:

A roll call of some of Australia’s most extraordinary artists, filmmakers, theatre practitioners, choreographers, animators and writers have signed up for the HIVE Lab, taking place during the Melbourne Festival from 11-14 October. The four-day HIVE Lab brings seventeen filmmakers and artists together in a creative clash of cultures, nurturing new ideas that cut across artistic boundaries.

The second HIVE Lab was originally conceived by Adelaide Film Festival and is co-presented with Australia Council, ABC TV, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation.

The 2012 HIVE Lab participants are arts and performance practitioners Bill Henson, Dr Brenda Croft, Eddie Perfect, Sam Haren, Daniel Koerner, Rachael Swain, Cat Jones, Lally Katz and Sean Riley; filmmakers Samantha Lang, Sophie Raymond, Sascha Ettinger Epstein, Paola Morabito, Nassiem Valamanesh, Eddie White, Natasha Pincus and Lucinda Clutterbuck; and artist and filmmaker John Gillies.

Each of these highly individual and ground breaking artists have already made significant impact on the Australian cultural landscape in their various mediums. Now they are coming together in the HIVE Lab to take themselves out of their comfort zones and see what cross-collaborative sparks will fly.  With the assistance of a team of skilled mentors, the HIVE Lab introduces participating filmmakers to ideas and potential collaborators from other art forms, and inspires artists, writers, choreographers, and theatre practitioners to consider film as a creative outlet.

Providing mentoring throughout the HIVE Lab experience are artist Lynette Wallworth, who participated in the inaugural HIVE lab in 2011, legendary film producer Bridget Ikin, General Manager of Digital Business Development at ABC Commercial Robert Hutchinson, playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell, with composer Iain Grandage and theatre director Michael Kantor guest mentoring for one day. The HIVE Lab is led by Wendy Levy, Executive Director of the US based New Arts Axis, an organization dedicated to facilitating creative innovation in art and culture.

The inaugural HIVE Lab took place at the 2011 Adelaide Film Festival. Three bold and original art film projects that emerged received subsequent funding, and will premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival and screen on ABC TV.

List of Hive Participants
Bill Henson (Vic) is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. He has since exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Montreal, Barcelona, Vienna and Amsterdam. In 1995 Henson represented Australia at the Venice Biennale.

Brenda L. Croft (NSW) from the Gurindji/Malngin/Mudpurra peoples in the Northern Territory has been involved in the arts and cultural sectors for nearly three decades as an artist, arts administrator, curator, writer, academic and consultant.

Daniel Koerner (SA/Vic) is a Creative Director of Sandpit, a new company focused on the convergence of participatory culture, digital content and physical experiences in order to excite and engage communities in new ways.

Eddie Perfect (Vic) is an actor, composer and comedian. Eddie wrote and starred in Shane Warne: The Musical (2009 Helpmann Award Best New Work) and won the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer.

Lally Katz (Vic) had three world premiere plays in 2011; A Golem Story; Neighbourhood Watch and Return to Earth. Her play Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd premiered at Malthouse Theatre and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for drama in 2009.

Rachael Swain (NSW) is Artistic Director of Australia’s pre-eminent Physical Theatre Company Stalker and also of Co-Artistic Director (with Dalisa Pigram) of the intercultural-Indigenous dance theatre company Marrugeku. Rachael is a director, choreographer and writer of large-scale multi disciplinary performance projects in a unique fusion of new circus, contemporary dance, theatre and film. Rachael’s productions have toured throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Sam Haren (SA/Vic) was awarded the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for 2002 and his 2008 work Trouble on Planet Earth, the first performance work featuring the Zigzag technology, was the winner of the Adelaide Critic’s Circle Award for Innovation, and The Advertiser Adelaide Fringe Award. His most recent collaborative project was a large-scale installation performance I Am Not An Animal at the Adelaide Zoo for the 2012 Adelaide Festival.

Sean Riley (SA) Winner of the Jill Blewett Playwrights Award, Sean is regarded as one of South Australia’s leading playwrights. His feature length screenplay, The Wife of Bedlam, won Sean the 2009 Hopscotch Films Award for Unproduced Screenplay, and resulted in him being mentored by American dramatist Edward Albee.

Eddie White (SA) Eddie co-founded The People’s Republic of Animation in 2003. He co-directed Fritz Gets Rich (2005) and Carnivore Reflux (2006) and directed Sweet & Sour (2007). His 2009 film The Cat Piano, won all the major Best Animation awards in Australia and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Short Animated Film.

Nassiem Valamanesh (Vic) has been working with moving images for more than a decade. Born in Adelaide, his work lies between narrative filmmaking and video art. His titles include Little Noel Wants To Fly, My Beijing Friend, Side By Side and Distant Words which have all screened widely at film festivals in Australia and overseas.

Sophie Raymond (NSW) has a double major BA in Anthropology, Drama and Theatre studies and a postgraduate diploma in Animation and Multi-Media. As part of the Southern Ladies Animation Group she made the short animated documentary It’s like Thatwhich was an international success. Her latest film Mrs Carey’s Concert, a feature documentary co-directed with Bob Connolly, became the second highest grossing Australian documentary of all time and has won a multitude of awards.

Lucinda Clutterbuck (NSW) is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary animators and animation producers. She has made over 20 short animations, including Pressure Sway, and the Web TV series Walnut and Honeysuckle. She was awarded a film makers fellowship in 2005 by the Australian Film Commission in recognition of her skills and significant body of work.

Samantha Lang (NSW) is one of Australia’s most prolific and awarded directors. Her debut feature film, The Well was nominated for the prestigious Palme d’Or. Her next feature The Monkey’s Mask was followed by a third feature, L’Idole (2003). Samantha is currently Head of Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Natasha Pincus (Vic) Natasha writes and directs for the screen. She graduated University in 2002 with first class honours in Law and Science. Her short films have screened at a number of international film festivals and Natasha is particularly well regarded for her distinctive music video work that includes Gotye’s worldwide smash hit Somebody That I Used To Know, nominated for the 2012 MTV Music Video Award. Natasha has written several feature screenplays that have received international recognition. Two of her feature film scripts are slated for production in 2013.

Sascha Ettinger Epstein (NSW) is interested in using writing and film to tell edgy stories. Her first documentary Painting with Light in a Dark World about visionary underbelly street photographer Peter Darren Moyle collected various accolades. Her following films were The Oasis, and Playing in the Shadows.

John Gillies (NSW) works with performance, photography, installation, music and sound, and is widely recognised as a leading figure in the development of video art in Australia since the 1980s. The survey exhibition John Gillies: Videowork 1982-2001, toured Australia and his work has been shown widely internationally, including at the Tate Modern (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York) and in the London, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Paola Morabito (NSW) Paola Morabito is an award winning filmmaker whose 3rd short film I’m the One is officially selected in competition at the VeniceFilm Festival 2012. In 2010 Paola directed the first Australian online documentary series for SBS Africa To Australia, which went on to win numerous awards and was nominated for 2011 Best Online Program at the Banff World media awards.

Cat Jones (NSW) is a writer, performer, media maker, director and creative producer whose work spans text, video, animation, photography, responsive technology and extended vocals. Cat is currently researching for her Creative Australia Fellowship and on leave from her role as Artistic Director/CEO of PACT centre for emerging artists. Previously she was Co-Director of Electro fringe international festival for electronic arts and culture. Over the last 20 years she has created for and/or performed with a number of experimental artists and companies including Experimenta, The League of Imaginary Scientists, Blast Theory, PVI Collective, Playworks, The Party Line, One Extra Dance, That Elusive Thrill, and SGLMG.

List of Hive Mentors
Wendy Levy (USA) is the Executive Director of New Arts Axis, an organization dedicated to facilitating creative innovation for art, culture and human rights. She is also the co-founder and senior strategist of Sparkwise (http://sparkwi.se), a new open data storytelling platform created by Tomorrow Partners. Her passions lie in public media innovation, film and video, emerging digital technologies, and global project development in the nonprofit sector. She is also an accomplished filmmaker – her short films have screened at Sundance and other festivals worldwide, and have been broadcast on PBS and the Sundance Channel.

Lynette Wallworth (NSW) Lynette Wallworth received a New Media Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council 2003–2004, an International Artists Fellowship by the Arts Council England in 2007 and the inaugural AFTRS Creative Fellowship 2010. In recent years she has had solo shows in the US, France, Austria and UK. In 2009 Lynette was invited to present Evolution of Fearlessness at Sundance Festival Utah, New Frontiers exhibition. In the same year, the Adelaide Film Festival commissioned Duality of Light, an immersive environment that premiered at the Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum. In 2010, a trilogy of works was shown as part of the Sydney Festival of Arts at Carriageworks. This year her film for digital planetariums CORAL:Rekindling Venus was released in 25 cities around the world with inclusion in the World Science Festival (New York), the London Cultural Olympiad and Melbourne International Film Festival.

Bridget Ikin (NSW) has worked as an independent producer through her company Hibiscus Films for more than 25 years. Her feature film productions include An Angel At My Table (Silver Lion, Venice Film Festival 1990), Alison Maclean’s shorts Kitchen Sink (In Competition, Cannes, 1989) and Crush (In Competition, Cannes, 1992), Anna Campion’s Loaded (Venice 1995), Clara Law’s Floating Life (Silver Leopard, Locarno, 1996), Sarah Watt’s Look Both Ways (AFI Award for Best Film, FIPRESCI Award and many other awards) and My Year Without Sex (2009).

Robert Hutchinson (NSW) is the General Manager of Digital Business Development at ABC Commercial. He is responsible for developing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s commercial digital media and product strategies. Robert has been working in the new media industry since 1995 in a variety of roles ranging from business consultant (with clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive and The Radio Network) to creative director (at ABC New Media & Digital Services).

Andrew Bovell (SA) is a playwright and screenwriter. His most recent film is the adaptation of the John Le Carre novel A Most Wanted Man for the director, Anton Corbijn with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams. Other films include Edge of Darkness, Blessed, Lantana, Head On and Strictly Ballroom. His most recent play, When the Rain Stops Falling has been produced in Australia, Europe, Canada and the USA.He is currently adapting Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River for the Sydney Theatre Company. The production will premiere at the 2013 Sydney Festival under the direction of Neil Armfield.

Michael Kantor (Vic) was Artistic Director of the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne from 2004 to 2010 where he directed productions of A Golem Story, The Threepenny Opera, Happy Days, Optimism, Woyzeck, Vamp, Through the Looking Glass, Sleeping Beauty, The Ham Funeral, Not Like Beckett, Journal of the Plague Year, Babes in the Wood, and the Wesfarmers Arts Commission The Odyssey for the Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals in 2006.

Iain Grandage (WA) is a music director, cellist and composer of scores for theatre, dance and the concert hall. He has been Composer-in-Residence with the WA Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestras of Australia and Black Swan Theatre Company, Musician-in-Residence at the UWA School of Music, and recipient of the Ian Potter Emerging Composer Fellowship.

Source: The Hive press release

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