Asta Films

video production by Kim May
Documentary

Indy Man Beer Con 2012

Indy Man Beer Con is Manchester’s newest beer festival!

Taking place in Victoria Baths on 5th & 6th of October the event featured craft beers and breweries from across the region, tastings and seminars, including a debate and group discussion over ‘What the Hell is Craft Beer?’ as well as a beer paired tasting banquet from Aumbry in Prestwich….

We went down to sample some fine beers and get a sense of what was going down…

Circles

Music video created for the Paris Riots band

Subversion Exhibition

Subversion is a unique group show and public programme of new and recent contemporary art that proposes to explore and rethink notions of a so called ‘modern’ and ‘Arab identity.’
Constructed in the vein of a three-act play, the show features work from eleven emerging and established artists who use autobiographical narratives combining fiction, popular culture and subversive parody to express the divisions they face as they perform multiple roles in a society which is frequently represented to the outside world in a contorted and mediated manner. Spanning an array of techniques including installation, video, photography and sculpture, the work illustrates fragments of the distorted imagination that often preoccupies the Arab world.
cornerhouse.org/subversion

Green’s Windmill & Science Centre

A video created for MLA Renaissance East Midlands about Green’s Windmill and Science Centre. The video is aimed at school children.

Touched – Liverpool Biennial

Part of a series of videos for the recently relaunched Creative Times website, this video focuses on the Liverpool Biennial; one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts events in the UK. This video focuses on Touched, the International strand of the festival; Lorenzo Fusi discusses his curatorial approach and Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba presents her artwork Free Post Mersey Tunnels.

Object memories – Mary Greg project

A series of short films commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Mary Greg project.

Mary Greg collected everyday domestic objects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was particularly interested in pre-industrial handmade objects and wanted to preserve examples of traditional artisan skills. The majority of this strange and peculiarly engaging collection – which was given to Manchester Art Gallery in 1922 – lies in storage.

These videos document an organic excavation of the collection by a group of passionate curators, interpretation developers and artists. In this video artists Sharon Blakey and Hazel Jones from MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) describe their response to working with the collection.

Who Do You Think You Are?

A short film commission for DaDa (Disability Arts Disability and Deaf Arts Organisation) as part of their DaDaVisions programme produced in November 2009.

This short film was written and acted by trio So Many Excuses; Mandy Colleran, Mandy Redvers-Rowe and Ali Briggs (who some may recognise as Freda in Coronation Street). The film is a take on the classic Frost Report sketch from the 1960s featuring the Two Ronnies and John Cleese; then a comment upon the British class system but now playfully adapted to explore the stereotypes and labels that the disabled place upon each other, Who Do You Think You Are?

Executive Producers Bren O’Callaghan and Ruth Gould (DaDa). Supported by Liverpool City Council, Phil & Alexis Redmond and Northwest Vision & Media.

Manchester Art Gallery – Mary Greg Collection

A series of short films commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Mary Greg project.

Mary Greg collected everyday domestic objects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was particularly interested in pre-industrial handmade objects and wanted to preserve examples of traditional artisan skills. The majority of this strange and peculiarly engaging collection – which was given to Manchester Art Gallery in 1922 – lies in storage.

These videos document an organic excavation of the collection by a group of passionate curators, interpretation developers and artists. In this video art students from MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) were invited to explore the Mary Greg collection and make work in response, as part of their studies.

Unrealised Potential – Creative Times

Part of a series of videos for the recently relaunched Creative Times website, this video focuses on Unrealised Potential a collaborative group exhibition instigated by artist/curator Mike Chavez-Dawson. The show aims to explore the creative potential of artists’ unrealised projects, blurring the lines between artist, curator, visitor and producer.

Stories Waiting to be Told – Manchester Art Gallery

A series of short films commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery as part of the Mary Greg project.

Mary Greg collected everyday domestic objects during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was particularly interested in pre-industrial handmade objects and wanted to preserve examples of traditional artisan skills. The majority of this strange and peculiarly engaging collection – which was given to Manchester Art Gallery in 1922 – lies in storage.

These videos document an organic excavation of the collection by a group of passionate curators, interpretation developers and artists. In this video art students from MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University) were invited to explore the Mary Greg collection and make work in response, as part of their studies.