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Creeping Garden makes it to Docudays UA, Kyiv, Ukraine.

I don’t think anyone is more surprised than we are as to the sheer longevity of The Creeping Garden’s life cycle on the international film festival circuit. Almost three years after its premiere at Fantasia in July 2014 and in the midst of a new wave of reviews and press attention for the Blu-ray/DVD release, we were delighted for the film to be invited to the fabulous Docudays UA in Kyiv, Ukraine.

It screened on Tuesday 28 March in the imposing Cinema House to a sold-out audience, included as part of the festival’s special ‘Homo Science’ focus, which also featured Werner Herzog’s Lo & Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016) and Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’ Seed: The Untold Story (2016). 

This time it was my (Jasper Sharp) turn to accompany The Creeping Garden, and I thoroughly enjoyed the warm reception from the festival organisers and the audience, who greeted both me and the film enthusiastically. Many stayed on for the post-screening Q&A, moderated by Kiril Beskorovayny, the editor of Kunsht a beautifully designed new print magazine, (sadly Ukrainian language only) that takes as its starting point the philosophy that science is art.

I enjoyed some fascinating chats with some of the audience members over the following days, and in general was really impressed with the levels of attendances, enthusiasm and engagement that greeted all the films screened. 

Alas, three days at a festival rarely affords much time to sample much more than a tiny fraction of the programme, but it never really seems worth travelling far for a film festival without taking time to explore the city in question. Kyiv is certainly a welcoming place, although not one we get much of an impression of from the British media. I was massively impressed by its accessibility, its majestic architecture and a strong sense of a rich history, which I am embarrassed to confess, I know all too little about (it’s one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe). It’s far cheaper to get to than I imagined, and incredibly reasonably priced when you’re there. 

During my walking tour of the city, I noted the bitter irony that while I was standing in the awe-inspiring Maidan Nezalezhnosti – the square at the heart of the city that hit international headlines in 2014 when around 100 people died during the clash between pro-European Union protestors and police that marked the climax of the Revolution of Dignity – our Prime Minister was in the very city to which we both accompanied our film just two years ago for its screening at Offscreen to begin the formal process of our own country’s departure from the EU.   

Events such as Docudays UA really emblemise the spirit of open-mindedness and international cooperation and collaboration that we aimed to celebrate in The Creeping Garden. I am most certain that this won’t be my last time in Ukraine, nor at the festival itself.

The Creeping Garden arrives from Arrow Academy

It is with great excitement that we can reveal more of what’s inside the Arrow Academy Creeping Garden release, available from March 13th 2017.

The wonderful team at Arrow have put together this three disc directors-approved edition with a fully illustrated booklet, reversible sleeve artwork, original soundtrack and multiple extras.

Go to Arrow Academy for ordering details

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

 

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 2.0 audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
  • Biocomputer Music, a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime mould
  • Return to the Fungarium, a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens
  • Feeding Habits of Physarum, a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds
  • Three cinema iloobia short films: Milk (2009), Rotten (2012) and Paramusical Ensemble (2015)
  • Angela Mele’s animated slime moulds
  • Gallery
  • US theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork

 

THE CREEPING GARDEN SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive]

 

  • Bonus CD containing the rearranged soundtrack to The Creeping Garden by legendary producer and musician Jim O’Rourke

 

PLUS… FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet containing writing on the film by Jasper Sharp

Arrow Academy release The Creeping Garden on Blu-ray/DVD March 2017

NEW UK/US TITLE: The Creeping Garden Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD

Release Date: 13th March 2017 – Available for UK pre-order HERE –

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original 2.0 audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
•Audio commentary by directors Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
•Biocomputer Music, a short film by Grabham on the first biocomputer music system, allowing a two-way musical dialogue between man and slime mould
•Return to the Fungarium, a featurette revealing further treasures of the fungarium at Kew Gardens
•Feeding Habits of Physarum, a featurette on the feeding preferences and dislikes of slime moulds
•Three cinema iloobia short films: Milk (2009), Rotten (2012) and Paramusical Ensemble (2015)
•Angela Mele’s animated slime moulds
•Gallery
•US theatrical trailer
•Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of original artwork

THE CREEPING GARDEN SOUNDTRACK [Limited Edition Exclusive]

•Bonus CD containing the rearranged soundtrack to The Creeping Garden by legendary producer and musician Jim O’Rourke

PLUS, FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet containing writing on the film by Jasper Sharp

The Creeping Garden returns to London at Diaspore

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The 22nd November sees The Creeping Garden return to London for a special screening at Diaspore, Bermondsey

The event is free but booking is essential.

Diaspore aims to offer an exhibition and participatory programme focusing around ideas of ecology(ies) looking at ecosystems and their communities. Explored through various forms and tailored to answer a range of problematics reflecting societal constructs. The project involves scientists, designers, artists, writers, chefs and community groups whom together discuss and think on how to interact with a manufactured environment.

Friche Broadcasts is a curatorial programme evolving around plant communication. Taking as a starting point 6 ways of commucation used by plants we will explore how they can translate to social models and community groups. The 6 modules will consecutively look at communication through Mycelium, Hearing, Nervous system, Electric field, Airborne and Genetic transfer. Each module will last for two months and will consist of an exhibition, workshops, group discussion, meals, publication, talks, and other type of collective and community lead activities.

Friche is an as art and design Studio working towards the conception of eco-structures for urban communities. Our philosophy is to intervene in spaces with the potential for transformation, working within existing parameters to create a new epicenter for the community; this new platform can then be used as an educational, recreational and discursive environment.

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Creeping screenings are approaching

As we enter the Autumnal months it seems like a truly appropriate time for some new Creeping Garden screenings.

For those of you over in North America we have two presentations coming up:

We return to The Guild Cinema in Albuquerque on Thursday October 20th for a triple screening at 4pm, 6pm and 8:15pm in association with STEM

Then its on to California for the National Bioneers conference on October 22nd at 7:00pm 

And for our nearer neighbours in France, the film heads to Les Utopiales de Nantes – International Sci-Fi Fest, Nantes, in late October.

You can keep up to date on all screenings past, present and future on our screenings page.

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