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    International Photography & Media Festival

    Photocinema- themed Festival will include World Premiers alongside renowned Magnum Hollywood Photography
    Names to include: Gregory Crewdson, Jonas Mekas, Hannah Starkey, Wim Wenders, Cindy Sherman, Zhang Xiao, Eric Baudelaire and William Eggleston

    FORMAT09 the international photography and media festival will take place between 6 March and 5 April 2009 across Derby, with QUAD the city's new £11.2 million arts centre, as its hub. PHOTOCINEMA is the theme for this year's festival. Oscar nominated director David Lynch will take part together with some of the world's foremost photographers and cinematographers including FORMAT09 patrons Martin Parr and Brian Griffin. Amateur photographers from across the world can also have their work displayed via MobFORMAT, the Festival's unique Photocinema themed online gallery.

    FORMAT09 celebrates the diversity of photocinema from darkroom to digital embracing a broad range of visual culture represented through photography. Established international names will exhibit alongside the best emerging talent from the UK and beyond. The festival will feature over 200 practitioners, 40 exhibitions in 20 sites, conferences, workshops, events, mass participation, master classes, talks, new commissions and more. Highlights include:

    o David Lynch will be showing a series of self selected stills from his acclaimed film Inland Empire as part of the PHOTOCINEMA-FOCUS Exhibition at QUAD

    o Martin Parr FORMAT09 patron and celebrated British documentary maker, photographer and photojournalist, will discuss the relationship between his film and photographic work.

    o An exhibition of Nicola Dove's Film Still Series shot on the sets of recent UK film productions, including Enduring Love staring Daniel Craig, 'Venus' staring Peter O'Toole and Brideshead Revisited staring Emma Thompson.

    o The Magnum Cinema Slideshow - unique for FORMAT09, a specially curated selection of short films from Magnum in Motion. Magnum in Motion is an interactive manifestation of the spirit of Magnum Photos. Commissioned by Magnum in 2005, In Motion assembles web-based photo essays, effectively integrating Magnum's work into the sphere of online photojournalism. The slideshow explores the remarkable relationship between Magnum Photographers and the world of cinema. Relationships between Robert Capa and Ingrid Bergman; Dennis Stock and James Dean; Eve' Arnold and Marilyn Monroe are just some of those explored.

    o This Side of Paradise - fragments of an unfinished autobiography by Jonas Mekas. Mekas spent time with Jackie Kennedy and her family in the years following JFK's assassination and is the godfather of American Avante Garde cinema.

    o Director of Buena Vista Social Club, Paris Texas and Wings of Desire, Wim Wenders will exhibit the UK premiere of Once - a series of texts and photographs, taken on his travels and while location-scouting for his films. Part travel diary, part photo album, Once provides a fascinating insight into the universe that Wenders has created out of the hidden pieces of everyday life.

    o The UK premier of French artist Eric Baudelaire's Sugarwater - a 72 minute film exploring cylic eruptions and dissipations of a traumatic 'event', rendered as four discrete photographic images which depict the stages of a car being fire bombed on a Parisian street.

    o Internationally renowned US photographer Gregory Crewsdon has selected works from his Beneath the Roses series. His elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighbourhoods suggest an extended narrative beyond the limitations of the photograph.

    o Steve Harris and Mel Bles self financed road trip across America resulted in the body of work Locations Project which documents the unique 1970's period of cinema known as 'New Hollywood', films such as The Exorcist, Jaws and Taxi Driver.

    o Brian Griffin, FORMAT09 patron and celebrated British photographer most recently immortalised the workers who transformed St Pancras International Station into an icon for the 21st Century in a series of photographs for Teamphoto: The People Who Built the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

    Mob FORMAT - providing the opportunity for everyone's photos to be part of the festival in a constantly evolving gallery and online exhibition, across the genres of Film Noir, Road Movie, Film Still, Photo Story, Film Star and Suspense.

    Curatorial focus

    FORMAT09 explores the interface between the narratives of cinema and photography and its technical elements, colliding fact with fiction, history with fantasy. Works included in the festival will make reference to what has become known as cinematic. From Film Noir to Spaghetti Westerns there is no limit to the opportunity for artists to parody or play out the cinematic in their work. Likewise, photography is employed in cinema and directors can be inspired by photography when seeking locations or wide-shots. An entire film can even be based on the story told by a single photograph.

    Notes to Editors:

    Opening Weekend Events are as follows:

    (Full listings of all events are on the FORMAT09 website: http://www.formatfestival.com

    5 March:

    · Launch Trail: Participating venues: Deda 16:00-18:00hrs, Derby Museum and Art Gallery 17:00-19:00hrs, QUAD 18:00-20:00hrs

    · Official Opening by Martin Parr, including VIP reception, QUAD, 19:30hrs

    · Official Public and VIP Launch Party: Royal Rooms, 21:00-01:00hrs with DJs and projections from Magnum Photos Trolley, SeeSaw and International Photography Collectives

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