First Wednesday Film Club
The First Wednesday Film Club was started in 2004 by filmmakers John Barker and Ziggy Hofmeyr. Hosted by Atlas Studios in Milpark, the club was initially an informal gathering of local filmmakers. The platform was initiated to encourage young and upcoming filmmakers to show their work to small audiences. However, it soon grew to become something much more as a broader gathering of film lovers began to attend.
Ten years on, the First Wednesday Film Club had become South Africa’s best attended regular screening event outside the film festival circuit. It also became one of the most reputable launching platforms for new films. Now, the club is a must-attend for Joburg film fundis as they screen film in genres from across the world which are usually not available on the local circuit.
The Club is most importantly a place where young filmmakers can network with industry big-wigs and audiences alike. Here is where they can exchange ideas, debate, or simply enjoy a fun evening in the company of fellow film enthusiasts. Even though the film club continues to attract a growing audience, the vibe remains welcoming and relaxed. “It’s all about being part of a community; an eclectic incubator that shares resources to help independent film makers get better exposure and support,” says co-host Jonathan Gimpel.
Local is lekker
The First Wednesday Film Club is all about celebrating our unique South African film culture. Among the films that have ‘sneak-premiered’ at the club’s events are Andrew Wessel’s Blitz Patrollie, Charlie Vundla’s How to steal 2 Million, Jann Turner’s White Wedding and Material starring Dr Riaad Moosa. The feature film for July 2019 was also a local production. Fanney Tsimong’s “My Music My Culture” is a soulful documentary about the role and place of music in South Africa. Local artists and musicians share their thoughts on the healing and empowering powers of music and its potential to bring us closer to ourselves, our heritage and others. Attendants were in for a treat as the filmmakers were invited to the screening. To keep an eye on upcoming features, click here.
The First Wednesday Film Club does also screen non-South African films. Previous screenings include Let the Right in, Black Power Mixtape (1969-1975) and Concerning Violence, both by Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson. Ultimately, the club is a place for film lovers to explore a range of genres from both local and international producers. If you are looking for something more than the standard Hollywood blockbuster, this is the place for you. Join the club by registering on Atlas Studio’s website.
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