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Programme Director of FE will have his film shown at two arts festivals this autumn

Stephen Featherstone, Programme Director of Further Education at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) will have his film, “Stopgap in Stop Motion”, shown at two arts festivals this autumn.

“Stopgap in Stop Motion” is a promotional film for Stopgap Dance Company – an inclusive dance company integrating disabled and non-disabled artists and creating national and international touring productions.

It combines live-action, cut out and stop motion animation techniques, bringing photographs of disabled and non-disabled performers to life. It celebrates the harmony that emerges from a chaotic creative process and the individuality of the dancers.

Stopgap still Image courtesy of Stephen Featherstone

Film still from “Stopgap in Stop Motion” by Stephen Featherstone

Stephen explained: “I completed “Stopgap in Stop Motion” early in 2017 and it had a good run in the festival circuit, having been selected for sixty-eight to date, which led to a screening on Channel 4 last year. This autumn it’s had a new, unexpected, post-festival lease-of-life, with about half a dozen requests to show the film, including the London International Screen Dance Festival, and the opening festival of The REACH – an extension of the Kennedy Centre in Washington.”

The film’s premiere outing this autumn will be at the London International Screen Dance Festival, which Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance is hosting on September 19 and 20 at the Laban Theatre, London.

This is the first festival of its kind in the UK – presenting the integration of movement, choreography and the moving image through new independent short films from around the world. “Stopgap in Stop Motion” will be one of the festival highlights.

Charles Linehan, Reader in Choreography at Trinity Laban and Associate Artist with Dance4, Nottingham, said: “I am thrilled to launch the inaugural London International Screen Dance Festival to celebrate a diverse range of films from the international community that integrate movement with the screen. The programme for 2019 offers an exciting and surprising mix of experimental films.”

The second outing of the film will be on September 21 during a 16-day festival celebrating the opening of The REACH, a new extension of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The REACH Video Wall from Terrace at Dusk Photo by Richard Barnes

REACH Campus with Video Wall from Terrace at Dusk. Photo by Richard Barnes

Stephen said: “The REACH Opening Festival will be the most prestigious venue to screen the film, and it’s a real honour to be included in the inauguration activities.”

For architect Steven Holl, the design of The REACH was to support the Kennedy Center’s evolving needs as the nation’s vibrant cultural centre through the creation of a public incubator, hands-on learning labs, and dynamic, light-filled collaborative spaces.

“A vision for a national cultural center inspired my design of The REACH. The real test of architecture is in the experience, and my great hope is that the design and the function of the REACH meld into an experience that is timeless,” he said.

Find out more about the London International Screen Dance Festival.

Find out more about the REACH Opening Festival by visiting their website.

To learn more about UCA’s Further Education courses, visit the course pages.