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Screening : 4th May 2011
Slack Video Presents : Some sort of Review-Review type thing
As part of Hull School of Art Fine Art Degree Show Fundraiser
Wednesday 4th May @ The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull 7:30pm - late
3 ENTRY


Like the dusty VHS player you keep in a box 'just in case', Slack Video has been dragged out suddenly to go through some old tapes that were lying around for drunken nostalgia.

As something that was originally a student founded project, it seemed appropriate that when metaphorically kicked in the ribs by a bossy woman, it should agree to put a quick programme together to help with fundraising for the rejuvinated Fine Art course.

Slack Video was started accidentally in 2003 by Hull School of Art students Gary McKeown and Andrew Quinn, with a screening of "A bunch of films from the art school". Due to the fact that the internet was a bit rubbish back then, and Youtube hadn't bothered to exist yet, it happily stumbled into a regular monthly screening of narrative and experimental moving image works, to be enjoyed over a pint and a cigarette. Later, after a/v wizard Keith Bianchi joined, and showed everyone how the buttons worked, it also supplied a selection of live audiovisualnesses into the mix.

Whilst originally focusing on getting the films made at the Uni seen by larger audiences (other than the tutors, and someone's parents saying 'that's nice, dear'), Slack Video eventually found itself taking works from all over the world to show in Hull (to minimise the "creative inbreeding" that can occur in isolated cultural scenes), and sending programmes of work from Hull to events, screenings and festivals internationally (because it's nice like that).

Slack Video ran at least one screening in Hull every month from June 2003 to December 2006 (and a handful every now and then since), and built up an archive of a few thousand short films. Due to the size of VHS tapes in comparison to modern video storage media, this archive can be seen from The Moon. This selection of films is from that archive.

If you're used to "Ten 80p Blue Rays", and "Dobbly True HD Surround Sound", you need to stand further back, unfocus your eyes a little and let all the gaps in anticipated quality fill up with the lovely, wobbly and hissy experience that is Slack Video. A bar is provided to assist with this.

Please note : The money from entry fees goes to the Fine Art Fundraiser thing, we've not just decided to be greedy.

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We are not responsible for anything.
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admin - May 3 2011 at 09:46:21 PM
Screening : 25th April 2010
Slack Video Presents : Cuts from the Fringe VII
As part of Glimmer : 8th Hull International Short Film Festival closing party
Sunday 25th April @ The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull 8pm - late
FREE ENTRY
BRING YOUR OWN FILMS

To accompany the general hootenanny and shindig of the closing party, Slack Video will bring you a selection of films we've nicked off people who were better organised than us, and some other stuff we've begged for off people we met, closely followed by a DVD Free For All, which is pretty much an open-mic night of moving pictures. Wash it all down with a nice pint and a chat with someone you don't know.

Due to temporal misadventure, our pre-programmed section of the screening will be fairly minimal. Thankfully, we have the excellent One Minute Volume 3, curated by Kerry Baldry and an assortment of things produced in workshops and events during the Glimmer Festival.

Featuring : One Minute Volume 3 (55mins approx)
This touring programme is the third in the series of artists moving image curated by Kerry Baldry and is an eclectic mix of formats such as 16mm film, Super 8, video, stopframe animation, superimposition, all constrained by a time limit of one minute.

Featuring : Peter Goundrill's Humber City (15 mins approx)
The first cinematic projection was shown in the 1880s. Since around this time*, Peter Goundrill has been trying to finish "Humber City" and submit it to the Hull International Short Film Festival. After nearly succeeding last year, and after a heavy rewrite and complete refilming, this is a preview version of that very film.

Featuring : Stop Motion Animations (?? mins)
A selection of works from the Glimmer Stop Motion Animation workshop

Featuring : DVD Free-for-all (until close)
If you missed the submission deadline for the festival, or brought some of your work with you on the off chance, here's the place for it. After our predetermined programme has passed, we're offering you the opportunity to put your work up on the screen. Bring it along on the night, on DVD and we'll see if we can make drunk people watch it.

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admin, urgently - Apr 25 2010 at 04:09:18 PM
URGENT Call for submissions April 2010
URGENT Call For video submissions

Narrative and experimental short films and animations urgently required for consideration in a screening as part of the 8th Hull International Short Film Festival (19th - 25th April) and for possible future screenings throughout the year.

Our previous postal address is no longer valid. For the time being, please email info@slackvideo.org for postal address etc. We'll add one on here when we decide where we want things sent.

- There is no fee to submit work.
- DVD is preferred, MiniDV or DV AVI file accepted.
- There are no submission forms to fill in, but if you have any stills, statements or info, please include this with your submission.
- Collections of work on the same tape / disc is acceptable

For further information, contact us on :
info@slackvideo.org
07833 753 951
myspace.com/slackvideo

admin, urgently - Apr 16 2010 at 01:56:04 AM
Still exist (Feb 2010)
We still exist. We'll likely be putting together a screening for this year's Hull International Short Film Festival. We've still got quite a selection of unscreened works to show, but will be putting out a call for submissions for some extra works to try and fill out a diverse programme.

This information is of course approximate.

admin - Feb 10 2010 at 12:07:33 PM
Film Festival Screening : 22nd April 2009
For those of you who used to come to our Slack Video screenings back in 2004-2006ish, specifically to watch David Firth's Fat-Pie cartoons, you may be interested to see a retrospective of his work at the Hull International Short Film Festival, on Wednesday 22nd April 8pm-10pm at Reel Cinema (in the St Stephens Centre).

admin - Apr 21 2009 at 03:50:29 PM
NEW Screening : 26th April 2009
Slack Video Presents : Cuts from the Fringe VI
As part of Glimmer : 7th Hull International Short Film Festival closing party
Sunday 26th April @ The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull 9pm - late
FREE ENTRY

GLIMMER comes to a close with a chance to relax, drink and enjoy the eclectic films provided by Slack Video who re-awake from their slumber to bring you some of the best audiovisual entertainment that they have to offer. So come and enjoy the calm after the storm and enjoy movies and network with your colleagues.

To accompany the general hootenanny and shindig of the closing party, Slack Video will bring you a selection of fine films from our recent submissions, most likely followed by all manner of music, wobbly patterns and improvised things and stuff. Wash it all down with a nice pint and a chat with someone you don't know.

If you sent us a film for last years screening (or since), you may find it appearing here at very short notice. We appear to have a good hundred or so films remaining in our archives...

Featuring : DVD Free-for-all
If you missed the submission deadline for the festival, or brought some of your work with you on the off chance, here's the place for it.
After our predetermined programme has passed, we're offering you the opportunity to put your work up on the screen. Bring it along on the night, on DVD or VHS and we'll see if we can make drunk people watch it.

Map to The Lamp can be found here

More information about Glimmer : The 7th Hull International Short Film Festival can be found here

Programme info is available here


admin - Apr 17 2009 at 07:06:33 PM
Screening : 20th April 2008
Slack Video Presents : Cuts from the Fringe V : Part Two
As part of Glimmer : 6th Hull International Short Film Festival closing party
Sunday 20th April @ The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull 9pm - late
FREE ENTRY

To accompany the general hootenanny and shindig of the closing party, Slack Video will bring you a selection of fine films from our recent submissions, followed by all manner of music, wobbly patterns and improvised things and stuff. Wash it all down with a nice pint and a chat with someone you don't know.

Featuring : DVD Free-for-all
If you missed the submission deadline for the festival, or brought some of your work with you on the off chance, here's the place for it.
After our predetermined programme has passed, we're offering you the opportunity to put your work up on the screen. Bring it along on the night, on DVD or VHS and we'll see if we can make drunk people watch it.

Map to The Lamp can be found here

Programme info is available here


admin - Apr 19 2008 at 11:09:09 PM
Screening : 17th April 2008
Slack Video Presents : Cuts from the Fringe V
As part of Glimmer : 6th Hull International Short Film Festival
Thursday 17th April @ Sailmaker's Arms, High Street, Hull 10pm - late
FREE ENTRY

A splendid arrangement of cinematic sorcery from our recent submissions will be displayed in the relaxed drinking environment of the upstairs room at the Sailmaker's Arms, perhaps accompanied by the performance of live film and video works and exciting noises.

Map to the Sailmakers can be found here

Programme info is available here


admin - Apr 17 2008 at 02:29:59 AM
Screenings confirmed, works selected
Many thanks to all those who sent work in. We've watched through hours and hours and hours and hours of videos, and chosen a bunch of them to be used in our imminent screenings.

We still have to work out how to divide the works up between these events - see what fits together, see what fits the atmosphere of the venue, separate works which are too similar and so on... Anyway, that should be done tomorrow, followed by "your work is being shown at..." emails.

Slack Video Presents :
As part of Glimmer : The 6th Hull International Short Film Festival
Thursday 17th April 10pm - 12pm
The Sailmaker's Arms, High Street, Hull

Slack Video Presents : Screening and Festival closing party
As part of Glimmer : The 6th Hull International Short Film Festival
Sunday 20th April 9pm - late
The Lamp, Norfolk Street, Hull

Slack Video Presents : ???
As part of Burwell's Belated Birthday Bash
Saturday 26th April ?-?
The Boathouse, Hull



admin - Apr 13 2008 at 04:17:55 PM
URGENT Call for submissions
URGENT Call For video submissions

Narrative and experimental short films and animations urgently required for consideration in a set of screenings as part of the 6th Hull International Short Film Festival (15th - 20th April) and for future screenings throughout the year.

Please see contact page for postal address and email submissions@slackvideo.org to let us know you have sent something.

We would like these films as soon as possible (post them today if you can), but the final deadline for films to be included in the Hull ISF Festival is 7th April. Any works arriving later will be automatically put into consideration for future events and screenings.

- There is no fee to submit work.
- DVD is preferred, MiniDV and VHS accepted.
- There are no submission forms to fill in, but if you have any stills, statements or info, please include this with your submission.
- Collections of work on the same tape / disc is acceptable

Please visit our website www.slackvideo.org for further information, or contact us on :
info@slackvideo.org
07833 753 951 / 07989 477 863
myspace.com/slackvideo

admin, urgently - Mar 25 2008 at 07:40:47 PM
Hull Screen website removed by Council?
We were surprised to find today that the beautifully crafted, easy to access and understand, clearly written and most of all reliable and quick to load website of Hull's own independent cinema at Hull Screen is to be removed, "following a request from Hull City Council's 'Web Strategy Group'".

We can only guess it is to become blu-tacked onto an obscure corner of the inaccessible fortress against knowledge contained within the gargantuan sprawling mass of slowly loading confusion ever present in the "digital version of the Library of Babel", Hull City Council's own website, at hullcc.gov.uk/hullscreen

With the film related excitment building for the 6th Hull International Short Film Festival just round the corner, it makes little sense to effectively neuter the promotion of one of Hull's sparse supply of cultural gems, which to thrive effectively as they deservedly should, really need the opportunity for proper promotion and clear, concise availability of information.

We have to assume that this is either a misunderstanding or some form of temporary measure, as there is no other logical explanation for this action.

As of today, there appears to be no available information on the current or future programme at Hull Screen. This is obviously a cause for concern for those interested in the cultural activities of this city.

If you have any questions regarding the current / future programme, or generally regarding what's actually going on here, our only suggestions would be to telephone 01482 300 300 and ask for the head of culture, or go to the Council website and attempt to click your way to the 'Feedback' page.

All information is approximate. We take no responsibility for anything. Slack Video are not officially affiliated with anyone or anything.

admin - Mar 4 2008 at 06:12:48 PM
Not dead, things happening soon.
Slack Video is not dead. Slack Video was just sleeping.

We will be presenting something, or some things at the 6th Hull International Short Film Festival, running from the 15th - 20th April.

Please see Hull Film's website for further info.

It will be spectacular.

We'll be putting out a call for submissions imminently, but you can send us some things now if you'd like.

Admin - Mar 2 2008 at 08:14:10 PM
Screening : 26th October
Slack Video @ The Boatshed : Almost a Hallowe'en Special
Interspersed with joyful noises and rhythms kindly presented by :
Home Sweet Home
Champion Sounds


Friday 26th October @ The Hull Boathouse, Oak Road Playing Fields (end of Beresford Avenue, off Beverely Road), Hull
8:00pm onwards
Free Entry (Donations are welcome)

Down a dark, dark road there is a dark, dark avenue; And down the dark, dark avenue there is a dark, dark playing field; And in the dark, dark playing field there is a dark, dark path; And down the dark, dark path there are some dark, dark trees; And in the dark, dark trees there is a dark, dark compound; And in the dark, dark compound there is a dark, dark boatshed; And in the dark, dark boatshed there is a...

...screening of narrative and experimental short films!


Like the memory of what you did last time you had too much to drink, Slack Video has come back to haunt you. Amongst our general array of fine moving pictures from local, national and international artists, filmmakers and animators, there lurks an evil selection of generic Hallowe'en themed terror.

Assuming various adapters and plugs don't go missing at the last minute, the evening should run vaguely as follows :

8pm Start (music, oddities and merriment)
8:30 - 9:15 Slack Video Films Part One
9:15 - 9:45 BREAK (music, oddities and merriment)
9:45 - 10:30 Slack Video Films Part Two
10:30 - ??:?? Free For All (time permitting) selection of extra films, music oddities and merriment with Home Sweet Home and Champion Sounds

Submissions are required for this screening. Especially submissions from YOU. If you're up for a challenge and fancy making something especially, we challenge you to make a 1 minute film with some sort of horror theme to be included in our special (time permitting) free-for-all. All other films of whatever genre will still be accepted for consideration as normal.

All information is approximate.
We are not responsible for anything.


Map to the Boathouse can be found here

Full programme will be available here shortly.


admin - Oct 24 2007 at 04:44:38 PM
Map to boathouse


admin - Oct 24 2007 at 04:18:53 PM
(URGENT) Call for Submissions
Call for entries as part of our programme for October and also for ongoing programmes.

We are currently looking for submissions of short single screen video works (narrative, experimental, animation or live audiovisual performance) to include in these programmes :

Slack Video @ The Boatshed
Friday 26th October (TBC)
8pm The Hull Boathouse, Hull
Free Entry


Deadline for screening (26/10/07) pre-written programme : Wednesday 24th October
Films can also be brought after this date, or even brought along on the night on DVD, to be put into a (time allowing) "free-for-all" at the end of the evening.

Deadline for all future screenings : Ongoing

DVD is preferred, though we can also accept VHS or MiniDV.

There is no fee to submit work.

Email submissions@slackvideo.org for any further information.

admin - Oct 18 2007 at 07:47:01 PM
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