For 10 days the NXDFFF brings 37 free film events to 17 different venues across SE14 and SE8.
Whether you’ve got election fever or disco fever the NXDFFF has films for political heavyweights (The Spirit Level - the rising gap between rich and poor and Give Us Space - housing crisis in London) and dancing divas (Saturday Night Fever, Strictly Ballroom).
The festival launches with Friday Night Fever, a screening of Saturday Night Fever followed by a 70s disco. Strut your stuff at Number3, the new warehouse space on Creekside. The Big Red will be serving up NYC pizzas and Nuyorican style cocktails, plus there’s a dance competition and prizes for best 70s glad rags.
Futures: Utopia presents leading futurologist Mark Stevenson introducing the film he considers most closely represents a vision for an optimistic future - Carl Sagan’s Contact. Futures: Dystopia presents Strange Days + augmented reality demonstration. To set the scene we’ll have some virtual reality startups demo-ing their hardware and offering a glimpse of the future.
Love is in the air courtesy of Electric Pedals bike powered screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Aussie camp classic Strictly Ballroom. Practice your Paso Doble in the park at Telegraph Hill.
The festival closes with a very special guest. Legendary DJ, musician and filmmaker Don Letts will be talking about his documentary film The Clash: Westway To The World followed by a DJ set at the Job Centre in Deptford.
Other highlights include:
· Carrie – the original teen horror
· Global Shorts – 16 films from around the world
· Love & Basketball – The Bechdel Film Test, back by popular demand
· Old Kent Road - “Everybody’s heard of the Champs-Élysées. The Old Kent Road’s the same. It must be one of the best known names in Europe.” - anon car salesman.
· Sanford Housing Co-op presents Ways Out: Unfolding the topography of the possible. Six films investigating alternatives to generic Capitalism. Join filmmakers, activists and guest-panellists for discussions
NXDfff is completely run by volunteers made up of local residents, students and community groups. NXDfff has a DIY ethos that encourages creative freedom: this year more than 40 people are curating film events with help and guidance from a core festival team.
Full details at www.freefilmfestivals.org