On Friday 30th June we were lucky enough to take over the unbelievably beautiful National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum for their monthly Friday Late, showcasing smartphone film shorts on the theme of “Documenting and Driving Social Change” – the programme of films can be found here.
Amidst the bustle of hundreds of people descending on the colossal venue to experience the Boiler Room live stream of Kokoroko, hear words from James Massiah, Bridget Minamore, Brother Portrait and more, Eye Want Change hosted a panel with filmmaker Laura Kirwan-Ashman and filmmaker/journalist Mari Shibata.
Chatting about the possibilities of lo-fi and low-budget filmmaking to support marginalized voices, Laura and Mari discussed their own experiences of using smartphones in their work. Online community building through visual media has had a clear impact, mentioned Laura, who also founded the collective and directs the hilarious DIY web-series Sorta Kinda Maybe Yeah.
Photo credit: Eye Want Change