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This week Amberside are excited to launch both Off-Side Cinema and #BareNecessitiesNow which will give people the opportunity to reflect on their extensive collection of work and come together to make new work in this unprecedented moment. 

Bare Necessities Now is a visual conversation curated by Liz Hingley across the Amber SIde Instagram channel and will explore what are the essential things we really need in our lives and asks for you to send in a video clip, poem or illustration of your #BareNecessitiesNow to create something meaningful together for a future exhibition at SIDE gallery.

If you want something a little bit more enriching than what Netflix can offer at the moment then Amber films will be screening a selection of films online from their collective works with a conversation afterwards featuring Amber filmmakers and members of the communities who helped create each project. All you have to do is register and you’ll be e-mailed the details including a link to the film and details of the facilitated conversation.  The film will be available FREE for 24 hours before the online conversation event. 

The first conversation takes place on Friday 1st May with Amber filmmakers Ellin Hare, Peter Roberts, Graeme Rigby and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen will be about the film The Pursuit of Happiness, a documentary looking at Amber founding member Murray Martin, who died in 2007.

On Friday 8th May Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen will be discussing discuss her seminal work about Byker (Byker and Today I am With You), that’s followed by a screening of The Scar (Friday 15th May) and discussion with AMBER filmmakers, actress Charlie Hardwick and Easington community activist Heather Wood, North Shields fishing industry drama In Fading Light (Friday 22nd May) and From Us To Me (Friday 29th May) about the fishing and shipbuilding town of Rostock in East Germany and followed by a conversation amongst AMBER filmmakers and Richard Grassick and Beatrix Wupperman from Moving Films

And if that’s not enough, Amber will be updating their website to include the online premier of four Arts Award accredited project films and digital photography exhibitions from the first two years of the Paul Hamlyn funded Primary Source Programme.

This will include:
The Fishing Industry : Collingwood Primary School, North Shields
North Shields Fish Quay – A Journey Through Time : New York Primary School, North Shields
Shipwrecks and Rescues : Waterville Primary School, North Shields
The Shields Ferry : Christchurch Primary School

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