At 5:30pm on Saturday 8th December, Sigur Rós fans from around the world can gather together at the unique Small Cinema in Moston (Manchester, UK) for a special programme of short films, featuring music from the band’s Valtari album.
The Valtari Film Experiment Programme includes at least 17 commissioned (both official and fan-created) short films to coincide with the album Valtari. The programme will be screened on all seven continents over the weekend of 7th -9th December. Venues will include cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores and hairdresser salons.
Upon the release of their album Valtari in May 2012, Sigur Rós gave 12 filmmakers an equal budget and asked them to create whatever came into their heads when they listen to songs from the album. The idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process to allow people the utmost creative freedom. The filmmakers include: Alma Har’el, Andrea Arnold, John Cameron Mitchell, Ramin Bahrani and Floria Sigismondi. Sigur Rós also invited fans to contribute their own personal creations to the project.
Fans will receive a secret URL and a password, so they can enter a competition to win a Valtari prize package.
Tickets for the Valtari Film Programme are £6 + booking fee & available through Eventbrite
A complimentary mug of (brandy) hot chocolate will be given out to all. Please wear warm clothing because it can be chilly in the cinema.
Presented by Buddleia and Small Cinema Moston.
Running time: approximately two hours
The Small Cinema is based at The Miners Community Arts & Music Centre, Moston, Teddington Rd, (off St Marys Rd), Moston, Manchester M40 0DJ. It is a permanent 70-seater cinema space in a former miners’ washhouse that has been taken over and run as a community café by father and son team Sam and Lou Beckett, in the heart of a housing estate.
The best ways to get to the Miners from town are the buses (88 from the end of Oldham St in town, which takes you to the crossing of Lightbowne Rd and Nuthurst Rd). Or you can get the Rochdale train from Manchester Victoria to Moston station, which is on Hollinwood Avenue. Finally, the Metrolink has opened! Get a tram to Oldham Mumps from Victoria, and get off at Newton Heath, then walk up St Mary’s Rd (approx 10mins) and turn right onto Teddington Road.