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LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL // INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY: THE ART OF LIVING AND THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

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We’re very excited to annouce we’re hosting the London Short Film Festival in January, alongside the ICARich Mix LondonRegent Street Cinema and Curzon Cinema Soho . On Sat 12 and Sun 13 January, the Air Draft returns to Grow and throughout the weekend, films and performances will be shown on this floating pavillion and inside Grow itself. Read our blog for the full programme of events.

ABOUT THIS FILM (ON AIRDRAFT)

Nick Jordan/Clara Casian, 2017, UK, 59’

A documentary portrait of Braziers Park School of Integrative Social Research (Braziers), a resident community and progressive college exploring co-existence, collective work and our place in nature. Centred upon insights from current residents and members, the film interweaves scenes of daily life with the natural features, architectural characteristics and diverse cultural history of the community.

Set in the wider context of intentional communities, sustainable living, and the economics ofpostcapitalism, Intentional Community explores the ‘sociobiological’ ideas of Braziers’ founders -psychiatrist Norman Glaister and educationalist Dorothy Glaister, who established the community in 1950 as a social experiment in group co-existence. Today, Braziers is the longest-running secular resident community in the UK, and hosts courses and festivals such as Supernormal.

Structured with a collaged, layered approach, the composite film makes correspondences between the past and present, combing interior and exterior spaces of the gothic manor house with material from Braziers’ archive of photographs, audio recordings and film; including scenes from a Situationist gathering in 1964, attended by writers Alexander Trocchi and Jeff Nuttall, artist John Latham and psychiatrist R.D. Laing. Intentional Community also explores Braziers’ links to the Common Wealth political party, the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry/Kibbo Kift and GrithFyrd peace camps, reflecting Braziers’ deep-rooted social values, progressive ideas on education, ecological awareness and pertinent links to the counterculture.

Original soundtrack score by Lord Mongo.

FOOD & DRINK

You can also enjoy a range of organic, independent and fair-trade drinks and lunch from the guest vegan kitchen at this totally unique creative space by the River Lea in Hackney Wick.

From organic wines and Processco , mulled wine and cider, ales and a range of soft drinks including Kompassion Kumbucha and Rejuce, you can enjoy the views canal side in their winter garden or the inside space transformed from an old sausage factory.

Operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business, Grow has been created by local artists and social entrepreneurs and hosts a wide-range of events throughout the year.