Gul Kacmaz Erk - BERLIN 2020: Urban Filmmaking Workshop
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In March 2020, Belfast-based architect and scholar Gul Kacmaz Erk (Queen's University, www.cacity.org) ran a filmmaking workshop at ZK/U to open up a discussion about the city, with Dublin-based filmmaker Paddy Cahill (https://vimeo.com/paddycahill). 15 participants from five different countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and Turkey) interested in cinema and architecture in the city would join the workshop in Berlin, but as COVID-19 reached Europe, the international participants could
not attend the workshop. The week long event took place anyway half on site and half online. The target of the workshop was to re-produce Berlin through a short film not longer than 3 minutes. It was open to all and no filmmaking experience was required. As a Berliner, or an outsider to the city, participants made a film in and about Berlin within the theme of urban memory.
Dr Gul Kacmaz Erk is an architect and a senior lecturer in Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Her interest in cinema has started more than 20 years ago, and she has been doing research on ‘architecture and film’ as well as ‘cinema and the city’ ever since. www.cacity.org and
Paddy Cahill is a Dublin based documentary director primarily making films about art and architecture. 'Seán Hillen, Merging Views' won best short documentary at Galway Film Fleadh. 'Amanda Coogan: Long Now' premiered at the Dublin International Film Festival. https://vimeo.com/paddycahill.
Many thanks to Queen's University Belfast Engaged Research Seed Fund.
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