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Corsham Film Festival Friday 14 – Sunday 15 March

With spring just around the corner, The Pound is preparing to celebrate the great outdoors with this year’s documentary film festival. Not only will the three day festival open with two preview screenings but there will also be a trio of post-film discussions with the filmmakers. The Pound has teamed up with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and will be running four exciting nature themed workshops on Sunday 16 March. The festival will take place at The Pound between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 March.

Opening the festival will be a preview screening of 20 Feet From Stardom, winner of Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Academy Awards. Telling the untold true story of the backing singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century, this documentary includes intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting. 20 Feet From Stardom will be screening at on Friday 14 March, 11am.

 

Mick Jagger will also feature alongside Greg Allman and Clarence Carter in Muscle Shoals, another music themed documentary. These musical legends, among others, discuss why Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music and why it remains influential today. Muscle Shoals will be showing on Friday 14 March, 7pm.

 

One of 2013’s most highly anticipated films, Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary takes you deep inside the world of commercial fishing. ‘Unlike anything you have ever seen; a purely visceral, cinematic experience.’ Leviathan will be showing on Friday 14 March, 5pm.

 

Continuing with the nature theme, the mesmerising psychological thriller Blackfish uses shocking never-before seen footage and riveting interviews to challenge us to consider our relationship with nature and to reveal how little humans have learned from this highly intelligent fellow mammal: the killer whale. Blackfish will be on Friday 14 March, 9.15pm.

 

Eric Steel’s Kiss the Water focuses on the remarkable influence of Megan Boyd, fly fishing extraordinaire. This documentary takes flight into expressive fantasy, courtesy of Em Cooper’s oil-painted animation. Kiss the Water will screen on Sunday 15 March, 11am.

 

Also showing is Academy Award winning documentarian Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie which draws an intricate portrait of Lance Armstrong, an extraordinarily ambitious man who would stop at nothing to win. This unflinching account of a sport ruled by money and power will be on Sunday 15 March, 7pm. Fire in the Nightfollows the survivors and rescuers of the 1988 explosion on the North Sea Rig Piper Alpha as they revisit the tragedy. This is a stark portrait of desperate heroism beyond the reach of a fictional disaster movie and will show on Sunday 15 March, 9.15pm.

 

The Pound dedicates many events on Sunday 16 March to Project Wild Thing, 2pm. This ambitious feature-length documentary takes a humorous and revealing look at the increasingly disparate connection between children and the great outdoors. This film will be followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers and there will also be workshops for children and young families to get back to nature throughout the day with Krysia Chrzanowska-Hunt, Jess Tanner and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

‘It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate documentary making with such a variety of films’ said Charity Colborne, Marketing Co-ordinator at The Pound, ‘This year’s films touch on subjects from singing to fishing and nature to sport. There’s a variety to spark people’s interests.’

 

Tickets are £5.50 (£4.40 concessions) £3.50 under 16s and students. Why not take advantage of our great Festival ticket offers which include: three different films for £15 (£12 concessions).

 

To see our full programme of Film Festival films, find out more about our ticket offers or to book, visit www.poundarts.org.uk or call the box office on 01249 701628.