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HEADING FOR THE PARIS INTERZONE (Added 2017-09-20 14:01:59 BST)
Nic is delighted to be taking part in The Paris Interzone Conference this week.

The sixth annual conference by The European Beat Studies Network, Nic will be presenting our films and talking about adapting Beat work for the screen alongside Beat academics such as Ann Charters, Gerard Nicosia and Oliver Harris.

A full report will follow upon his return or you can follow him on Twitter

14167 Films are both delighted and proud to announce that Nic will be a guest at The European Beat Studies Network conference in Paris later this year.

The conference takes place across 20 - 22 September at The University of Chicago Centre in Paris. Organised the EBSN, the conference is aimed at being an academic network for scholars, students writers and artists interested in the Beat Generation, Beat Studies and related research areas and activities.

Nic will be presenting some of our films and speaking about the film making process.

More information can be found HERE and Nic will post a full report upon his return.

As always, keep an eye on the skies...

BEAT SCENE REVIEWS KEROUAC FILM (Added 2017-07-15 15:20:34 BST)
Beat Scene remains the leading journal of all things Beat and we were delighted to find out that the latest issue carries a review of our Kerouac film.

Here is an extract from that review -

Saunders isn't one for simple re-creation, instead he interprets, keeping the kernel centre and building on that ... Director Saunders keeps the essence of Kerouac's story but gives it a twist, the actual road intruding at the beginning and near ending of the film. This short film has elements, quite deliberately, of a home movie about it. It conveys a restlessness and two lonely souls have a a brief encounter - only to drift away like tiny grains of sand in a cast of billions. The beach being the universe ... I'm not sure what Saunders' next move is, but if this is to be it, he leaves behind an intriguing box of films for us Beat enthusiasts to reflect on. The hope is that many of you will get to see them all.

The full review can be found in Issue 86 and is available from BEAT SCENE

As ever, all news will appear here first. Keep your eyes on the skies...

We were delighted to learn that Bay Area poet and Broadcaster, Jack Foley, had subjected our Kerouac film to his normal expert scrutiny and written a beautiful analysis of the film on the literary website Caveat Lector.

Check out what he had to say HERE

As ever, all news and reviews will be posted here first and make sure to follow us on Twitter.

14167 FILMS FOUNDER MADE MEMBER OF EBSN (Added 2017-04-21 16:10:10 BST)
It's really exciting to be able to announce that 14167 Films' very own Nic Saunders has been made a member of The European Beat Studies Network.

The EBSN brings together, from across and beyond Europe, those who share an academic or creative interest in the broad field of Beat culture. The EBSN aims to be inclusive; a genuine community of scholars and students, writers and artists, which not only reaches out to all kinds of people who work on the Beats, but also actively invites their participation.

It's wonderful to accept membership as it means our Beat films have been embraced by the Beat community and it's a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and contacts in this very special little bit of the literary world.

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MORE PRAISE FOR KEROUAC FILM (Added 2017-04-13 09:13:59 BST)
As is customary when you finish a short film, you send copies to people who you think might be interested in the film and whose opinion of your film you would value. For us at 14167 Films, that means sending copies to those who now write or study the Beats.

To those ends we sent a screener to OLIVER HARRIS, President of the European Beat Studies Network, an organisation aiming to bring together those who share an academic or creative interest in the broad field of Beat culture.

As well as being its President, Oliver is also a Professor of American Literature at Keele University and the editor of many books on the Beats, including The Yage Letters Redux (2006), Junky : The Definitive Text of Junk (2003) and Naked Lunch @ 50 (2009).

This is what he had to say about The Good Blonde -

I did really dig the film. The style is perfect, not gimmicky, just right, and the casting of Hinkle works even if you dont recognise him (he looks familiar). I also liked the modesty of the whole piece, which is more Kerouacian than the usual effort to hop things up (although, oddly, I recall they take benzedrine in the original story, which ought to make it frenetic, whereas I found the mood wistful). I imagine you must have resisted a lot of temptations with a piece like this, and you did well to do so. In short, it is a lovely film.

We're very thankful to Oliver for taking the time to watch the film and even happier that he liked our efforts. We know we're making quite niche films here and it's very, very rewarding when the experts in the field appreciate the work.

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FEEDBACK FROM BILL MORGAN (Added 2017-04-09 10:32:37 BST)
Bill Morgan is the author and editor of more than a dozen books about the Beat writers. For nearly forty years he has worked as an editor and archival consultant for nearly every member of the Beat Generation including Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Diane Di Prima, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, and Edie Kerouac.

Whilst on a lecture tour of Italy, Bill watched a screener of our Kerouac film, The Good Blonde, and this is what he had to say -

You have done a good job of presenting Jack's words - it is a lot of dialogue to fit into a film, but I think you've managed to balance them with the images pretty well. As an old-timer, I especially liked seeing Al Hinkle on the screen and shots of Big Sur and City Lights. You have certainly undertaken some difficult works to translate into film. Congratulations, another good job.

Obviously, we are thrilled that Bill enjoyed the film and felt we'd not done Kerouac's words a disservice.

As ever, all news and updates will appear here first ...

THE GOOD BLONDE IS HEADING FOR SPAIN (Added 2017-04-01 09:24:18 BST)
We're really pleased to announce that The Good Blonde has made Official Selection in her second film festival, The Barcelona Planet Film Festival.

It's very encouraging to know people are enjoying the film and it's beginning to find an audience.

As ever keep your eyes on the skies for more news ....

KEROUAC FILM SELECTED FOR BVFF 2017 (Added 2017-03-12 17:33:14 GMT)
With our Kerouac short, The Good Blonde, now finished in a form that we can enter in film festivals, we're delighted to announce that today we received the news that we'd made Official Selection at the BVFF 2017.

Dates and times will be posted as we learn them, but it's great to know the film will be screening for a Stateside audience this year. 14167 Films have had films screened in previous BVFF's and we're delighted to be screening with them once again and we hope to be in attendance in San Francisco for the festival.

As ever keep your eyes on the skies ....

BLONDE IS THE NEW BLACK (Added 2016-12-26 10:07:56 GMT)
14167 Films would like to wish everyone we've worked with in 2016 or who we've met at one of our Beat Screen events, a very happy Christmas and an even happier New Year.

Beat Screen events aside, 2016 has outwardly been our quietest year in some time, but all that will soon change in 2017 as Blonde becomes the new Black.

With musical elements by Andy Dragazis added in the last few days and a few very small technical tweaks left to be made, The Good Blonde should be ready within the next weeks to be entered into film festivals. So, watch this space for what should be a much busier year. All updates are posted here and you can follow us on Twitter at @14167films.

Until then, enjoy the festive season and we'll see you on the other side ....

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