Special Feature: Between the Lines Festival begins

Housed at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch and presented by DocHouse and Frontline Club, Between the Lines is a newly formed documentary film festival that runs over the weekend 1-3 March in 2013. Aiming to explore the ways in which shifting boundaries have affected today’s new media landscape, the three-day event will bring together champions of both film and journalism to host sessions on a variety of current topics. There will also be screenings of numerous zeitgeist documentaries, including Brian Knappenberger’s chronicle of the ‘Anonymous’ collective and their exploits We are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.

Other docs to definitely put on your must-watch list are Eugene Jarecki’s in-depth exploration of the American government’s ‘War on Drugs’, The House I Live In and Alex Gibney’s illuminating, recently released exploration of sexual abuse in the Catholic church Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, amongst others. For those looking for more direct contact with some of documentary’s brightest lights, guest speakers will include Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald, documentarian Penny Woolcock and award-winning journalist Dan Bell. There will also be numerous other guests, all of whom will be involved in talk sessions held throughout the three-day event.

Seven discussion panels will take place in total, including ruminations on topics such as ‘Selling Out? Corporate and Political Control of Documentary and Journalism’, ‘Trading Places – Merging Boundaries in Documentary’ and ‘Storytelling in the New Landscape – The Medium and the Message’. Presented by DocHouse in association with the Frontline Club, sponsored by the Bertha Foundation and supported by Film London, Between the Lines promises to be a weekend of intelligent thought and stimulating discussion focused on the current media climate.

CineVue are proud media partners of this year’s Between the Lines Festival (1-3 March, 2013). For more info and to book tickets online, head over to betweenthelinesfest.com.

Tom Grater