First events on sale for Glasgow Short Film Festival 2017

The 10th anniversary edition offers An Evening With Bukowski, featuring UK Premiere of recently uncovered interview with the legendary writer plus performances from poet Stephen Watt and Jacob Yates And The Pearly Gate Lock-Pickers amongst others, and Jazz Is Our Religion, the rarely-screened John Jeremy total jazz film featuring the photography of Val Wilmer

The festival also announces a partnership with Glasgows latest arts and party venue, Joytown Grand Electric Theatre in Garnethill

The first major events for the 2017 Glasgow Short Film Festival have gone on sale.

Scotland's largest celebration of short film, the festival - which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017 and runs at the CCA, GFT and Joytown Grand Electric Theatre from 15 - 19 March - toasts some major cult heroes with two unmissable nights of film, poetry and music.

An Evening With Bukowski (Fri 17 March) features the UK Premiere of Matteo Borgardt’s documentary Youve Never Had It - An Evening With Bukowski, based on a video interview conducted by Silvia Bizio in January of 1981 with writer Charles Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California. The film covers a long night of smoking cigarettes and drinking wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kind of subjects, from writers to sex, love and humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes which have been digitised and edited along with new shots in Super8 of scenes of Los Angeles today and poems read by Bukowski himself. The night continues in true barfly style, with live performances from poets including Stephen Watt, whose 'crime poetry’ addresses Glasgow's gritty underbelly and from musicians including Jacob Yates And The Pearly Gate Lock-Pickers. 

Jazz Is Our Religion (Sat 18 March) is a rare 35mm screening of John Jeremy's 1972 exploration of a musical form spanning several generations. The film uses legendary female jazz photographer Val Wilmer’s huge archive of images capturing the scene from the 1950s to the 1970s, with a soundtrack of music and spoken word recordings from the likes of Rashied Ali, Charlie Parker, Lol Coxhill and Ted Joans. 

The screening will be followed by an afterparty including live performances to be announced and a set from top London jazz DJ Donna Leake (brilliant corners).

An Evening With Bukowski and the Jazz Is Our Religion afterparty will take place at the newly-reopened Joytown Grand Electric Theatre in Garnethill. Previously serving as an exhibition hall, theatre, early cinema, zoo and snooker club, Joytown Grand Electric Theatre will become an inclusive and relaxed Festival club for four days and nights, with food, drink, screenings and special events from midday until late. 

Glasgow Short Film Festival is funded by Creative Scotland and Glasgow Film.

Festival director Matt Lloyd said: Im over the moon to have reached this significant anniversary, thanks to the dedication of the many short film-lovers who have generously contributed their time and passion to the festival over the last decade. Were marking this birthday by introducing an exciting new venue, providing a base for our loyal audience and the ever-growing number of international filmmakers flocking to Glasgow each March. And were celebrating short films links with music and poetry with two unique crossover events. More special guests to be announced!

Tickets for both events are available today from The full festival programme will be announced on 1st February. 

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