YARN Announces Special Knit-Along Screenings In Select Nationwide Cinemas From October 7 Ahead Of UK Wool Week
Compass Films in co-production with 2M Film Studio are thrilled to announce that their theatrical documentary film YARN, has won the Audience Award at the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2016. Directed by Una Lorenzen (Iceland) and Co-Directed and Produced by Heather Millard (UK) and Thordur Jonsson (Iceland) YARN will also be hosting very special Knit-Along screenings in UK cinemas from 7th October 2016 ahead of UK Wool Week.
Embracing the spirit of the film, some screens will also be hosting special Knit-Along screenings, with key events organized for charity such as Brighton Komedia Picturehouse which is in support of Emmaus – a local homeless charity in Brighton and co-hosted by YAK a local yarn store, allowing ticket holders to join in on the knitting action for a good cause.
Additional Knit-Along screenings include:
Southampton Picturehouse – Harbor Lights
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Picture house National Media Museum
Errol Flynn Filmhouse
City Screen York
In addition, a special premiere screening of the film will take place at Hackney’s Picturehouse on the 9th October for the Keep Hackney Warm Project – a charity for the homeless of Hackney. Not only will all ticket holders be granted access to the Knit-Along screening featuring a special introduction by US based craft designer Vickie Howell and a Pomcast Q&A, they will also be given access to the after party which includes a complimentary drink on entrance and a DJ as ticket holders network with fellow crafters.
Officially selected for SXSW and Goteborg Film Festival 2016, YARN is a poetic documentary which follows four international artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends.
The film introduces us to the unique stories of characters from four different countries that use yarn in very different ways. Their view of the world is reflected through their passion with yarn as they travel around the world spreading their work. The characters all have one thing in common - they all work by hand and their work is in one way or another interacting with the environment; as part of architecture, the streets, nature and people.
The film has been met in the US and Canada with critical acclaim, with the New York Times referring to it as “You have almost certainly never seen a better documentary on yarn than ‘YARN’… thread and string should be jealous” and The Hollywood Reporter calling it “A fanciful art doc for the craft-y among us.” Additionally, YARN will be having its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival on 2nd October.
Co-Director and Producer Heather Millard said “We are thrilled to release YARN in over 40 cinemas across the UK just ahead of Wool Week. We began production for YARN back in 2013 and since then we’ve filmed across 11 different countries (including the UK), worked with a crew from the UK, Iceland, Canada, Poland and Sweden and are now in the midst of our US theatrical release with further releases planned for Sweden, Canada, Australia, Greenland, Slovakia, Netherlands and Greece.”
September 23-29 – Mareel Shetlands – Lerwick, U.K. – Tickets and Information
September 29 – October 2nd – Eden Court Theatre – Inverness, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 8, 12 – Aldeburgh Cinema – Aldeburgh, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9 – Picturehouse Cinemas – See List Below – Tickets and Information
York City Screen
Stratford Upon Avon
Bradford at National Media Museum
Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse
Crouch End Picturehouse London
Clapham Picturehouse London
Stratford Picturehouse London
Greenwich Picturehouse London
East Dulwich, London
Hackney Picturehouse, London
Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool
Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath
The Cameo, Edinburgh
Harbour Lights, Southampton
Cinema City, Norwich
October 9 – Showcase Cinemas – See List Below – Tickets and Information
Bluewater Cinema de Lux
Bristol Cinema de Lux
Leeds Cinema de Lux
Nottingham Cinema de Lux
Reading Cinema de Lux
October 7, 11 – Dukes Cinema, Lancaster, UK - Tickets and Information
October 9, 13 - Chichester Cinema, - Chichester, UK - Tickets and Information
October 9 – Farnham Maltings – Surrey, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9th – Dundee Contemporary Arts – Dundee, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9th – The Electric – Birmingham, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9 – Ziferblat – Manchester, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9 – Saffron Screen – Saffron Walden, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9, 11 – The Plough Arts Center – Devon, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 9, 12 – Derby QUAD – Derby, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 10 – Regal Melton – Melton, U.K. – Coming Soon!
October 11 – Ritz Belper – Belper, U.K. – Coming Soon!
October 11 – Savoy Cinema Heaton – Stockport, U.K. – Coming Soon!
October 12 – Corby Cube – Corby, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 13 – South Hill Park Arts Centre – Bracknell, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 15 – Courtyard – Hereford, U.K. – Tickets and Information
October 19 – St Donat’s Arts Centre, Wales – Coming Soon!
November 6 – Florence Arts Centre – Cumbria, UK – Coming Soon!
DIRECTOR: Una Lorenzen
CO-DIRECTORS: Thordur Jonsson and Heather Millard
WRITER: Krishan Arora
NARRATION WRITTEN & PERFORMED: Barbara Kingsolver
ORIGNAL WORK: ‘Where it Begins’ by Barbara Kingsolver
ANIMATION: Una Lorenzen
EDITOR: Þórunn Hafstað
ORIGINAL SCORE: Örn Eldjarn
PRODUCERS: Heather Millard and Þórður Jónsson
CO-PRODUCER: Marcin Marczyk - 2M Film Studio Poland
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Krishan Arora
UNA LORENZEN (Director)
Una Lorenzen is an Icelandic filmmaker living in Montreal, Canada. She received her MFA in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts. Her films have traveled widely to festivals and museums including SXSW, New York City’s New Museum (Nordic Outbreak 2013), Nordisk Panorama, Kro Art Gallery Vienna, Papaya Gyro Nights Hong Kong, Unsound music festival Poland and Artforum online.
HEATHER MILLARD (Co-Director/Producer)
Heather is an experienced producer working in both documentary films and feature-films. Her productions have included award-winning feature-film ‘Of Good Report’ (TIFF 2013, BFI London 2013) and documentary feature-films: ‘YARN’ (SXSW 2016), ‘I Want to be Weird’ (Nordisk Panoram 2015), ‘Trend Beacons’ (CPH:DOX 2014), ‘ASH’ (Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2013), ‘Future of Hope’ (IDFA 2010). Heather has been producing feature length documentary films, hybrid films and feature films since 2009 when she re-located to Iceland from the UK. Heather is currently in development with 2 feature films and a children’s animated series and in production with 3 feature documentaries.
THORDUR JONSSON (Co-Director/Producer)
Thordur is an Icelandic film director/producer working in documentaries, features and servicing. Thordur has co-produced the award winning feature film ‘Of Good Report’ (TIFF, BFI London 2013), co-directed and produced ‘YARN’ (SXSW 2016) and recently completed the hybrid feature ‘The Wall’ (Winner – Best Human Rights Documentary at the Galway Film Fleadh 2016) and documentary film ‘Permaculture Preacher’. Thordur regularly services international film and television productions in Iceland, including the recent productions: BBC's ‘Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature’, BBC’s ‘The Big Fish’ and projects for Red Bull TV and Maori Television in New Zealand.