Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival


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Live Event — 30 September 2021, 19:00

Work in Progress: Rising Up at Night Q&A

Returning to the festival this year, Work in Progress (formerly Previews) highlights forthcoming films and offers audiences a chance to hear about the process of their production. Join filmmaker Nelson Makengo, producer Rosa Spaliviero and editor Inneke Van Waeyenberghe in conversation with BFMAF programmer Herb Shellenberger for a discussion of Makengo’s upcoming feature Rising up at Night and clips of the new work.

The event will be broadcast live on the home page of our website at the time and date advertised above.

Live Event Participants:

Nelson Makengo is a Congolese filmmaker and visual artist whose work oscillates between contemporary art and film. His latest film, Up at Night/Nuit Debout, winner of the Best Documentary Short Film Award at IDFA 2019, has been screened at over 60 festivals worldwide, including True False, Full Frame and Sundance in the USA. Up at Night was nominated in 2020 as one of the 50 best films of the year by the British Film Institute. His film E’ville (2018) won the Sharjah Art Foundation Residency Award at the 2019 Videobrasil Biennale, the Grand Jury Prize at the Saint- Louis Documentary Film Festival in Senegal, and the Best Documentary Award at the Rwanda Film Festival. Rising Up At Night is his first feature film. In 2021, Nelson Makengo is a Sundance Documentary Film Institute grantee.

Inneke Van Waeyenberghe (1977- Brussels) works as a film editor and independent cultural producer. She studied audiovisual arts, section documentary film at The Hogeschool Sint- Lukas Brussels. Her editing work for film, video and installations is often situated in between documentary and experimental film, in between genres and formats. Her main interest lies in audiovisual works with a sharp, sensitive perception on reality, memory and territory. The films and installations she’s been editing were presented on national and international festivals, in art venues and galleries. She’s been working with Eleni Kamma, Sarah Vanagt, Katja Mater, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Marjolijn Dijkman, Lisa Spilliaert, Manon Deboer, Dora García and Vincent Meessen among others. Selected filmography as editor : The Wave (Sarah Vanagt, Winner short IBAFF 2014), Ultramarine (Vincent Meessen, Winner Ammodo Tiger Short Award, IFFR 2019)

Born in Dakar, Rosa Spaliviero lives and works between Brussels and Lubumbashi. A founding member of Picha, she has been involved in the Lubumbashi Biennale since 2008. In Belgium, she was a producer for Atelier Graphoui for 7 years. Since 2017, TWENTY NINE STUDIO & PRODUCTION supports young filmmakers in their most daring film projects with a strong social or political dimension. Rosa Spaliviero chooses to produce films that show an openness to the world with a unique aesthetic device. Recent filmography includes “Rumba Rules, new genealogies” (2020) by David N. Bernatchez and Sammy Baloji (premiered at IDFA 2020), “Up At Night” (2019) by Nelson Makengo, “Machini” (2019) by Tétshim and Frank Mukunday, an animated documentary that has won over 10 awards worldwide. In 2021, Rosa Spaliviero is a Sundance Documentary Film Institute grantee and EURODOC participant.

Herb Shellenberger is a film programmer, curator and writer originally from Pennsylvania and based in London. He has curated screenings, exhibitions and film series at film festivals, cinematheques and art insti- tutions internationally, including retrospectives of filmmakers such as Ali Khamraev (BFMAF 2017), Sophia Al-Maria (BFMAF 2018), Tiffany Sia, Payal Kapadia (BFMAF 2020), Sid Iandovka & Anya Tsyrlina, George Kuchar, Jonas Mekas, Sergei Parajanov, Johan van der Keuken and Al Wong. In 2020, he was a union rep and co-organiser of the 42-day strike of workers at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and he is co-editor of the revised edition of Amos Vogel’s 1974 book Film as a Subversive Art (Film Desk Books, 2021).