Every month the 7 Inch Cinema folks send out a newsletter highlighting not just what they’re doing but a whole slew of other stuff they think is cool. As such it’s kinda essential and a perfect example of what could go on a blog. They’re in touch with the local scene and they have a mission to tell the world about it. It’s a no brainer really. Ian from 7 Inch has told me they’re working on a blog strategy but it can’t hurt to reiterate to others in their situation how simple and effective blogging can be. It doesn’t have to be integrated into your existing site – the two have pretty different purposes really so a link between them will do. Just set up one for free on Blogger or WordPress in a minute or two and start throwing content at it. A good example of this is Ten4 magazine with their fancy showcasing website and more useful blog.
In the meanwhile here’s the July 7inch newsletter all hyperlinked up for your enjoyment.
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Firstly, 7inch newsâ€¦
Saturday 14 July at the Custard Factory in Digbeth
7INCH FILM SPACE at SUPERSONIC
For the fifth year running we are showing fillums at Capsuleâ€™s annual hoe-down, this time in the Custard Factory theatre. Hide in the dark from all those noisy bands with delights including the UK premiere of a new doc about the pioneering Electronic Music Studios, a mini-retrospective for Brighton-based carboot connoisseur Ian Helliwell and a wealth of unseen live footage from the Southern Records vaults. Elsewhere in the festival you can find Mogwai, Sunn 0))), Om, Kling Klang, Pharoah Overlord and Big Fun (maybe).
Sunday 22 July, 7pm at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
7 INCH CINEMA no.25
One of those pub filmnights we used to do all the time, in a new home at the recently-refurbished Hare and Hounds on Kings Heath High St. Expect shorts, DJs and live treats. Submissions are open til 10 July, check out our details at the bottom of this email.
4/5 August at Compton Verney near Stratford-upon-Avon
Weâ€™ll be settling in at Compton Verney for a weekend with a programme of films and animation workshops to complement their new exhibition The Shadow.
17-19 August in Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons
THE GREEN MAN FESTIVAL
Rapidly-growing but thankfully still-intimate folkish festival, this year featuring Joanna Newsom, Battles, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Malkmus and us.
And keep Thursday 30 August free if you can â€“
7inch will be joining forces with Syzygy and Modulate for an audio-visual hoe-down at the Hare and Hounds, with live guests BOTBORG from Australia bringing their unique brand of video noise. More details shortly.
A FEW OTHER THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Thursday 28 June at the Bulls Head in Moseley
28 June at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
AUIDIO-VISUAL PUB QUIZ
29 June-1 July and 6-8 July at BBC Mailbox
Luke Jerram installation in one of Birminghamâ€™s many disused underground tunnels. Places limited, call 0121 244 8080 to book.
Saturday 30 June, 8-2 at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
THE LAST DRAG
In case you hadnâ€™t noticed, from Sunday it will no longer be legal to smoke in pubs or restaurants. Or bus-stops. To mark this momentous, er, moment, The Last Drag is an evening of music, performance and film (with acts including Bom and His Magic Drumstick and Micronormous) which will climax with an emotionally-charged stubbing-out ceremony at midnight.
30 June, all day at the Custard Factory in Digbeth
Colourful hodge-podge of acts including Inspiral Carpets, Ripps, Destroyers, Soweto Kinch and Young Zulu Warriors.
30 June, 7.30pm at Ikon Eastside in Digbeth
Culmination of a project by Jacques Nimki, involving the transformation of a Digbeth warehouse into a lush green meadow. Formal dress required, bring blanket and picnic.
30 June/1 July and 7/8 July at mac in Edgbaston
BUILDING THE IMAGINARY
Four-day 16mm workshop led by no.w.here.lab, tying in with the McCoys miniatures exhibition at Vivid.
30 June-2 July at the Electric
JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
New Julien Temple documentary.
Sunday 1 July at the King Edward, Corporation St in Bham
ZOMBIES OF SKA + support
Friday 6 July, 4pm on Broad St
WALK OF STARS
Birmingham attempts to do Hollywood, with Ozzy Osborne the first of our prodigal sons to be immortalised in concrete.
6-15 July in venues around Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sat 7 July at the Jug of Ale in Moseley
MISTYâ€™S BIG ADVENTURE
Touting their new album, with support from Betty and the Id.
Weds 11 July, 7pm at the Library Theatre in Bham city centre
LOCAL SHORTS FILM CLUB
Comedy and drama special â€“ bar open from 6pm.
Friday 13 July at Walsall Art Gallery
To warm up for Supersonic, various guests including Mark Titchner (Turner-nominated artist), Jim Simpson (Black Sabbathâ€™s first manager) and Nicholas Bullen (Napalm Death, Black Galaxy) will be delving into the West Midlands musical heritage. Â£5 or free entry with Supersonic ticket.
(Anyone with metal tendencies should also check out the Steven Shearer exhibition at Ikon, til July 15th.)
13 July at the Hare and Hounds
Dexys luminary playing records. Â£10 tickets from Jibbering/Swordfish.
Sat 14 July, 2pm at Starbucks in New St, Birmingham
RAVE IN A SUPERMARKET
21 July at the mac in Edgbaston
27 July at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
Medieval psych-rock courtesy of the Hellfire Club.
BITS AND BOBS
Red Line Surveillance are monitoring various phenomena throughout June from a â€˜hideâ€™ at the Festival of Xtreme Buildings.
If youâ€™re interested in contributing to this yearâ€™s Birmingham Comedy Festival, get in touch with Duncan Burns before 9 July: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for application to the Flying Start artists training scheme is 11 July.
Deadline for submissions to the FLIP Animation Festival is 3 August.
Comprehensive weekly Brum gig listings, courtesy of the Silver Footed Gig Slut…
Spectrum Orchestra cd/dvd single, only Â£3.
Man climbing Selfridges.
> What is 7 Inch Cinema?
A Birmingham-based outfit which produces all manner of
events including the annual Flatpack Festival.
> Do you take open submissions?
Yep â€“ of DVDs, CDs, installation ideas, napkin doodles,
etc. Write to email@example.com or:
7 INCH CINEMA / 4 BIRCHWOOD CRESCENT / BIRMINGHAM B12 8BN
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