We are very pleased and excited to announce the second UK screening of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay and an accompanying exhibition of Bill’s portraits of UK based photographers. The exhibition will be open from Saturday 12th May – Saturday 30th June 2018.
DO NOT BEND: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC LIFE OF BILL JAY
Oriel Colwyn/Theatr Colwyn
Friday 11th May 2018 / 6.30 to 10.30pm. Tickets: £5
Following the film screening, co-producers Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt will host a discussion on Bill Jay’s impact on the world of photography and share their experience of producing the film with limited budget and resources.
Film and discussion suitable for ages 15+
Tickets can be purchased at http://orielcolwyn.org
A book published by www.caferoyalbooks.com titled Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay that accompanies the exhibition will be available online and at the gallery.
We are very excited to announce that Professor Laura Ritchie from the University of Chichester is creating an original score for the film and that Grant Campbell is recording a song for the film which will compliment Laura’s work. Laura and Grant are also collocating on a piece of music to end the film.
Professor Laura Ritchie was born in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. She is a cellist, and a National Teaching Fellow Coordinator of Instrumental/ Vocal Teaching and MA Performance at the University of Chichester.
Laura left America to study performance at the Royal College of Music in London before becoming a highly successful performer and lecturer.
For more information please visit www.lauraritchie.com
Grant Campbell is a Scottish singer-songwriter, born in Glasgow. He began playing in various bands when he was 16 and went on to pursue a solo career in his early twenties. He has played support for many different acts including; Odetta, Mary Gauthier, The Handsome Family, John Hammond and James Blood Ulmer, amongst many others.
His debut album Postcards from Nowhere was recorded at home on a four track with Campbell recording and performing all the music. It was released in the summer of 2005 on Crooked Mouth Records, to critical acclaim which included an ‘Album of the Week’ in The Sunday Times. The album was likened to that of Springsteen’s classic Nebraska album with its rustic feel and rough vocals.
For more information please visit www.grantcampbell.co.uk
We are pleased to say that we are now well into the off-line edit of the film. We have had fantastic support from those who knew Bill and have been able to collect a huge amount of both audio and visual material. We are continuing to speak with others through the summer and aim to have photo lock on the film ready for its original score by September.
A big thank you to Jake Chessum who filmed Ralph Gibson and Anna Ray Jones for us yesterday in New York. Below: Tony Ray Jones in Anna’s apartment.
Above: It was a pleasure to meet with John Benton Harris last Saturday and talk about Bill. The image above left was taken of John by Bill and featured in the book Photographers Photographed.
We are excited to announce that we have just received over twelve hours of film footage of Bill lecturing in 1989 to consider for the film from the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts.
We were also able to speak with and film innovator, educator, author, advisor and entrepreneur in the field of photography MV Swanson ‘Swanny’ Monday in New York. She was not only one of Bill’s first students at Arizona State she was also a close friend and supporter of Bill’s. We’d like to thank her for her support for the film and in helping us connect with other people in Bill’s life.
A big thank you to Magnum photographer Alex Webb who made himself available to be filmed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn on Monday by Jake Chessum. Alex shared his memories of Bill and spoke about his impact on his work and fellow photographers.
It was great to be able to spend a day with Paul Hill talking about his memories of working with and for Bill. Paul founded The Photographers Place – the UK’s first residential photography workshop – at his Peak District home where we filmed him outside the building known as the ‘Scout Hut’ where the workshops were held including one in which Bill was involved with. Paul has written two books, Approaching Photography and Dialogue with Photography and has had two monographs White Peak Dark Peak and Corridor of Uncertainty published. He has exhibited regularly since 1970 in the British Isles and internationally. Paul was the first art photographer to receive an MBE for services to photography and the first professor of photographic practice within a British university. Suffice to say his memories of Bill and his thoughts on Bill’s career will provide important insight to the film.