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thespiritual informs thematerial

Today it seems to me far more important to talk not so much about art in general or the function of cinema in particular, as about life itself; for the artist who is not conscious of its meaning is unlikely to be capable of making any coherent statement in the language of [their] own art. Andrei Tarkovsky, ‘Sculpting in Time’, p231.

Our aim is to establish a creative community in Bristol, utilising the talents of those associated with ‘The Group’, a mentoring group set up to help with the spiritual and creative development of artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, dancers, writers and poets. This provides a pool of talented people, all working from a distinctively transformational spirituality and worldview. The Group is growing; we now have some 65 people involved from across the Bristol/Bath area.

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. Robert Bresson

We are producing a series of short films, looking at the spiritual crisis which pervades contemporary society, providing work for people passionate about their spirituality and the medium of film.

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best – that is inspiration. Robert Bresson

We are influenced by such filmmakers as Krzysztof Kieslowski, Robert Bresson and Andrei Tarkovsky

What passes for art today is for the most part fiction, for it is a fallacy to suppose that method can become the meaning and aim of art. Nevertheless, most modern artists spend their time self-indulgently demonstrating method…The situation is worst in the visual arts, which today are almost totally devoid of spirituality. The accepted view is that this situation reflects the de-spiritualised state of society. But art must transcend as well as observe; its role is to bring spiritual vision to bear on reality… Andrei Tarkovsky, ‘Sculpting in Time’, p.96: 1987

We believe that film ought to critique contemporary society, not provide a way of evading our responsibilities from the cultivation of change – we wish to stimulate imaginative dialogue and solutions to our socio-cultural dis-ease.

The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine. Robert Bresson