Proudly the “antithesis of the multiplex”, for the better part of a decade Stow Film Lounge has been touring its Time Out featured mobile repertory cinema through Walthamstow and beyond, entertaining 30,000 people with over 500 films in the process.
Founded by theatre ex-pats Nick Bertram and Marcus Shepherd, now respectively a film journalist and writer-director, the cinema has become known for both the striking reinterpretations of classic film posters that accompany each screening and the unmistakably independent bent to its programming – their back catalogue seeing Elia Kazan and Sergei Eisenstein rubbing shoulders with Ava DuVernay and Céline Sciamma, with directors/editors like John Maclean (Slow West), Adam Pearson (Under The Skin), Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man) and Gregers Sall (Senna) having dropped by to join them in conversation. In 2018 Stow Film Lounge ventured into production, producing their first feature The Tricycle Thief – a thoroughly local affair, set in Waltham Forest and with an entirely local cast and crew. For Leytonstone Loves Film in 2019 Stow Film Lounge curated ‘On The Streets Where We Live’. This was a strand taking in the geography of the Borough and interrogating senses of place and the communities embedded within them. Using the X7eaven's studios they screened Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, Chris Stoke's You Got Served, alongside a very special anniversary screening at Leytonstone Library of the work avant-garde filmmaker John Smith created during his decade and a half in Leytonstone.
Last year Stow Film Lounge made a specially commissioned Leytonstone Loves Film "Take The High Road" film celebrating the many cultural, historical and personal stories of the area's main artery road. This year will see another commissioned film being made "A Day In Langthorne Park". Since 2020 Stow Film Lounge have been running their "Cycle-In Cinema" events which promote sustainable screenings and encourages the audience to attend on bikes, trikes, skateboards, prams, scooters and all manner of people-powered wheels, for an environmentally friendly film experience.
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