Video Strolls is a non-profit collective (three friends) who have been curating and producing fun and DIY artist-film screenings and events about place since 2014. Always casual and inclusive (and often free!), we specialise in bringing together “professional” and “amateur” artists with The General Public.
We are place-filmmakers Owen Davey, Liberty Rowley and Andy Howlett. And ‘place-films’ just means any film made in response to your environment.
For example, here’s something by filmmaker and author of This Other London, John Rogers, which typifies the way we like to encourage new, DIY filmmaking and the integration between artist and audience at our screenings; John makes a ‘videostroll’ about going to a Videos Strolls screening at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes:
We produce these events independently or as guest-curators and collaborators with…
…Flatpack Film Festival, MK Gallery, Alchemy Film and Arts, Walkspace, London Fortean Society, 4th World Congress of Psycho-Geography, Urban Tree Festival, Artefact Birmingham, West Hampstead Cinema Club, The Magic Cinema, Stoke Newington Literary Festival, Archway With Words, Scalarama, Islington Film Festival, Still Walking Festival, Mirror City Festival and Tripspace.
We’ve worked with too many artists to mention, but here’s what some have to say about us…
“Hats off to the Video Strolls team and their exploration of the overlooked, ignored corners of our messy urban fabric. Their hunch that the ugly places are often the most interesting ones, if only you look through the right lens, is explored with a spirit of curiosity, bemusement, and fundamentally, love – keep up the good work, your country needs you!”
– Michael Smith, The Culture Show
“Being invited to participate in Video Strolls screenings and inclusion on the website feels like becoming part of a community of like-minded artists and filmmakers. It is an honour to have our work collected together with film makers whose work we have been influenced and inspired by and to discover new and exciting filmmakers to inspire us in the future.”
– Liberty Rowley, FourFeetFilms & Curator of the London Arts Board (and now Video Strolls!)
“I was impressed by Videostrolls’ curatorial eye and enjoyed working with them.”
– Rosalind Fowler, Artist-Filmmaker
“Vital and fantastic!”
– Andrew Kotting, straw bear
Thanks and see you in the physical realm!
Owen, Liberty and Andy.
p.s. Video Strolls started life as a free online archive of place-films, and for a while we wrote a blog for Caught By The River.