Matchbox Media News

  • Sandgrains on Spanish TV

    Lovely people, this is great news!
    Sandgrains has been sold to and will be aired by Spanish TV broadcaster RTVE!

    So if you're in Spain this Saturday the 12th of October, switch on the telly to "LA NOCHE TEMÁTICA de RTVE"
    You'll get an exclusive opportunity to see Zé and our friends from Ribeira da Barca dubbed to Spanish!
    Stay tuned! An evening dedicated to the business of sand with two documentaries.

    And for two weeks after the air date you can also watch in on the web here (Spanish territory only).

  • Environmental Film Fest Melbourne

    Who is in Melbourne on Thursday?

    Sandgrains' Australia premiere coming up at the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne on the 12th of September.
    Another festival on the other side of the world!
    Showing at Kino Cinemas, Collins Place @ 8:00pm!

    Get your tickets here!

  • Photo Exhibition of The Sand of Ja

    Our photographer Francesca will be exhibiting 'The Sand of Ja', her photographic work done for the production of Sandgrains.

    Opening 31st of August, 7.30 pm at Palagenius in Imola, Italy.

    The event will be followed by a Q&A, she will speak about the documentary film production, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and Matchbox Media Collective. Our thoughts go to Ja and the whole community of Ribeira da Barca that welcomed us for 2 months in CapeVerde.

      

  • A trip to Tunisia - Day One

    A trip to Tunisia, arriving on a day of political unrest

    Italian only by Brian D'aquino

    Bisogna ammetterlo: ci sentiamo decisamente furbi. Vacanze estive in Tunisia, in completo relax; un documentarista free lance, una aspirante tecnica di regia radio, uno studente di lingue decisamente fuori corso; mezzo di trasporto, un camion da overland 4x4 in grado di arrampicarsi sulle dune del Sahara come fossero le scale di casa. A completare il quadro, una leggera infarinatura di cultura del Maghreb frutto di esperienze precedenti, ben bilanciata da una conoscenza specifica del paese di destinazione vicinissima allo zero. Pronti, partenza, via.

    La nave che ci imbarca a Civitavecchia non ha nulla delle lussuose imbarcazioni che coprono le tratte estive dai porti italiani alle principali localita’ turistiche. E’ poco piu’ di un traghetto per Ischia, con l’unico pregio aggiuntivo di non trasportare rumorosi vacanzieri napoletani, bensi’ esclusivamente tunisini di ritorno a casa. Siamo infatti gli unici italiani a bordo, e non e’ difficile capire il perche’: la tratta dura oltre 20 ore, ed il biglietto e’ piu' caro di quello di un aereo. Praticamente tutti i passeggeri viaggiano con un mezzo al seguito; auto e furgoni sono stivati all’inverosimile, e dai portapacchi sui tetti si affacciano scatoloni, tappetti, mobili e biciclette scassate. Nonostante si sia ormai alla meta’ del mese di Ramadan, sulla nave sono in pochi ad osservare il divieto. I piu’ mangiano e bevono con disinvoltura anche durante il giorno e si affollano sul ponte superiore a fumare sigarette, mentre il buio della notte e’ punteggiato dai bagliori rossastri dei bracieri della chicha.

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  • Matchbox Meeting in Rome

    Since some time the Matchbox members are scattered around the world, we have moved away from London even if our operational base is still there and we will always be back. This means that having meetings is quite difficult and when we manage we always have tons of issues to discuss.

    This time we managed to have a summer meeting in Rome at Mirco's flat. We have been discussing what we like to call Matchbox 2.0. Many developments are in the making, some members have left the collective and we are looking at new ways to include new people and inject new blood and creativity into our group. We have been discussing new interactive tools to decentralize our decision making process and ways to share the knowledge we have gathered during the production of our first collective project Sandgrain. We started organizing tutorials on how to manage our website and our blog and have filmed interviews of each other to create videos on crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and communication strategies to develop and push the productions we believe in.

    More news soon!

  • UK Premiere at Open City Docs Fest

    If you are in London on Sunday the 23rd of June you should not miss our European premiere of Sandgrains at Open City Docs Fest, London's global documentary film festival!
    Join the production team at UCL for the first public screening in the UK and speak with director Jordie Montevecchi at the Q&A following the screening. Come in numbers! The whole production team will be there!
    Sandgrains is a 100% crowdfunded documentary that has taken over 4 years to be made. Produced by Matchbox Media Collective and countless people that have collaborated in all aspects of production.

  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - Videotheque Selection

    Another documentary film festival, another market catalogue selection for Sandgrains!
    This time it's Sheffield Doc/Fest where our documentary had been selected 2 years ago at the crowdfunding pitch.

    Jordie is attending this major festival in the UK to continue developing contacts with distributors and broadcasters and to make a final decision on how to insert the documentary into the international market.
    Meeting friends, attending master classes and panel discussions, dancing alongside film commissioners and buyers. This festival is one of the most important in Europe.

    Here a picture with Rob Mitchel, great festival buddy met in Krakow and here again!

  • Sandgrains Cape Verdian music

    To realize the music of Sandgrains, Mirco Buonomo, our sound engineer, met and worked with two Cape Verdeans musicians: To Alves and Ronaldo Espirito Santo, with whom he recorded 3 songs in Cape Verde. To Alves is a well-known musician of the Cape Verdian panorama; Mirco recorded with him two unreleased songs that the musician wanted to give us as a contribution for the documentary, showing a great sensitivity to the issues covered in Sandgrains. Ronaldo Espirito Santo is a young emergent musician, discovered by Mirco; he was soon interested to collaborate for the project and we hope that this will help his music to make known off from Cape Verde. Both musicians exhibited a strong altruism and spirit of sharing, showing once again the big heart which characterizes the inhabitants of these islands.

  • Krakow Film Market

    Here some more exciting news from Sandgrains!
    From the 26th of May until the 2nd of June the film will be at the Krakow Film Market, the industry section of the Krakow Film Festival!
    We will be soon traveling to Poland!!!
    Jordie is going to promote the film to Central and Eastern European broadcasters and distribution agents.
    Anyone around that is attending as well?
    Looking forward to meet you at the networking drinks with a nice polish beer in our hand :-)

  • Spinto dagli Usa Iraq vuole ricucire i rapporti con la Turchia - Panorama

    (Alberto Tetta per Panorama) Sull'ultimo numero di Panorama in edicola un mio pezzo sulla normalizzazione dei rapporti tra Turchia e Iraq. Buona lettura!

    Sfogliatore WEB

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