Q & A with Fighting Chance Films

Gallery Coordinator, Lee Mathers catches up with Dustin Clare from Fighting Chance Films (FCF), Ignite Studios @ NRCG newest resident company.

LM: Tell us about Fighting Chance Films?

FCF: "Fighting Chance Films is an independent film production, distribution and sales company, the distribution and sales side of the Buisness came to be after my wife Camille and I produced the feature film Sunday that I distributed and sold. Fighting Chance Films had made all these great contacts with exhibitors, aggregators, broadcasters and streaming services from that film and there was a real gap in the market servicing independent film, and I was able to help get some stories to audiences that otherwise would not get a chance to be seen. There is a vast array of quality films, that challenge audiences or have real integrity that are just getting missed. Not picked up by distributors or represented by sales agents for a variety of reasons, but films that none the less are of real quality and substance. I thought we could help those films get an audience and get seen and return revenue to independent film producers."

Following the success of previous years LOUD Exhibition program, budding young local artists are being offered an artistic platform to develop and showcase their talents via this year's revised activity-based program as part of National Youth Week (10th to 18th April), the largest celebration of young people in the country.

Held at Ignite Studios @ NRCG, Ballina's innovative multi-disciplinary art space, a range of workshops and activities will run over two days with the aim of inspiring young artists to express themselves through a variety of art forms and have their voices heard on issues concerning them.

Join Byron Arts Magazine and renowned Australian artist Janet Laurence for an exclusive evening of conversation and art at Pack Gallery, Bangalow on Saturday, April 27. Guests will enjoy a botanical experience with the recreation of Janet's Elixir Bar curated by TOWN Restaurant, Bangalow.

A highlight of the evening will be a talk hosted by Lee Mathers from Northern Rivers Community Gallery who will discuss Janet's passion for nature and her art. Lee was awarded an Australia Council and Object Design mentorship with Janet and worked on 'A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants', part of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney.

Last month the Northern Rivers Community Gallery saw the exciting upgrade from halogen exhibition lighting to energy efficient LED lamps.

The move to LED lights is expected to achieve energy consumption and cost savings of up to 98% when compared with the previous halogen lighting system. The reduction in heat emitted in the new LED lighting system, opposed to halogen lamps, will also provide significant reductions in energy consumption costs to maintain temperature control in the Gallery environment and is better for the artworks on display. The lighting upgrade will achieve significant operational savings, which will be reinvested back into arts and cultural activities for the community.

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