La Escuela

(24 mins,  HD video, colour, 2018)

 

Gasworks presents La Escuela, a film by Seth Pimlott developed in collaboration with organisations from the Latin American community of South London.

 

La Escuela looks at the transmission of cultural identity between generations. It celebrates the ability to imagine oneself into the future, whilst reconciling the loss bound up in such a leap.

 

Seth Pimlott is the inaugural Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence, a programme which supports London-based artists to develop a piece of work in collaboration with local community groups. The programme aims to incorporate the artist’s own practice as a means of developing a cohesive project with an overall output at the end of the 6 – 12 month residency.

 

Between September 2016 and 2017, Seth Pimlott ran workshops with community groups including Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Spanish-language Saturday School in Kennington; Sin Fronteras, a young women’s support and political advocacy group organised by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service; Cali Swing Dance School, the largest salsa academy in the UK ; and activists from the Pueblito Paisa campaign in Seven Sisters. The workshops explored the intersection of personal biographies with national histories, including the violent conflicts that forced some families to flee abroad. Collective and creative engagement with these histories became the basis for reimagining personal narratives, which has informed the story told in La Escuela.

 

The film takes the form of a school assembly, incorporating and reinterpreting the complex musical and aesthetic heritage of the community. The lead character is Mariana, a female spirit, an avatar of the intellectual and imaginative work of the women involved in the project. She guides us through a story of migration, hardship and the coming together of communities in the face of the systemic forces that threaten them. Three individuals from the participating organisations play Mariana at different stages of her life: as a young child growing up in Colombia, as a teenager arriving into the UK, and then as an adult who has established a life and set up La Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

“Mariana's film is very important for us because it shows the greatest cause of the Colombian mass emigration and the consequences that are suffered by the people due to indiscriminate violence.

 

Collaborating in the different stages of the filming has been very interesting and satisfying for the children, teachers, youth and adults who participated, as well as for me. The film has fulfilled my dream of uniting different generations, cultures, Latin American projects and British entities in a common goal: to foster union, understanding and tolerance of people of different ages, gender and cultures in favour of a harmonic multicultural society.” - Marlen Cabezas, Head teacher at Escuela De Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  • Exhibited:

    Gasworks, (London)

    Sin Lugar a Dudas, (Cali, Colombia

  • Credits:

    Directed by

    Seth Pimlott

    Pearl Doughty-White

    and Marlen Cabezas

    /

    Produced by

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Director of Photography

    Edwin Mingard

    /

    Costumes and artwork by

    Rose Keyes

    /

    Starring

    Marlen Cabezas as Mariana

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos as young Mariana

    Vanessa Lesdy as teen Mariana

    /

    The Violencia Man

    Nando Messias

    /

    Solo performance by

    Marta Hinestrosa

    /

    Sally Collazos as Mariana’s mum

    Bob Tubo as Mariana’s dad

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos and Semilore Tubo-Collazos as Mariana’s sisters

    /

    Children of Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos

    Adrian Olmedo

    Madeline Rosales

    Hilary Valverde

    Sofia Castillo

    /

    Cali Swing dancers:

    Isabella Garzon Villamil

    Kaira Quintero Villaneda

    Jonathan Naranjo

    Alejandro Puentes Motato

    Isaac Jaek Sotomayor Vega

    Pereira de Jesus

    Sean White

    Evelyn Espinosa Villada

    /

    Women of Sin Fronteras:

    Vanessa Lesdy

    Karla Espinoza

    Mónica Isabel Hurtado Parra

    /

    Set design

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Set building

    Finn Thompson

    Luke Tristram

    Jeremy Bond

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Lighting design

    Robbie Butler

    /

    Sound recording

    Dave Sohanpal

    /

    Grips

    Duke Blue Doughty-White

    Freddie Scott-Soundy

    Eddie Luchford

    /

    With thanks to

    Saulo from Cali Swing

    Illary from Sin Fronteras

    All the teachers and parents at Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Jean Seaton and Carin Pimlott

    /

    Featuring ‘Peregrina Gollondrina’ by Chebeto Requena

    /

    A Gasworks Film

    /

    Supported by Arts Council England

     

     

     

© seth pimlott, 2016.

La Escuela

(24 mins,  HD video, colour, 2018)

Commisioned by Gasworks, supported by Arts Council England

 

Gasworks presents La Escuela, a film by Seth Pimlott developed in collaboration with organisations from the Latin American community of South London.

 

La Escuela looks at the transmission of cultural identity between generations. It celebrates the ability to imagine oneself into the future, whilst reconciling the loss bound up in such a leap.

 

Seth Pimlott is the inaugural Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence, a programme which supports London-based artists to develop a piece of work in collaboration with local community groups. The programme aims to incorporate the artist’s own practice as a means of developing a cohesive project with an overall output at the end of the 6 – 12 month residency.

 

Between September 2016 and 2017, Seth Pimlott ran workshops with community groups including Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Spanish-language Saturday School in Kennington; Sin Fronteras, a young women’s support and political advocacy group organised by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service; Cali Swing Dance School, the largest salsa academy in the UK ; and activists from the Pueblito Paisa campaign in Seven Sisters. The workshops explored the intersection of personal biographies with national histories, including the violent conflicts that forced some families to flee abroad. Collective and creative engagement with these histories became the basis for reimagining personal narratives, which has informed the story told in La Escuela.

 

The film takes the form of a school assembly, incorporating and reinterpreting the complex musical and aesthetic heritage of the community. The lead character is Mariana, a female spirit, an avatar of the intellectual and imaginative work of the women involved in the project. She guides us through a story of migration, hardship and the coming together of communities in the face of the systemic forces that threaten them. Three individuals from the participating organisations play Mariana at different stages of her life: as a young child growing up in Colombia, as a teenager arriving into the UK, and then as an adult who has established a life and set up La Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

“Mariana's film is very important for us because it shows the greatest cause of the Colombian mass emigration and the consequences that are suffered by the people due to indiscriminate violence.

 

Collaborating in the different stages of the filming has been very interesting and satisfying for the children, teachers, youth and adults who participated, as well as for me. The film has fulfilled my dream of uniting different generations, cultures, Latin American projects and British entities in a common goal: to foster union, understanding and tolerance of people of different ages, gender and cultures in favour of a harmonic multicultural society.” - Marlen Cabezas, Head teacher at Escuela De Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

  • Exhibited:

    Gasworks, (London)

    Sin Lugar a Dudas, (Cali, Colombia

  • Credits:

    Directed by

    Seth Pimlott

    Pearl Doughty-White

    and Marlen Cabezas

    /

    Produced by

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Director of Photography

    Edwin Mingard

    /

    Costumes and artwork by

    Rose Keyes

    /

    Starring

    Marlen Cabezas as Mariana

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos as young Mariana

    Vanessa Lesdy as teen Mariana

    /

    The Violencia Man

    Nando Messias

    /

    Solo performance by

    Marta Hinestrosa

    /

    Sally Collazos as Mariana’s mum

    Bob Tubo as Mariana’s dad

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos and Semilore Tubo-Collazos as Mariana’s sisters

    /

    Children of Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos

    Adrian Olmedo

    Madeline Rosales

    Hilary Valverde

    Sofia Castillo

    /

    Cali Swing dancers:

    Isabella Garzon Villamil

    Kaira Quintero Villaneda

    Jonathan Naranjo

    Alejandro Puentes Motato

    Isaac Jaek Sotomayor Vega

    Pereira de Jesus

    Sean White

    Evelyn Espinosa Villada

    /

    Women of Sin Fronteras:

    Vanessa Lesdy

    Karla Espinoza

    Mónica Isabel Hurtado Parra

    /

    Set design

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Set building

    Finn Thompson

    Luke Tristram

    Jeremy Bond

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Lighting design

    Robbie Butler

    /

    Sound recording

    Dave Sohanpal

    /

    Grips

    Duke Blue Doughty-White

    Freddie Scott-Soundy

    Eddie Luchford

    /

    With thanks to

    Saulo from Cali Swing

    Illary from Sin Fronteras

    All the teachers and parents at Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Jean Seaton and Carin Pimlott

    /

    Featuring ‘Peregrina Gollondrina’ by Chebeto Requena

    /

    A Gasworks Film

    /

    Supported by Arts Council England

     

     

     

  • Credits:

    Director: Seth Pimlott

     

    Music: Edgar Smith

     

    Cast: Hollie Miller, Lewis Mackinnon, Samantha Love, Nathaniel Pimlott, Pebbles Doughty-White

     

    Associate Producer: Pearl Doughty-White

     

    Make-up: Kesia Zund

     

    Editor: Seth Pimlott

     

    With help from: Anne Benson, Miguel Soto, Robbie Mailer-Howat, Tom Dillon, George Duck, Roddy Canas, Betty Loyn, Linzi White, Jean Seaton, James Ravinet, and Sam Williams.

  • Exhibited:

    RCA degree show (2016)

    Big Screen Southend (2016)

  • Exhibited:

    Gasworks, (London)

    Sin Lugar a Dudas, (Cali, Colombia

  • Credits:

    Directed by

    Seth Pimlott

    Pearl Doughty-White

    and Marlen Cabezas

    /

    Produced by

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Director of Photography

    Edwin Mingard

    /

    Costumes and artwork by

    Rose Keyes

    /

    Starring

    Marlen Cabezas as Mariana

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos as young Mariana

    Vanessa Lesdy as teen Mariana

    /

    The Violencia Man

    Nando Messias

    /

    Solo performance by

    Marta Hinestrosa

    /

    Sally Collazos as Mariana’s mum

    Bob Tubo as Mariana’s dad

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos and Semilore Tubo-Collazos as Mariana’s sisters

    /

    Children of Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

    Abisola Tubo-Collazos

    Eniola Tubo-Collazos

    Adrian Olmedo

    Madeline Rosales

    Hilary Valverde

    Sofia Castillo

    /

    Cali Swing dancers:

    Isabella Garzon Villamil

    Kaira Quintero Villaneda

    Jonathan Naranjo

    Alejandro Puentes Motato

    Isaac Jaek Sotomayor Vega

    Pereira de Jesus

    Sean White

    Evelyn Espinosa Villada

    /

    Women of Sin Fronteras:

    Vanessa Lesdy

    Karla Espinoza

    Mónica Isabel Hurtado Parra

    /

    Set design

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Set building

    Finn Thompson

    Luke Tristram

    Jeremy Bond

    Seth Pimlott

    /

    Lighting design

    Robbie Butler

    /

    Sound recording

    Dave Sohanpal

    /

    Grips

    Duke Blue Doughty-White

    Freddie Scott-Soundy

    Eddie Luchford

    /

    With thanks to

    Saulo from Cali Swing

    Illary from Sin Fronteras

    All the teachers and parents at Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Jean Seaton and Carin Pimlott

    /

    Featuring ‘Peregrina Gollondrina’ by Chebeto Requena

    /

    A Gasworks Film

    /

    Supported by Arts Council England

     

     

     

La Escuela

(24 mins,  HD video, colour, 2018)

Commisioned by Gasworks, supported by Arts Council England

 

Gasworks presents La Escuela, a film by Seth Pimlott developed in collaboration with organisations from the Latin American community of South London.

 

La Escuela looks at the transmission of cultural identity between generations. It celebrates the ability to imagine oneself into the future, whilst reconciling the loss bound up in such a leap.

 

Seth Pimlott is the inaugural Gasworks Participation Artist in Residence, a programme which supports London-based artists to develop a piece of work in collaboration with local community groups. The programme aims to incorporate the artist’s own practice as a means of developing a cohesive project with an overall output at the end of the 6 – 12 month residency.

 

Between September 2016 and 2017, Seth Pimlott ran workshops with community groups including Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Spanish-language Saturday School in Kennington; Sin Fronteras, a young women’s support and political advocacy group organised by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service; Cali Swing Dance School, the largest salsa academy in the UK ; and activists from the Pueblito Paisa campaign in Seven Sisters. The workshops explored the intersection of personal biographies with national histories, including the violent conflicts that forced some families to flee abroad. Collective and creative engagement with these histories became the basis for reimagining personal narratives, which has informed the story told in La Escuela.

 

The film takes the form of a school assembly, incorporating and reinterpreting the complex musical and aesthetic heritage of the community. The lead character is Mariana, a female spirit, an avatar of the intellectual and imaginative work of the women involved in the project. She guides us through a story of migration, hardship and the coming together of communities in the face of the systemic forces that threaten them. Three individuals from the participating organisations play Mariana at different stages of her life: as a young child growing up in Colombia, as a teenager arriving into the UK, and then as an adult who has established a life and set up La Escuela Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

“Mariana's film is very important for us because it shows the greatest cause of the Colombian mass emigration and the consequences that are suffered by the people due to indiscriminate violence.

 

Collaborating in the different stages of the filming has been very interesting and satisfying for the children, teachers, youth and adults who participated, as well as for me. The film has fulfilled my dream of uniting different generations, cultures, Latin American projects and British entities in a common goal: to foster union, understanding and tolerance of people of different ages, gender and cultures in favour of a harmonic multicultural society.” - Marlen Cabezas, Head teacher at Escuela De Gabriel Garcia Marquez.