Having never attended film school, Alastair Siddons shares that he’s still learning to make films as he goes. He considers his mistakes as lessons and his crew as his mentors. The humble filmmaker’s first feature documentary was “Turn it Loose,” which was a large scale global art adventure about b-boying. During that time he met JR in Brazil and was inspired to create his second feature film, “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project,” about his work.
What it’s about: “Inside Out” is about the power of paper, the power of glue, the power of people and the power of the storyteller.
What else should audiences know?: “That this is just the beginning. “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project” follows the birth and evolution of JR’s massive participatory art project. A lot of New Yorkers will be familiar with his art by now, as the city has been pasted with his photos of giant black and white faces along the Highline and elsewhere. “Inside Out” is an ongoing project and anyone can still get involved in lots of ways.”
On the challenges: “The biggest challenge was that the “Inside Out” art project that this film follows was very early on so massive in its scope and story that it could have gone in many different directions. Over one hundred thousand people participated from every different corner of the planet. Which stories could really define it and whose story really was it?”
What he hopes Tribeca audiences will walk away with: “A glue habit. Specifically a paper and glue habit. And power!”
Films that inspired him: “Gallivant” by Andrew Kotting changed my brain when I was just starting out making films. The sky is not the limit.”
What’s next: “I’ve written a film called “Trespass Against Us” which is an original story and moving ahead with “Film Four” here in the UK. I am also currently writing another one based on a book called “Dope Girls.” They both rock!”
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