This past week we've been busy watching films at Sheffield Doc Fest, recording new content and trying our best to find free time to enjoy the warm weather before it disappears again!

This month we have more new and exclusive content for you all to enjoy. We were lucky to chat with Cathie Swan - Video Journalist, Producer & Writer - and founder of Queer Creatives. Queer Creatives is the home for LGBTQ+ people working in the creative industries in the UK. The website features interviews and advice on numerous art forms; from art, performance, music, and media, with a spotlight on diverse queer voices. Cathie spoke to us about her own career in the creative industries, working for Huff Post, MGM, founding Queer Creatives and working as a video journalist for The Chronicle in Newcastle.

Interview with Cathie Swan (Queer Creatives)
Interview with Cathie Swan, filmmaker and creator of Queer Creatives.

Our producer blog continues this week with Part 5 focusing on wrapping production and the start of post production.

A Producer’s Journal: Part 5
In part 5 of her blog, Caitlin talks about wrapping production, editing and paperwork!

In case you missed it...  Last December we interviewed Joy Gharoro Akpojotor, producer of Blue Story. Find out what she had to say about running her company Joi Productions, and her commitment to create Black, Queer and Female-led content for Film and TV.

Interview with Joy Gharoro Akpojotor
This month we had the priviledge of chatting to 2020 Screen International Star of Tomorrow Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor. Joy produced BLUE STORY by Rapman. She runs Joi Productions and her work focuses on Black, Queer and Female-led content for Film and TV.

Prize for ATL Subscribers

We're offering subscribers the chance to win two mentoring sessions. Do you have a short film script that you need feedback on? Are you thinking of submitting to a film fund for the first time and need some advice? Are you looking for advice on how to progress in your creative career? If you're a subscriber to Above The Line, you can email us with a few sentences about yourself and what mentoring you are looking for.

The competition runs from June until the end of July and the winner will receive mentoring sesssions in September and October 2021. It is only open to paying subscribers.

Film recommendations from our team this month:

Simon: The Amusement Park | Dir. George A Romero (2019)

Maria: Minari | Dir. Lee Isaac Chung (2020)

Lucy: Portrait of a Lady on Fire | Dir. Celine Sciamma (2021)

Jack K: Sound of Metal | Dir. Darius Marder (2019)

Jack D: The Beginning: Making 'Episode I'  | Dir. Jon Shenk (2021)

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Thank you for being part of Above The Line - see you next week with another update!

The ATL team