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In depth articles and films that delve into social topics by amplifying independent new voices
LET US TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE FOR AUGUST
Black Bombaim is a document about musical creation and its relationship with landscape, as a space for the creation of mythology and summoning of ghosts. This film organises itself in a trilogy, which is also a musical trilogy made up by the band Black Bombaim, in their work process with three different composers: Pedro Augusto, Luís Fernandes and Jonathan Saldanha.
In Bongo, in Ghana’s far north, bordering with Burkina Faso, people call performances that reach the ears of hundreds of listeners with acoustic vocals, horns, kologos and traditional drum, “man power”. These are the performances that bring the residents of Bongo into contact with their ancestors. Seemingly with no end, they leave both musician and audience in trance. Arnold de Boer (The Ex, Zea) goes there often. Earlier this year, he took photographer and filmmaker Nick Helderman with him to portray it.
Banhos Velhos are an identity and historical landmark for the Caldas das Taipas village, in the Guimarães Municipality. Of Roman origins, this space was explored as a thermal bath, from 1753 through the mid-70s, before being abandoned for nearly 30 years. In 2010, it was transformed as a culture and leisure venue, with a summer and winter programming. Directed by Hilário Saldanha and Ricardo Martins.
August is usually marked by the music festival season. This year, with festivals cancelled or transformed in either small scale events or online programmes, we present a selection of films that make festivals live on. We curate music films from our archives, such as Everything is Recorded and Pai Nosso, as well as Canal180's own, such as Fear and Loathing in Las Ponta Delgada and Representing the Underrepresented. A celebration of music.
HIGHLIGHTING WORLDWIDE CONTENT
MUSIC IS OUR RADAR
The only television channel in the world featuring music videos for an audience interested in new music.
Broadcasting a wide range of music sessions, from a bar in Alabama, We Have Signal to dj sets all over the world with Boiler Room. We’ve also partnered with Yours Truly and Red Bull Music Academy to feature films about the new music scenes.
Canal180 develops original content to provide insight on a new generation of music video directors, the DIRECTOR ID series. The series was developed as a partnership with Pitchfork, that also included the interview series, Entrevista.
A PLATFORM FOR NEW ARTISTS
Canal180 spotlights the roots of contemporary creativity by highlighting the thoughts and ideas of artists worldwide. From a series produced by international publishing house Gestalten, to the architecture world of ArchDaily, digital interview magazine Avant/Garde Diaries, the community of visual storytellers of The Creator Class or profiling Chilean visual artists in Gabinete.
The daily broadcast of Canal180 originals 180 Meets and MAG offer a glimpse of the network of artists we build over the year.
HOME OF SHORT FILMS
Nowadays the increasing conformity of mainstream films create a bland cinematic landscape. Short form was always seen as a source of a more experimental approach to filmmaking.
Over the years, Canal180 broadcasted the work of filmmakers, such as Mike Mills, Sean Dunne or Vincent Moon and highlighted young filmmakers, whose films featured in international film festivals, such as Venice, Berlin or Sundance.
REALITY GIVES CINEMA POWER
Having this in mind, Canal180 always had a special place for the films that question societies pivotal topics. The body of work of director Andreas Johnsen, in films like Inside Outside or Good Copy Bad Copy, was an incredible starting point and offered a different point of view. Topics like the depiction of the life cycles of cities, in films like Atlanta From the Ashes or St. Louis Rises, or the micro societies within a city in The Tables and the discussion about The Future of Cities, offer a platform for alternative ideas about the urban landscape.
Delving into more actual topics like the refugee crisis in Welcome to Canada, Eyes of Exodus, making portraits of youth in Room For Change or Swindon, or taking the audience through the night of the US Presidential elections in Election Night, helps us create an identity based on an authentic point of view of young independent new voices.