From Coast to Coast

25 May 12

Posted at 10:41

From Margate in the UK to Seattle in the USA. This weekend is another big one for Young Souls.

Feed Back from the SIFF was that the Screening in the Seattle Uptown Theatre on Sunday 27th was sold out ... a full house !! Brilliant that the collection of 7 films from the UK they presented captured the audiences attention and got such a great turn responce.

The Famous seaside town of Margate is holding a very special event known as SOUL TOWN. It's a Celebration of Great British Youth Culture and Heritage. Young Souls will be included in a programme of short films made by Dean. In addition there will be 2 other short clip films on the bill by 'Hemingway Designs for Hush Puppies'. The films will be projected in the 'SOUL CINEMA', at the Westcoast Venue, between 3pm to 9pm. The whole event runs from 1pm until 11pm. It will be a great weekend in Margate the Sun will be shining and the ice cream flowing, so little better places to hang out, dance to Soul music and pop into the cinema for some shade and catch the films.

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival)
Cinema Uptown - Seattle
SIFF's mission is to create experiences that brings people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that they foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive. This is why the festival thought that it was important to have Young Souls included in their programme. You can find out more about SIFF and what is America's largest film festival by clicking here . Young Souls will screen on Sunday so if you are in the area pop along and cheer the film on!..More later about this wonderful film festival so watch this space.


Dean's Talk at Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School

21 May 12

Posted at 10:44

Last Thursday (17th May), Dean paid a visit to Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School for Girls to give a talk to the year 12 and 13 Photography students.

The talk took place in the library. Dean showed the students a selection of photographs he had taken throughout his career, from early collage work to the present day. The talk was then followed by a Q & A with lots of questions from the eager students and a short portfolio review, where the girls showed some very promising work.

Here’s a picture of some hand carved figurines of the Madonna and Child and the Sacred Heart contained within the doors off a busy hallway in the 112 year old convent school.


A Busy Time...

18 May 12

Posted at 1:48

12-5-12 Almost Grown Cellar Cinema Club
Dean created this 'Happening' in the famous basement of The Royal Hotel in Southend-on-Sea Essex UK. The 'Cellar Cinema Club' was a great link up, an amalgamation of film and music on a weekend that brought thousands of Scooterists to the sunny Essex coastal town of Southend-on-Sea. 'Almost Grown' is one of Essex's foremost Mod and Soul clubs and they organized a whole 'Weekender' of club nights. Dean laced together the 'Cellar Cinema' daytime idea hooking up Almost Grown with the Southend Film Festival, securing a brilliant opportunity to screen Young Souls to Film lovers and lovers of Soul music too. It was the last event in the programme on the Southend Film Festival fringe schedule.

The happening was multi-faceted incorporating 6 exciting and different elements to stimulate all the senses… The Almost Grown Cellar Cinema Club comprised of:

1. Young Souls, screened on the hour every hour between 4pm to 8pm.

2. 'In Orbit : Periphery of Young Souls', a brand new just under 3 minute film of unseen footage taken from the edge of the Young Souls main filming.

3. 'Bodies Brut & Talc' and Odor Installation

4. '6 DJ's' playing music of the style and period. 

5. 'Scully's Car from the film Young Souls ' presented as a static display
6. 'Soulatrope' this very special never seen before installation that brings together dancing, vinyl, atmosphere and aesthetic, in a surreal manner.

Between 3pm - 8pm on Saturday 12th May 2012

The basement of the Royal Hotel became a very unique happening.

9-5-12 Radio Shows
Dean guests and then presents on 2 radio broadcasts, The Soup Sessions on Radio.Novalujon and Rob Messer's 'Soul Porridge' on Stomp Radio. 


Young Souls wins at Southend Film Festival

10 May 12

Posted at 2:23

Copyright © Nicola Jane 2012

On Tuesday this week Dean attended the Southend Film Festival Awards ceremony along with Sonny "Scully" Evans (who stared as the lead in the film) where his short film YOUNG SOULS had been nominated for Best Short Film in the Music category. We are very pleased to announce that Young Souls won in that category! This is the 2nd award that YOUNG SOULS has secured since it was released back in July 2011, winning in the moving image category of Creative Review's Photography Annual. Young Souls has been very popular on the film festival circuit having already been shown at the London Short Film Festival and Cinequest, USA and will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival at the end of May. You can now keep up-to-date with the film by following YOUNG SOULS on twitter and subscribe to the YOUNG SOULS page on Facebook.


Dean Chalkley on Radio Nova Lujon

04 May 12

Posted at 2:43

Tune in on Wednesday 9th May, at 9pm for Dean Chalkley's first live solo broadcast on Nova's "Soup Sessions".

Dean's no stranger to the station, having recorded his first session alongside fellow Black Cat DJ Si Cheeba back in November 2010,Dean has been involved two live recording of his club night Shake! at the Boogaloo in December 2010 and in June 2011 and most recently, on the 3rd of Feb 2012 gave Dave "Jazz DJ Dawson of Radio Nova Lujon exclusive access to broadcast live from the after party of the opening night of his exhibition " Look.Hear" in Leigh~on~Sea

Dean will be spinning you up some vinyl delights of Northern Soul, R&B and more! Join them for an audio adventure presented to you in full stereo sound… live from 9pm (GMT+1)! NOT TO BE MISSED!

"I'm really looking forward to getting down to Nova Lujon towers with my car stacked full of vinyl to delight and excite the Internet airwaves." - Dean Chalkley


Southend Film Festival

02 May 12

Posted at 2:45

Currently all the entries for the Southend Film Festival Short Film Competition are being judged by actor Perry Benson. The awards ceremony will take place at the Park Inn Palace Hotel on Tuesday 8th May and starts at 7pm. Clips from all the entered films will be played and the winning Films will be screened in their entirety. It will be a great night out at the Park Inn Palace and all are welcome it is free entry so come down and support the festival and see some good stuff...come on!!!!


Young Souls to be shown at Seattle International Film Festival 2012

01 May 12

Posted at 2:51

We are extremely pleased to announce that Dean Chalkley’s short film YOUNG SOULS will be included in the highly prestigious Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in Washington, USA!

SIFF runs from May 17th until June 10th and is the largest and most well attended film festival in the United States with 160,000 attendees expected in 2012. SIFF is also a recognised Oscar nominating Festival in the categories of Best Short Film and Best Animated Short Film!

YOUNG SOULS’s will be screened at the SIFF’s Uptown Theatre on Sunday 27th May as apart of the ShortsFest Weekend

Here’s the 2012 Trailer for the Festival….

"The Seattle International Film Festival is a BIG DEAL!!! How amazing that Young Souls has been selected. It means a hell of a lot to me. Young Souls is now getting out there, audiences are getting a kick out of it and being turned on whether they are knowing of the culture or not. The SIFF is a highly prestigious Film Festival and the largest in the USA, so the film will reach out in a physical way as never before. Young Souls is amongst incredible company just look at the festivals programme.. I can't wait for the audience to come through the door to settle down, for the lights to dim and then to start tapping their feet and watching the story of Young Souls unfold." - Dean Chalkley (2012)