By our own admission, Kino #39 got off to a terrible start, due to Vibe bar’s mysteriously absent sound man. Left to our own devices on the massive black sound box, with all the funny little buttons and lights and sliders, the Kino team went about randomly shoving any old cables into any old holes, while tweaking any old knobs, and looking to the heavens – we were as surprised as anyone when the screen burst into life with sound and vision, amid mounting fury.
Except, as anyone who came along will recall, it didn’t burst into life. It spluttered. Although it turned into one of our most enjoyable screenings, Kino #39 was moments away from being sent to the knacker’s yard. One significant casualty was the failed sound on our opening film, Howard Gardner’s “Are You Relaxed?” He took it on the chin like a true gent, posting on our facebook page the next day:
“Going on first last night wasn’t maybe the best thing – with the sound problems and all it was impossible to hear the narration on my film… In fact I’m not sure anybody realised there WAS any narration! Thanks to eveybody who applauded anyway, and thanks to the organisers for keeping everything running despite the technical issues.”
As you can enjoy now, Howard’s film makes a lot more sense with sound – a highly amusing, trippy take-off of the obviously bogus spiritual teachings that aren’t too hard to come across on the internet, or elsewhere. This film is apparently part one of the films of Titus Axel Hedgebeer, founder of the Centre for Truth, Esotericism, Spirituality, Thought and Earth Studies. Well, if Howard wants to bring along part two, we’ll screen them both. With the sound – all of it this time. Promise.