Future Artists Studios is a new platform for creative entrepreneurs, A place on a map, a space in the city and an environment to grow. We have decided that ‘Co-working’ space needs to be re-invented, even though this concept is quite new, ‘co-working’ is being talked about as the future of the workplace, we think […]

Future Artists – Conference / Talks and Workshop Information Introduction To Future Artists & Mark Ashmore FRSA TO BOOK E-MAIL INFO@FUTUREARTISTS.CO.UK ‘SUBJECT: TALKS’ Future Artists was founded in 2009, with a mission to be an artist-led film studio – inspired in part by the company, United Artists, founded by Charlie Chaplin and LucasFilm founded by […]

Future Artists proudly presents Drowned City, winner of Best UK Documentary at the London International Film Festival. Directed by Faith Millin, this gripping and intimate portrait of London’s pirate radio scene reveals the interesting lives of significant members of the pirate community and uncovers the risks taken and passion devoted in getting their sounds to the people. You can watch Drowned City today at via iTUNES

Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 – An exhibition of iconic band photography and rare memorabilia, running from Friday 18th July (opening night) until Sunday 16th August at the Home of Future Artists, The Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester.

What if a coffee shop was able to generate £100,000 a year in grants that will enable a community to grow – enabling exploration of the arts and sciences, benefiting health and well being, and being a space to meet, share and create…

In August 2011 – Mark Duggan was stopped by armed police and shot dead on the spot, this shooting, reported in the mainstream UK media sparked riots in Tottenham, London, within a few days – Riots, Looting and pitch battles with the police took place all over the UK – Today on Wednesday 7th January 2014 at an inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, the Jury ruled that he was Lawfully killed by the police

It’s that time of year again when we bring projects to a close, look back on past achievements and re-evaluate our future goals. 2013 has been a year of graft and hard work at Future Artists, and following the success of our recent pop-up Stewy exhibition and release of our new film The Lost Generation, we are definitely closing on a high.

Two years on from the riots that shook London, Dailymotion, the world’s second largest video portal, will exclusively screen the online premier of Riot from Wrong – a critically acclaimed documentary telling the unreported story of the 2011 London Riots from the viewpoint of the young people affected by them.

Future Artists are proud to present – RIOT FROM WRONG ***WATCH NOW / BOOK A SCREENING***

‘One thing I learned from Riot From Wrong is that 14 young people can get closer to the truth than 90% of working journalists’. Everyone in the UK who has ever expressed an opinion on the riots (namely everyone) needs to see this as soon as possible.

Dan Hancox / Guardian Newspaper

with an impressive client list building each month, including Channel 4, M&Saatchi, England football foundation and Endemol, things are looking good in east Manchester for the Future Artists media collective.

Future Artists are proud to announce that their latest feature film, The Lost Generation, has just been picked up for UK distribution by London-based Safecracker Pictures for theatrical and DVD release this summer 2013.

Future Artists are proud to announce that their latest feature film, The Lost Generation, has just been picked up for UK distribution by London-based Safecracker Pictures for theatrical and DVD release this summer 2013.

This follows on from the success of Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal, which Future Artists released last year to sold-out audiences across the UK from Bristol to Newcastle, whilst also being in the top 100 films on Amazon this Christmas.

The Lost Generation, a debut feature film by producer/director Mark Ashmore, takes a satirical look at reality TV and to what ends the media will go to in order to boost ratings. It projects an imaginative and suspenseful string of consequences inspired by real events with a thrilling theatrical twist.

The news just keeps on coming – our friend and fellow film pioneer Pip Piper (who some of you might remember was a guest at last years Future Artists Film and Media Festival )- has this little gem to share with you – his film ‘Last Shop Standing’ is the OFFICIAL FILM FOR RECORD STORE DAY ON APRIL 20TH!

‘Future Artists on-demand’

We mobilise the power of the crowd, to launch projects

which challenge our world.

Future Artists on demand is a platform for the ‘Future Artist’ to launch

‘Art with Attitude’.

‘The Beatles Hamburg Documentary’ – which will take an in-depth look into the formative years of ‘The Beatles’, the project also aim’s to shed and try to understand the process of The Beatles creativity and process behind this – it all started in Hamburg.

Shot over two years, the film features all the characters, shot for shot, with the original movie soundtrack over the top, so you get the real toy BUZZ LIGHT YEAR and WOODY as puppets, its a proper DIY film, with buckets of charm, this is a true fan film, made out of pure love of the story and the characters.

WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists takes us inside the complex culture and roots of Anonymous. The film explores early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then moves to Anonymous’ raucous and unruly beginnings on the website 4Chan. Through interviews with current members, some recently returned from prison, others currently awaiting trial, writers, academics and major players in various “raids,” WE ARE LEGION: The Story of the Hacktivists traces the collective’s evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown movement with a global reach, the most transformative civil disobedience in decades.

rank’s a hard man in a dirty old town. Loan shark and poker player, owner of the infamous Ace of Spades Night Club in Paradise Heights. He’s taken on some of the hardest of adversaries, they’ve all ended up broken…or buried. But tonight, he’s taking on his toughest opponent of all…himself.

Last Shop Standing inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960?s / 70s and 80’s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies.

Future Artists Film and Media festival is a collaborative project bringing together a selection of both emerging and established entrepreneurs in the industries. We aim to explore the new ways of storytelling through film and media with those that are pushing the boundaries

Regional Premiere ‘Call Me Kuchu’
FRIDAY 3RD NOV – 7.30PM £6

In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the Bill awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament. Meanwhile, local newspapers have begun outing kuchus with vicious fervor under headlines such as: “HOMO TERROR! We Name and Shame Top Gays in the City.”

David, Uganda’s first openly gay man, is one of the few who dare to publicly protest state-sanctioned homophobia. Working with an idiosyncratic clan of fellow activists, David fights Uganda’s government and tabloids in the courts, on television, and at the United Nations. Because, he insists, “if we keep on hiding, they will say we’re not here.”

Throughout the festival we will look at how technology has changed the story telling relationship with the audience. Future Artists have curated two days of workshops and screenings focused on giving you the tools, the knowledge and the confidence to become a successful indie film-maker.

Join us at our one year review festival, running from Monday 1st October 2012 to Sunday 7th October 2012

We decided to call the festival ‘Not Part of the Bullingdon Club‘ – we hope you understand why….? if you dig this, come and say hi.

7 days, 8 unique events, powered by the entreupernship, creativity and talent of the creative co-op that resides in and outside the Black Lion.

Frantic, fascinating and full-on, Manchester: Beyond Oasis (2012) is Serious Feather’s first ever full-length feature and the second chapter in our self-funded ‘Beyond Series’.

Once again filmed in full HD, this 90 minute documentary features honest and thought-provoking interviews with independent music producer, Aniff Akinola, co-founder of Debt Records, Louis Barrabas, the manager of The Ruby Lounge music venue, Jay Taylor, former BBC Manchester Introducing producer, Chris Long, co-founder of Unconvention, Jeff Thompson, and bassist with I Am Kloot, Peter Jobson


If you’re new to acting or have limited practice and want to seriously boost your skills and experience: welcome to Intro To Acting!

As Mark and Jenny head to Cannes this week sailing the good ship Future Artists, publicist Jane McConnell is well and truly representing back home. Here’s this week’s inspiration: Kevin Curtis Is A Hero  

Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal makes it on Daily Motion’s front page – getting a record 100 views in 20 minutes!
Future Artists is delighted to be offering viewers the chance to see the film, Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal – for a limited period only – on Daily Motion. Smyth provides a no-holds-barred look into the world of street art and performance in the groundbreaking documentary movie, Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal.

Commissioned by The Space, the new on-demand digital arts service developed by the Arts Council in partnership with the BBC and produced by Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover, From the Sea to the Land Beyond, is a cross-platform interactive documentary to be delivered across cinema and online. With unparalleled access to over 100 years of BFI […]

Supported by Greenpeace
Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal, a film by independent filmmaker Naomi Smyth, following performance collective The Invisible Circus on their travels around Bristol. Smyth’s four-year journey with the traveling band unveils how they revolutionized the spaces they inhabit – from an abandoned gothic cathedral, to police stations, shops and dead cinemas. As the spaces transform and become incredible, popular and successful community performance spaces, The Invisible Circus shows that it’s possible to takes on city councils, big property developers… and win. Tickets: Adults £5 Student & Unwaged £3.50

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Friendship, First Loves, Rebellion!
1974; during a violent miners’ strike in a quiet Northern village a teenage
artist meets a gorgeous new girl from London but their attempts to escape
make him betray his family, community and best friends. With political
protests and communities straining under a crumbling economy the film is
relevant for today and it’s an uplifting and soulful mix of cool 1970s
styles, romance, teenage rebellion and gritty social realism.

The ever versatile Black Lion has since its opening in September 2011, been the new creative home to emerging talent on the film, theatre and arts scene, but now the lion is looking to the local and international musical communities to share in the Black Lion’s co-operative vision for allowing talent to have centre stage, thrive and survive.

    ————-       It’s a few nights before Christmas, and I enter a busy pub in Salford, – inside a kind of Christmas bohemia fills the space, in the corner is the worst Christmas tree I ve ever seen, but it has some sort of northern charm, even though a drunk local, […]

Film Director and Producer : Mark Ashmore   Looks like we have been kicking up a storm in the worlds film industry, with this recent published essay by Future Artists MD Mark Ashmore on the Cinema du revolution and why you need to do your homework. Already read by over 10,000 people and re-tweeted around […]

Welcome to Future Artists Live creative co-op, this is a group, forum and open space dedicated to creating a diverse and progressive relationship between artists and audience, between creative thinkers and business… its a live an active space for all you future artists to use as a tool to communicate and ‘meet up’ in.

THE INVISIBLE CIRCUS: No Dress Rehearsal enquires @Futureartists on twitter     Welcome to the ‘Greatest show never seen’ the mysterious world of an invisible circus, on the fringes of society, hidden away in Bristol’s underground art scene. JOIN US!!!!!!! HERE Invisible Circus : No Dress Rehearsal Genre: Documentary (Arts), Runtime : 98min Director: […]

The Co-op movement and social media, a match made in business heaven! Future Artists Live Creative Co-op, Manchester Metropolitan University and Creative Manchester present: Monday, April 11 ·: part 1 4:00pm – 6pm / part 2 6pm till 8:00pm Michael E. Porter Lecture Theatre MMU Business School Aytoun Street M1 3GH Manchester United Kingdom […]

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! (April 1st 2011) The news leaked out in typical social media style last night on Twitter (@Futureartists) that we are to be working with Naomi Smyth on a unique distribution model for her latest film ‘Invisible Circus: No Dress Rehearsal’ Mark from Future Artists commented ‘We found the film via twitter, someone […]

************************* DEAD LINE EXTENDED TO 8th MARCH ******************************* Have an innovative film project with transmedia potential? Seeking finance beyond public subsidies, tax incentives, and pre-sales? Interested in pitching to private equity investors in a training environment, to receive extensive one-to-one feedback about your project and increase your funding opportunities? Film financing consultancy peacefulfish in association […]

A Co-op that see the art form of convergence culture (the coming together of film, music, art, performance via digital/social media) and the power of social networks as something that is truly 21st century and as we leave the analogue thinking of the 20th century behind, these digital natives are re-writing the rules and co-operating toether, in new exciting ways!

Inspiration Day Manchester Front of Camera and Behind The Camera Workshops by 4Talent Supported by Future Artists. Future Artists MD: Director/Producer Mark Ashmore teaching at Channel 4 ‘4talent’ London Day January 2011 Wednesday 2nd March 2011 Zion Arts Centre, 335 Stretford Road, Hulme, M15 5ZA (Manchester, UK) We know you’ve a real passion for television.  […]

Here at M+ we like a bit of academic, innovatively flavoured butter with our written-word bread. (And weird metaphors.) In this issue, M+ explores Campfire Theory: observations in transmedia by independent film company Future Artists. article from M+ view magazine here

‘Your State of Emergency’ is a 30 minute film that tells the brutal story of a middle class white family being taken in for extraordinary interrogation by an unknown force, detained indefinitely with out charge for being part of a million people protest march against the Government. The film has touched a nerve both in […]

Manchester filmmaker Mark Ashmore is using the social networking sites to ask people from around the world to contribute to his feature length documentary about the legendary record label owner. “The idea is to take a group of people who have never met before and create a film that reflects Tony Wilson’s life and philosophies,” […]

With a passion for innovation Kate Pickering has worked with media140 over the last year to highlight how real-time technology is impacting how we work today. She has taken a break from her day job where she heads up an Innovation Manchester Boardroom training and event programme to give her thoughts on the growth of […]

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