THE ISLAND BUS avant-premiere, (c) Vangelis Patsialos/Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS avant-premiere, (c) Vangelis Patsialos/Goethe-Institut Athen

The big day is here!!! The wait has an end:

After it screened in front of packed audiences in Athens and Mytilini, our documentary is finally returning home for its Tilos premiere, screening in the very spot where it was filmed!

On Sunday, 5th October 2014, 6:30 pm
THE ISLAND BUS
(58 min, GREEK with English subtitles)
will screen at Livadia Square, Tilos
followed by song & dance
and with attendance of the director (who will dance, too, for sure!)

Hope to see you all there!

Saeed has given his ok - we are good to go.

Saeed has given his ok – we are good to go.

Posted by: sibyllemeder | September 22, 2014

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Aegean Docs Festival 2014, 22 Sept, 9 pm

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On Monday, 22th September 2014, 9 pm
THE ISLAND BUS
(GREEK with English subtitles)
will screen in competition at the Aegean Docs 2014 festival
followed by a Q&A with the director

venues:
Municipal Theatre, Mytilini
Idryma Tsakos, Chios
Municipal Cinema, Psara
Municipal Cinema, Fournoi
Auditorium of University Rhodes

Entry is free.

Still feeling a bit light-headed here from all the excitement of the last days: it’s been a wonderful avant-premiere for THE ISLAND BUS at Goethe-Institut Athen on Monday night. For all of you who couldn’t be with us, here are some impressions of the event.

The audience awaits - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience awaits – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Goethe-Institut Athen in cooperation with Aegean Docs - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS screening at Goethe-Institut Athen in cooperation with Aegean Docs – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sibylle, Lindsay and Kostas Spiropoulos (Aegean Docs) present THE ISLAND BUS - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sibylle, Lindsay and Kostas Spiropoulos (Aegean Docs) introduce THE ISLAND BUS – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Screening in front of a packed audience – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

After the screening - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

After the screening – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience discusses the film - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

The audience discusses the film – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Lively discussion at the Q&A - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Lively discussion at the Q&A – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Some praise for THE ISLAND BUS from a Tilos connoisseur - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Some praise for THE ISLAND BUS from a Tilos connoisseur – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Q&A after the screening - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Q&A after the screening – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS Q&A - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

THE ISLAND BUS goes Lipsous – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Since it cannot be said often enough, here is also a BIG, HEARTFELT THANK-YOU to you sweet people on THE ISLAND BUS team who have helped us so much behind the scenes with getting the film to this event! No matter how many times this sentence has been used before: without your help and contributions, making this film would not have been possible. There simply wouldn’t be a film.

Interview with director Sibylle Meder and producer Lindsay Goodall - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Interview with ISLAND BUS director Sibylle Meder and ISLAND BUS producer Lindsay Goodall – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

So while we got to bask in the audience’s applause and appreciation – and occasional irritation – of our film, we pass the praise right on to you. Lots of gratitude to Anja Dehghan, Mike Dehghan, George Cameron Geddes, Dimitris Giannourakis, Fiona Cairns, John Sackey, Ali Murray, DJ Badre, Thomas Mangano, John Bartlam, Dennis Kelly, Aristotelis Chatzifountas, Panteleimon Logothetis, Xenia-Irini Logotheti, Antonis Makris, Konstantinos Makris and Viola Welker!!!

BIG THANK-YOU also to those who let us share their stories in THE ISLAND BUS: Saeed Nouri, Menelaos Karageorgiou, Svetlana Levchenko, Marta Pjetri and of course our ISLAND BUS driver Pavlos Charalambakis!!

We did raise a glass to you and your contributions!! Μπράβο!!

Sofia Michailidou from Goethe-Institut Athen - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Sofia Michailidou from Goethe-Institut Athen – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Kostas Spiropoulos reveals his Dodecanese heritage – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Kostas Spiropoulos reveals his Dodecanese heritage – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

And THANK YOU so much Kostas Spiropoulos and Chara Lampidou for all the support throughout the years, Sofia Michailidou for the amazing Greek-German hospitality at Goethe-Institut, Vicky Trachani for the smooth coordination of the PR, Nikos Dimitrakakos for light and sound, Vangelis Patsialos for the images you can see on this page and everyone at Goethe-Institut Athen, Storydoc and Aegean Docs for a wonderful and memorable event! You rock!

Taking a selfie for the team: THANK YOU, guys! - photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Taking a selfie for the team: THANK YOU SO MUCH, guys! – photo: Vangelis Patsialos, (c) Goethe-Institut Athen

Those of you who will not be able to make it to the world premiere at the Festival Interntaional du Insulaire du Isle de Groix on Friday 22nd August 15:30h can catch the next screening of our documentary in Athens!

On Monday, 15th September 2014, 20:30
THE ISLAND BUS
will celebrate its Greek avant-premiere at Goethe Institut Athen
Entry is free.

It has been 4 years since Lindsay Goodall and I embarked on the journey of producing this film together and many amazing people have since joined us. In December 2010, we first pitched the idea for the film at the very spot where it will now screen: at the Storydoc workshop at Goethe Athens. Very happy to bring the finished film back to this screen now!

Come and celebrate this homecoming with us!

The Island Bus on the roll

Next screening dates for THE ISLAND BUS announced!

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The 14th Festival International du Film Insulaire de Groix focusses this year on the Greek islands and we are very proud to be part of a screening session on the topic of “Immigration on Islands”.

THE ISLAND BUS travels abroad and will screen at the International Festival of Island Film on the Isle du Groix in Port Lay followed by a round table discussion organized and in partnership with Amnesty International and “Non-lieux de l’exil”.

Mark the date in your diary and meet us on the Isle du Groix!

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THE ISLAND BUS
Port Lay 1
Friday 22 August at 15h30
GREEK WITH FRENCH SUBTITLES
GREC SOUS-TITRÉ FRANÇAIS

Yesterday, our team received very happy news in the mail:

Out of 347 film submissions, THE ISLAND BUS was selected to screen in competition at this year’s Aegean Docs festival. In its previous edition, Aegean Docs screened films like the Oscar contender 5 BROKEN CAMERAS, SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and I AM BREATHING – which means we feel really honoured to be part of the line-up for 2014.

The festival will take place from 20-28 September 2014 on the Greek island of Mytilini/Lesvos.

http://www.aegeandocs.gr

Updates on screening venue, dates and times will be posted as soon as they are available.

Καλό ταξίδι to our film and a massive gigantic THANK YOU to the whole team of THE ISLAND BUS for coming on this journey with me. You were great – and now people get to see it!

Happy bus passenger Sibylle

(DEUTSCHE VERSION – AUCH AUSGEWÄHLT)

Posted by: sibyllemeder | June 4, 2014

Here is our new trailer for THE ISLAND BUS!

Here is the trailer for the finished feature documentary THE ISLAND BUS, brand-new, sparkly bright and totally waterproof. THE ISLAND BUS – coming soon. ENJOY!

THE ISLAND BUS – feature documentary trailer from Sibylle Meder on Vimeo.

Posted by: sibyllemeder | May 22, 2014

THE ISLAND BUS at the Krakow Film Market (26 to 31 May 2014)

We are happy to let you know that THE ISLAND BUS will be available to watch for industry audience at the KRAKOW FILM MARKET from 26 to 31 May 2014.

photo © Krakow Film Market

The Krakow Film Market is one of the biggest film markets for documentary and short film in Europe. In the digital video‑library you will have the opportunity to watch around 300 newest titles produced all over the world. About 1000 films, documentaries,short films and animations, were submitted to this year’s edition of the Market, out of which the organizers have chosen around 300 films.

All the selected films have been listed in the user‑friendly market catalogue and during the Market they will be available for viewing in the digital video library.

KRAKOW FILM MARKET
26.05,12.00 – 20.00
27.05 – 30.05, 10.00 – 20.00
31.05, 10.00 – 16.00
MO S‑4 (access with passes: INDUSTRY, MARKET, MEDIA)

Posted by: sibyllemeder | February 17, 2014

Very exclusive preview screening of THE ISLAND BUS

Tilos is enjoying one of the mildest winters in human history – that’s a bit of an exaggeration, let’s say: in this human being’s memory – and I noticed a sunshine-induced perm grin of happiness on my face lately, but last night my fantastic mood was definitely caused by something very little to do with the weather:

While it was BAFTA night in the UK, I had most of the stars of THE ISLAND BUS over at my humble abode by the Aegean Sea for a super exclusive preview screening of the documentary.

Getting into the frame: team effort

Getting into the frame: team effort

It is not that I haven’t watched the 107 minutes of the film quite a few times by now, and to show your work to other people is exciting in any case – but even more so if you watch it in the company of the people who over the past years were generous enough to share a glimpse into their lives with me.

And appropriately, like the film and the island life, the screening, too, became a collaborative act: Yours truly provided the venue, the screen and – oh, yes – the screener DVD, catering – including a delicious cake and spoon-sweets – was looked after by Sveta, while for celebrity driving services to and from the venue no one less than Island Bus driver Pavlos got behind the wheel – of his own private car this time. In true fashion, Menelaos had planned to arrive on foot via the Megalo Chorio path but got sabotaged by his son who offered him a lift on his motor bike which had him arrive half an hour early – just in time to oversee feeding the filmmaker’s cats. Your standard cast and crew screening on Tilos, really.

A bus on the road on a screen in a house by the road where the bus turns - now say that fast and with a spoonful of plum jam in your mouth!

A bus on the road on a screen in a house by the road where the bus turns – now say that fast and with a spoonful of plum jam in your mouth!

It was a bigger treat than words can describe. Seeing tears well up in Marta’s eyes when the scene with the late and lovely Kyrios Nikolas came up and watching Menelaos and Pavlos nudging each other as they observed their own daily life captured in the documentary, chuckling away at the myriads of little oddities that make life on Tilos – and make a big part of the film – and hearing Sveta laugh at it and repeat “έτσι δεν είναι;” (isn’t it like that?) was a celebration on its own.

We toasted with tea and Menelaos’s self-distilled Raki, and I must honestly say I am looking forward to many more screenings of the documentary, but the memory of the roar of the sea at Agios Antonios mixing with the clasping waves on the soundtrack will stay with me for all of them.

Posted by: sibyllemeder | December 31, 2013

THE ISLAND BUS 2013 in review

Dear Island Bus audience,

this was the year 2013 – thanks to you!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A big THANK YOU for your support!

So here is to a fantastic 2014!
Happiness, Health and Fabulousness to all of you!

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