Syd Heather Freelance Filmmaker

LOGLINE:
Inspired by the Kentish micropub movement, three entrepreneurial Londoners decide to open their very own micropubs in this feature-length observational documentary.

SYNOPSIS: 
All across the UK, a micro revolution is happening. As traditional pubs continue to close at astounding rates, a dedicated number of small one-room pubs known as ‘micropubs’ are shunning all technology, encouraging real human conversation and most importantly, promoting real ale to their customers, all in a bid to bring their local communities back together.

FESTIVAL SELECTION
The Paus Premiere Festival [online, worldwide]
Crystal Palace International Film Festival, UK (BIFA Qualifying)
Barcelona Beer Festival, Italy
Wales International Film Festival, UK
Romford Film Festival, UK
Lane Doc Fest, USA
Pompeii Street Cinema Festival, Italy
Skiptown Playhouse International Film Festival, USA
New York Odyessy Film Festival, USA
Las Cruces International Film Festival, New Mexico 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
WINNER: The Paus Premiere Festival 2021
WINNER: Best Documentary Feature - New York Odyessy Film Festival 2022
SEMI-FINALIST: Pompeii Street Cinema Festival 2022
NOMINATED: Best Documentary Feature - Wales International Film Festival 2021
NOMINATED: Best Documentary Feature - Romford Film Festival 2022
HONOURABLE MENTION: Lowestoft Film Festival 2022

TV BROADCASTS
London Live

STREAMING CHANNELS
Amazon Prime (UK & USA)
Vimeo-on-Demand
GuideDoc
Tubi TV
PLEX
Filmzie
Filmocracy
Xumo
Fearless
Hoopla
Kanopy
Rlaxx TV
Typhoon-on-Demand
My Movies Plus
EIFTV
The Timeless Network
Mometu
Box Brazil Play

Ready to watch the full film?
https://linktr.ee/micropubfilm

A Pixelform Studios Production
A film by Syd Heather, Daniel Eycott and James Coyne
Edited by Alex Harffey
Original Music by Claire Batchelor
Sound Design & Mix by Callum Donaldson
Grade by Nevan Carey
Visual Effects & Graphics by Amanda Brent
Project Manager - Amy Eycott
Original Poster Design by James Shannon
Camera Operators - Marcus Albertsen, Jack Ayers, George Dupays, Joseph Ferreira Campos, Arran Green, Kamil Iwanowicz, John Macdonald, Thomas Parker, Daniel Salter & Chris Williamson

©️ 2021 Pixelform Studios & Syd Heather & Daniel Eycott & James Coyne

ABOUT THE PROJECT

From development and research, the documentary was filmed and edited sporadically over a 4 year period before the release date was postponed due to the covid-19 pandemic.

For this project, I oversaw all aspects of the production but most notably: 

  • Displayed stamina, endurance and a positive mentality throughout a creatively challenging but rewarding process of making a debut feature documentary. 

  • Researched and devised interview questions and story beats for all contributors involved in the project, whilst managing a small team of camera operators for more extensive shoot days and self-shooting observational elements myself on other days.

  • Sustained positive and successful long-standing relationships with a wide range of real-world contributors over an intermittent period as we filmed their journeys from conception to the grand opening of their micropubs

  • Balanced multiple creative inputs and financial constraints across all departments from development to postproduction, including remote working in editing, sound, music and grading

  • Ensured all paperwork, media/contributor release forms and deliverables were correct and approved for streaming platforms

  • Creatively designed and implemented a crowdfunding campaign, promotional social media content, and an ongoing self-distribution marketing and release strategy (including paid targeting ads) for a niche audience on 15 TVOD, SVOD, and AVOD platforms including AMAZON PRIME, VIMEO-ON-DEMAND, TUBI TV, PLEX, FLEXNET TV, FEARLESS, FILMZIE, KANOPY, HOOPLA, FILMOCRACY, XUMO, and GUIDEDOC.

  • Currently working with CINEMA FOR ALL to bring the film to community cinemas across the UK as part of their "My Community Cinema" remit.

  • Secured a London premiere TX on the UK channel London Live.