On the 1st October 2019, Nelly Ben Hayoun Studios announce that we will distribute our movie titled “I am (not) a monster” on a record. This will mark the start of our creative collaboration with the world’s foremost vinyl enterprise known as The Vinyl Factory.

Known for disrupting systems, Nelly Ben Hayoun is now challenging the film and music industries into the creation of new distribution models to best support experimental, pluralistic and independent content.

Ben Hayoun will present the world premiere of her movie I am (not) a monster at the BFI London Film Festival on 10th  October 2019. Her movie featuring Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, linguist Noam Chomsky, and many more great minds, is selected for the prestigious Grierson Award 2019, the Best Documentary category.

On that same date, The Vinyl Factory will release, for sale, the limited edition records- with original record sleeves hand drawn by Ben Hayoun- and containing interviews and bonus content from the movie. You can preorder the vinyl records here.

The limited edition records will also be available at the end of the screening and all the screenings which will follow, where ticket-holders will be able to acquire them for free. You can purchase your tickets for the screenings on the BFI London Film Festival website here. 

In this distribution model, both the independent film industry and the independent record industry support one another but also work together in delivering a unique experience to members of the public, while supporting the production of new experimental content. 

read the full press release here

I Am (Not) A Monster Short Synopsis:

In this impossible journey searching for the origins of knowledge, discover how our thinking and actions can render monsters. A most urgent film unravelling some of the reasons why Trump, Le Pen and others have captured people’s imaginations by reviving past ideologies. To find our more about the film I am (Not) a Monster head to our website here. 

I Am (Not) A Monster Featuring:

Noam Chomsky Philosopher and Professor of Linguistics, Nadezhda Andreyevna Tolokonnikova Activist Pussy Riot, Magid Magid European, Arjun Appadurai Hannah Arendt’s Student and Professor of Anthropology, Efrem Amare Director of The National Museum of Ethiopia Neil Harbisson Cyborg Artist Tosa Novmichi of Maywa Denki Nonsense Artist Hisa Uzawa Noh Theatre Lead Performer, Japan’s Living National Treasure Richard Bernstein Hannah Arendt’s Student and Professor, The New School Roger Berkowitz Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College Hiroshi Ishiguro Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory Leon Botstein Hannah Arendt’s Student and President of Bard College Shishido Hiroyuki Shinto Priest and Rapper Brewster Kahle Director of the Internet Archive Metasebia Endalamaw Curator of The National Museum of Ethiopia Kanjuro Kiritake II Bunraku Puppetry Master, Japan’s Living National Treasure Adrienn Almásy Curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, The British Museum Allan McRobie Professor in Engineering, Cambridge University Samantha Hill Assistant Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities Erica Humanoid, Hiroshi Ishiguro Humanoid, Sarah Steele VR Program Manager at Google Zachary Lieberman Founder of the School for Poetic Computation Takako Furukawa Hypnotherapist.

The Grierson Awards:

The Grierson Awards commemorate the pioneering Scottish documentary filmmaker John Grierson (1898 – 1972), famous for Drifters and Night Mail and the man widely regarded as the father of the documentary. Established in 1972, the Griersons are the biggest event in the UK documentary calendar. The awards recognise and celebrate documentaries from Britain and abroad that have made a significant contribution to the genre and that demonstrate quality, integrity, creativity, originality and overall excellence.

The BFI London Film Festival:
BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s best film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience and attracts significant international film industry participation. LFF is a compelling combination of diverse films, red carpet glamour, friendly audiences and vibrant exchange. LFF provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success; promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes and positions London as the world’s leading creative city.

About the BFI:

The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that:

  • Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of World Cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
  • Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
  • Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers
  • Works with Government and Industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

The Vinyl Factory
The Vinyl Factory is the world’s foremost vinyl enterprise. A record label, pressing plant, magazine and curator/collaborator for artists and musicians to explore new ideas in audio-visual arts.   The Vinyl Factory record label releases limited editions made in collaboration with musicians and artists, accompanied by events and performances. Releases to date include: Daft Punk, Marina Abramovic, Massive Attack, Roisin Murphy, Christian Marclay, Florence + the Machine, Dinos Chapman, Michèle Lamy, Thom Yorke, Hito Steyerl, Pet Shop Boys, and Yussef Dayes. The Vinyl Factory curates a site-specific program of audio-visual experiences at The Store X, 180 The Strand. These have included The Infinite Mix, Everything At Once and Strange Days: Memories of the Future, as well as premieres of new commissions by The Vinyl Factory of works by Ryoji Ikeda, Kahlil Joseph, Ragnar Kjartannson and Jeremy Deller.
The Vinyl Factory works in partnership with leading art organisations including the Venice Biennale, Hayward Gallery, New Museum NY, Barbican, Art Basel and the Serpentine. 

https://thevinylfactory.com