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HISTORY

2003
As Theatre 14167, director Nic Saunders directs a production of the counter culture musical "HAIR" at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
2004
Nic Saunders directs a production of the Verity Bargate nominated play "Black Aspirins" by Darrin Grimwood at The White Bear Theatre in London.
2006
Nic Saunders revives Michael McClure’s play "The Beard" at The White Bear Theatre in London with actors Victoria Yeates and Chris Daly in the lead roles. McClure attends rehearsals.
Victoria Yeates and Christopher Daley in "The Beard"
Victoria Yeates and Christopher Daley in "The Beard"
2007
August - Principal photography on the short film "Curses and Sermons" takes place at Northwood Studios in London. The film is based on a 1968 poem by Michael McClure and is the second collaboration between McClure and Saunders. Taking in location shooting in the South of England, "Curses and Sermons" wraps after eight days. Theatre 14167 is renamed 14167 Films.
Location filming for "Curses and Sermons"
Location filming for "Curses and Sermons"
2008
June – Post production completes on "Curses and Sermons".
August – Promotional trailer is released.
August – Beat Scene magazine carry feature on making of film.
December – The film is screened for the first time at the University of Birmingham on the 12th December at 7pm as part of their Jack Kerouac conference, marking the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of "On The Road" and the first UK appearance of ‘Kerouac’s Scroll’.
2009
March"Curses and Sermons" is added to the Michael McClure archive at the Contemporary Literature Collection of The Simon Fraser University of Canada.
July – Film screens at Curzon Renoir cinema in London as part of the Poetry Film Festival.
August – Film screens at The Nevada Film Festival. McClure attends to support film.
September – Films screens at The Berkeley Video and Film Festival in California. Director Nic Saunders, actor Philip Bulcock and writer Michael McClure all attend. Film wins Grand Festival Award for Best Short Film.
October – Film is a featured subject on the "Cover to Cover" radio show on KPFA 94.1Fm in San Francisco.
DecemberOptic Nerve Productions release McClure documentary, "Abstract Alchemist of the Flesh", featuring footage of London production of "The Beard".
2010
April – Film screens at The Hampshire Film Festival and wins the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film.
April – Principal photography starts in Paris on second short film, "At Apollinaire’s Grave". Film shoots for 14 days in France and UK.
Aden Cardy-Brown as Apollinaire filming in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Aden Cardy-Brown as Apollinaire filming in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
May"Curses and Sermons" screens at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.
August – Promotional trailer for "At Apollinaire’s Grave" goes online.
September"Curses and Sermons" screens at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival and wins awards for Best Experimental Short Film and Best Costume Design. Director Nic Saunders gets Honorable Mention in Best Director category.
2011
February"At Apollinaire’s Grave" completes post production.
May"At Apollinaire’s Grave" makes it’s festival debut at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.
July – Principal photography starts on third short film, "One Night At The Aristo" based on a short story by William S Burroughs. Three weeks of filming include filming in London and Tangier.
Kasia Halpin marks Day One of filming for "One Night At The Aristo"
Kasia Halpin marks Day One of filming for "One Night At The Aristo"
September"At Apollinaire’s Grave" screens at The Berkeley Video and Film Festival in California and wins the Grand Festival Award for Best Short Film.
September"At Apollinaire’s Grave" screens at The Slough Film Festival, UK.
December"At Apollinaire’s Grave" screens at The London Underground Film Festival and wins the Audience Award for Best Short Film.
2012
February"At Apollinaire’s Grave" screens at the Macon Film Festival, Georgia, USA.
November – Actor Kenny Baker voices the character of Kiki for "One Night At The Aristo"
Producer Dominic Mayer, actor Kenny Baker and director Nic Saunders
Producer Dominic Mayer, actor Kenny Baker and director Nic Saunders
2013
April – Post production completed on "One Night At The Aristo".
May"One Night At The Aristo" makes its festival debut at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
June – Filming takes place for short documentary entitled "In Conversation with Carolyn Cassady" at Carolyn’s home in the UK as a commission for The UK Jack Kerouac Conference.
Director Nic Saunders at home with Carolyn Cassady
Director Nic Saunders at home with Carolyn Cassady
The full documentary can be watched here.
July"One Night At The Aristo" and "In Conversation with Carolyn Cassady" screen at The Jack Kerouac Conference, Rotherham, UK.
August – Promotional trailer for "One Night At The Aristo" goes online.
October - "One Night At The Aristo" screens at The Berkeley Video and Film Festival in California and wins Grand Festival Award for Best Experimental Film. McClure accepts award on behalf of the Company.
Poet Michael McClure and BVFF organiser Mel Vapour
Poet Michael McClure and BVFF organiser Mel Vapour
November - "One Night At The Aristo" screens at The Buffalo Fantastic Film Festival in New York and wins award for Best Cult Film.
2014
February"One Night At The Aristo", "At Apollinaire’s Grave" and "In Conversation with Carolyn Cassady" screen at The Festival of the Beats in Ipswich. Director Nic Saunders and actor Philip Bulcock attend.
April – The East Bay Media Centre in association with the Berkeley Video and Film Festival screen an evening of all three award winning short films. Director Nic Saunders, producer Dominic Mayer and actors Philip Bulcock and Kasia Halpin attend.
April – Principal photography on fourth short film "The Good Blonde" based on a short story by Jack Kerouac starts. Ten days of filming take place in America, where locations include Big Sur and City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco where Al Hinkle joins for one day’s filming. Al Hinkle was a friend of Kerouac’s and appears in "On The Road" and other novels.
Al Hinkle and director Nic Saunders at The Beat Museum, North Beach, San Francisco
Al Hinkle and director Nic Saunders at The Beat Museum, North Beach, San Francisco
July – Extensive ADR begins on "The Good Blonde" with Kirk Baltz joining the cast as Radio Announcer.
Philip Bulcock in the recording booth Kasia Halpin in the recording booth
Actors Philip Bulcock and Kasia Halpin in the recording booth for "The Good Blonde"
2015
July – Long awaited promotional trailer for "The Good Blonde" appears online.
2016
March"The Good Blonde" screens at The Festival of the Beats in Ipswich. Director Nic Saunders and actor Philip Bulcock attend. Musician Dan Taylor accompanies screening with live performance of music from the film.
May"The Good Blonde", "One Night At The Aristo" and "At Apollinaire’s Grave" screen as a triple bill at The Old Fire Station in Windsor. Director Nic Saunders and actors Philip Bulcock and Kasia Halpin attend.
October"The Good Blonde", "One Night At The Aristo" and "At Apollinaire’s Grave" screen as a triple bill at The Albion Bookshop in Oxford as part of the Oxford Literary Festival. Director Nic Saunders attends.
2017
April"The Good Blonde" screens at The Barcelona Film Festival, Spain.
September – Nic Saunders invited to speak at The EBSN Conference at The University of Chicago in Paris and accompanies lecture with screening of "Curses and Sermons".
October"The Good Blonde" screens at The Berkeley Video and Film Festival in California and wins the Grand Festival Award for Best Short Film. Al Hinkle attends and poet Jack Foley accepts award on behalf of the Company. Watch here.
Poet and broadcaster Jack Foley and Al Hinkle at BVFF 2017
Poet and broadcaster Jack Foley and Al Hinkle at BVFF 2017
2018
January"The Good Blonde" screens at The California Film Awards and wins the Silver Award for Best Short Film.
January"The Good Blonde" screens at the San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival.
February"The Good Blonde" screens at The Hollywood Screenings Film Festival and is a Semi Finalist for Best Short Film.
October"One Night At The Aristo" screens at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival in New York.
2019
July"Queen of the Redwood Mountains" is announced as first feature film project with actor Gavan O’Herlihy in the lead role.
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