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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

The 16th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place on 9th-11th April 2021. Now open for submissions!




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The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris

The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris

By Jen Wallace and Marc Rickenbach


On May 25, at Le Pavé d’Orsay, a narrow empty space tucked away in
Paris’ 7th, we attended the Introductory Cocktail and Press hour
celebrating the return of The Living Theatre to Paris after a twenty
year absence. The following weekend, in collaboration with the Bilingual
Acting Workshop, The Living Theatre would hold a workshop and two
performances at Paris’s Studio International des Arts de la Scène
called “A Day in the Life of Paris,” taught by Judith Malina.

With nearly one hundred productions performed in 8 languages in 28
countries on 5 continents, the Living Theatre, founded in 1947 by Judith
Malina (now almost 85 years old) and her late husband Julian Beck, is
the longest running producing theatre company in the United States.
Alumni and fans include legends such as Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Martin
Sheen, and countless others over its long history, many of whom still
remain actively involved with the theatre. Through her work with The
Living Theatre, Malina has won 8 Obie awards as director and producer,
and in 2003 she was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

But what is particularly fascinating, and what commands respect, is
her long time dedication to her craft and to her Brechtian-inspired
dramaturgy which she and her team not only preach, but practice as well.
The discussion with Ms. Malina, Associate Artistic Director Brad
Burgess and Living Theatre veteran Tom Walker, was dominated by the
theatre’s relationship to both political and social engagement. There
was a lot of talk of nonviolent anarchist revolution, especially by Mr.
Walker who spoke of utopian ideals, of challenging society’s mores,
however uncomfortable they might be, in order to initiate a dialogue of
whys and why-nots. “We are in the hope business, not the depression
business,” he says at one point. The theatre’s goal, it seems, is to
engage the actors and the audience in these issues both on- and
off-stage and to instigate positive change.

It should be said that Ms. Malina herself has quite the résumé of
political engagement. On May 13, 1968, she was among those who built the
first barricade on the rue Gay-Lussac in Paris, and as Brad Burgess
mentioned, she had been arrested in twelve different countries, all
related to political activism.

Founded by Amy Werba in 1995 in Paris, the Bilingual Acting Workshop
stresses the importance of intercultural ensemble performance, and
though the courses are taught in English, students are encouraged to
perform in their native languages. From what we learned, this allows for
an open dialogue regarding different acting methods. During the
discussion, points were made about the differences between New York
methods, as taught by Lee Strasberg, for example, and a more
text-centric French style of theater. And now, as Jeremy Coffman
explained to us, with the Living Theatre’s workshop in Paris, French
students (or Americans, British, or anyone, really) will have the
opportunity to sample this particular facet of experimental New York

“This is a time of inspiration, to be here. To do a workshop with
young people is very important. We will learn from them. . . what is
happening, what is new. In the workshops we learn just as much as we
teach,” says Malina.

Check the ÉCU blog in a couple of days for a review of the final performance.

For more information:
Bilingual Acting Workshop :
Living Theatre Conservatory :
The Living Theatre :

Thank you to:
Serge Ricco, Photographer
Jeremy Coffman, Associate Director of the BAW
Sei Shiomi, Associate Artistic Director of the BAW
Elizabeth Wautlet, Intern at the BAW




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Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 




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