What is Fireflies?
Fireflies is a new print film zine created in Berlin and Melbourne.
Each issue, Fireflies assembles an international group of writers, visual artists and critics to celebrate the work of two extraordinary filmmakers we admire and that we feel don't enjoy the representation they deserve.
Issue One artwork by Aaron Billings
Issue One Contributors:
Vadim Rizov (NYC)
Dr. Alison Smith (Liverpool)
Eloise Ross (Melb Cinematheque)
Oliver Mol (Sydney)
Octavia Bright (London)
Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir (Reykjavik)
Jon Auman (High Point, NC)
Plus visual artwork from:
John Waters (Baltimore)
Dar Al Naim Mubarak (Khartoum)
Ole Tillmann (Berlin)
Leith Maguire (Melbourne)
Edward McAliece (Melbourne)
Luis Miguel Bendaña (Chicago)
Kes Scott Kennedy (Berlin)
Aaron Billings (Melbourne)
Anna Marchini Camia (Zurich)
Grégoire Perrier (Paris)
Interviews: Apichatpong and Ninetto Davoli
We started Fireflies because we love cinema and we want to talk about it differently. Like a post-film discussion over a beer with a good friend, Fireflies relives the blow-by-blow joys of great cinema. Reading about an incredible film should be as exciting and enjoyable as watching it the first time.
Through 96 pages of personal essays, interviews and creative responses such as short stories, poetry and visual art, Fireflies talks about these films in a mode as accessible and profound as the films themselves.
Fireflies inspires those unfamiliar to seek out these films and those already familiar to consider them anew. As they are often hard to get hold of, we've partnered up with film-streaming website MUBI. This way, once Fireflies' readers are dying to check out these filmmakers' works, they can go online and do so immediately.
Who creates Fireflies?
Fireflies is created by a small group of editors and designers, split
between Berlin and Melbourne. We come from respective backgrounds in creative writing, film studies, journalism, publishing and design. Outside of our day jobs, we dedicate our weekends
and evenings to creating Fireflies, meeting
in lounge rooms, cafes and on Skype, sometimes in different hemispheres.
After many months of hard work, Issue One is ready to print, and we can't wait to share it with you.
How the funds will be used
We will use the funds to cover the cost of printing 500 copies of Fireflies' debut issue. We invest in high production values
because we believe in the printed object, and that, like the films we feature,
Fireflies should be an art object to treasure long after you've finished reading.
The remaining funds will go towards paying our 16 contributors, who come from nine countries across four continents. This is key to Fireflies' ethos; we believe that art and culture are valuable and that artists should be paid for their work.
With this help we can make Fireflies a sustainable project – all our profits will go towards funding future issues.
Other ways to help?
Even if you can't contribute, there are other ways you
can help us reach our goal: spread the word
by telling your friends and family, and share our campaign via email, Facebook or Twitter.
Thank-you for joining us in bringing Fireflies to life!