Grandma Lo-Fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir
Dir: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson & Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
(Iceland 2011, 62 mins) + 37 mins
A charming portrait of a Danish woman living in Iceland who discovered music late in life, produced a stream of self-published albums recorded on a hifi system in her kitchen, and found herself a cult artist in her seventies. Sketching in a few telling details of her early life, the bulk of the film concentrates on Níelsdóttir’s inspiring, intuitive approach to making things: “sometimes it’s art, and sometimes it isn’t.” Filmed in Super 8 and 16mm with animated sequences and musical tributes from her fans (including members of Sigur Ros and Mum), the style of Grandma Lo-Fi is beautifully in tune with its subject.
Showing with I Woz Ere, a documentary by Jim Turner about another artist who works with limited means; in this case the Humbrol paints found in the Coventry landscapes of George Shaw.