ICO Essentials is a new series of national touring programmes presenting iconic and influential films by artists. The six themed programmes include newly restored classics and influential gems that have blazed a trail through the visual arts, fashion, music and design influencing countless artists and films throughout the 20th Century. Collected together under broad themes the programmes propose distinct new ways of looking at the past century, ranging from politics to pop. Drawing on a wide range of practices from across the world the ICO Essentials programmes offer revelatory and ground-breaking works.

Selected by six leading curators each of the Essentials programmes offers an accessible introduction to the fascinating world of artist's film and video. The first ICO Essentials programme Dreams, opened on national release on Friday 25 January at the ICA, London and will tour to cinemas across the UK. The remaining five programmes - Pop - Play - Protest - Expression - Modernity - will be released one per month starting in March 2008 and tour UK cinemas into 2009.

About the ICO
The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is the national agency for the development and support of independent film exhibition throughout the UK. ICO Essentials is part of a series of projects to develop the exhibition of artists film and video within the UK's independent cinema sector. ICO Essentials is an Independent Cinema Office touring project, funded by the Arts Council of England.

Design: Modern Activity (Matt Appleton, Alex Better, Daniel Crabbe)
Printing: K2, Visualize
PR: Emma Pettit, Margaret London

Thank You!
Thanks to all the artists and filmmakers whose work is featured in the programmes and all the following people and organisations for their invaluable assistance and support:

Ben Cook, Jackie Holt, Adam Jones, Lucy Reynolds, Mike Sperlinger (LUX), William Fowler, Katrina Stokes, Andrew Youdell, Christine Whitehouse, Sue Jones, James White, George Watson (BFI),
Richard Fish, Rachael Watmough, Stephen Bearman (Midnight Transfer),
Stuart Comer, Sebastian Buerkner, Mike Sefton, Laurin Federlein (Tate Modern), David Cox, Tejinder Jouhal (ICA)

Karen Alexander; Rachael Baker; Robin Baker; Daniel Bird; Ligia Borowczyk; Derek Boshier; Michael Chanan; Josette Chiang; Rose Cupit; Sam Dunn; Tom Eaton; Bernard Eisenschitz; Antje Ehmann; Redmond Entwistle; Gareth Evans; Ian Francis; Melissa Gronlund; Nav Haq; Maren Hobein; Marion von Hofacker; Andreas L. Hug; Patrick Keiler; Andrew Kötting; Travis Miles; Cathy Milliken; Hattula Moholy-Nagy; Matthias Muller; Dalia Neis; Solveig Nelson; Matthew Noel-Tod; Rastko Novakovic; Bruce Posner; Ben Rivers; William Rose; Dominique Ségrétin; David Sin; John Smith; Cecile Starr; Kate Taylor; Gary Thomas; Klaus Volkmer; Mark Webber; Sarah Wood; Florian Wüst; (Argos Films); Nina Goslar (Arte); Richard Gooderick (ACE); Andy Lampert, Wendy Dorset, Robert Haller (Anthology Film Archives); Anne Grand (BQ, Köln); Steven Ball, David Curtis (British Artists Film and Video Study Collection); Clarissa Willrich (Casa de Cinema de Porto Alegre); Amber Shields (Cheim & Read); Fanny Leclercq, Dominique Willoughby (Cinedoc); Emma Hedditch (Cinenova); Eric Liknaitzky (Contemporary Films); Anke Hahn (Deutsche Kinemathek); John Thomson, Ann Adachi (EAI); Genevieve Fong, Llisa Demetrios (Eames Office); María García Barquero, Catherine Gautier (Filmoteca Española); Karl Winter (FDK); Natacha Derycke (Fonds Henri Storck); Alex Zachary (Gavin Brown's enterprise); Katherine Gardner (House of Chapman); Michael Hinton (Interformat); Mike Mashon (Library of Congress) Christoph Bichon (Lightcone); Lars Henrik Gass, Carsten Spicher (Oberhausen Short Film Festival); Nancy Goldman (Pacific Film Archive); Marek Pytel (REALITYfilm); Sir Christopher Frayling, Judith Hall (RCA); Dietmar Schwärzler (Sixpackfilm); Kirk McInroy, Ilsa Colsell (Stuart Shave / Modern Art); Laurance Berbon (Tamasa Distribution); Sophie (Whitecube); Joe Beres (Walker Arts Centre); Brigid Reagan (VBD)

Press Reactions

“Seminal works of art-house cinema”

Charlotte Cripps,
The Independent

“Not since the heyday of Channel 4's now legendary 'Midnight Underground' series has there been a better chance to immerse yourself in the visionary world of inspired imagemaking”

Gareth Evans, Time Out


Andrea Hubert, The Guardian

“Film based art is firmly back on the agenda”

Jamie Millar, GQ

“..The Independent Cinema Office is just about to offer British audiences a major chance to broden their perspectives.”

Kevin Jackson, The Guardian

“The sheer glamour of cinema... crops up again and again in these programmes”

Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday

“Maya Deren's mesmerising 1943 short 'Meshes of the Afternoon' is just one of the many classic artists' films collected in ICO Essentials.”

Sight & Sound

“Peerless stuff”

Trevor Johnston, Time Out

“A timely compilation of over 40 of the greatest artist's films of the 20th Century”

Hannah Lack, Dazed & Confused

“Triumph of surrealism”

Empire, David Parkinson

“It is time to re-assess the influence of these ground-breaking works”

Virginie Sélavy, Electric Sheep

“Anthology of Surreal Masterpieces”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“A treat for dedicated cineastes”

Wendy Ide, The Times

“Modern artists... look tame by comparison”

Charlotte O'Sullivan,
Evening Standard

“An absolute must for anyone at all curious about where modern-day maestros such as David Lynch, Terry Gilliam or David Cronenberg got many of their ideas.”

Sukhdev Sandhu,
The Daily Telegraph

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