Once a month, every third Wednesday, the bar of the Sputnik Kino is turned into a cinema. The location is cool, near U-Südstern, another cinema under the roof of a building like many in Berlin. For this event people are invited to bring their videos, short movies, trailers, documentaries, arty videos… The program is always eclectic, from very interesting to very bad. No previous selection is made before the screening. The moderator gathers the videos before 20:00, where the order of arrival defines the playlist order. Be aware that it can be very long as a short discussion happens after each video.
I like the atmosphere, it feels very homey. We are all packed as all seats available are rapidly taken, you sit where you can. In other words it’s always warm and the access to the two balconies at the break is a relief for everybody. It has a bit of a sneak preview touch, you don’t know what you will see. Only it is more international, less anonymous and the interaction between people behind the bar – who also run the cinema – and the moderator always gives a good balance on how to appreciate the last shown video. Everyone has a chance to show their creation, it’s free to participate as an artist and as a spectator.