We just returned from the Alternative measures conference/Festival in Colorado Springs Colorado. Saw many beautiful and provocative films. We learned a lot about the common issues facing filmmakers and the communities that they form to get their work done. There film makers from Brazil, Portugal, Canada, Austria,Germany, France, Korea, The Netherlands and America looking at films and teaching workshops for each other.
It was inspiring and invigorating and crazy fun. We learned a lot about hand made emulsions, creative development of print stock and contact printing. I learned so much that I will need talk more later.
TIE, The International Experimental Cinema Exposition presents five-days of film screenings, lectures, receptions, panel discussions, a photo exhibit, installations and workshops. Fostering the transmission of knowledge and experience cross-culturally, Alternative Measures is a meeting place for scholars, film lovers, artist-run film labs, filmmakers, artists, curators and other creative minds. This internationally groundbreaking festival/conference is open to the public. Ethan Berry has been invited to moderate a panel called "Problems In Placement" This lively panel discusses placement issues and philosophical concerns associated with artist-run film labs. Hear from Ethan Berry, Ricardo Leite, Kevin Rice, Enrico Mandirola and others who have experience in handling a variety of issues that come with maintaining their own artist-run film labs.
We have just finished cataloging more than 300 films from the Kentucky Library System which were donated by an anonymous donor. Looking at our overall collection of more than 500 films it seems as if we have a pretty good time capsule of 1970's culture and values as represented in the Instructional, History, Social Studies and
Guidance films in the collection. We hope that when we make the database available other film scholars or archivist will find some useful or relevant titles in our collection.
Two film loopers which we fabricated last year were donated back to us along with two projectors. Thanks Juliana Stevens.
Our processing bucket system which we employed in the June Film Camp.
Some of the improved storage space which we cleared and reorganized this summer.
Real Film Camp
Instructor: Ethan Berry and Tara Meranda Nelson June 10-14; M - F, 9 am - 4 pm
This is an opportunity to work hands on with Super-8 and 16mm film material. We will explore a variety of ways of image making on film ranging from drawing and scratching, to in-camera photographic techniques. Students will encounter and engage with the medium of film as the basic material for generating and presenting images. We will take advantage of the Super-8 and 16mm equipment available from the Northeast Institute for Analog Studies. The course will cover an intro to film, hand drawing, basic cinematography, camera operation, sound collage, hand developing black and white film, film slicing, video transfer, basic editing, and creative use of projectors, and will culminate in a presentation of films.The primary prerequisite for this course is a willingness to experiment with ones own visual ideas. No previous film experience is required but is helpful.
Join us at the Institute for an evening of films that are based on childrens books on May 9th at 8 pm.
This group of films is curated by Montserrat senior Georgia Bolender. Georgia is an animator and gifted story teller. She has gone through our collection of films to pull out a group of films that tell stories through animation that may have originally been aimed at children. The link between all of the films is the way that they employ animation. Quite often simple but always effective, these films are great examples of the art of animation simply applied to art story telling.