Re: List of film events: Vancouver

From: john porter (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Feb 15 2007 - 06:40:52 PST

amanda christie <email suppressed> wrote:
  (i'm in amsterdam on a weird keyboard)

  Great List Amanda!
  I'd like to see it updated regularly somewhere.
  (I'm at a student internet cafe near Dam Square.)

> Since the Blinding Light in Vancouver shut down,
> there's been
> community paralysis here. (Vancouverites on this
> list, please correct
> me).

hey flick... since you asked, i will correct you. and
i'll post on list so others can know what's going on
in vancouver too, in case they live here or want to
(i'm in amsterdam on a weird keyboard and don't have
much time so i'll try to be quick)

since 2005, a bunch of us have been running screenings
in non-traditional venues, and we have puclicized
extensively and they have all been well attended....

ironically, you have not come to any of the events
(even though i invited you personally to one and put
the flyer in your hand)


take place att he cineworks studios every few months,
each one is programmed by a different person. the
only rule is celluloid projection only, experimental
film only... these screenings start at 10pm and go
until after midnight... we have had super 8, 16mm, and
expanded cinema... people playing optical sound
readers as musical instruments, people performing live
with projectors and in front of projectors.

this group organizes series of screenings in illegal
spaces. last summer's animated bike-in took place in
a vacant lot and showed animation work from around the
world. there were 117 people in attendance. there
will be many more of these screenings this summer as
programming is underway.

hungry ghost organizes various screenings at Spartacus
Books and other venues. last year ``Kerry Laitala and
Gerda Snyder were presented `(among many others)...
coming up in March Hungry ghost will be presenting a
full program of work by Ben Russell... you should come
out (consider this a personal information, for March
23 and 24)

from February to May workshops in shooting and
handprocessing super 8 film are given to filmmakers
and non-filmmakers alike, combining the experienced
with the unexperienced... throughout the training
months there are a few screenings of experimental
super 8 films to give participants inspiration and
ideas. the final screening takes place in May at
Video In studios. If you're interested, do feel free
to contact me off list.

from time to time there are independent screenings at
various venues organized by experimental filmmakers,
these also are publicized...

if you want to handprocess film, there is an open drop
in night at the purple thistle every tuesday night...
chemicals are supplied, you just need to pay a small
amount of money to cover the cost... email hungryghost
in advance if you are thinking of dropping in. there
are other resources and workshops as well, but i need
to cut this short.

i understand that it can be problematic because it is
fragmented... it's not so easy when there's not one
simple location like the blinding light.... but if you
want experimental film, events, and community... it is
out there, and it is vibrant alive an happening...(a
good example is the vancouver film experiments program
of new experimental cinema from the west coast that
just played at cinecycle in toronto).... those of us
involved have formed a community, friendships, and a
network of technical support outside of the cineworks
organization... we don't want it to be an exclusive
"in-club" though... so do please come and join in...
we want people to feel welcome and to take part of
these great events.

if you are actually interested in being involved
flick, perhaps the best thing to do is to get on the
hungry ghost mailing list... he posts all of the
events well in advance.... if you're not already on
the list, then write to email suppressed

anyhow... you should come out, the events are fun...
and you are fun...and we'd love to have you involved!

let's talk when i get back to vancouver,


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