Re: Call for SubmissionsOptical Allusions

From: amanda christie (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Nov 15 2007 - 04:37:37 PST

this is an excellent initiative from cineworks. that
optical printer (oxberry 16/35 with two bipacking
projectors and an aerial lens) is an amazing machine,
and i miss it like i miss my friends in vancouver.
i'm glad to see them promoting its use.

however, it's strange that cineworks is screening
optically printed films from dvd... when they have
several 16mm film projectors, and the neighbooring
cinematheque has a 35mm projector and 16mm film

i sent them an email asking why they're screening
optically printed films from dvd... and if maybe that
screening format thing was a typo. but no reply
from them yet. for those other filmmakers who won't
submit if their work can't be shown on film, i'll post
an update here once i hear back from them.

i'm assuming that there are other filmmakers like me
who won't screen certain films on DVD format in
public... for me, if i've made something on an optical
printer, i've chosen to do so because the aesthetic of
optical printing provides something unobtainable
through digital means... and a lot of that aesthetic
is lost in the transfer to video.... so even though,
i'm one of only 3 people who have used that particular
optical printer (that they mention in the call for
submissions) in the past 3 years... i won't be
submitting any films to that screening if it means
showing the work on dvd....

when i hear back from them about the screening
format... i will post here to let people know if they
are actually showing from dvd or from film, in case it
affects anyone else's decision whether or not to

all in all though, i do think that this is a marvelous
initiative that cineworks is doing. their optical
printer is a very fine machine! one of the things
that i miss most about vancouver.

whether they're screening from dvd or film, i wish i
was going to be in vancouver to see this screening.

slowly adjusting to life in amsterdam,

amanda dawn christie
zeeburgerdijk 73-B
1094 AB Amsterdam

--- Flick Harrison <email suppressed> wrote:

> I'm the messenger only - this is from Vancouver's
> film co-op.
> Call for Submissions
> Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is seeking
> submissions for
> Optical Allusions, a screening of media-art works
> made using optical
> printers, to take place on 22 January 2008. A nearly
> gone technology,
> optical printers once dominated the field of special
> effects in film,
> yielding such classic examples as 2001: A Space
> Odyssey and Star
> Wars. Today, optical printers have been embraced in
> the realm of the
> experimental. This screening will present a number
> of works from
> local, national and international media artists
> whose film work has
> been manipulated using optical printers. With the
> only optical
> printer in town, Cineworks is proud to present this
> special event to
> preface to an upcoming workshop exploring
> introductory optical
> printer techniques for the experimental filmmaker.
> Only those included within the program will be
> contacted. If you'd
> like your submission previews returned, please
> include a self-
> addressed, stamped return envelope.
> Specifications: Shorts, up to 30 minutes.
> Screening Format: DVD
> Submission preview formats: DVD
> SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 December 2007. Please
> include a covering
> letter that clearly indicates the director and their
> contact
> information, a brief bio and description of the film
> [50-70 words
> each], length of the work, year of completion, and
> the screening format.
> Artist fees will be paid.
> Send Submissions to:
> Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society
> Attn: Optical Allusions
> #300-1131 Howe Street
> Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
> Optical Allusions
> 22 January 2008, 7:30pm
> Pacific Cinematheque [1131 Howe Street, Vancouver,
> BC]
> For more information, please contact Cheyanne
> Turions at
> email suppressed or by phone at 604.685.3841.
> ***Please disseminate this information widely***
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at
> <email suppressed>.

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