Update from our 2013-14 LAIR, Allison Hrabluik

December 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

Allison’s got a new show up in Belgium, where she showed some of the work she’s made at The Annex this recent year. 
Check it out below, and watch for more news from our LAIR in 2014.
This is the way they make us bend
Galerie Tatjana Pieters
November 3 – December 8, 2013
My Shiver Your Suspense (Purple Breathing)
Galerie Tatjana Pieters
November 3 – December 8, 2013
more installation views: www.tatjanapieters.com


Allison Hrabluik, This is the way they make us bend, 2013, choreography by Claire French, 3:23 min duration with sound
Allison Hrabluik, A Mouth Trying to Drink From Me, 2013, 1:58 min
Installation view with Heide Hinrichs, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent, Belgium
Allison Hrabluik, video stills (left to right, all 2013)
This is the way they make us bendFather & Daughter, and A Mouth Trying to drink from me

Archive of Cinewords

August 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Julia Kwan interviewed by Ileana Pietrobruno, March 2006
Steve Rosenberg interviewed by Ileana Pietrobruno, November 2005
Kerry Laitala interviewed by Ileana Pietrobruno, September 2005
Jem Noble- The Collapse of Memory and Promise, Cineworks/Signal and Noise May 2010
On Cinematic Cartographies, or, What is Art Good For? by Roger Beebe, 2009
Moveable City- by Vanessa Brown, Sept. 2009
08/08/08: An Interview with Project 8 Founder Julie Sargosa by Amy Lynn Kazymerchyk, 2008
The Enduring, cheyanne turions Critical Essay, April 2009
Cinema + Disjunction, curated by Ben Donahue, April 2009
Who Will Give Up Their Distinctions? cheyanne turions Curatorial Essay, July 2008 
Plaidcolumn’s Reponse to “Who Will Give Up Their Distinctions?”, July 2008
Notes on an Independent Aesthetic of Dance-Film in Canada, by memelab, 2008
Claudia Morgado Interviewed by Ileana Pietrobruno
Karin Lee Interviewed by Ileana Pietrobruno

Sound + Vision: An Experimental Collaboration

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

Collaborative Accident # 1 Collaborative Accident #3

The Sound + Vision project will consist of 6 live multi-media performances involving collaborations between Vancouver-based experimental filmmakers and musicians that explore relationships and interplays of audible and visual language.

Over the past 2 months, 6 teams of filmmakers and musicians have each produced a 20 minute Sound + Vision performance, premiering on June 7, 2013.

Performances have drawn on “expanded cinema” practices to create original works ranging from narrative to the abstract. Recorded on film and hand processed at the Annex darkroom studios, filmmakers and musicians have been encouraged to experiment with qualities specific to analog film and sound technology, as well as their overlapping interactions and translations within digital media.

Sound + Vision: An Experimental Collaboration

June 7, 2013, 7-10pm, 235 Alexander St, Cineworks Annex,

Free to attend (please buzz the CW doorbell at the bottom of the gate)

Teams are as follows: Including:  John Woods, Mark Cernigoj, Sydney Southam, Zoe KG, Lux Petrova, Lisa G, Rene Cherrie, Ariel KG, PrOphecy Sun, Raffi Maseredjian & Clea Anais.

For media contact, Zoe or Ariel KG at annex@cineworks.ca


CW member Javier Badillo heading to Cannes 2013

May 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Afternoon at Gudrun – Teaser 2 from Javier Badillo on Vimeo.

Congratulations to director Javier Badillo, whose short film, Afternoon at Gudrun is going to Cannes this year!

Please click through for a full press kit.

Bio: Afternoon at Gudrun by – Javier Badillo, a Venezuelan-Canadian film director, animator, producer, writer and musician. He specializes in satirical dark comedies, political and crime thrillers, awkward romantic comedies, magical realism and outsider dramas. Javier is the regional director for Raindance- UK and is the programming director of the Vancouver Short Film Festival. Javier was also for two years the moderator of the Institute for International Film Financing (IIFF Vancouver).

First Colour Rayogram Tests

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

From Expanding Cinema workshops with Alex MacKenzie, Oct 2012 – March 2013, Cineworks Annex, Vancouver.

Photos from Expanding Cinema with Alex MacKenzie

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

EXPANDING CINEMA was a series of workshops organized and facilitated by Alex MacKenzie down at the Annex space between October 2012 and March 2013.

Taking a hands-on approach to the materiality of cinema, these workshops will demystify and dismantle the filmic process with a focus on expanded cinematic forms. From projector modification to film manipulation, MacKenzie will be leading each session customized to participant interests and shaped by their input. Over the course of several months, this series offers the potential to produce singular and collaborative works or installations to be presented in the new year. This is a hands-on conversation where the practical and theoretical are blended at the discretion of participants. Come with ideas, or come to be inspired. All skill levels welcome.

Potential zones explored, fused, and cross-fertilized included:
· Expanded Cinema: apparatus and methodology
· Handmade Emulsion: Creating Black and White Film Stock From Scratch
· Black and White Hand Processing
· Colour Hand Processing
· Cinema Rayograms (Photograms)
· Alternative Contact Printing Techniques
· Shooting, Processing. Editing, and Screening Super 8
· Operating the 35mm/16mm Steenbeck flatbed editor, conversion to contact printer, projector, etc.

Bio: Alex MacKenzie is a Vancouver-based experimental film artist working primarily with analog equipment and hand processed imagery. He creates works of expanded cinema, light projection installation, and projector performance. His work has screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the EXiS Experimental Film Festival in Seoul, Lightcone in Paris, Kino Arsenal in Berlin and others. Alex was the founder and curator of the Edison Electric Gallery of Moving Images, the Blinding Light!! Cinema and the Vancouver Underground Film Festival. He was an artist in residence at Atelier MTK in Grenobles, France and Struts Gallery/Faucet Media in New Brunswick. Alex co-edited Damp: Contemporary Vancouver Media Art (Anvil Press 2008), and interviewed David Rimmer for Loop, Print, Fade + Flicker: David Rimmer’s Moving Images (Anvil Press 2009). He was an Artist in Residence at Cineworks’ Analog Film Annex in Vancouver, where he developed Intertidal, an expanded cinema work. He recently completed commissioned films for PopFilm Montreal and the WNDX Situated Cinema project.

Below are photographs by Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, 2013.
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Crazy8s Gala on Sat, Feb 23!

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Saturday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer Street), followed by our legendary Afterparty at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Join us at 7:00 pm at The Centre for the world premiere of six new short films made in only eight days by some of Vancouver’s most talented up-and-coming filmmakers: Nimisha Mukerji (“In the Deep”), Mackenzie Gray (“Under the Bridge of Fear”), Matt Leaf (“Braindamage”), Jane Hancock (“When I Saw You”), Ryan Haneman (“Manstruation”) and Sean Tyson (“STEWING”).

Afterwards, the party continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St), where we’ll mix and mingle over three floors of this historic building. On the first floor, in the “quiet(er) zone,” we’ll be featuring roving performers Mind of a Snail and cabaret-style mischief with the Myrtle Family Band, as well as ample eats and drinks (yes, the chocolate fountain is back again this year!) On the third floor, guests will have the opportunity to take in the new exhibit, “Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps,” the first retrospective of the acclaimed comic artist, Art Spiegelman (of “Maus” fame). And upstairs, on the 4th floor rooftop patio, we’ll be shaking it until the wee hours to electro-swing sensation Spry Bry and the crowd-pleasing, non-stop party mix of DJ K-Tel.

Tickets are $30.00 advance on our website at www.crazy8s.cc <http://www.crazy8s.cc>  or at ticket outlets at Videomatica Sales (1972 West 4th Ave), Beat Street Records (439 West Hastings St) and the Rio Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway St). Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.00.