Sound + Vision: An Experimental Collaboration

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

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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

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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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News at The Annex

February 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

We have some exciting news for the Annex in 2013! We are delighted to have sisters and filmmakers Ariel and Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty come on board as our new Annex Coordinators! These are volunteer positions, so please show them some love the next time you’re down at the Annex. They love film, and we love them! Please find their statement below along with a schedule for February. Full details will be on www.cineworks.ca as well as on our Facebook Annex Page.  All photos courtesy of the KG Sisters.

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Our Statement

The Annex is an amazing space that we see as an experimental film and photography laboratory.

It’s a bit like being in a museum, except that you get to play with the artifacts, and there aren’t a lot of explanations about what these relics are good for… We see that as a great opportunity for experimenting, discovering, and re-purposing. Do-it-yourself meets state of the art equipment from a not so distant past…Discovering or re-discovering an earlier way of making images, can be a magical experience because its such a physical act of creation in comparison. Analogue processing is also an organic process, which allows for the charm of the accidental and the circumstantial.

The Annex has a functioning darkroom for processing moving pictures as well as still images. Both black and white and colour can be done by hand. There is also a Steenbeck machine, which is used for editing the old school way, and can also be used for making duplicate negative or positives. An animation stand and multiple projectors are also on hand.

We want to inspire and support others to get involved with this exciting  space and the opportunities it offers. In the spring of 2013 we are aiming to build a community of interested film-makers and artists to use the space on a regular basis.

We will be having an open night once a week, and a Community Night / Orientation once a month. The Community night is free to attend for both members and non-members alike. The open night will be $5 for members and $8 for non members – or you can purchase a 5 time pass for a reduction in cost.

We hope to see you at the next Community Night February 20th!

– KG Sisters

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Upcoming Annex Schedule

March 2013  – All events run 7 – 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Mon & Tuesday March 18 & 19 – Alex MacKenzie Expanding Cinema workshops

Tuesday March 26  – Open darkroom night

Wednesday March 27 – Community night/ orientation

Feb 2013

Wednesday Feb 13 – Film & Media Showcase

Tuesday Feb 19 – Open darkroom night

Wednesday Feb 20 – Annex Community Night / Orientation

Tuesday Feb 26 – Open darkroom night

Wednesday Feb 27 – Off The Reels 

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Decembers ‘Film and Media Showcase’ is coming up!

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Our Monthly Film and Media Showcase allows for feedback and thoughtful dialogue between film artists and audiences. Presenters range from documentary filmmakers, photographers, to visual artists working through the moving image.

The format is simple: 3 artists, ten minutes each, dialogue in between.

Bring a friend and have a drink; network and share your vision, ideas and projects.

When: Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: The Annex, 235 Alexander street

Please note seating is limited. First come seating only.

Facebook Event:http://www.facebook.com/events//?fref=ts

Behind the scenes from the first EXPANDING CINEMA workshop

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Thanks to Cineworks member John Woods for these photos from Alex Mackenzie’s ‘Expanding Cinema’ workshop. Pictured: Alex, Amanda T and Ariel K-G

EXPANDING CINEMA is an extended workshop series with film artist Alex MacKenzie exploring performance-based film practice. 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.

Workshops are every six to eight weeks, Monday and Tuesday nights from 7-10 pm.

2012: October 29/30, December 10/11.  2013: January 28/29, March 18/19.

Price per session: $30 Members/$50 Non-Members

Full registration: $175 Members/$300 Non-Members

To register please call 604.685.3841 M–F (noon to 6 pm)

Advance registration is required. Limited capacity. Waiting lists will be available.

Monthly Film and Media Showcase

November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Our Monthly Film and Media Showcase allows for feedback and thoughtful dialogue between film artists and audiences. Presenters range from documentary filmmakers, photographers, to visual artists working through the moving image.

The format is simple: 3 artists, ten minutes each, dialogue in between.

Bring a friend and have a drink; network and share your vision, ideas and projects.

Members on Show for November:

Jason Karman

Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty.

John A. Woods

When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: The Annex, 235 Alexander street

Please note seating is limited. First come seating only.

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