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).


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 <>  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.

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 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


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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Q+A With Cineworks Workshop Instructor John Woods

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment


This afternoon I had to opportunity to ask John a few questions about himself and his upcoming workshops:

CP: Besides teaching workshops at Cineworks, what do you do?
JW: I work in the film industry in town, specializing in sequels and talking dog movies.
CP: If you had a motto, what would it be?
JW: I can do anything you want, all it will take is time and money.
CP: Who is your film role model?
JW: Too many to choose from! But I like how Werner Herzog is able to move between features and documentaries while still being able to make films that are distinctly his own.
CP: What is the movie that made you fall in love with film making?
JW: A lifetime ago a good friend bought a bizarre device called a laserdisc and showed me his then favourite movie, Clerks, which had a commentary track on it. Listening to the commentary I learned that the movie was basically made by a bunch of friends and that sounded like something fun to be a part of. Prior to that I hadn’t really thought that it was possible to make films without a cast and crew of hundreds.
CP: What is your favourite theatre in Vancouver and why?
JW: The Rio is my local theatre and I enjoy their programming and midnight shows but The Ridge is the most beautiful single screen theatre left in the city. The art deco design gives the place atmosphere and makes it feel like I’m really going out for a night on the town rather than visiting a very large living room. Plus its one of the few left in town that still projects 35mm prints.
CP: What made you decide to stick with film?
JW: Partly laziness on my part to keep up to speed with the rapid evolution of digital formats. I certainly like to edit digitally where I feel that you can work with images in a manner similar to how your brain works, but an image on film is more like how memory works. It can be fuzzy, unstable or damaged, but surprisingly sharp and beautiful in way that is better than how it really was.
CP: What exactly is a JK printer?
JW: Its an optical printer that was popular in the 70s and 80s with schools and independent filmmakers for creating optical effects like titles, fades and mattes. They originally cost a few thousand dollars and can fit on a table, prior to this an optical printer needed an entire room and were custom builds costing as much as house. The JK made it possible for people outside of the industry to access effects that required Hollywood level money just to rent the machine.
CP: Besides transferring film to video, what kinds of cool things can the JK do?
JW: The best comparison is that an optical printer does for cine film what a photographic enlarger does for stills. If you’re really dedicated you can do all those old school special effects like they did on Star Wars. What I find more interesting is how it allows you to experiment with alternative processes. You can use oddball lab stocks to create extremely contrasty images, or embrace generational loss by making excessive copies or do extreme blowups that create wild, swirling grain. I feel that today the best reason to work with film is to embrace all the faults inherent with it and create something that looks different. Someone who likes deliberate, methodical work will find this type of process enjoyable. A person that is patient and not be afraid to make a mistake will enjoy this workshop.
CP: Once I take these workshops, what kind of skills will I have?
JW: People short on money but long on time will have a way to get high quality transfers. Filmmakers interested in arcane analog practices, will learn how eliminate the lab from the equation and be able create unique works afford-ably on film.

John Woods has been a Cineworks member since 2003. Currently working with alternative film processes with Super 8 and 16mm film, John’s work has been screened across North America and Europe. He knows no one famous.

There are 2 upcoming workshops with John:

Learn how to setup & maintain the printer, basic principals of digitizing film and how to use the resulting computer files in their digital post-production workflow.

Tuesday, January 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Limited Spaces available.

$40 Members, $60 Non-Members.

Introduction to 16mm Optical Printing with a JK Printer

Saturday, January 26, 12 p.m. –  6 p.m. Limited spaces available.

$80 Members, $120 Non-Members

Special rate of $100 if you register for both the digital and analogue workshop for all Cineworks members!

Check for more information.

Thanks to  John Woods for his time!

Q & A with Jon Ornoy

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week, our own Facilities and Equipment Manager Jon Ornoy successfully pitched True Love Waits, the winning script of the 2012/13 Motion Picture Production Industry Association Short Film Award at The Whistler Film Festival. Besides prestige, the prize comes with a $15,000 cash prize and up to $100,000 in services to help the director develop the script to premiere at next year’s Whistler Film Festival. I thought it was time to send a few emails back and forth down the hall and get to know Ornoy the filmmaker a little bit better.


Image taken from Brianne Nord-Stewart’s site (Jon is the one in the hat)

CineworksPost: First, Congratulations! How does it feel to know you’ve got a premiere already locked down at next year’s film festival?

Jon Ornoy: Getting into festivals can be tough and sometimes frustrating because of all the competition out there. Ultimately, every filmmaker wants their work to be seen by an audience, and preferably in a theater, so knowing that I’ve got at least one audience lined up is nice. It’s also good to have hard deadlines to help motivate completion!

CwP: Can you briefly tell us what True Love Waits is about?

JO: The film is the story of Judy, a woman in her mid-fifties who has spent her entire career decorating the windows of Wedgely’s for Women, a high end clothing boutique. However, recently she has begun to suspect that Tammy, a new employee at the store has been sabotaging her displays at night in an effort to make her look bad and steal her job. Every morning when she arrives at the store, her work is in more and more of a disarray, in ways that Judy can’t explain, and she begins to slowly crackup as the prospect of losing her job becomes more of a reality.

CwP: I recently caught your first finished work, The Lunar Effect (2008). While that was a documentary and this is a fictive drama, is there a trajectory in how your approach storytelling and filmmaking?

JO: Even though documentaries deal with “real life”, in many ways I find there to be a lot more room for creativity within that genre than dramas because the real world is so much weirder and more diverse. The variety of storytelling coming out of the narrative world has been decreasing a lot in recent years as the films Hollywood fills the multiplex with take fewer risks and prefer to feed audiences the same stories repackaged and rebooted. Even though TLW is scripted, I’d like to shoot it using as many documentary techniques as possible like using handheld cameras and allowing the actors to improvise with each other and the public who will be extras in the film when they unknowingly walk through our downtown sidewalk locations. I’d definitely like to continue working on both sides of the “reality” line and expect that my approach to each genre will be informed by what I’ve learned from doing the other and am very interested in exploring docu-drama hybrids.


This e-mail interview took place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 between Jon Ornoy and Amy Fung.

Decembers ‘Film and Media Showcase’ is coming up!

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment


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.

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Behind the scenes from the first EXPANDING CINEMA workshop

December 6, 2012 § Leave a comment




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.

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