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  • Moving Image Review & Art Journal first issue online

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    Intellect is delighted to announce the publication of the Moving Image Review & Art Journal. To celebrate the arrival of this groundbreaking journal we are offering issue 1.1 for free online: The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ) is the first international peer-reviewed scholarly publication devoted to artists’ film and video, and its contexts. It offers a forum for debates surrounding all forms of artists’ moving image and media artworks: films, video installations, expanded cinema, video performance, experimental documentaries, animations, and other screen-based works made by artists. MIRAJ aims to consolidate artists’ moving image as a distinct area of study that bridges a number of disciplines, not limited to, but including art, film, and media. Reflecting the subject matter this journal contains many innovative elements and includes lots of black and white and colour imagery throughout.

    The first issue contains exciting work from an impressive list of contributors including Catherine Elwes, Maeve Connolly, Erika Balsom and Sean Cubitt. Articles and features represent a broad range of exceptional scholarship including such pieces as 'Brakhage's sour grapes, or notes on experimental cinema in the art world' an article which examines the place of experimental cinema within the contemporary museum in order to challenge the commonly held assumption that it is somehow opposed to, or at least outside, the art world. For a complete list of articles and abstracts please visit: As well as articles and features the journal is also home to a vibrant Reviews section and Founding Editor, Catherine Elwes, frames the whole issue with a rousing editorial.

    Visit the journal online for more details, or please contact James Campbell ([email protected]).

    'Artists' moving image is a hard topic to pin down, and its images and effects are multiple and mutable, but it has a substantial history. Snaring that history – or rather its manifold histories – in the pages of MIRAJ is one of the aspirations of our enterprise' - Catherine Elwes, Founding Editor, MIRAJ


  • Marcel Mazé (1940-2012)

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    Mazé and Jonas Mekas at Hyères, 1974 One of the iconic figures in the history of 'different cinema' in Europe, Marcel Mazé (1940-2012) passed away last night. Marcé founded and then presided over the years Collectif Jeune Cinéma, the first filmmaker's cooperative in France over forty years ago, in 1971, after the model of Jonas Mekas' Film-Makers’ Cooperative. Film journalist, occasional filmmaker (his best known film is Focalises from 1980), actor in several films of Stéphane Marti, Mazé also helped create the Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris. To better appreciate his passion for 'different films' read the interview that Viviane Vagh made for Senses of Cinema on the occasion of CJC's 40th anniversary.


  • Experimental Conversations issue 8 - Winter 2011

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  • workshops January-February 2012

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    Direct Super 8: A workshop with Ian is delighted to announce a brand new series of workshops for January and February 2012.

    (1). Colorado: Tinting and toning motion picture film
    Saturday 21st January 2012, 10:30 – 6pm. members £80 / £120 non-members.

    Artist filmmaker Kevin Rice will take you through a hands-on exploration of the history, theories, motivations, and concepts behind tinting and toning 16mm motion picture film. The workshop is easily accessible and no previous knowledge of film techniques or technology is required. For more information and a full description please see:

    (2). My life as a silver halide: Pushing, Pulling & Intensifying Black & White Film
    Saturday 28th January, 10:30 - 6:00pm. Price: £80 members, £120 non-members.

    This workshop with Kevin explores the extremities of what is possible in black and white motion picture photography, in order to understand the exact nature of working with the silver halide. Topics that will be covered include: increasing film speed, pushing and pulling film, controlling density & contrast through various chemical and non-chemical processes, and how to effectively execute such procedures before, during and after development. For more information and a full description please see:


  • Millennium Film Journal 55 “Structures and spaces: Cine-installation”

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    Millennium Film JournalMillennium Film Journal 55 “Structures and spaces: Cine-installation”

    Millennium Film Journal issue No. 55 “Structures and spaces: Cine-installation” to be published next March 2012

    The focus of the issue is moving image installation: covering film, video and digital formats. The issue will be generously illustrated. Given the widespread interest in installation among artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, as well as the general public, we expect that the issue will enjoy wide national and international distribution through 2012, and that it will be regarded as a primary source for many years into the future.

    For at least 40 years, artists have been interested in using the moving image in installations. Multi-projector film installations by artists such as Paul Sharits and Michael Snow, as well as video installations by Gary Hill, Bill Viola, Nam June Paik and many others have been exhibited in museums and galleries since the early 1970s, and even before. But it has exploded in the last ten years, to such an extent that the multi-screen installation seems to be the dominating form at major art fairs, biennials, galleries and museums.

    MFJ 55 will examine, analyze, and celebrate the phenomenon of the moving image installation. It includes writings on:
    • the aesthetics of installation art by theorists Laura Marks and Kim Knowles;
    • video artist and musician Steina by Gerald O’Grady;
    • ‘Photographic Memory’ by Martin Rumsby discussing contemporary filmmakers Gregg Biermann, Steven Woloshen, Richard Tuohy and Ben Russell;
    • the history and significance of ‘the loop’ by Ron Green;
    • plus Scott MacDonald’s extensive interview with verteran filmmaker Alfred Guzzetti, and reviews of current exhibitions of works by Paul Sharits, Harun Farocki, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, and others.

    The issue also includes personal memoirs of recently deceased filmmakers whose work had a major influence on several generations of artists: Jordan Belson by Gene Youngblood, Robert Breer by George Griffin, Owen Land by Daryl Chin, and George Kuchar by Marie Losier.

    MFJ welcomes advertising from galleries, museums, exhibitions, publishers, educational institutions, film labs, video studios, production services, and others, and offer a discounted rate for individual artists. Advertising insertion order deadline for the upcoming issue MFJ 55 is Jan 20, 2012.


  • Mono no aware filmmaking workshops

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    Mono no awareMono no aware filmmaking workshops
    Winter & Early Spring workshops 2012

    Mono no aware is very excited to announce our new line up of filmmaking workshops! Registration is now open!

    - Intro to 16mm filmmaking
    - Super 8mm filmmaking
    - Introduction to hand-processing black & white reversal film
    - Advanced 16mm filmmaking workshop color reversal
    - Experimenting with alternative processing techniques
    - 16mm direct filmmaking workshop
    - Introduction to hand-processing color negative film

    Please read workshop policies before registering. if the workshop you are interested is full contact us to pre-register for the next session. also we will be offering stop-motion animation, camera obscura filmmaking and more in the Spring, contact us if you have interest in pre-registering.

    Note that our workshops are limited to 10 persons or less providing an intimate hands-on learning experience. All materials, film and equipment related to the class are inclusive. The workshops take place at CPR (361 Manhattan Ave, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York) ONLY 3 short blocks from Lorimer L/G or Graham L subway stops. OR at Negativland Darkroom (1717 Troutman St, Suite #244 Brooklyn, New York) ONLY 2 short blocks from the Jefferson L subway stop. Maps below.

    These workshops would not be possible without the partnership of Kodak, Dijifi, Pac-Lab and our host space The Center For Performance Research


  • 13th Paris Festival Of Different And Experimental Cinemas Awards

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    13th Paris Festival Of Different And Experimental CinemasThese are the awards for the 13th edition of the Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas:


    Grand Jury
    Grand Prix of different cinema: Because we are visual by Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes
    Grand Prix of experimental cinema: Disquiet by SJ. Ramir
    Special mention to Schip by Tanatchai Bandasak
    Special mention to 360° by Nadine Poulain

    Press Jury
    Press Grand Prix: Panexlab by Olivier Séror and Post-industrie by Arnaud Gerber (ex aequo)
    Special mention to Because we are visual by Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes


  • Lowave anniversary contest

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    French publisher Lowave's birthday is coming soon! To start celebrating it, Lowave offers 5 copies of its excellent DVD Our stars & The little god, by seminal French artist Maurice Lemaître, to the first people that answer an easy question at Experimental Cinema's Facebook page. Keep reading for a sample of what you can win...


  • Kickstarter campign: INCITE! #3

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    Incite 3: New agesThe third issue of INCITE! Journal of Experimental Media, titled "New Ages" aims at addressing the generational shifts and divides in today’s experimental film, video, and new media spheres, utilizing the 2010 International Experimental Media Congress as an opportunity for reflection. In addition to compiling a dossier of idiosyncratic reflections on the Congress, this issue also focuses on the renewed fascination with "New Age" spirituality, philosophy and aesthetics among contemporary media artists. Some highlights of this issue include Walter Forsberg's wide-ranging essay about the computer animation (and accidental 3D) pioneer Lillian Schwartz, Thomas Beard's astute analysis of Shana Moulton's "Whispering Pines" video serial, a Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean "G-Chat," Jaimz Asmundson on his new film, "The Magus", Marisa Olson on Transcendentalism, and Brian L. Frye's citation study of "The New York Times", which measures the relative importance of avant-garde filmmakers.

    To cover publication costs, INCITE! has launched a Kickstarter campaign. You can help release this great publication with a small donation and even get past issues of INCITE!, experimental film DVDs or a silkscreened print of George Kuchar's portrait by Leslie Supnet in return.

    Contributors to this issue include: Dominic Angerame, Jaimz Asmundson, Jeremy Bailey, Christina Battle, Thomas Beard, Roger Beebe, Michael Betancourt, Mireille Bourgeois, Jacob Ciocci and Jesse McLean, Clint Enns, Walter Forsberg, Brian L. Frye, Benj Gerdes, Brett Kashmere, Eliza Koch, Kevin McGarry, James Missen, Shana Moulton, Peter Nowogrodzki, Marisa Olson, Andrew James Paterson, Ken Paul Rosenthal, Ekrem Serdar, Leslie Supnet, Tess Takahashi. Cover design by Jacob Ciocci.


  • Letter from the Director of Punto de Vista Film Festival

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    Support Punto de Vista FestivalFor those of you that don't know about this great festival, Punto de Vista is possibly the best film festival in Spain, dedicated to 'documentary films', it seeks to reward risk-taking and non-narrative approaches and has a strong accent on experimental films. Last week, Josetxo Cerdán, its artistic director, was told that due to severe budget cuts (despite the governing political party's supposed 'commitment to culture'), the festival would be no more...

    The Punto de Vista Festival has shown works by Raymond Depardon, Jean Vigo, David Perlov, Jay Rosenblatt, Alan Berliner, J. P. Sniadecki, James Benning, Naomi Uman, Lynne Sachs, Ben Rivers, Ross McElwee, Satô Makoto, Jem Cohen, Barbara Hammer, Ben Russell, among many others...

    Please, take just a couple of minutes to support Punto de Vista signing the online petition here:
    (English text after the Spanish one; see here for an automatically-translated page)