MediaNet’s Resolution: Learn something old in 2016

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Since it’s 2016, local film non-profit MediaNet is offering a chance to learn something old.
That’s right, its resolution is to throw pixels out the frame completely with the Handmade and Analogue workshop program for the creation of Super 8 or 16mm film art.
The media art non-profit has been collecting analogue film cameras and processing equipment over the last couple of years, boosted by a large donation by Camosun College. “We’re self-sufficient now,” says Peter Sandmark, MediaNet’s Executive Director.
With that in mind, MediaNet is offering 12 participants the chance to get their hands on its collection and spend eight weeks producing their own films.
With some of the most expert mentorship that Victoria can offer, including Sandmark, MediaNet President Scott Amos, and Rick and Susy Raxlen (of no-room productions), participants will not only have access to MediaNet’s 16mm Bolex and Super-8 cameras, but they will also have workshops about video transferring, hand processing and how to draw and paint on film.

Participants will learn to draw and paint on film. photo provided.

Participants will learn to draw and paint on film. photo provided.

They’ll also have the chance to complete a film, and be included in the Handmade and Analogue exhibition at FLUX gallery (April 9at 7pm).
The program runs from Feb. 3 to March 31, and costs $99. Costs include use of cameras, one roll of S-8 film, hand development, access to other MediaNet equipment and completion of a short film project.
“We want to stretch [the program] out so people have the chance to work on their own and come in and get the resources they need,” says Sandmark. “It’s not just about learning, it’s about making a film.”
For more information about the Handmade and Analogue workshop series, email info@meida-net.bc.ca, or visit http://medianetvictoria.org/handmade/

Other events in the program:
Feb. 4: Screening of Arthur Lipsett Documentary and short films (7pm)
Feb. 5: Opening night of Alex McKenzie exhibition at FLUX Gallery (7pm)
Feb. 13: Avant Garde film screening (Paul Sharits and T.O.U.C.H.I.N.G. (7pm)