Cherry Kino August Newsletter!


Last month’s 16mm Rayogram workshop was a great success, so I might run another one in the near future – will keep you posted! You can see the results here:

This month, there are 2 Cherry Kino activities planned:

– OpenLab this Friday (13th August)

– MicroCinema screening “A Day at the Beach” next Friday (20th August)


11am – 6pm, Friday 13th August, ESA (Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, LS9 7EH – over the bridge from the WYP) £30 for a CK card (access all year)

This is the first OpenLab event – one of many I hope! – where people will be able to come and use analogue filmmaking resources, including cameras, projectors, splicers, film viewers, the darkroom, processing equipment, and tons of other stuff! It caters for Super 8, Standard 8 and 16mm film formats. Whatever stage you’re at with filmmaking, you’re welcome to OpenLab. It’s not a workshop, it’s a resource, so you’ll do your own filmmaking and processing, tidying up, and pitching in to help. The lab takes its inspiration from artist run DIY film labs in Europe and Canada such as L’Abominable, Sector 16, L’ETNA, MIRE, LIFT, lab and others. They operate as a shared resource that artists use to make their own work, and that everyone pitches in to look after.

To use OpenLab, there is a £30 fee for the year (til next July), which helps cover costs of maintaining the equipment and paying for the space, and you’ll need to pay this on your first visit if you want to use the lab. In return you’ll get a Cherry Kino card that gives you free access to the monthly OpenLab sessions, and discounts off all Cherry Kino events too.

At OpenLab, there will also be film and chemistry for sale, so you could, for example, buy a film in the morning, go off and shoot it for a few hours, then come back to the lab and process it, dry it, and watch it! There are resources at the lab on how to process Super 8, Standard 8 and 16mm film by hand, you can buy the film and chemistry from the lab, and I can point you in the right direction to find out about different techniques, but it is essentially a “DIY film lab”, so come and have fun figuring things out and making films! If you want to learn specific techniques, I’ll be running MicroLab workshops every couple of months so keep an eye out for them.

There’s a (very small) DVD library, and also a film book library, so please feel free to add to them for everyone to use. Hope to see you on Friday! There will be a phone number to ring on the door of ESA/Patrick Studios, in case I don’t hear the door bell, so I can come and let you in.

Cherry Kino MicroCinema event – “A Day at the Beach”!

6.30pm – 10.30pm, Friday 13th August, ESA (Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, LS9 7EH – over the bridge from the WYP), £5 on the door (£4 with a CK card)

A screening of wondermental “beach” films!

Inspired by a brief but intense boiling hot few weeks this summer spent longing for the sea, “A Day at the Beach” takes the beach as its inspiration. Filmmakers / artists have always been fascinated by that liminal, shifting border between sea and land, and have used it as a means of expressing a multitude of ideas and feelings. Found home movies on Super 8 are often of beach holidays, glittering waves, castles made of sand… it’s a place that fascinates, where normal modes of behaviour don’t apply (a holiday from normal life), and it draws us in with a hypnotist’s skill, inviting us to let go of land and try floating for a while, or emerge primordially from the rich sea, newly born.

The films chosen for this programme celebrate and explore the beach in its plethora of meanings, and after the screening there will be a specially curated selection of music, all chosen according to the theme, to turn the screening into a bit of a party! Needless to say there will also be a bar, and some BBQ’d veggie sausages for your enjoyment! Hope to see you there! And feel free to wear swimwear. Or nothing. I mean it!

Cherry Kino is a shower, maker and lover of wondermental film, and runs OpenLab (2nd Friday of every month), MicroLab analogue filmmaking workshops, and MicroCinema screenings, with something happening every month!

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x CK