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Thursday, 2 December 2010

FREE Larry Jordan screening on Thursday 9th December!!!

"If I had to name one dozen really creative artists in the independent avant-garde film area, I'd name Larry Jordan as one. His animated collage films are among the most beautiful short films made today. They are surrounded with love and poetry. His content is subtle, his technique is perfect, his personal style unmistakable." - Jonas Mekas

Christmas is a period when our consumer world explodes with price tags and "invitations" to buy things. As a little reaction to this, Cherry Kino's Christmas present to Leeds will be a free screening of Larry Jordan's films (all on 16mm), with free drinks and fairy cakes too! Come with bonhomie in your hearts, and bring the kids too, as I'm sure they'll love the films just as much as you - they're gorgeous! The screening will finish early evening, so they can get to bed on time too (or not!).

Lawrence "Larry" Jordan is one of the finest animators working in wondermental film. A really exceptional artist, whose disciplined approach (he works unfailingly for at least 3 hours daily) and rigorous methodology combine with a superbly fantastical and dream-like sensibility (he likes Jung). I first saw his work in 2009 at the Light Cone Preview Show, with Larry present - there were 2 programmes of work, each of them about 2 hours long, shown one after the other, in chronological order. Wow, what a show. I am very very happy to be able to show them in Leeds - a shorter programme, of 87 minutes, with a selection of diverse films spanning his filmmaking career - a career of well over 50 years (he started making films in 1952!). Formidable work. It'll be at the Leeds Town Hall, in the Albert Room (the room where lots of people get married!), next Thursday (9th December). Doors open at 5.30pm, and the films start at 6pm, and will finish by 7.45pm. And it's totally FREE, with free drinks and fairy cakes! See you there!

x Martha

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Kodachrome! Kodachrome! Kodachrome!

Use up your Kodachrome and send it to Dwayne's Photo Lab!!!! SOOOOON! Get it to them as soon as possible, coz the very last day for processing is 30th December (which means they have to have all the films with them before then!). It's snowing like a bitch here in Shipley, looks amazing, great for filming! Gonna go charge up my Beaulieu R16 now and hop to it!

If you miss the Kodachrome deadline, DON'T DESPAIR! You can still process it as b/w!

For old stock, or stock that hasn't been unfailingly kept in the fridge:
Martin Baumgarten recommends processing it to negative, rather than as reversal, coz otherwise it will probably come out very muddy.

For stock that has been brilliantly preserved, or very recent stock:
Martin Baumgarten says that it will probably be fine to process it as reversal.

Maybe this snowy weather would be good for shooting high con stock when the sun is out to play!

x Martha

Friday, 26 November 2010

Post-Festival Phews!

No, I haven't got post-festival blues - I've got post-festival phews! (excuse the crappy pun - it seems the festival stress has removed my sense of humour).

CK booklets have gone down a storm!!! I never imagined it'd be like this! I just wanted to make it coz it's what I would like to come across myself (and have, thanks to others). The enthusiasm and warmth I've got back from people makes me want to make another one right away!! But I have no money left. And I probably need to learn a few more techniques to make it an interesting second edition! Or maybe invite people to contribute? I've gotta keep the ones I have left for giving to people who visit the lab, so I hope that's the last of the orders now. If I come into some money I could do another print run of them, but that looks seriously doubtful!!! I am skint now. Skint, but happy. And cold!!!

Just finished tying loose ends up after the festival. That's the kind of boring part, but it needs doing. And now I can get ready for... the Cherry Kino screening of Larry Jordan's Short Films on 9th December in the Leeds Town Hall!!! I am really looking forward to it - to just be doing that and nothing else will be bliss! Still need to book the films from Lightcone asap...

I'm trying to finish shooting all the K40 I have left on Super 8 - including some 16mm - but my favourite camera needs servicing, which is really annoying! Actually about 5 of my cameras need servicing, and so do all my Super 8 projectors... I hardly have any money. I have a brilliant but not brilliantly paid film job, and I spend what I do earn on cameras and equipment that always needs repairing!!! But it was such a gorgeous day today. Freezing, but so sunny. I shot a whole roll of K40, filming the beautiful nature that has come out to play in this cold and inhospitable climate!

Getting down to the lab over the next week to spend some time on my own work - feeling so inspired from what I've been watching during CK at the fest, and wanna put it to use! It's a wonderful world, innit?!!

Think I seriously need a massive detox too - stress just aint good for the body or the soul! Ok ok, it gets things to happen, but my god, the festival is 18 days long - too many things need doing all at the same time, and it's crazy! (During the festival, Cherry Kino isn't my only responsibility - as Deputy Programme Manager I've got about a zillion others!). But it's over now - til we start planning the next one in, oh, about a week!!!

peace out! bring on the fresh veggies...

x Martha

Sunday, 21 November 2010

"Children" by Paolo Gioli

The "After the Empire" screening includes the film "Children" by Italian filmmaker Paolo Gioli. I really appreciate the films I've seen by him. His political consciousness also speaks to me, in the fire he has about politics. The anger transformed into art. I was just thinking that many of the films I chose for this screening of political wondermental film happen to be films made from photographs - "Children" by Paolo Gioli, "Lingchi: Echoes of a Historical Photograph" by Chen Chien-jen, and "K (Acugher/Acimi)" (in a way) by Frederique Devaux. Quite a few of the other films are reworking of footage or reinterpretations of footage (the "Holly Would..." screening was also in this vein a lot, and was also quite politically minded). I'm thinking - is there something inherently political about the marriage between film and photography? There is something certainly inherently political about the image and its appropriation/power/representation. But what of motion and stasis of image occurring at once? Is this what helps make Chris Marker's "La Jetee" so politically resonant? I'm thinking about it, anyway. I am also of the view that aesthetics are political - maybe even super-political, and therefore outside the narrow defines of "politics" as we understand it. Hmm. The use of the optical printer also makes you see film as photographs. I wish I had one!!

x Martha

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

CK events this weekend!!

All the screenings this weekend will be at ESA Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane,
LS9 7EH - see for directions!

Friday 19th, 7pm

Holly Would...
Saturday 20th, 3pm

Gunvor Nelson
Saturday 20th, 6pm

After the Empire
Sunday 21st, 1pm

Warren Sonbert
Sunday 21st, 4pm

x Martha

Monday, 1 November 2010

DIY filmmaking booklet!! - FREE!

I've put together a DIY filmmaking booklet, with TONS of information on how to make analog films, DIY techniques, cameraless filmmaking, processing film by hand, what film stocks to use, where to find them, and loads of stuff! It is now here and looks really nice! I'm giving them out for free. If you want one, email with "CK booklet" in the title and your postal address (anywhere in the world is fine!) and I'll send you a few in the post!

I basically put together what would have been really really useful to me when I started out with making films the analog way. A few things in there are from other places, I've written down lots of techniques I've learnt from different people - please give it away as much as you like, use it, cut it up in different forms - whatever spreads film techniques is brilliant.

WORM Filmwerkplaats in Rotterdam made a great booklet called "To Boldy Go" and you can find it at and Helen Hill (who tragically died in 2007) compiled "Recipes for Disaster" and you can find that at

Both were inspirations for the Cherry Kino booklet, as well as everyone who has shared their friendship, time, love, films, and techniques with me (yes, that involves you, former EXP24!!) I hope that it'll be a useful guide for folk who are interested, and that it helps people find a way into DIY filmmaking - where you don't need a director, producer, editor, technician, etc etc etc and you've got the capacity to do it totally economically, and to make whatever the hell you like, however you like, with whomever you like. It is a very free form of filmmaking, and one that too few people know about. The resources and knowledge do exist! Express yourself however you want to.

If you're attending the Leeds International Film Festival, you will probably be able to pick it up at all CK events, including the film exhibition at Blenheim Building Cafe at Leeds College of Art. It's designed by the lovely and talented Claire McLoughlin, a student of Leeds College of Art, and an ace lady! And thanks to Edwin M Harmer printers in Leeds too for a really good price on the printing!

Also, the Cherry Kino Cards have now been made, so if you want to join the Lab to use the filmmaking resources, you can! Cards will be available at all CK events during the Leeds International Film Festival, or you can email

x Martha

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Cherry Kino Festival! 4 - 21 November

Between 4 - 21 November, there are 12 Cherry Kino events, spread over the three weekends of the Leeds International Film Festival!

Each of the 12 events are listed on the blog, after this post - some of them are under the "older posts" link at the bottom of the page, too!

You can also find the Cherry Kino programme on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

After the Empire

Running Time:120 mins
Showing: Sun 21st Nov, 2010 - 13:00Sun 21st Nov, 2010 - 13:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

Wondermental cinema can be a politically discursive art form, with its ability to question, subvert, oppose and rebel. This programme presents an array of recent works chosen for their political engagement with the idea of empire, whether overt or subtle, asking you to think again. Controlled fury at the hypocrisy of the priveleged, the quietly powerful flag on the mountain, cinema and dictatorship in North Korea, a multi-screen subversive ethnicity, a cry of ‘why’ in Algeria, a revised Heart of Darkness, Leo Strauss’ connection with torture, photography as colonial appropriation, and rethinking the urban. Includes work by Gioli, Smith, Bärtås, Wong, Devaux, Breuer, Sanborn, Chen and Lurf.

This screening is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Double Tide

Director Sharon Lockhart
Country Austria,USA
Running Time: 99 mins
Showing: Sat 13th Nov, 2010 - 12:00Sat 13th Nov, 2010 - 12:00Ticket link @ Leeds Art Gallery (ART GALL) - £5.00 / £4.00

Utterly hypnotic and spell-binding, Sharon Lockhart’s minimalist exploration of landscape and labour as a female clamdigger works the low tides of dawn and dusk. Shot in only two takes with a static camera, we are lulled into meditation by the calm repetition of her (arduous) task in the mudflats, surrounded by the rolling mist and rosy orange hues of sunrise and sunset. Perhaps it’s also political comment: ‘There is something so primal about clamming – the act of reaching into the earth, the dependence on the rhythms of nature. All this struck me as indicative of a pre-industrial time and type of labour, so different from the industrial rhythms of a workplace.’ – S. Lockhart

This film is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Gunvor Nelson

Director Gunvor Nelson
Country Sweden,USA
Running Time: 90 mins
Languages English
Showing: Sat 20th Nov, 2010 - 18:00Sat 20th Nov, 2010 - 18:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

A rare screening of extraordinary work by Gunvor Nelson, the best kept secret in American experimental film. Magnetic intimacy combines with distance, a tension mirrored by astonishing camera work and editing. Respecting the filmed material, she lets it speak, from a portrait of her daughter Oona with a hypnotic soundtrack, to a comical feminist take on a stripper, to an indescribably beautiful swim, to a complex exploration of family. To filmmakers she offers this advice – ‘when you are really immersed, you, yourself… then the film emerges.’ As spectators, becoming immersed in Gunvor Nelson’s films is one of the best things you can do – something incredible emerges.

This screening is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Holly Would...

Running Time: 90 mins
Showing: Sat 20th Nov, 2010 - 15:00Sat 20th Nov, 2010 - 15:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

Ah, Hollywood. Light of our lives, thorn in our sides…This programme, mostly screened on 16mm, celebrates the delicious way wondermental filmmakers continue to subvert Hollywood and media ‘norms’, by turns dismembering it to re-member it as something new; pointing to the queer aspects that are present either through absence or identification; a deconstruction of linear narrative; a life of imitation; recontextualised film scenes breathing new life; a clever backwards door slamming scene in a Hollywood domestic; a lascivious recreation of a B movie; a very unusual ‘B star’ on a moving couch; and Peter Tscherkassky’s award-winning new work (yes, wondermental cinema has a Hollywood too!). With work by Tartaglia, Vaughan, Swiczinsky, Wong, Schreiner, Mahé, Czioska, Marte, and Tscherkassky.

This screening is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Mare’s Tail

Director David Larcher
Country UK
Running Time: 160 mins
Languages English
Showing: Sun 7th Nov, 2010 - 14:00Sun 7th Nov, 2010 - 14:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00
Sun 14th Nov, 2010 - 13:30Sun 14th Nov, 2010 - 13:30Ticket link @ Leeds Art Gallery (ART GALL) - £5.00 / £4.00

‘Mare’s Tail is an epic flight into inner space…the film-maker’s personal odyssey, which becomes the odyssey of each of us. It is a man’s life transposed into a visual realm…There are spots before your eyes, as when you look at the sun that flames and burns. We look at distant moving forms and flash through them. We drift through suns; a piece of earth phases over the moon. A face, your face, his face, a face that looks and splits into shapes that form new shapes that we rediscover as tiny monolithic monuments…The moon again, the flesh, the child, the room and the waves become part of a hieroglyphic language…Larcher’s trip becomes our trip to experience. It cannot be watched impatiently, with expectation; it is no good looking for generalization, condensation, complication or implication.’ – from Film Is, by Stephen Dwoskin. This screening is presented with the kind support of the Leeds College of Art, and all students of the College will be granted free access to both screenings on presentation of their student cards.

This film is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

My Love Has an Exquisite Corpse: Elemental Film Exhibition

Running Time: All Day
Showing: 6th – 21st November, daily except weekends, 10am-5pm

Leeds College of Art hosts Cherry Kino’s exhibition of elemental film, including work made by students on Super 8 and 16mm. Playing with the idea of the ‘exquisite corpse’ where each person contributes a ‘body part’ to make a whole, film is treated as an organic form and literally subjected to the Taoist idea of the 5 elements of Chinese medicine – water, wood, fire, earth and metal – putting it through various processes such as ‘drowning’ (water), wrapping around trees (wood), burning (fire), burying (earth), and chemical processing to reveal the silver (metal) in the film emulsion itself.
Fri 6 – Sun 21, 12:00 – 17:00
Leeds College of Art, Blenheim Building café

This event is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Mysterious Matter

Running Time: 90 mins
Showing: Sat 6th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Sat 6th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

‘Transformation is the thing’ states Larry Jordan at the beginning of his new film, Cosmic Alchemy. This selection of films focuses on the magical transformations that can occur through entering into the material of life. From Jordan’s hotly anticipated and stunning work, to Rebello’s great new piece full of substantial questions, to Rouhi and Fouchard’s astonishingly transcendental meditation, to the indescribably awesome ‘Li: the Patterns of Nature’ by Campbell, full of extreme close ups of nature’s processes on 16mm. These magical films remind us that ‘forms are not self-subsistent substances’ (Rebello), and that through the shared flesh of the material world, we can reach the stars.

This screening on the Leeds IFF website is HERE

x Martha

Night Jewels, Day Blooms

Running Time: 90 mins
Showing: Sat 6th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Sat 6th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

Startlingly beautiful and unique recent works of filmic art. Includes astonishing layers of light reflections on Super 8, a wondrous animated trilogy about clouds, a high contrast b/w film on the shore, a mesmerising study of swirling stars in a child’s toy, a divinely simple disorientation device, dreamlike sequences in red, yellow, orange, a wonderful film whose image plays the sound, a cricket’s song from beyond the frame, the dawn chorus of a new beginning, a jazz trumpeter, rain, night fireworks, and a glorious film shot in the ripples of a puddle. With work by Clipson, Tsuji, Cailleau, Harris, Machacek, von Greve, Miller, Dorsky, Henderson, Barthofer, Brundert and Scacchioli.

This screening on the Leeds IFF website is HERE

x Martha


Director Sarah Turner
Country UK
Running Time: 115 mins
Languages English
Showing: Sat 13th Nov, 2010 - 14:30Sat 13th Nov, 2010 - 14:30Ticket link @ Leeds Art Gallery (ART GALL) - £5.00 / £4.00
Fri 19th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Fri 19th Nov, 2010 - 19:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00
Watch trailer

An absolutely mesmerising journey into psycho-geography, this unique and highly lauded film examines landscape and ghosts, amnesia and representation, innovatively linking global warming to both an artistic and a personal crisis. On Turner’s initial trip to Siberia in 1987-8, she continuously filmed the passing landscape. After 20 years (during which time her two closest friends died), she ‘repeated both a train journey to Siberia and a process… And in this way I realised that photography as an act actually creates rather than records experiences…for me the film very explicitly functions as an environmental allegory. Are we all ghosts passing through as the world moves outside the frame of our (overheated) windows?’ – S. Turner

This film is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha


Running Time: 90 mins
Showing: Sun 7th Nov, 2010 - 18:00Sun 7th Nov, 2010 - 18:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

The idea of journeys, rituals, trips is present in a lot of wondermental cinema. This selection of work from contemporary artist filmmakers delights in explicity tripping – from a gorgeous Super 8 ritual shot in the Lithuanian countryside, to a man’s search through a tropical forest for the god Apoekoe, a ritualistic camera dance with flowers, a (literally!) gutsy ritual of a taxidermist, a visionary journey through a metaphorical tunnel, a trip inside the body of film, and many more. Featuring well known and lesser known artists alongside each other, this screening will largely be on 16mm film, with an open atmosphere and a bar. With work from Garbštienė, Doing, Lowder, Gent, Cogan, Fleisch, Brundert, and others.

This screening on the Leeds IFF website is HERE

x Martha

Unravel – A Direct Film Animation Workshop

Sun 14, 12:00 – 16:00
42 Gallery (42 New Briggate, Leeds)
A project run by 'Unravel'

Come along and drop into this free hands-on workshop where you can paint, draw and animate directly onto 16mm film! Suitable for all ages. The project is called Unravel, who are: Chris Daniels, Joanna Byrne, Mark Pickles and Maria Anastassiou, and through workshops all over Britain, an epic 16 hour long hand-painted film will be created, which correlates in length with the 874 miles between the two extreme edges of Britain; John O’Groats and Land’s End (one 16mm frame = one metre). The film will link together and be created by local communities throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Truly collaborative filmmaking! This is a drop-in event, so no booking is necessary – come and stay as long as you like.

A sign language interpreter will be present for the whole event to encourage participation of deaf and aurally impaired people.

This workshop is on the Leeds IFF website HERE

x Martha

Warren Sonbert (1947 – 1995)

Director Warren Sonbert
Country USA
Running Time: 60 mins
Showing: Sun 21st Nov, 2010 - 16:00Sun 21st Nov, 2010 - 16:00Ticket link @ East Street Arts (ESA) - £5.00 / £4.00

A celebration of just a small part of the superb oeuvre of Warren Sonbert, one of the seminal figures of American wondermental film and rarely shown in the UK. He started making films in 1966 and was given a retrospective before he was 20! His early films feature denizens of the Warhol scene, with his late works culminating in astonishing symphonic montages, both silent and sound, uniting universal human gestures into singular works of moving image artistry. A prolific theorist and critic as well as filmmaker, his films display a deep love and understanding of cinema. The programme, curated by Jon Gartenberg, is entitled ‘Silent Rhythms / Sound Symphonies II’ and includes the films ‘The Cup and the Lip’ (1986, colour, silent) and ‘Short Fuse’ (1992, colour & b/w, sound), both on 16mm.

Read more

x Martha

Review of Takahiko Iimura in Leeds

This was a really interesting evening, with a full house at the ICS cinema at the University of Leeds, with Takahiko and Akiko Iimura both present. I want to say a really big thankyou to the following people and organisations, for help with putting on the event:

Takahiko and Akiko Iimura, for coming to Leeds and giving us the pleasure of your presence, and of course to "Taka" especially for his wonderful films!

Julian Ross, friend and co-organiser of the event, who liaised with Taka in Tokyo (and interviewed him), picked up the film prints, found some funding, and just generally co-organised it!

Jenni Rauch at WREAC (White Rose East Asian Centre, at the University of Leeds), who helped us to finance the event

Lucia Nagib, Head of the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds, for continuing support and enthusiasm

Arts Council England, who are supporting Cherry Kino until next year

Leo Enticknap, who was the projectionist on the night, and who has been so very helpful to Cherry Kino on all things tech-related

Michael Burkitt, who designed and made the original screen-printed posters for the event

Ollie Jenkins for taking some ace pictures

Will Rose for lending us a lens

And finally, everyone who made it along to the event - thankyou thankyou thankyou, you made it a really special evening!

Hope to see you all at future CK events during the Leeds International Film Festival, 4 - 21 November!

x Martha

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Cherry Kino programme in the Leeds International Film Festival!

The Cherry Kino programme as part of the Leeds International Film Festival is finally HERE!!!

There are 12 events in total - you need to click onto page 2 for the 11th and 12th events.

And the Leeds International Film Festival brochure is all over town - Cherry Kino stuff starts on page 75. Dates are 4 - 21 November! A Festival pass only costs £80 early bird offer, which is really good value I reckon - and I'm not just saying that coz I'm involved in the festival! It is blindlingly good actually - you get 18 days worth of unlimited films.

Hope you like the look of it! The CK screenings will take place over the 3 weekends during the film festival (my my it's a long festival!). The first and last weekends will be at Patrick Studios, ESA, and the middle weekend will be at the Leeds City Art Gallery's new screening space. Gotta come!

x CK

Monday, 11 October 2010

TONIGHT: FREE Takahiko Iimura film screening + director!

TONIGHT! Monday 11th October, 6.30pm, ICS Cinema, University of Leeds

The address of the cinema is: Clockworkers North Buliding LT 2.31
Here are directions:

Go down University Road, located on the left-­‐side of the Parkinson Building, walk past Baines Wing and Great Hall and there will be some big gates on your right. Go through the gates into Clothworkers Court and the building straight in front of you is the Clockworkers North Building. Please check here to download the campus map

Takahiko Iimura will be joining us for a very special screening of a selection of his films, most on 16mm. Come a little early to avoid disappointment, as there are only 70 seats in the cinema.

And for an interview with the director, carried out by Julian Ross (who is co-organising the event with me), see here

See you there!

x Martha

Friday, 24 September 2010

Paul Clipson & Gareth Hardwick Gig Review!

Here's Paul's website so you can keep updated about what he's doing.

Paul has just gone to catch the plane to Le Havre for his next show - it's so windy outside today! The gig on Wednesday night at ESA Patrick Studios was really mind-blowing - he shoots almost every day, and makes himself film even if he really doesn't feel like it, and you can tell that his work is the work of someone who is dedicated, who knows their tools. The colour saturation of his films is also incredible, and the clean image he gets - wow. It's often hard to believe it has been shot on Super 8, and looks more like 16mm at times. He uses these amazing overlaying techniques with multiple exposures to mesmerising effect, and also moves the camera from side to side and up and down and zooms in and out and uses far away shots and macro ones, and all this combines to create some stunning textures and layers of film, as if you're moving right into the stargate itself! He uses the Super 8 colour stock Velvia a lot, and reckons it's similar to Kodachrome in colour quality, and also loves the b/w stock Plus-X (which Kodak have stopped making but which you can still find in one or two places, including Super8 Reversal Lab in Rotterdam). Paul gets the films processed at labs and pretty much spends all his money on film! Yep, I know THAT feelin! (Paris, Texas...)

So on the evening of the gig, Gareth was performing too (great stuff!) to one of Paul's longer pieces, and it worked beautifully. The two artists, Paul and Gareth, were working on their own pieces, and Gareth was working without seeing what Paul was projecting, and that way it's up to the audience to work to draw them together and make connections between them. The atmosphere was really, really good. Paul commented on that afterwards too. I think everyone had an ace time - I know I felt really elated from the show. We also did an informal Q&A at the end, which was really good - no awkward silences, people had a lot to ask, and Paul and Gareth were really good at explaining their art to us, it was brill.

Thanks to everyone who made it down - really enjoyed the vibe, and hope you can make it to the other CK gigs. Feels ace knowing that people are loving experimental film, makes all the effort totally worth it! Big thanks to ESA for letting us use their space for the event, and the sound was also ace - thanks to Stu for that, great job!
And of course, massive thanks to Paul and Gareth for making the night what it was!

x Martha

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Japanese Experimental Cinema: An Evening with Takahiko Iimura

Cherry Kino and the University of Leeds present:

Japanese Experimental Cinema: An Evening with Takahiko Iimura

Date: October 11th 2010

Time: 18:30-21:00

Venue: ICS Cinema, University of Leeds

Price: FREE

Takahiko Iimura is an experimental filmmaker, video artist and writer on experimental film who has been working with the moving image since the 1960s. His work explores the relationship between media, time and language and has strived to redefine the exhibition of cinema as a mode of performance. He has worked closely with members of the Hi-Red Centre and Fluxus, as well as Yoko Ono, Jonas Mekas, John Cage, Stan Brakhage, Stan Vanderbeek and many others, bridging boundaries between film, art and performance. He moved to New York in 1966 and has since been a conduit of intercultural communication between Japan and America, introducing Japanese experimental cinema to the West and vice versa. He recently began self-releasing his work on DVD and continues to travel around the world to show his films.

"Although Taka was and continues to be an active part of the New York avant-garde scene, he always remained an enigmatic, mysterious presence, pursuing his own unique route through the very center of the avant-garde cinema. While the intensity and the fire of the American avant-garde film movement inspired him and attracted him, his Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema's minimalist and conceptualist possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else." – Jonas Mekas

“From early sixties, though Japanese, Iimura was well known as one of the first generation of the New York Underground ... For many years, Japanese experimental film was Takahiko Iimura” - Malcolm Le Grice

Cherry Kino and the CWC-MCN University of Leeds have invited Takahiko Iimura to join our screening of a selection of his films, which will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker himself. Many thanks to WREAC ( who are helping us fund the event and ICS who kindly offered their venue.

Other dates in the UK include:

October 5th: London, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (

October 6th: London, Nowhere Lab (Workshop)

October 7th: London, Central St. Martins, University of Arts London

October 11th: Leeds, University of Leeds

October 13th: Bristol, Arnolfini (

For more information on Takahiko Iimura, please see:


Ai (Love) (1962) - with music by Yoko Ono

Iro (Colour) (1962-3)

Kuzu (Junk) (1962) - with music by Takehisa Kosugi

One Frame Duration (1977)

Cine-Dance: Anma (1963) - with butoh dancers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno

Ma: Space/Time at the Garden of Ryoan-ji (1989)

Performance of White Calligraphy (2008)

x Martha

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Paul Clipson event on 22nd September!


Paul Clipson is coming to Leeds!!! His only tour date in the UK. On 22nd September he'll do a show, hosted by Cherry Kino, down at ESA Patrick Studios. Gareth Hardwick will collaborate on sound for the show. Check out Gareth's myspace page here: - he also has a new album out called "Aversions".

Paul Clipson works mainly with Super 8 film, and will be projecting his work live on Super 8, with 2 works on 16mm. Here's his statement about his work:

Filmmaker's Statement

“My approach to making films is to bring to light subconscious preoccupations that begin to reveal themselves while filming in an improvised, stream of consciousness manner. Aspects of memory, dreams and recordings of the everyday are juxtaposed with densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments vast and small, all within a flowing formal and thematic experimental aesthetic that encourages unplanned-for results.

Maintaining a predominantly intuitive process in conceiving and creating films, where improvisation, utilizing mistakes, and “wrong” images (for example images that are overexposed or out of focus) are part of my filmmaking methodology, I’m less concerned with a preconceived end result and more with being immersed in a visual exploration of the moment. I employ a mainly handheld camera, often set at the two extremes of the focal spectrum, macro and telephoto (extreme macro close-up, extreme long shot), which maximizes the saturated textures of Super 8mm, the format I most frequently shoot in. The films are a personal recording, like a diary or essay, rendering color, light, focus and shadow in many forms, in the hope of allowing for un-thought, unexpected elements to reveal themselves.

To a large degree, the editing in the films is “in camera”, meaning that many of the shots and their order are as they were conceived at the time. Many of my films are the result of collaborations with sound artists or groups, such as Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Gregg Kowalsky and Joshua Churchill, all of whose methods of experimenting with sound and instrumentation, incorporating improvisation, mistakes and accidents into live performances and recordings, have greatly influenced my work.

I initially create 40-60 minute films, shooting rapidly and almost daily, to collect specific thematic and formal elements as they occur to me. The films are often screened at live musical performances (in the Bay Area and at international music venues) with the largely “in-camera” edited footage in its most effective order. These performance screenings provide me with an exciting environment in which visual and sonic permutations can be studied for future films. There’s no discussion or effort made by the musicians I collaborate with to synchronize or edit the films in a way that will better suit their being experienced by the audience. Over time, shorter film pieces, such as ECHO PARK (2007) or SPHINX ON THE SEINE (2008), are carefully created from this work, utilizing the accidental, unexpected juxtapositions of sound and image that have been discovered live. Along with the influence of experimental filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Marie Menkin, Bruce Conner, and Bruce Baillie, many of my recent discoveries and journeys as a filmmaker are the result of my work with musicians and bands.”

x Martha

Friday, 20 August 2010

A Day at the Beach - mini review!

Well that was an awesome adventure! Oh my. Just got home from doing the Cherry Kino "A Day at the Beach" screening down at ESA, it felt so so so so so so good to be projecting, watching and sharing those films. I feel as though my dreams will be stunning and glorious tonight :)
The films I showed were:

At Land - Dir. Maya Deren
Tides - Dir. Amy Greenfield
The Birth of Aphrodite - Leland Auslender
By the Sea - Pat O'Neill
Seashore - David Rimmer
Beach Walk - Jack Walsh
To the Beach - Robert Schaller

All on 16mm. Such a beautiful format! Had a good zoom lens so managed to get a good, big image. Was in heaven. :)))))

Thanks to East Street Arts for use of Patrick Studios as a venue!

x Martha

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Friday 20th August - MicroCinema screening "A Day at the Beach"

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. 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 include work by Pat O'Neill, Amy Greenfield, David Rimmer, Robert Schaller, Maya Deren, Leland Auslender and Jack Walsh, and they celebrate and explore the beach in its plethora of meanings. 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.

x Martha

How was OpenLab?

Ah, it was ace!!

So, it seems there actually is demand for an analogue film resource and do you know what? I've been wanting to run a lab for about two and a half years, ever since I got back from my trip around Germany and France staying at DIY film labs (Sector 16, L'Abominable, L'ETNA, Atelier MTK). I feel so so happy that it is finally happening!

Lucy and Naomi borrowed a Super 8 camera and shot a roll of film, then came back to the lab and processed it, and hung it up to dry.

Tom brought some really interesting 16mm films and showed them.

Rosie checked out the space, bought a Super 8 film from the lab fridge and sussed out what type of light meter battery she needs to buy to make her Super 8 camera work.

I demonstrated how to splice Super 8, 16mm and Standard 8 film, and gave people tours of the resource, showed how the LOMO tank works, helped Naomi mix up some chemicals for processing, and just generally explained things and pointed people in the right direction to find things out.

I got a lovely Standard 8 camera (made in former USSR in the 60s, called "Quarz") and loaded it with Fomapan R b/w reversal stock (from the Czech Republic), and am shooting it this weekend and trying out the 6 different lenses that came with it! It's a wind up camera, totally love it!

I know OpenLab being 1 day a month isn't that much, but I'd rather that it grows in frequency rather than starts off too ambitiously and then becomes a chore, you know? This way is just perfect for now, and maybe in the winter I'll do a few extra OpenLabs if I've got more time to spare!

The lab is pretty well stocked now, and everything that needs fixing is being fixed, which takes a lot of time and money, but it's soooo worth it!

I'm really keen to get on with my own filmmaking too, and share films with other people. I shot lots of K40 in Tenerife - went to this amazing volcano! - so when I get that processed I can start the lengthy process of editing. I've got a lot of footage I've shot over the years, and a form has been taking shape for a while now, so all I've got to do now is ... oh, tons and tons of stuff! Shooting and processing is only the beginning! I'm in no rush though.

Already looking forward to the next OpenLab, on 10th September. It feels so good to be doing this!

x Martha