Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

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