Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Free Cherry Kino Microcinema from today until Sunday!


Free Screenings this Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th!

From this Thursday, Cherry Kino is delighted to present a whole host of screenings of wondermental cinema, totally free, down at the Granary Wharf Unit 7, an empty shop unit offered by Granary Wharf, as part of the Leeds International Film Festival! The Microcinema is two doors down from local cafe 'Out of the Woods' who are remaining open while the events are on, offering some cinema specials like popcorn, hotdogs and hot drinks specially for the events - perfect for cold dark northern weather!

It will be great if you can come, and if you miss the start time you're still very welcome to drop in at any point during the evening!

Walk away from the train station through the tunnel with the light and sound installation in it, and turn right into the dark arches (lots of parked cars in the units along your way) which lead to Granary Wharf. If you come out onto the concourse you will see The Hop to your right, and Mint Hotel even further right. You want to head over to the river/lock, and it is there that you will find the special pop-up Microcinema. Call 07935916560 if you have trouble finding it.

The screenings will be as follows:


(7pm) Galaxy - A surreal masterpiece from 1967, and Japan's first feature-length underground film!

(8.30pm) Destructural Video - A programme of extraordinary video work showcasing contemporary artists who exploit and explore the imperfections hidden in the signal/data structures of moving image technology.


(7pm) Free Radicals - A History of Experimental Cinema' - Awesome documentary about the artists and poets of cinema, crazy about filmmaking, who push the artform in radical new directions. With loads of extracts of the films themselves, and narrated in a lovely personal manner by Pip Chodorov.

(9pm) Lab Love! - A gloriously free-wheeling selection of films on Super8 and 16mm, made by artists at DIY film labs and chosen for their sense of fun, freedom, and their uncompromising attitude!


(7pm) Obscura - A dazzling selection of recent artist cinema from some of the most interesting and engaging contemporary artist filmmakers, celebrating the richness of 'obscure' cinema.

(9pm) Galaxy - A surreal masterpiece from 1967, and Japan's first feature-length underground film!


(2pm) Lucida - A joyfully diverse selection of new works, blending kitsch Egyptology mash-ups, colourful video collage and plenty more, all films which consider life through the cinematic magic of the prism.

(4pm) Language and Possession - Two very special medium length films dealing with the fascinating topic of language and possession in politically resonant ways. The daring 'Out' by Roee Rosen has won numerous awards, and 'The Folds of the King' takes a fascinating look at simultaneous translation.

Be great to see you!

x Martha

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Microcinema set up photos!

Ok, so here are a few photos of the Microcinema set-up today! Cheers to Lester, Jess, Rachel, Vicky, Niamh and James who all helped brilliantly. It looks amazing! Screenings start on Thursday (7pm and 8.30pm) and continue until Sunday evening! All screenings are free, thanks to generous support from ISIS, Granary Wharf and East Street Arts, and Out of the Woods cafe (virtually next door to the Microcinema) are offering popcorn, hotdogs and coffee. The transformation from empty shop unit into Microcinema is great to see, showing that any empty space can become what you want it to be - in this case, a Microcinema showing wondermental cinema. See you Thursday!

Walk away from the train station through the tunnel with the light and sound installation in it, and turn right into the dark arches (lots of parked cars in the units along your way) which lead to Granary Wharf. If you come out onto the concourse you will see The Hop to your right, and Mint Hotel even further right. You want to head over to the river/lock, and it is there that you will find the special pop-up Microcinema. Call 07935916560 if you have trouble finding it.

x Martha

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Processing Tri-X b/w Super8 in COFFEE!!!

Here's what we did for the 'Coffee, Anyone?' Super8 workshop where we used Caffenol - developer made using coffee!

We shot on Tri-X Super8 reversal, but processed the film to negative by using the following mixture:

40g instant coffee (Co-op own brand)
54g washing soda crystals (bought off ebay)
16g pure vitamin C powder (from Holland and Barrett)


Put 800 ml water in a bucket. Then put 40g coffee in a container and add 200ml boiling water. Add this mixture to the water. Then add the 54g washing soda crystals and stir (or swish bucket) until dissolved. Next, add the vitamin C powder. Your developer is ready!

We used this developer for 22 mins at about 27 degrees Celsius (but it cooled down over the processing time). Then pour the coffee out of the tank, rinse well, and fix (with any fixer) according to instructions. We fixed for 5 mins. Then rinse. Then dry. Then project your negative film! Some beautiful results! The developer doesn't keep well, so we used fresh for each batch of 2 films.


Cheers to everyone who came, it was loads of fun!

x Martha

Chemical Colours Super8 Workshop - instructions!

Here's what we did on the 'Chemical Colours' Super8 workshop on Saturday 12th November!

We used Ektachrome 100D (Kodak) Super8.

We cut each film in half, and processed half in E6 chemistry as reversal (positive) with the chemistry at 40 degrees Celsius, using the following timings (with fresh E6 chemistry):

1st developer = 6 mins 15 secs
Colour developer = 6 mins
Bleach Fix = 6 mins
Stabiliser = 1 min

Then we processed the other half in C-41 chemistry as negative (funky negative!), using the following timings (with fresh C-41 chemistry, also at 40 degrees Celsius):

1st developer = 3 mins 15 secs
Bleach Fix = 4 mins
Stabiliser = 1 min

It came out ace!!

Thanks to everyone who attended, had a great time!

x Martha

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Photos and Films from the Aussie Weekend!

Here are some pics from the weekend just gone plus the films made on the workshops - a massive thanks to Richard, Dianna and Sally who made it a fantastic experience and shared their skills, and thanks to Elsy for the photos!

x Martha

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

This Weekend: Cabinet of Aussie Cine Film Curiosities - FREE Expanded Cinema and Magical 16mm Creations, THIS SAT & SUN!

Richard and Dianna from Nanolab and Sally Golding are here this weekend!
They're the guests of East Street Arts and Cherry Kino, who have teamed up to put on this weekend of Australian wondermental film. Sally is performing on Saturday night, and Richard and Dianna on Sunday night, both shows are at 7pm. Here's more info:
The events are Free No ticket needed, just show up!

Sally Golding (Saturday 5th November, 7pm, Patrick Studios, ESA)

Face of An Other
Obsessions with horror manifest as phantasmagoric projections onto the filmmakers own body in a bizarre accumulation of unreality. Notions of ‘projected’ identity, grotesquerie, and the uncanny are interrogated in this shifting projector alignment for face(s). Golding’s key expanded cinema work, as noted in the recent symposium on Expanded Cinema at the Tate Modern. (16mm film reel & film loop, vintage sound effects, unhinged Foley, stroboscopic lightning.)

Super Grotesquerie
A form of disjunctive archiving, images and sounds were contact printed from 16mm science educational films Voice of the Insect and Photons, and Golding’s home archive of classic Super8 horror and sci-fi films. Projected images are further manipulated with refracting lenses during the performance, shifting the locked rectangle of the screen. The soundtrack was made by manually sampling contacted printed waveforms and made sound graphics - a darkroom composition. (Double screen film performance. 16mm film reel and film loops, original 16mm & Super8 images, made & found waveforms, refracting lenses & filters.)

Psycho Sub Tropo
An audience of seated children react in horror and delight as a finger wags across the screen and the performers own body moves across the projectors obscuring and blending the images. A laboratory strobe light cuts a rhythmic beat over the gurgling optical printed soundtracks. A rotating colour wheel turns the vision on screen into a brain melting vortex of abstracted shape. Duration shifting piece for blurred/sharp flickering vision. (3 x 16mm projectors, contact printed optical sound film loops, rotating colour wheel, laboratory strobe, oscillator synth, prismatic interference, bodily obstruction.)

The Films of Richard Tuohy, with a Film by Diana Barrie
(Sunday 6th November, 7pm, Patrick Studios, ESA)

Richard Tuohy – Recent Works

Multitude Studies
4 x 16mm loops, 15 minutes, 2009
A 4 projector loop work experimenting with apparent movement generated out of temporal relationships, rhythms, image collisions and acoustic emphases. Featuring my friend Toby, who like to say he ‘contains multitudes’. Made in response to the expanded cinema works of Bruce McClure.

16mm, 7 minuetes, 2009
Iron-wood is an abstract visual exploration of the deeply fissured 'cog-like' bark of the Australian tree Eucalyptus Sideroxylon - Red Ironbark.

16mm, 8 minutes, 2010
Flyscreen is a camera-less ‘rayogram’ (photogram) film, made by layering fly-screen material onto raw 16mm film stock and then exposing to light. The sound heard is the optical sound of the images passing the 16mm optical sound head. It is very Australian.

Tasmanian Splintering
16mm, 15 minutes, 2010
Bones of a dead Tasmanian forest colourfully ‘ re-animated’ in a film printer.

3 x 16mm projectors, 11 minutes, 2010
Filmed on the broad, tree-less expanse of the Hay Plain, Horizontals makes a game of the endless horizon.

Etienne’s Hand 16mm, 13 minutes, 2011
A movement study of a restless hand. Made from one five second shot. Sound constructed from an old French folk tune played on a hand cranked music box.

Screen Tone
1 or 3 x 16mm projectors, 18 minutes, 2011
Half-tone dot ‘screens’ intended for use as shadings and tones in Manga comic illustrations have here been ‘photogrammed’ directly onto raw 16mm film stock. A flicker collage of these dots has then been created using a16mm film printer. The sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector. This is a camera-less and sound-recorder-less film!

x Martha

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Cherry Kino at Leeds IFF - Free Screenings of Wondermental Film!


CK news!

The CK programme at Leeds International Film Festival is launched!:

Every single CK screening will be FREE this year! Making it free is a bit of an experiment, so come and support it! No booking necessary, just turn up for the event!

The first two weekends will take place at Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, and the final long weekend (starting on Thursday 17th!) will be down at Unit 7 in Granary Wharf, it's an ace space, really excited, it's right by the lock! The Cherry Kino programme, celebrating the special occasion of the 25th Leeds IFF, is being given kind support from Granary Wharf, ISIS, East Street Arts and Anita Morris Associates.

Attended the International Film Labs meeting in Zagreb, Croatia in September, and the ‘Kinetica’ book launch festival at Gran Lux cinema space in St. Etienne, France. Both were amazing experiences, and great chances to see new work and meet brilliant people! There are blog posts about both events.

Have just now collected some more 16mm projectors (thank you Owen!) which will be used by Sally Golding for her live expanded cinema performances on 5th November, and also for Richard from Nanolab's screening on 6th November. A veritable Australian weekend kicks of the CK programme - bonzer mate! (sorry...) It's wicked to have such experienced and daring experimenters coming to Leeds to share their work and skills, very grateful they can come.

Both Sally and Richard will be holding a workshop each, highly recommended. There are 4 film workshops this year, so take your pick/s:

Richard's workshop involves hand-painting film chemistry onto the black and white film to develop it in experimental and partial ways, I for one am totally excited about it because it opens up a whole new way of working with cine film processing that I've never tried. He is a maestro! And a brilliant character to spend the day with!

Sally's workshop involves creating a photo-sonic film, utilizing the photogram method to create images but also sound, since these photograms can be made over the area of the film read by the projector as sound! Ace stuff.

There will also be 2 Super8 workshops, each focusing on different processing techniques - 1 with experimental colour processing, and 1 with processing black and white film to negative in coffee!

Full info is at
To book on any of these workshops, send an email to:

There are only about 4 places left on each workshop (lots of bookings already), so get in touch soon if you want to book!

Come along to the beautiful South Square Gallery (I really love that place!) for a screening that starts tomorrow (Friday) evening at 7pm. The screening will be of films made at the 2 Super8 workshops CK ran there in July and August, and a large portion of the films will be shown on their original Super8 format, which is gonna be great! It's totally free, and there will be complimentary drinks too, and many of the filmmakers will also be in attendance. You'll get the chance to also watch Esther Johnson's film 'Analogue Kingdom' too, which is screening in another room in the gallery - an analogue evening out, then! Well, semi analogue semi digital...!

You can get the bus from Bradford Interchange, the 696 and 697, roughly every 30 mins. Get fuller directions here:


x Martha

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Gran Lux & Kinetica Book!

I just got back from St. Etienne in France!! It's a place I've dreamed of going to since I was about 15, because of a terrible film I saw and there was something that massively spoke to me about the shots of the streets there. I can't explain it! But now I've finally lived my dream and been to St. Etienne! The event was the launch of a book called 'Kinetica' compiled by the great people of Gran Lux, which is an AMAZING cinema space with bar and huge rooms for massive film experiments, plus a film lab. It is incredible, really amazing what they've made in an old (and huge!) factory! I was massively inspired by it. Anyway, the book is about alternative spaces for cinematographic experiments, i.e. spaces used for cinema activity that weren't originally cinema spaces. They visited loads of these places around Europe (Cherry Kino included!) and compiled their information and photos into a gorgeous book. The launch event had loads of projections, live film performances, and installations, including a sound performance too. There was food too, and we all met lots of different people engaged in similar cinematic activity, with similar aims and desires, it felt like it had a really big impact on everyone there, and it was really enjoyable. I feel wiped out with tiredness (and partying) but absolutely invigorated at the same time, passion rising for cinema cinema cinema!

There is one place that particularly took my imagination - Bioskop in St. Sever le Moustier in France, a few hours from Montpellier and towards Toulouse, where a lovely guy called Florent Ruch bought at auction (really cheaply) loads of huge 16mm and 35mm processing and printing and sound machines from the French military, and set about putting them back together and finding spare parts etc, and now he has a fully operational 16mm and 35mm film lab! In the middle of the French countryside too! It's bloody amazing. A real inspiration. And something that perhaps we should all be trying to do, since labs are closing down left, right and centre. If we want to keep working with film, labs are the life blood. The CK lab is such a tiny space, and really hands-on, but I'm going to start looking for some small machines for Super8 and 16mm film processing and printing, to try to expand it, and I will look for a bigger premises too. This all takes a lot of time, but I've always loved the idea of making a lab, since 2008, and slowly slowly I'm getting there!

Honestly? Sometimes I feel that the UK is a sinking ship. I long to be somewhere with sunshine and a deeper sense of community, somewhere without millions of surveillance cameras, rules, scare-mongering, aggression, social division, class system, and so on. But rather than feeling down about the things I don't like about where I live (and there are plenty of things I love about it too) it's better to try to make things happen. I don't want to complain, I want to positively act. I know what CK does isn't a big deal at all, it's just a small and personal contribution, but I just hope it gives people some pleasure and access to art they might never see otherwise. It comes from a deep love for cine film, and the joy that working with it can bring, the art it can create, the way you can discover true beauty in the world through it. And it's a beauty that is yours, that is discovered and made without the restrictions of industrial ideology. Did you know that in America quite a few labs are owned and run by extreme Christian groups, who can refuse to send you your processed film back if they object to what it contains? That is absolute madness. Put film in your hands!

CK has a copy of the book at the lab, so if you come by you can check it out! It's written in French, but there are short English summaries too, and lots of pictures. Really big thank you to Gran Lux for paying for my flight, and to East Street Arts for paying for my train fares!

x Martha

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Cherry Kino at Leeds International Film Festival!

It's nearly that time of year again! It comes around so fast. Cherry Kino organises the wondermental film strand of the Leeds International Film Festival and this year's programme has gone to the printers and will be available for all to read in the brochure, which will be launched this Friday on Light Night!

I don't want to spoil the surprise so I won't say too much about it now, but there is a focus on film workshops this year, with loads of brilliant and fun film techniques to be learnt, to encourage people to work hands-on with film. There will also be a special venue for the final weekend of the festival by a body of water... and some exciting programmes of short films and features too! Whether you're new to wondermental cinema or an old hand, these screenings and events are open and accessible to all, to make the art of film as welcoming as possible.


There's also some more exciting news but I'm not allowed to reveal it until 12th October, so will keep you posted!!!

x Martha

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

International Film Labs Meeting in Zagreb!

Just got back from Zagreb, where 'Film Anarchy' was held - this year's International Film Labs Meeting, hosted at the brilliant 25fps festival. It was a great chance to meet lots of new people, and to participate in daily discussions about pressing issues concerning DIY film labs, strategies for survival, how to share cheap film stock, issues of availability of chemistry, and new technique sharing and tips.

So... above are some pictures from the trip, including stills of live cinema performances, and photos of the cafe bar where we hung out, and some photos of the meetings and presentations. The event took place in a big cultural complex in Zagreb which has a very long and impressive history of being a hub for radical Croatian art, including film.

x Martha

Monday, 12 September 2011

Cherry Kino at Leeds IFF - Submissions now open!

Submission to Cherry Kino at the Leeds International Film Festival is free, and now open!

Cherry Kino is an independent wondermental film organisation (films that fill you with, and make you, wonder - an alternative term for 'experimental' or 'avant-garde') in Leeds, UK. In 2008, Cherry Kino founded the wondermental film strand of the Leeds International Film Festival, and we are delighted to announce that submissions are now open.

Celebrating its 25th edition this November, Leeds IFF is the biggest regional festival of its kind in the UK, and welcomes in excess of 30,000 visitors. The popular 'festival pass' initiative means that as well as regular attendees of Cherry Kino events, the wondermental programmes attract a diverse range of audiences who are open to trying different things, leading to a vibrant, eclectic, and appreciative audience. Highly respected internationally, Leeds IFF is a public festival rather than an industry one, and we pride ourselves on the adventurous nature of our audiences which enables the Programming Team to continue to present a diverse and original programme.

Submission to Cherry Kino is FREE. Submitted works must have a completion date after January 2010. UK Premiere status is not an issue, and neither is film length. The deadline for submission is 30th September, and all applicants will be informed by 15th October. We are able to screen the following formats: Super8, 16mm, MiniDV, Digi-Beta, Beta SP, and HDCam.

Please include with your submission: a short synopsis, running time, filmmaker, country, screening format.

We look forward to the creative endeavour of experiencing your work and the structures that will emerge from it!

Please send all entries, to arrive no later than 30th September, to:

Cherry Kino c/o ESA
Patrick Studios
St Mary's Lane
Leeds LS9 7EH
West Yorkshire

x Martha

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog' at Close-Up in London


Just received Close-Up's newsletter with dates for screenings of legendary (for good reason) Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Dekalog', in September-October, and thought you might be interested.

I'm personally a massive fan of 'Dekalog'. Episodic in nature, it was originally made for television, and was broadcast in Poland in 1988-89, before being shown on international networks. It is an enduring artwork, and exemplifies a deep love and compassion for humanity amidst its complex navigations of life, a warm yet unflinching presentation of human experience in the context of a Warsaw housing estate, showing human lives at a juncture between disillusionment with Marxist ideology and its equally problematic political successor, provoking questions about meaningful personal and social existence. As Kieslowski once remarked in this regard,

"What is the true meaning of life? Why get up in the morning? Politics doesn't answer that."

Kieslowski was himself an agnostic, and 'Dekalog' is remarkable in its exploration of how the 'Ten Commandments' can transcend their religiosity and gain a potent secular meaning for humanity.

It's extremely moving, human, intellectual, real, and down to earth. It has something that feels so familiar, even though I never experienced Poland in the 1980s! There is a universality to the films (10 hours in total) that has a deep integrity, and doesn't confuse beauty with naive resolutions. Highly recommended. Brilliant that Close-Up is offering the chance to see them on a big screen. I remember how incredible I found the expressiveness of the actors - best appreciated large.

x Martha

Screening info below:

20 September – 18 October 2011: DEKALOG - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Tuesday 20 September – 8pm: DEKALOG I – II
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 53 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 27 September – 8pm: DEKALOG III – IV
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 56 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 4 October – 8pm: DEKALOG V – VI
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 57 & 58 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 11 October – 8pm: DEKALOG VII – VIII
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 55 & 55 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

Tuesday 18 October– 8pm: DEKALOG IX – X
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1988 | Poland | 58 & 57 mins | Colour
Ticket: £5/FREE to Close-Up members

programme details:

97-99 Sclater Street
London E1 6HR
United Kingdom