Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Monday, 20 June 2011

Workshop Photos!

I am terrible for never documenting CK events, so a big thanks to Andy who took these on Sunday 22nd June!

x Martha


Thought I'd do a little blog about general CK stuff, what's been going on, what's planned, etc!

First off, the Robert Todd event was magical, I really enjoyed myself, and experiencing his choice of programme with him there to present was a special situation and a rarity, really grateful to Robert for getting in touch and coming, and also to the University of Leeds for helping me to give Robert something for his trouble. Thanks also to Robin, John, Karen and John who helped out so much on the night. I think that will be the last CK screening for quite a few months now, since I need to search for some funding and also complete my Masters, which is nearing its end!

Workshops - these have been amazing fun to do! I really like them, and am constantly interested by how varied people's takes on the visible world are, and the different techniques they use to express themselves. I always learn a lot at these, and feel good!

Edwin - Edwin from the Star and Shadow cinema collective in Newcastle came down to Leeds to use the CK Lab to make a film which is now showing at OnSite Gallery in Newcastle. It was ace to spend time with him, and do lots of processing and have plenty of film discussions. Really good to generally feel that the lab is of use! Very awesome. The Star and Shadow are a brilliant group too, so I'll go up and maybe do something at their lab sometime this year.

Lucy - Lucy has been attending OpenLab regularly (OpenLab is now taking a big break due to other commitments), and borrowed some CK equipment to put on her degree show at the University of Leeds in the Fine Art Department this June. Great show!

South Square Gallery - This place is awesome! It's in Thornton, Bradford. Check it out. It is a gorgeous place to head out to for a day trip. There's a gallery, studios, and a vegetarian/vegan cafe with amazing home cooked food. They've asked me to do 2 workshops here in the summer - 1 in July, 1 in August - teaching Super8, and it has THE BEST surroundings for shooting film!! There will be free lunches in the cafe included in the price of the workshop. It is seriously gorgeous there. If you want to book a place (£80), email The workshops will also be announced very soon by email.

National Media Museum, Bradford - The NMM have invited Cherry Kino to curate a series of wondermental film screenings from October onwards, to show in the Cubby Broccoli cinema every 6 weeks on a Thursday evening! This has got me totally excited, and I'm really happy to have the chance to curate events there - it'll be a great project and I think it could really get some good crowds down there. It's such an ace space, I love going to the cinema there, and I reckon a regular CK event will be just the ticket for establishing more of a 'wondermental' audience in Bradford. Also keep an eye on Impressions Gallery's "Intermission" events, which are very good.

Kinetica - Cherry Kino hosted members of the GranLux DIY lab in St. Etienne, France, who came to visit earlier this year on a research project of european spaces for cinematographic experiments, and they've compiled a whole book about the topic, and included Cherry Kino! They've invited me to visit them in October for the launch party of the book at the lab - can't wait to see it. I love their website and their curation, really impressive, and they are awesome, genuine people who are in love with films. The title of their book is "Kinetica", which is, funnily enough, the first ever name of what is now known as "Cherry Kino"!

Malakta - Cherry Kino also hosted Britt and Jukka who are friends working at Malakta, an amazing arts space in rural Finland. They also came on a research trip, because they're planning on creating an audio-visual element to Malakta, and wanted to see how different labs and spaces work, get a feel for them, and get some tips and ideas. Britt was 7 and a half months pregnant, and amazing with it!! Jukka did a crystal healing on me and shifted some energy that was too intense so it flowed better throughout my body, which totally worked. You know what? The personal and social element of doing Cherry Kino is so enriching - meeting brilliant people from all over the place who have similar loves, and spending time together, becoming friends, I feel very lucky, I really do.

Well I guess that's it for now!

x Martha

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Free Screening - Robert Todd, in person! Thursday 16th June, Leeds.

A joint presentation from Cherry Kino and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, who are proud to present:

GOLDEN HOUR: A program of 16mm films by Robert Todd

On Thursday 16th June, 6.30pm, you are warmly invited to attend this free evening screening of a selection of Robert Todd's 16mm film works, complete with a talk from Robert himself who will be joining us in person, at Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds.

“Since 1989, Boston-based filmmaker Robert Todd has been quietly developing one of the most distinctive bodies of work in the American film scene. Todd’s beautifully shot films draw together documentary and experimental elements; they don’t hew to a single, clearly defined style, but nevertheless show a consistency of poetic vision, spirit, and purpose. Through suspended moments of reflection and anticipation, Todd’s films explore the difficult-to-define emotions engendered by the stresses of civilization.” – Cinémathèque Ontario (Chris Gehman)

Robert has produced over 75 short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the New York Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Le Rencontres Internationale, Black Maria Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, Paris Biennial, and a great many more.

"What if the Looking Glass were, at the same time, a window and a mirror, if the window was the mirror, the mirror the window? And your projection through this transparent/reflective plane did bring you to a world that is as externally rich as the self, in its internal churnings shifting through dark and light, directs it to be – the self and the world open to each other, if but for a moment? And that window offers itself to you as a space in your life, held shimmering in your being and your vision throughout that sustaining moment, that golden hour."


Passing (14:00) 2008 - a film searching for life.
Gathering (4:30) 2009 – traces of spring, a gathering of images.
After Morning (3:00) 2010 – a composition improvised in-camera, taking its cues from
the building light of a summer morning.
Interplay (6:00) 2006 – play in three acts, a dance in three forms, three versions
of paradise.
Stable (7:00) 2003 - portrait of a New England farm: back and there again.
DIG (3:00) 2008 – a constricted frame in agitation, the sweet music of
jackhammers raging throughout: and anthem to
construction as anathema.
Golden Hour (16:00) 2010 - a conversation within a series of perspectives on a
sublimated "natural" setting – an attempt at crafting the
cinematic time sense to mimic the feel of an hour of bliss.
Arsenic (12:00) 2011 - dream webs stretch across the palette of a fading
consciousness. Tattered fragments unfurl in the gossamer
lands of wilting clarity.

Venue: Patrick Studios, East Street Arts - for a map see the bottom of the
following page: - you can also walk
there easily from the West Yorkshire Playhouse car park, crossing the bridge
Doors: 6.30pm
Screening: 7pm start (ends at 9pm)
Tickets: No tickets necessary - free entry on the door.

There will be an interval, homemade soup and bread, a bar, and you are invited to join us for a drink after the event too. We'll be delighted to see you there!

Many thanks to Simon Lewandowski (University of Leeds), and Judit Bodor, Jon Wakeman, Karen Watson and Ken Stratford (East Street Arts) for helping make this event possible. And of course a huge thank you to Robert Todd for travelling all the way from Boston to give us this experience!

x Martha

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Super8 Workshop 11th & 12th June!

Cherry Kino is really happy to announce a Super8 workshop on 11th and 12th June!

The workshop will be two days long, and will give you a great grounding in making your own Super8 films - in colour! Participants are limited to 8 people, so book now to avoid disappointment.

Date: Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.

2 day Super8 Workshop (colour film!)
The perfect course to give you a thorough understanding of the Super8 format where you'll learn how to make and process your own Super8 film to keep. The course will cover:

Day One:
# a tour of the Cherry Kino Lab,
# how to use various Super8 cameras,
# different types of film currently available,
# the history of the format,
# examples of what is possible with the medium,
# shooting a film each out and about in Leeds,

Day Two:
# hand processing the film at the lab, including information on more experimental techniques
# preparing the film for projection (including splicing),
# direct animation techniques,
# transferring your films to DVD,
# and finally, projecting your film at a screening at the end of the workshop!

Oh, and lots of free tea and biscuits.

This course will demystify Super8, giving you a solid grounding of all the steps needed to make colour Super8 film yourself at home, easily and affordably, in your own bathroom. You'll take away your projection-ready film on a reel plus a DVD, and lots of valuable information to enable you to continue creating Super8 films.

Time: 11am - 5pm on both days.
Venue: Cherry Kino Lab (at ESA), Patrick Studios, St Mary's Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH
Cost: £80 (all inclusive)
Places available: 8 (per workshop)

To book, email stating "Super8 Workshop in June" as the subject. Places are limited and these workshops tend to sell out quickly, so book as early as possible!

x Martha