Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

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