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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Christo and Matt's visit to the CK Lab


These photos are from last November, when Christo Wallers and Matt Fleming from the Star and Shadow Cinema, and the Film Bee Collective, came to present their films at a Cherry Kino screening during Leeds International Film Festival, and did  a bit of film processing too. The films they showed were 'Gillian' by Christo Wallers, and 'Peacock Lee'  by Matt Fleming, Deborah Bower and Annette Knol. Both are embedded below for your pleasure!

Gillian from christo on Vimeo.

Peacock Lee / Weapons Destruction from mat flemo on Vimeo.

What is it about dark rooms, film processing, and feeling loopy and daft? I love it! Sorry about the quality of the photos - they were not done in a serious mode, as you can see!

x Martha

Cherry Kino presents films at the Vienna Festwochen!


Cherry Kino was invited by Gran Lux's Anne Grezes, on behalf of the Vienna Festwochen, to present a programme of analogue films. The Vienna Festwochen is a prestigious and gargantuan art, theatre, ballet and music festival in Vienna that lasts 2 months (!) and this is the first ever time that they have included a substantial film segment within their programme.

Cherry Kino presented a screening entitled 'Cinesthetic Synaema', which merged films made at the Cherry Kino Lab with films by known and established artist filmmakers. Filmmakers shown were: Gunvor Nelson, Martha Jurksaitis, Christo Wallers, Imogen Pring, Jacqueline Roberts, Robin Kiteley, and Paolo Gioli.

While in Vienna, Cherry Kino took the opportunity to visit the lovely people of the Vienna Film Coop, at their premises, a very awesome and well-stocked film lab! Complete with proper coffee machine, I might add! Very nice place, very nice people. Many of the Berlin Lab folk were there too, doing lots of film projects as part of the festival (including making a 16mm film about Vienna's only independent and radical newspaper, and running a 'film bus' in some of Vienna's less affluent areas, and dealing with hordes of film-hungry children!), and some serious fits of laughter were precipitated by film processing in the dark room - it was just one of those laughter-infused times, what can I say?!
You'll notice it no doubt in the photos!

Definitely impressed by just how many Lomo tanks there were at the Vienna lab, and lovely Super 8 projectors! There is also a photographer who shares the premises, and he very kindly showed me some of his giant photo prints, and gave me some tips on how to do it myself (something I've been wanting to try for ages, and am determined to do this summer!).

Every single screening we attended was shown on REAL film! That's a pretty big achievement - well done Anne for organising it so well! The screenings took place at the 'Tonkino Salbau', a really ace little DIY cinema space that you wouldn't find unless you were looking for it, tucked away in suburbia with sofas outside in a little courtyard and proper cinema seats inside the venue and everything!

Oh, and two GS-1200 Xenon Elmo Super 8 projectors... incredible machines! I was telling Paul, the guy who single-handedly runs the cinema, that I might just carry one off under my jumper. Gotta find one for Cherry Kino Super 8 screenings. Nothing beats a Xenon projection!

It was a great chance to see programmes of films made at other film labs too - we saw programmes from Laba in Athens, Film Koop Wien, Tree Lab Vilnius, a performance called 'Vowels and Consonants' by Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo, and Ben Rivers' 'Ah Liberty!' in Cinemascope (showed in Cherry Kino at LIFF in 2008). Unfortunately we missed lots of other programmes because we could only stay 3 days, but will try to catch up on them some other way, perhaps by visiting more film labs this year!

x Martha

16mm Colour Negative Processing at Bioskop Film Lab!


Some really good news!

Florent Ruch, who runs the Bioskop Film Lab in St. Sever-le-Moustier, in the South of France, is putting fresh chemistry in his 16mm colour negative processing machines in July, and is able to take on processing work at a really good price! The cost is 60 cents (we're talking Euro here) per metre of film to be processed, and he also offers optional telecine (digitisation) at 23 cents per metre. This is really brilliant, and I'm going to visit him on 1st July to take about 360 metres of colour neg I've been working on for him to process. He has worked so hard to set up his independent artist-friendly film lab, and it's so exciting to see someone make a brilliant and professional standard analogue film resource with the intention of helping people to continue to create art using the medium of analogue film. Florent is an artist filmmaker himself, and his rates are specifically low to enable artists to continue to use film. If you would like to send him your colour negative 16mm for processing, you can contact him at:

Bioskop is a really incredible achievement - an initiative driven by a genuine passion for film, and I imagine it is something the artist filmmaking community will whole-heartedly support, so keep using that 16mm folks, and get in touch with Florent!

x Martha

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Super 8 Workshop in Zurich at VideoEx


Here are lots of photos from Cherry Kino's recent trip to VideoEx festival of experimental film and video in Zurich, Switzerland. Cherry Kino was kindly invited to present a two-day Super 8 Filmmaking workshop, it was brilliant fun! You can find lots of info, including processing details, after the photos!

The good folk at VideoEx experimental film festival in Zurich, Switzerland, kindly invited Cherry Kino to host a Super 8 filmmaking workshop over two days. There were ten people attending, with one film per person. Some shot Kodachrome 40 (to be processed as black and white), and some shot Ektachrome 100D. Due to some local issues with the mailman (twice!), the chemicals didn't arrive for processing colour (Tetenal Colortec E6 3 bath kit), so we had to do some serious improvising!! Luckily CK loves improvising! I didn't take any photos of people using the cameras but you can imagine that part! Also I'd like to say a really big thank you to Philip and Patrick for inviting Cherry Kino - it was lovely spending time with you both! Sooooo..... onto the processing and what we did!

1. We processed the Ektachrome in black and white chemicals, at the strongest concentration recommended on the bottle, at 30 degrees Celsius, and for between 6 and a half and 8 minutes. Then we fixed the film in fixer for 5 mins. Voila! The result? A black and white image, but the white is more like orange, due to the residue of dyes on the film. We found that by soaking the film in a strong solution of vitamin C and water (we didn't measure it, just chucked a handful into a cup of water...), this colour mask lessens massively and becomes a pale yellow. You learn something new every day, eh!

2. We processed some of the Kodachrome 40 cartridges using the same chemicals, but we also tried processing it in Caffenol! We mixed up: 54g washing soda (Bicarbonate of Soda) 40g instant coffee granules 12g vitamin c powder Dissolve it all in 1 litre of water at about 30 degrees Celsius. Then let it cool to about 27 degrees Celsius, and then use this as your developer for 22 minutes, and then fix for 5 minutes. Et voila! The result? Very similar to how the Ektachrome 100D came out when processed as black and white, with a strong orange hue. The main difference was the black anti-halation layer that needed to be washed off by hand with a sponge and washing up liquid.

The videos will be embedded in this blog post as soon as I receive them from Philip in Zurich, and I'll upload them to the Cherry Kino vimeo channel too! The chemicals arrived eventually, after the end of the workshop, so three people came the week after and DIY processed their films in colour, following the CK tips, and so there are 3 films that were actually processed in colour, as originally intended! Good work! There were also 2 films that were entirely hand-painted too. So, over the course of a short two-day workshop we tried out absolutely loads of different techniques and made a really wide variety of films - good work everyone!

For those of you who want a little reminder of the E6 colour reversal process, here it is: All chemicals between 38.5 and 41 degrees Celsius (I tend to opt for 41 degrees, because the chemicals lose heat when in the tank).

First developer - 6 mins 15 secs
Colour developer - 6 mins
Bleach Fix - 6 mins
Stabiliser - 1 min

That's it! Remember to rinse well in between each step too. The kit to use is Tetenal Colortec E6 3-bath kit, it's super easy, and the 5 litre kit is really economical if there are a group of you sharing, or if you shoot loads of film in a short space of time! The 1 litre kit is probably best if you're doing it on your own and just starting out. Mixed chemistry lasts about 4 weeks. Concentrates (opened bottles) last about 3 months.

Some extra links are: and check out this earlier blog post for some COOL LINKS!! And here are some links that Birte, who was one of the workshop participants, found after the workshop and sent to me by email - thanks Birte!

"Hi Martha, I just wanted to share these links with you: They offer the cheapest kodak ektachrome 100d films I could find, but only if you order until june, 3rd! Maybe you can share it with he others form the course or use it yourself. You can pay via Paypal and they ship everywhere. These are the guys from Bern, CH: who develop and digitalize Super8, which might be interesting for the swiss people. This company: is Berlin-based and they develop (14 € per cartridge) and digitalize (50 €) and finally, this company: offers a test-reel for only 20 € to digitalize 15 meters, but they don't develop."

Happy processing!

x Martha