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  • Film Farm 20th Anniversary Screening

    For 20 years The Independent Imaging Retreat or ‘Film Farm’ has been developing a hands-on, artisanal approach to filmmaking that is far removed from the costly, hierarchical and inaccessible industrial model.  Each summer it brings to Mount Forest Ontario a small group of interested filmmakers – some novices and some highly experienced – for an intensive week of shooting, hand-processing, tinting/toning, watching and editing film — most of the action taking place in and around an old barn on the Normanby Township property, in rural Ontario.

    The Film Farm L.A. 20th Anniversary Show includes early and recent films (16mm and digital), and concentrates its light on those `film farmers’ who have graced the west coast scene with their exquisite, playful and committed works on celluloid.


    Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 20:00


  • Life Is an Opinion: Films by Mary Helena Clark & Karen Yasinsky

    Artists Mary Helena Clark and Karen Yasinsky in person

    Between the Idea and the Reality Falls the Shadow. An uneasy wind blows through these films. With aesthetic interests in magic, illusionism and deception, local filmmaker Mary Helena Clark creates films permeated with mysterious associations, ineffably assembled according to dream logics into fragmentary formations of distant or lost lives. Clark’s films resonate at a seemingly quantum level with recent films by the Baltimore-based Karen Yasinsky whose works evidence a similar interest in the fragment using puppetry, animation, cinematic quotation and hints of narrative to trigger emotive positions of discomfort and empathy.


    Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 19:30


  • 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival

    The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly independent filmmaker. Our mission is to promote films and videos that dissent radically in form, technique, or content from the "indie" mainstream and to present adventurous works that challenge and transcend commercial and audience expectations...if you suspect your film is "underground," it probably is.

    Founded in 1993, The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a year-round organization dedicated to the work of film and video makers with defiantly independent visions. Unlike many other “independent” film events our goal is not to imitate old guard, market-driven events such as Sundance but Instead to focus on the artistc, aesthetic and fun side of independent filmmaking. CUFF promotes works that dissent radically in form, content and technique from both the tired conventions of Hollywood and the increasingly stagnant IndieWood mainstream.

    CUFF 22 will take place April 15-19, 2015 in Chicago, IL


    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (All day)
    Saturday, November 15, 2014 (All day)
    Monday, December 15, 2014 (All day)
  • Experiments in Cinema v10.T36

    Basement Films’ annual international film festival is proud to announce our call for submissions for Experiments in Cinema v10.T36 (April 15-19, 2015). Each year Experiments in Cinema brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA  for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. Experiments In Cinema seeks new and old work that moves beyond traditional narrative, experimental and documentary forms. 

    Our submission deadline is November 1, 2014 – so don’t wait! See for our online submissions form.


    Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)
  • BASEMENT Media Fest #5

    BASEMENT is an annual, touring screening of contemporary lo-fidelity experimental cinema. We have no restrictions on length or content, as long as you feel your work fits our festival's theme. Our entry criteria are loose, but our will is strong.

    We charge no entry fees, and the deadline for submissions is 12.31.2014. Our entry form can be found here. Any questions regarding submissions can be sent via email.


    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (All day)
  • The Mechanical Paradise: The Films Of Steven Woloshen

    The phrase "the Mechanical Paradise", coined by Robert Hughes in his book The Shock of the New, reflected new visions in painting and sculpture in the age of machines, Kino Pravda (cinema) being among the chosen mediums of this post-WWI movement.

    LIFT is pleased to welcome Steven Woloshen to Toronto to present a screening of his lush and energetic hand-made films. Woloshen presents sixteen short, animated and experimental films, highlighting the mechanics and the art of the perforated film strip: cinema's direct assembly line. This 16mm/35mm film screening will cover 30 years of his unique abstract film strategies, which are scraped, glued, painted and burnt onto the surface of the film. The results dance along to their propulsive jazz soundtracks, creating a rhythmic beauty as tiny frame-by-frame gestures are writ large on the cinema screen.

    Steven Woloshen in attendance


    Friday, August 15, 2014 - 20:00