Hope this isn't against any rules but figured if there was ever an audience for this, it's everyone here. So I just wanted to spread the word and ask for help for an amazing cinema arts organization here in NYC. It's called Mono No Aware and its director, Steve Cossman, has been running really fantastic 8mm and 16mm film based workshops and screenings in NYC and honestly all over the country and world for 10 years now. Most of those workshops have been out of its directors apartment in Brooklyn as well as NYC-based community darkrooms.
I just want to be clear... I don't work for Mono No Aware or Steve. And have only taken a few workshops from MNA (like the 500T reversal one I documented here or b&w caffenol non-toxic processing or b&w reversal) which I loved and made me really fall in love with the format and the tangible aspect of it.
Anyways, Mono No Aware is running a kickstarter to start the world's first motion picture non-profit lab here in Brooklyn, NYC to help the artist community and grow that community as well. It will feature lots of capbilities like processing, 2k scanning, rentals and more workshop space.
From projects like Impossible Project's film and camera, New 55/New55 Color instant film, Film Ferrania, Kodak's new camera/processing and other film based projects, a lot of really awesome things are happening in film now that things are leveling out in terms of digital adoption. Let's make it happen! (Also donate to New55 Color if you can! I don't even have a 4x5 but donated to help keep peelapart alive)
Here's a bit of info directly from the kickstarter but check it out and donate what you can. If there was ever an organization that deserves some filmmakers cash, it's MNA and Steve Cossman. That man puts his life and soul into making it thrive.
MONO NO AWARE is a cinema-arts non-profit organization working to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience and preserve the technologies of traditional motion picture filmmaking.
In 2015 MONO NO AWARE
- Organized 38 Local workshops for 420 workshop participants in Brooklyn
- Traveled to lead 40 Classes and lectures at host institutions for 600 participants through outreach programs
- Facilitated 100+ equipment rentals
- Distributed 50,000 feet of film stock for 1,000's of filmmakers
- Presented 20 artist-in person screenings for 1,000 audience members
- Presented the work of 33 international artists at our 9th annual exhibition to an audience of 900 over 2 nights
The MONO Lab will be unique because in addition to our strong educational initiative and active screening series, we will be able to offer the services of a commercial lab, affordable facilities for continued practice, and we will increase our ability to host international artists for production of new work and presentation opportunities. With the equipment donations from a major motion picture lab, professional animation studios, and several post-production facilities, we now have the ability to provide so much more--all under one roof. With our space we can become self sustaining in our efforts to engage and play a larger supporting role within that landscape on all levels.
The more that we can raise through this campaign the more we can make available to a greater number of people. Increased services and facilities will include:
- SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM LINEAR PROCESSING FOR B/W & COLOR NEGATIVE FILM
- SUPER 16MM CLEANING AND SCANNING SERVICES
- SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM CAMERAS / LENSES / PROJECTORS / INCREASED PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT ACCESS & SPACE
- DRY LAB SPACE - OPTICAL PRINTING / CONTACT PRINTING / FLATBED EDITING & VERTICAL EDITING STATIONS
- WET LAB SPACE - WITH 24 - HOUR ACCESS TO FACILITIES
- INCREASED PROGRAMMING / WORKSHOPS / SCREENINGS / RESIDENCIES
This is a critical point in the history of the moving image. With your help, we can make this new space a reality.
Mono No Aware is a 501©(3) organization, which means your donation is tax deductable.
So ya. There's my plea. I'm donating. Hope you do too! And be sure and take a workshop if you're ever in NYC!