Saturday, 15 December 2012

Lost Lost Lost: The Jonas Mekas Diary Film Project

It's a half-way point of The Jonas Mekas Diary Film Project - an education programme that coincides with twin retrospectives of filmmaker's work at BFI Southbank and the Serpentine Gallery in London. I can't possibly think of a better person than James Holcombe, head of Lab and Education at, to explain how the Bolex camera that Jonas used works. Yesterday and today James run a workshop allowing the participants to shoot, process and handle 16mm film so they could explore its textures and physical characteristics. Moreover, participants had a chance to develop rolls of film that they would later use in their own diary video work. Though I didn't have a chance to participate in the workshops myself, I am sure that these two days were very special to the entire project. After all, is the successor organisation of the London Filmmakers’ Co-Operative, which was founded in London in 1966. It was directly inspired by the Filmmakers’ Co-Operative that was founded in New York by Jonas.

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