The Afrosurrealist Film Society and the Handmade Film Institute present:
A Filmmaking and Film Study Workshop in Jamaica
March 7-14, 2010, in Boston Bay, Jamaica
REGISTER BY JANUARY 30, 2010
This one-week intensive workshop focuses on two broad issues: understanding 16mm celluloid film as a hands-on artistic medium, from its chemistry to its practical applications, and exploring Jamaica’s history with film and visual culture. We will shoot black-and-white film by day, and process and print what we shoot outside under the stars. The workshop includes excursions, lead by local experts, in historically significant sites such as Maroon Town. Experimental filmmaker Robert Schaller will provide instruction on alternative processes for 16mm film. Yale University film professor Terri Francis, Ph.D. will moderate roundtables on film, visual culture, and experimental aesthetics in Jamaica and the Caribbean. For more information see http://www.handmadefilm.org/jamaica/, drop by the Afrosurrealist Film Society fan page on Facebook, or email us at email@example.com.
The Afrosurrealist Film Society is a collective of artist-intellectuals engaged with film in its varied forms and transnational histories. Animated by Amiri Baraka’s term Afro-Surreal Expressionism, we seek an electric mash-up of black folklore, history, consciousness and location in order to engage representations and refractions of reality through film. And we rely on the natural world for surreal venues that sustain contemplation, conversation and creativity.
The Handmade Film Institute's mission is to preserve the knowledge and technical ability necessary for working with the medium of film, and to promote both the aesthetics of film and experimentation that further expands the techniques used with and within the medium.
If making experimental film in Jamaica makes sense to you, you should come and join us. We invite artists, filmmakers, students, public intellectuals, scholars, writers, those who know a lot about film and those who want to know a lot about film—to come together for productive discussion, lectures, exploration, and making and showing of film.
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