coming soon to Oakland – Black Hole Collective Lab!!!

OK so I think it’s finally BIG EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT time for this new project that a few of you know much about but most of you don’t – we are in the process of starting an artist-run collective motion-picture FILM LAB in Oakland!!! This is something that has been in the works since the early part of this year but as I knew this would be a major undertaking with a lot of groundwork to do first I’d been holding my tongue about it until now. Two days ago we finally began moving in gear to the basement of this big beautiful building in the picture and with the first Steenbeck flatbed in place I feel a cornerstone has been laid and it’s now time to go public!

For those not already familiar with it, at 4799 Shattuck Ave (in what was originally built in the 30’s as a Genovese garbage worker’s union clubhouse known as the Ligure Club) a major confluence of energy is coming together to build a multi-purpose community center as a “collective of collectives” known as the Omni Oakland Collective. Along with our Black Hole Collective Lab (a working title, subject to change) the space also houses/will house a collectively run photography darkroom, printing presses/publishing companies, cafe/bookshop, free school, hacker space, library, a dance/performance collective and much much more! It’s an exciting moment and we are proud to be a part of it.

I was originally approached quite a while back when talks first began about the potential space with the idea of bringing Black Hole Cinematheque in as a collective entity to curate screenings in the space (which will also be a regular fixture once we are open to the public!) but quickly began to think beyond this to conversations I had been having around that time with Richard Tuohy, Nicolas Rey, Kevin Rice and several others in the small film labs movement. I began to see a potential to concretely work towards addressing locally what I feel is a growing concern in many international film communities – the need for artists to collectively reclaim the tools of production from the wheezing behemoth of a capitalist industry that continually endangers the future of our work. The goal then expanded towards forming a resource center wherein one can potentially see a work through all the necessary stages of creation, production and exhibition and to do so in a community environment that encourages and enables one to make work that finds its forms and ideological function far outside of the inherent compromises of commercial industry. So this, my friends, is what we are up to…

We are currently at work dedicating areas of the spacious basement into a lab with a “wet” side to house equipment such as processors, printers, etc., a “dry” area to be set up for production and editing and upstairs in the grand ballroom which has seating potential in the hundreds we will host our screenings.

The collective is still in its infancy and we have been operating with a necessarily small crew up until now while we have been working through some of the more boring logistical side of securing the space/gathering equipment, but as the project is now moving towards actualization we are opening it up and welcome your input and energy! I have even kept this under wraps from much of my filmmaking community up until the ball has begun really rolling so if you haven’t heard of it from me yet, do not feel left out! if you want to get in on what is still the bottom floor now is the time! get in touch! we need and want you!

In the following weeks we are focusing on the functional workings of things such as moving gear in, wall construction, plumbing, ventilation, etc. We will also be working out logistics like varying payment models to keep the ship afloat as more passengers come aboard, and other such projections into the future.

The pooling of/search for gear has been a steady process and we are gathering together a nice amount of it already but still in search of some crucial parts. Production/editing/exhibition gear is being donated by members already but we are also opening the gates and asking for anything you might want to bring in to donate/sell at a reasonable price to us. At this point we welcome contributions of any gear as long as it is analog filmmaking/lab equipment (no digital) we’d love to take a look at it.

Printers and processors and other lab gear is the larger hurtle at the moment that we are chiseling away at bit by bit. We have an optical printer and a contact printer dedicated to the cause and are looking at the potential purchase of a black and white processor but welcome ANY HELP in the direction of gear that could further the project. We are even willing to travel or pay for shipping if the gear is far away and crucial enough. Now is a time to rally the troops!

We are looking forward to a lot of work ahead of us but we are in it for the long haul to change the shape of things around here. Many more updates about this project will follow as we continue to grow. On the horizon as well will surely be many benefit screenings and forms of fundraising for those that would like to show support in that way. we welcome your input and help in any way. Looking forward, Looking forward!

Please feel free to spread the word about this widely!!!
screenings space
(ballroom/future screening space pictured above)


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REMINISCENCIAS (Juan Daniel F. Molero/2010)

REMINIS 8:30 pm tuesday september 30 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th street x linden

The second screening in a brief series of shows high-lighting experimental works from the Andean region. Following our 9/22 screening of Andean-Garde: Experimental Documentation in the Andes (1963-2014)  with curator/filmmaker Juan Daniel F. Molero in person, we are very pleased to announce the addition of a Bay Area premiere for his 2010 feature length work:

(Juan Daniel F. Molero/2010/80 mins/digital projection)

“What began as a means of recovering his temporary amnesia by watching his family’s home movies, Molero explored the visual archive of his life, and it gradually evolved into an experimental found footage autobiography. He collages disparate footage from various formats–8mm, VHS, miniDV, HD, and a cell phone camera–ranging from his grandfather’s 8mm films of a family outing at the river, which predates Molero himself, to universal scenes of growing up–the kindergarten classroom, the persistence of a boy learning how to skateboard–and footage he himself shot after his accident, in which he seeks out relatives in remote regions of Peru in the indigenous Quechua community. The singular vision with which Molero weaves a lyrical and visual narrative of his own history is both affecting and radical. Employing both celluloid and video textures, Molero uses the errant visual elements as metaphors for malfunctioning and wandering memory. Reminiscencias is a self-reflexive exploration that both questions and relies on these fragments to remind us of our memories, and to salvage forgotten scraps of time. This unique document of life in Peru is also a testament to the mediated, image-saturated lives of those born after the advent of home movies, and the uncanny and fragmented depictions that these informal documents portray of our lives. “
-Aily Nash
Juan Daniel F. Molero (b. 1987) is a Peruvian filmmaker and cultural producer. Alumni of Trainee Project for Young Film Critics IFFR 2010, Buenos Aires Talents 2010, and Berlinale Talents 2011. His films have screened internationally at places like MoMA, Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, BAFICI, FICValdivia, La Habana and Flaherty NYC. Has programmed for Festival Cine//B in Chile, Festival Lima Independiente and Museum of Art of Lima, in Peru, Cineclub Universidad Central in Colombia, Festival de Cine Radical in Bolivia, and for MassArt Film Society, Nightingale Theatre and Cinema Tropical, in the US.
free and open to the public

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Andean-Garde: Experimental Documentation in the Andes (1963-2014)

8:30 pm monday september 22 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th street x linden

Black Hole Cinematheque is honored to welcome Peruvian filmmaker/curator Juan Daniel F. Molero in person to present a chronological development of experiments in non-fiction from filmmakers of the Andean region. Critical reflections about representing the other and media’s unifying role to form a community, but also the power of cinema to shake the static politics of a country and to transcend the verbal limitations of communication between cultures.
Presented by Tiempo Libre
Curated by Juan Daniel F. Molero

Revolución / Revolution
Dir. Jorge Sanjinés
9 min – Bolivia – 1963
Made out of fragments of footage filmed while making propaganda documentaries for the state lottery, and edited according to theoreticalprecepts of Soviet montage, Revolución could be considered Bolivia’s first experimental film. In addition to using cinema to resist dictatorships and American imperialism, Jorge Sanjinés was also one of the first to theorize the representation of non-Western subjectivities in cinema.

Vía Satélite: En vivo y en directo / Via Satellite: live
Dir. Armando Robles Godoy
10 min – Perú – 1973
Five radial narrations of the same soccer match of the Peruvian national team juxtaposed with a suggestive montage of empty streets and emblematic monuments of the country’s capital city, Lima. Robles Godoy is Peru’s first and main auteur but still undiscovered for international audiences. His films, like The Green Wall (1970), are a mysterious combination of lyrical images and fragmented structures.

Radio Belén
Dir. Gianfranco Annichini
11 min – Perú -1983
Located in the middle of a market and a port on the Amazon jungle, a poor radio station can only broadcast through speakers. The filmmaker reduces his commentary to a few final shots, the rest is from the voice of the people.

Dir. Kiro Russo
9 min – Bolivia – 2010
The man, the city, the machine. Once he’s up in the Enterprisse, he has to follow the instructions. Russo’s next short film, Juku, premiered at Sundance 2012.

Los abducidos / The Abducted
Dir. Juan Daniel F. Molero
11 min – Perú – 2011
An occidental man with a camera invades a hermetic native village in the middle of the Peruvian jungle, when suddenly strange disappearances start happening in this ethnographical sci-fi film. Molero’s first feature, Reminiscencias (2010), screened at MoMA’s Modern Mondays, Rotterdam and FIDMarseille.

Adelante / Forward
Dir. Miguel Hilari (Bolivia)
11 min – Bolivia – 2014
Energy in a time and space. An exploration of the relationship between dance and ritual. Hilari’s first documentary feature “The Corral and the Wind” premiered at Cinema du Reel 2014 and won best film at FIDOCS in Chile.

Solo puedo mostrarte el color / I can only show you the color Dir. Fernando Vilchez
25 min – Perú – 2014
In the high plateau of the Peruvian jungle, a mining company forces their way into the depths of the forest to search for mineral resources. Known for their fearlessness, the Awajun people stand up to the invaders. But in the fight for their land they are brutally struck down by the government. Violence breeds counter-violence. A video workshop is the way of follow the trail of violence. Short film premiered at Berlinale’s official competition of 2014.

Juan Daniel F. Molero (b. 1987) is a Peruvian filmmaker and cultural producer. Alumni of Trainee Project for Young Film Critics IFFR 2010, Buenos Aires Talents 2010, and Berlinale Talents 2011. His films have screened internationally at places like MoMA, Rotterdam, FIDMarseille, BAFICI, FICValdivia, La Habana and Flaherty NYC. Has programmed for Festival Cine//B in Chile, Festival Lima Independiente and Museum of Art of Lima, in Peru, Cineclub Universidad Central in Colombia, Festival de Cine Radical in Bolivia, and for MassArt Film Society, Nightingale Theatre and Cinema Tropical, in the US.

Tiempo Libre is a cultural organization based in Lima (Peru) created in 2011 by Juan Daniel Molero. It’s a young team focused on the development, promotion and experimentation of a complex audiovisual language via workshops, production, screenings and other moving image events.

***free admission but donations for the traveling filmmaker/curator accepted and encouraged***

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CANDELABRA (Tucker Bennett/2014)

8:30 pm tuesday september 16 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th street x linden

Join us to welcome local cult cinema auteur Tucker Bennett in person to present his new feature length work

“Art school graduate Helene moves back to her hometown of Virginia Beach to find a brokenhearted music scene in despair over a mysterious and tragic death.
Blending aesthetics and conventions of Italian giallo thrillers, rock n’ roll nostalgia films, and teen melodramas, Candelabra amplifies the tenets of a coming-of-age story to a gruesome absurdity, enhancing the macabre of human relationships and creating a new cinematic genre: the Emo Thriller.”

runtime 69 mins.

free and open to the public
(with donations for the filmmaker accepted)

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8:30 p.m. tuesday september 9th 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th x linden street oakland

Cinema Babylon is a program of shorts by emerging artist who are exploring both the tropes and excesses of narrative form, and the unraveling structure of avant garde film. Influenced by filmmakers such as George Kuchar, Kenneth Anger, Lewis Klahr, and Ericka Beckman, many of these films remain unseen for being both too narrative and too experimental. This screening is an opportunity to showcase works that abandon the confines of narrative cause and effect for the tenuous logic of a dream.

Join us to welcome filmmakers/programmers Christina Kolozsvary and Michael Bucuzzo in person on tour from Brooklyn, NY to present this program of new works of their own along with the films of Lindsay Denniberg, Rachel Maclean, Gina Marie Napolitan, Mike Olenick, and Stephen Quinlan.

The program is touring with support from the Millenium Film Workshop in NYC.

(screening is free as always but please be prepared to bring donations to help out the travelers!)

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THE TREATMENT (dinner and a movie with LOVEWARZ)

LOVEWARZ THE TREATMENT7:00 pm  tuesday august 26 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th street x linden

“LOVEWARZ (Siobhan Aluvalot+ Xara Thustra) The TREATMENT a 60 Min art!! movie made in 2011!! + a short performance by LOVEWARZ n a free dinner n coffee n tea 7 ta 10? movie at 830sharp? dinner at 7 xoxo hope ta see ya KisssesLOVEWARZ is a colaberation btwn Siobhan Aluvalot n Xara Thustra two bay area artists xo”

THE TREATMENT starring….Mandy Edwards, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Jamie Sharpe, Amie LeeKing, Johan Tristan, Skamber Cita, Scout Festa, Stormy Knight, Theodore Melvin, Siobhan Aluvalot, Ivy Jeanne, Gary Gregerson, Xara Thustra

(free and open to the public but please be prepared to donate some money to the filmmakers/performers who be presenting the show in person)

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No Nothing Years and Beyond – Films by Marian Wallace

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8:30 pm tuesday august 19th 2014
black hole cinematheque
1038 24th street x linden

Join us in welcoming Marian Wallace in person to present a night of hand-crafted, mostly non-narrative 16mm films from her SFAI and No Nothing filmmaking days (Ephemerality, Getting At The Underworld, Crayfish of Doom, Project Y, 3 by MW and more), followed by her rarely-shown documentary “After-Crass.” “After-Crass” includes a performance by Penny Rimbaud; an art show of Gee Vaucher’s Crass record-sleeves, collages from back in the day, and more recent paintings; and interviews with both of these Crass founders, by V. Vale of Search & Destroy and RE/Search.

**Marian Wallace and V. Vale in person**

A founding member of the rebel underground fllm collective, No Nothing Cinema, Marian Wallace began making experimental films as a student at SFAI, studying with George Kuchar, Gunvor Nelson, and Lawrence Jordan. After receiving her MFA, she was employed at a film sound studio, going on to work on features (including mixing sound effects for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” by Francis Ford Coppola). For the past decade she’s produced a monthly talk show with host, V. Vale, for public access television in San Francisco, while continuing to work on experimenal films, printmaking and painting, and also co-publishing RE/Search books and zines.

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