Monday, January 16, 2017

To New Haven and Providence

 I am in the shop at Eben Kling's house.
I am  printing an edition for a collaborative portfolio with nine other folks.

 He lives in Branford
Connecticut. This is the shop
 that his father and
grandfather used
when they made things.

 A lot of conversations about fathers
and their fathers
doing the best that they could.

The space was thick with memory
and we breathed in
the sadness from the place.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Projects for 2017

The New Haven Project
Ostensibly this is a trip into collaboration with Eben Kling and Adam Kology.
Eben is a printmaker and formers student who has set up shop in Branford Connecticut. Adam is also a former student and a Luthier who work and makes violins in Boston. I had wanted to collaborate again with these two since we made a collaborative road trip project in 2008.
 So I wanted to find some thematic core. I know that both Eben and Adam’s fathers have passed away in the last 6 years.  They are both in their 20’s. My father died when I was 29. So I thought that maybe there could be something there to work with in a “let’s be serious about this but not in a sad-serious” way.

Meanwhile, Eben produces a suite of large epic woodcuts 

and Adam makes an exquisite violin in his shop

while I try to finish 3 films that I started last year.
It will be a good year.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Recent Acquisition

ANYEYE has a new camera. Something a little French. A Pathe' Professional AT model 16mm. This camera is in mint condition. A spring wound. later model from the 1970's. It has the unique feature of a drive rewind handle for rewinding, double exposing and dissolves. We have put a Tokina 12.5-75 zoom on it for the first test roll.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Place Royal Nantes France, July 9, 2016

In France for two weeks for the FilmLabs meeting In Nantes France. Sharing information, ideas and films with more than 100 film makers from all over the world.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


I have been working since spring on a number of projects that are somewhat related but different in process.
The Velo Frames project is a series of hand printed lithographs derived from frames from films that I capture digitally. I make film positives from these frames and then make photo litho plates which are then printed on a hand litho press. This month, I hav ebeen working with Rosie Farnan at Montserrat to test proof some of the images. If these work I am planning a series of image groupings which make reference to film sequences. These images will be presnted as a series which will work something like a story board to create a narrative from the still images. In essence I am distilling a 10-minute film into 10 or so frames.
The Animated Sound project is an animated film made with a Super-16 camera. This is a camera that photographs a wider than standard 16mm frame. Into the 1/5th larger frame I am creating graphic patterns that will be photographed where the optical sound track would normally be. My first test roll is in progress. I will process the film as reversal and project it to see/hear what I have made.

Xubdued Light Film Series is part of a series of Pop-Up shows at the Montserrat Gallery during the month of June. I invited 17 film makers from the AgX film collective in Waltham to participate in these screenings.
"Prospectus for " Xubdued Light" 
June 15-19th , 2015 
Montserrat Gallery Montserrat College of Art
A series of films which represent the active experimental film community in Boston. This series will be part of the Summer Pop-Up shows happening during the month of June at the Montserrat Gallery at Montserrat College of Art. Although popularly known for documentary film, Boston has a rich experimental film making tradition. These films represent a variety of approaches to the film material and the film form. I have grouped the four evening screenings into broad categories which, I think represent some of the different approaches to film that encompass and typify contemporary experimental film making.;

Found Film and Collage
Camera-less Films
Visual Essays and Journals

I emphasize that the primary point of departure would be that the work should have originated on film. This conceit takes into account the fact that many filmmakers present their work in a variety of formats. As a result this series will contain work in Super-8, 16mm silent and sound, digital video and projection/performance.

Ethan Berry May 2015
Participating Artists; (as of 5/20)
Paul Turano
Kathryn Ramey
Joe Shepard
Youjin Moon
Stefan Grabowski
Luther Price
Saul Levine
Doug Urbank
Mariya Nikiforova
Susan Deleo
Luis Arnias
Kimberly Forero Arnias
Brittany Gravely
Robert Todd
Kevin Rice
Laura Ryan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Update

After a long absence. I am back to posting.
An update is in order. I have been on sabbatical since January. Working on several films and a helping start a film collective in Boston.
Work on these films is an indirect process everything is deferred. shooting, developing, logging and editing.  Sound and image research are all latent, postponed kinds of actions. I am getting close to my limit of composure. I have set up a circumstance where everything is postponed, deferred or in some state of development.
I am concentrating on one film right now. getting the process through to the finish.
This film is a portrait of Printmaker Haig Demarjian. I am looking specifically at the engraving he has been working on lately. I want to create a sense of the place and process that surround his work.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer 2014

Although I had much bigger plans for the summer which involved two workshops and several screenings. I am happy with the course of events so far. I have had three visitors to ANYEYE and one ongoing project.
In July, Doug Urbank came up to bucket process some Tri-x he had double exposed. Doug is a Boston-based film maker and has been making camera-less films for some time. I had wanted him to come visit and work here. The results were not great for this particular roll. Very much over exposure and washing out of the images. This is not the usual look of his images. His intentions are to shoot again. He did leave me with a roll of already exposed images from his light box. I was to expose a second time and develop the result. I made my images yesterday in two different cameras allowing for the double and triple exposures. We will see what results.
Former student Zack Goldstein who is an alternatively driven photographer came by for a week to work on a proposal to resurrect the Cabot Cinema here in Beverly. This 19th century vaudeville style theater closed recently after a 20 year run as a traditional magic show and second run movie theater. His group was interested in purchasing and developing the theater into a movie house, restaurant, performance space. No word yet on the success of their proposal.
While he was between meetings, Zack made a super -8 film. processed and transferred here at ANYEYE. He shot  lot at night with the Nizo on Tri-x and also developed some decades old plus x that he had been given. The digitized result will be up soon.
Anna Gruca stopped by to digitize a film she shot of her thesis show last spring. She had also made a wonderful and surreal animated short that was part of that show. Both of these films feature Markie Remien. Together they have made a number of short, semi-surrealist films. I would like to see Anna make more of these.
Anna Gruca

Zack Goldstein