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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pennsylvania Weather

It seems as if the valley below Bowers Junction has a way of generating dramatic weather.
the whole place is called the Lehigh Valley but this was a very local squall. Unlike the coast, the weather moves pretty fast. The sky seemed so big and expressive.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Across the Bridge

It was an exciting and rare opportunity this semester to team teach a course  with Rebecca Bourgault and Dawn Paul. We presented an interdisciplinary course that was focused on the closing of the Salem Harbor Station power plant, and the stories the workers had to tell about their experiences there. We were ambitious and inventive in developing the course. We  accomplished a lot and it is hard to believe that it has all come together in a show at the plant.
It was all made possible with the generous support of the Footprint Power company led by Peter Furniss. It was also possible because the plant workers were generous and trusting with the students. they gave their time and effort to making the project work right up until the show. Even now, the workers are serving an tour guides for visitors to the show.
The students also built trust and trusted the workers in exchanging their ideas and responding creatively to what they heard from the workers.
In the end we all moved across our own thresholds and stepped out of our comfort zone and . The institutions, the students, the workers all moved into uncharted territory in working on this project. Nothing like this has ever been done by any of us.
It has been a rare opportunity to have worked on this project.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Post Christmas-pre New Year

A season of major change. I have realized that my house was a penance project. It functioned as a kind of punishment for the insensitive way I treated those those who loved me when I was in my late 20's. I maintained it as a combination shrine to by broken dreams and a reminder of the suffering I thought I deserved.

Now that is over.

Also the move to Wendy's house. Many difficult choices about what to take, discard or leave behind.
I felt a kind of authority during this transition that I don't often feel. As if I was determining the way my life would be going forward.

New courses and teaching collaborations represent new, never before projects that will carry into the summer.

Volumes of experience and inspiration from the recent film conference in Colorado... Leading to more film ideas than I can write down or draw.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The house in Downingtown Pennsylvania where six years of Thanksgiving dinners took place. This is also the house where my mother died in 1966. I moved through this house in my teens and the beginning of college. The leaving of this place set the pattern for my leaving places. I walked away from what I didn't want, leaving treasured things behind. There is lots of regret left in this house.