Brewing Potions -- Eco Processing Workshop
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The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative presents...
Brewing Potions: A Two Part Guide to Developing Film at Home using Eco Processes — led by Elian Mikkola
Date & Time: June 3 & 4, 2021 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
FREE for Filmpool members & 48 participants
$20 for non-members
Analog filmmaking is seeing a resurgence as emerging filmmakers are picking up film cameras once again and capturing images on celluloid. But what do you do after shooting your roll of film? Instead of sending your roll of film to a lab to go through a chemical process, you could just go to the closest grocery store, pick up some plants and develop the film yourself! Hop on to the ecological film wagon, and learn how to develop film using eco-friendly, affordable and rewarding techniques with the facilitator of this workshop, Elian Mikkola.
Mikkola is a Finnish Moving Image Artist (of Karelian descent), and a white settler currently based between Treaty 4, Regina, and Montréal (Tiohtià:ke), Canada. Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University. They completed their MFA in Media Production in 2019 at the University of Regina. Their latest two films premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 and Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2021.
Mikkola works closely with both analog and digital moving images. Their work explores themes such as memory, spatial dependences and queer belonging. Since 2017 Mikkola has explored the ecological and alternative ways to hand process film. They’ve been researching further the use of specific berries and the method to use ecological options in the reversal film development process under a research grant provided by the Finnish Cultural Foundation in 2019. They write a blog about ecological film development on their website.
This workshop will be divided into two parts:
- The first part will focus on how to set up a DIY-darkroom at home and how to cook your first (or hundredth!) eco-developer to process your b&w film safely at home.
- The second part will be dedicated to the actual developing process and the tricks and alterations you can implement to your process to get the best results.
The workshop is open to all, beginners and experts alike! For newcomers, it will serve as a great introduction to analog filmmaking and can be useful for those who are experienced in analog film but have less exposure to eco-techniques.
We would like to acknowledge that the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative resides on Treaty 4 Territory, the original lands of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.
The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is proud to be supported by Canada Council for the Arts, SK Arts, SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries.