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We are very pleased to announce a new partnership & collaboration between CINESTAR and BLW, which includes hosting a lab and workshop space at BLW. Providing facilities & critique for artists working with film.

Cinestar at Cornwall Film Festival – November 2015 

Film and Light in Redruth 
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2015

Venues include Back Lane West and nearby Murdock House.
CMR will also be showing digital artists films by its members on Sat 14th Novemberdetails here

To celebrate our move into Back Lane West in Redruth, Cinestar presents an exciting programme of experimental films generated on 16mm and 8mm, as part of the Cornwall Film Festival in Redruth. All events are free.

For full programme details please click here.

LIFT OFF: An Emulsion Lift Workshop

A two part workshop examining material manipulations of 16mm film

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2015: 11am-5pm

Visiting artist led workshop with Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart from Colorado USA, hosted by CineStar at Back Lane West.
Price: £50 (or £25 for one day).

For further information click here.

Part I (June 6th) : direct animation and emulsion lifts.

“Lift Off” is a two part workshop examining material manipulations of 16mm film. The workshop will focus primarily on the emulsion lift and reticulation technique to explore degradation and decay. An emulsion lift is where film is immersed in a hot sodium carbonate solution, this causes the emulsion to reticulate and separate from the films base. Once separated the emulsion can be placed on a variety of separate materials; including another piece of clear film. This technique will combine direct animation with photochemical manipulation; to present a cohesive survey of material investigations to workshop participants.

Part II (June 7th): DIY contact printing.

Emulsion lifted film cannot be projected directly because the film surface is so fragile. The second part of the workshop will focus on making film prints of the manipulated film. Film will be printed to black and white film via a synchronizer, used as a diy contact printer. Additionally prints will be made via direct exposure by placing film directly on unexposed stock. Part IIl examines darkroom photochemistry, making photograms, bi packing and double exposure printing of the material generated during the first part of the workshop.

Taylor Dunne and Eric Stewart are artists currently living in Colorado (USA). They share an affinity for 16mm filmmaking, and use photochemical processes as a means to explore the interconnectedness of time, history and the landscape. They are currently collaborating on a film investigating the history of uranium mining and nuclear weapons testing in the American Southwest.

CineStar further links to organisations supporting artist analogue film:

Bristol Experimental Expanded Film (BEEF)



“CineStar is a not-for-profit artist run organisation based in Cornwall, dedicated to supporting creative work with film through education and technical support. CineStar lead artists are Joanna Mayes and Jacqui Knight. We are currently setting up experimental 16mm workshops in order to support ourselves and others in being able to continue to make film in an increasingly challenging environment. Through making use of DIY processing and skill sharing we aim to continue to enjoy exploring the world through film.”