Black Hole Collective Lab

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Vision

  • Celluloid film development lab
  • Communal workspace
  • Film screenings and workshops


Lab / Machines provided to the community:

    • 1x film processor
    • 1x contact printer
    • 1x optical printer
    • 1x flatbed editor
    • 1x sync machine
    • Multiple Rewinds
    • Splicers
    • Multiple film projectors
    • Many more devices to enable celluloid film production
    • Multiple film enlargers

Resources provided to show films at the omni

    • 1x Xenon 16mm film projector (very bright :)
    • Digital HD video projector
    • Some equipment augment existing sound system

Screenings

  • Can bring screenings of filmmakers & films to the space

Collective Members

  • 1. Tooth
  • 2. Zach Iannazzi
  • 3. Tatiana Luboviski-Acosta
  • 4. Matt Christiansen
  • 5. Linda Scobie
  • 6. Mark Wilson
  • 7. Mary Helena Clark
  • 8. Jason Wade
  • 9. Isaac Sherman
  • 10. Lauren O'Connor
  • 11. Chloe Minervini
  • 12. David Keenan
  • 13. Niko Kommodore
  • 14. Gui Komel
  • 15. Vanessa O'Neill
  • 16. Kent Long

Financial Contribution to OOC

  • $500 to start.
  • BH was originally offered free space by OOC to incubate their community resource
  • Will contribute more $ as project / membership grows

Floorplan

  • Proposed use


Form questions

1. Mission statement

What do you do? What happens in the world because you exist? (1-3 sentences)

By creating an artist-run film lab and workspace/screening space we will be enabling a large community of people working in photochemical celluloid filmmaking (motion picture and still photography), a unique resource, to bring their work through all stages of creation, production, and exhibition in a encouraging community atmosphere. The importance of this is manifold in that it would be the only entity of it's kind in the western united states, and that it will also be part of a growing community of small artist-run labs worldwide that are providing the ability to work in format that is being forcibly rarified towards extinction due only to the dictates of industrial capitalism which no longer see the medium as profitable. By reclaiming the modes of celluloid production from this rapidly crumbling industry we will not only be both keeping the art form alive and accessible but we will also be providing a space to make works outside of the artistic, ideological, and financial compromises inherent in a commercial market.

PREVIOUS DRAFT ANSWER #1: By creating an artist-run film lab and workspace/screening space we will be enabling a large community of people working in photochemical celluloid filmmaking (motion picture and still photography), a unique resource, to bring their work through all stages of creation, production, and exhibition in a encouraging community atmosphere.

2. Origin and group history. How did you start? What have you done? (1-3 sentences)

Black Hole Film Collective is a more recent formation of a looser group of filmmakers with deeper roots in the larger experimental/avant-garde filmmaking community of the bay area that have been brought together by shared affinities, ideologies and working methods fostered within Black Hole Cinematheque and the constellation of local microcinemas it is a part of. Black Hole Cinematheque has been operating as 16mm archive since 2009 and running free weekly screenings regularly since 2011. These similar affinities led us to a natural merging with the still photography collective to communize our resources and work against an atmosphere of increasing endangerment.

PREVIOUS DRAFT ANSER #2 Black hole history, natural sympathy with b+w photography group, sees the need for a community space The importance of this is manifold in that it would be the only entity of it's kind in the western united states, and that it will also be part of a growing community of small artist-run labs worldwide that are providing the ability to work in format that is being forcibly rarified towards extinction due only to the dictates of industrial capitalism which no longer see the medium as profitable. By reclaiming the modes of celluloid production from this rapidly crumbling industry we will not only be both keeping the art form alive and accessible but we will also be providing a space to make works outside of the artistic, ideological, and financial compromises inherent in a commercial market.

3. Participation in the Omni

Why are you interested in becoming a member? How does your group intend to use the space? What are your needs? (less than 5 sentences)

Why are you interested in becoming a member? How does your group intend to use the space? What are your needs?

We see the Omni project as an important entity of resistance and community and it seems the perfect place to get involved! Our group intends to use two spaces in the basement to set up a wet lab for processing and printing of still and motion picture film, and a dry work space for editing and post production. We are in the process of fixing the ventilation for the darkroom, but for the larger common space downstairs.

We also intend to outfit the ballroom and disco room for various sized screenings, including setting up a projection booth with multiple playback formats (16mm, 35mm, digital video), a new projection screen, and chairs, all for community and event use. Exhibition is an important way to showcase the Collectives’ work, as well as the larger international community of filmmakers. It also functions as a (education, workshops, asset through infrastructural upgrades available to all). promote education and also provide funding for our collective and the Omni costs at large. By outfitting common spaces for cinematic presentation, we will be transforming them into a greater community asset for the film collective as well as the Omni.

PREVIOUS DRAFT ANSWER #3 We see the Omni project as an important entity of resistance and community and it seems the perfect place to get involved! Our group intends to use two spaces in the basement to set up a wet chemical lab and a dry work space. We also intend to outfit the ballroom and disco room for various sized screenings, (and would like to set up a projection booth if approved) for community and event use. Exhibition is an important way to promote education and also provide funding for our collective and the Omni costs at large. By outfitting common spaces for cinematic presentation, we will be transforming them into a greater community asset for the film collective as well as the Omni.

4. Group finances and paying rent

What does your group do to support itself financially? What is your best plan for contributing your potential share of rent to the Omni? (less than 5 sentences)

What does your group do to support itself financially? What is your best plan for contributing your potential share of rent to the Omni? (less than 5 sentences)

We can commit to $400 in rent while we are developing our spaces. We will increase incrementally, with a goal of $600/month. Our collective members will pay a monthly fee to cover rent costs, with future plan that as more people join, we can contribute more. We also want exhibitions and screenings to contribute to infrastructure, supplies and rent costs. We plan to have a multi-tiered membership engagement/payment model.


PREVIOUS DRAFT ANSWER #4: We can commit to $500 in rent while we are developing our spaces. We recognize that this is an expensive building and want to do everything possible to contribute as much as possible and will keep finances transparent. Our collective members will pay a monthly fee to cover rent costs, with future plan that as more people join, we can contribute more. We also want exhibitions and screenings to contribute to rent costs and raising money for the Omni. We plan to have a multi-tiered membership engagement/payment model.

5. Dedicated space

If your group would like some dedicated space at the Omni, what square footage and what features are you looking for? Which specific rooms do you feel might be suitable? (1-3 sentences)

Two spaces in the basement on the east and west sides, keeping wet and dry rooms separate. Please see floor plan for details. We would need some dedicated space in the ballroom and disco room to create projection booths, and secure projection equipment. This would function as part of the common space, but be maintained and managed by the Black Hole Collective.

PREVIOUS DRAFT ANSWER: Two spaces in the basement on the east and west sides, keeping wet and dry rooms separate. Please see floor plan for details.


6. Additional

Is there any other information that you think would be useful for us to know about your group? (as many sentences as you like)

Our collective is a group with vastly different skills to share and trade. We represent a wide breadth of knowledge and through workshops and educational events, can share these skills and talents and promote arts in our community.