MONO NO AWARE is building a non-profit motion picture lab in Brooklyn. The first of its kind in US history, MONO LAB will be a space for education, facilities, production and community events all under one roof.

 
 

Each year we engage with thousands of people through our initiatives.  As we respond to the public interest, our programming continues to grow. And, for the last decade we’ve somehow managed to run this entire organization out of our director’s living space. 

2008 - Super 8mm workshop held in our founder's living room, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

2008 - Super 8mm workshop held in our founder's living room, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

2016 - Optically Printing Titles workshop held in our home/office, Downtown, Brooklyn.

2016 - Optically Printing Titles workshop held in our home/office, Downtown, Brooklyn.

OUR FUTURE

Over the last 11 years we’ve received equipment donations from numerous labs, companies, universities, and independent filmmakers. Currently, we can only make a limited amount of that equipment accessible.  With your help, we can expand upon our offerings and open the doors to a unique space that offers linear processing, scanning, optical printing, and contact printing. We can organize more screenings, exhibitions, lectures, and provide the community with more amazing cinematic experiences. MONO NO AWARE is already a hub for education, production, exhibition, and community activity. We need your help to secure the future of the organization and to better serve the community. A home for the organization will allow accessibility to remain our focus; you’ll able to learn how to use the cameras, splicers, projectors, you’ll be able to process, print, and reproduce your own films, you’ll be to shoot film, meet with collaborators, attend screenings and events.

WHY NOW?

Each year we grow and expand to meet the needs of the increasing interest in traditional filmmaking.  At the same time, Mono No Aware is responding to changes in the motion picture industry and the greater landscape for celluloid film.

  • Recent years we have seen the closing of more and more commercial laboratories.  With less than half a dozen still operating here in the United States, MONO works closely with many of these labs to extend our services and workshop offerings; ColorLab (MD), CineLab (MA), FotoKem (CA), Pro8mm (CA) and our neighbors to the north Niagara Custom Lab (Toronto, ON)
  • Artist-run Labs are a also critical part of the landscape.  Started by film collectives and small groups of artists to share equipment and further their own work, they provide a space for continued practice.  MONO hosts dozens of artists from these labs, providing a platform to teach through our educational initiatives and an audience to present their work to while in New York both through our monthly screenings and annual exhibitions. 
  • To process small amounts of film all you really need is access to a kitchen sink, and MONO has been a huge proponent of empowering artists to hand process since day one.  We are all about accessibility-- we even teach a workshop on how to process using a non-toxic developer made from coffee.  

The MONO Lab will be unique because in addition to our strong educational initiative and active screening series, we will be able to offer the services of a commercial lab, affordable facilities for continued practice, and we will increase our ability to host international artists for production of new work and presentation opportunities.  With the equipment donations from a major motion picture lab, professional animation studios, and several post-production facilities, we now have the ability to provide so much more--all under one roof.  With our space we can become self sustaining in our efforts to engage and play a larger supporting role within that landscape on all levels. 

TIMELINE 

The Mono No Aware Lab is set to open in the Spring of 2018. 

2016 

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER MONO X FESTIVAL AND KS CAMPAIGN 

2017 

JANUARY - FEBRUARY - REWARDS SENT TO SUPPORTERS

MARCH - APRIL - SPACE SEARCH CONTINUES / SPRING WORKSHOPS 

MAY - JUNE - SPACE SEARCH COMPLETE / FLOOR PLAN IN PLACE 

JULY - AUGUST - SIGN LEASE / OBTAIN SPACE / SUMMER WORKSHOPS 

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - BUILD OUT BEGINS 

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER - BUILD OUT CONTINUES / MONO XI FESTIVAL

2018 

JANUARY - FEBRUARY - CALIBRATION / TESTING AND EARLY MEMBER ACCESS 

APRIL -MAY - MONO NO AWARE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

OUR GOAL

The more that we can raise, the more we can make available to a greater number of people.  Increased services and facilities will include: 

  • SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM LINEAR PROCESSING FOR B/W & COLOR NEGATIVE FILM 
  • SUPER 16MM CLEANING AND SCANNING SERVICES 
  • SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM CAMERAS / LENSES / PROJECTORS / INCREASED PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT ACCESS & SPACE
  • DRY LAB SPACE - OPTICAL PRINTING / CONTACT PRINTING / FLATBED EDITING & VERTICAL EDITING STATIONS
  • WET LAB SPACE - WITH 24 - HOUR ACCESS TO FACILITIES
  • INCREASED PROGRAMMING / WORKSHOPS / SCREENINGS / RESIDENCIES

This is a critical point in the history of the moving image. With your help, we can make this new space a reality. 

Mono No Aware is a 501(c)(3) organization, which means your donation is tax deductible.