MONO NO AWARE is proud to offer filmmaking workshops in Brooklyn, NY. Workshops are limited to 10 persons or less, providing an intimate hands-on learning experience. Instructors are locally-based, practicing filmmakers and artists looking to share their years of knowledge and experience.  Workshop materials; film stock, film processing, film cameras, editing equipment, HD video transfer of finished work and online hosting of your finished film are all inclusive. At the end of each workshop there is a FREE public screening open to you and your friends.  Each session, MONO NO AWARE partners with local and international film festivals to offer entry waivers to all our participants.  To assist you in entering your work, MONO NO AWARE will host your finished film on our Vimeo+ channel.

Please read our list of workshop policies below before registering.

These workshops would not be possible without the partnership of ORWO, DIJIFI, CINELAB, and our host spaces THE CENTER FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH & THE GOWANUS DARKROOM!

2016 Spring Workshop Offerings:


• A full line-up of special offerings to be announced this Fall

Workshop Policies

Workshop Registration: Participants must register in advance for MONO NO AWARE workshops. Registration is possible via: PayPal with your credit card, in person, or by mail (get in contact if you would like to register in person). Participation fee must be paid in full at time of registration. Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received in full. MONO NO AWARE workshops are non-transferable. No refunds, transfers or make-ups are allowed for any missed sessions. Workshops are subject to schedule and instructor changes or cancellation at the discretion of MONO NO AWARE. All registered participants will be notified of such changes in a timely fashion. MONO NO AWARE reserves the right to use participant work created in MONO NO AWARE workshops for promotional materials including, but not limited to, workshop trailers, preview stills, grant applications and printed flyers. Participants have the option to notify us if they wish their work to be withheld from being included in such materials. Participants also have the option, if they do not wish for their photographic likeness to be used on MONO NO AWARE'S website, Facebook page, and/or any other promotional efforts. All such requests must be made at the time of registration. Audio and video recording of MONO NO AWARE workshops is not permitted. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received via email only. Participants must cancel seven (7) full business days prior to the date of the workshop to receive an 70% refund. No compensation is available for cancellations less than seven (7) full business days prior to workshop start time. No compensation is available for non-attendance, INSANE AMOUNTS of fun and knowledge is available for attendance. We hope to see you there! Workshop Facilities: All workshops take place at CPR - 361 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn unless otherwise noted.

Instructor Bios

Daniel April has worked his way through every Grip and Electric position landing himself as a Gaffer and Cinematographer. He has worked on over 25 features, numerous Vimeo Staff Pick music videos and shorts, and campaign ads for companies such as MTV, Nike, and VICE. Recent feature credits include Queen of Earth, Funny Bunny, Newlyweeds, Hits, and Go Down Death. He has worked on projects spanning no budget - implementing DIY tactics - to professional commercial projects and he plans on sharing his knowledge and experience.

Laura Bartzcak is a dance artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her experiments in Super 8mm film are inspired by movement, body language, and choreography. As a performer and choreographer her works have been presented throughout the city by organizations such as AUNTS, Movement Research, and TAB. Her film works have been installed in galleries and venues throughout NYC including Gina Gibney Dance Center, Mono NO Aware, DCTV, Lot 45, and Secret Project Robot among others. Laura recently led a workshop on stop motion animation for dancers in Puebla, Mexico.

Bill Brand is an artist, educator and film preservationist. His experimental and documentary films, videos and installations have exhibited extensively worldwide in museums, microcinemas, and on television since the early 1970's. His 1980 public artwork, Masstransiscope, a moving image mural in a NYC subway tunnel that is animated by the passing trains, is in the permanent collection of the MTA Arts and Design. Since 1976 he has operated BB Optics, a service specializing in archival preservation of small gauge films and films by artists. He is currently Professor of Film and Photography at Hampshire College and Adjunct Professor in the graduate Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program at New York University.

Kyle Corea was born and raised in celluloid city of Rochester, New York, respectively he works on 16mm and Super 8mm film. He received his BFA in Film-Art in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. In 2006 he co-founded Syracuse Experimental; a grassroots cooperative dedicated to the growth and preservation of alternative, first person cinema and media. Since then he has been organizing the One Take Super 8 Event in Syracuse, NY. Currently living in Brooklyn he enjoys collaborating with other artists and musicians. Focused on exploring forms of documentary and poetics within the analog realm. Kyle Corea

Yisa Fermin is a New York native and multimedia artist working primarily in watercolor and video. She received a joint degree in Film and Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. Her artwork unearths the surreal and magical elements of oft-overlooked, every day moments as well as the narratives of marginalized communities.

Rachael Guma is a filmmaker and sound artist currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Through her experiments with Super 8 film and analog sound, Rachael strives to create an engaging live viewing experience that embraces the idiosyncratic qualities of technology, while maintaining a hand-crafted approach to her output. Ever since graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute, her films have screened at the San Francisco Cinematheque, RX Gallery, Mono No Aware, Northern Flickers, Microscope Gallery, and AXWFF 2011; where she was asked to take part in a lively panel discussion on women filmmakers. As a member of Optipus Film Collective, she has performed live foley sound at Participant Gallery, Dense Mesh IV, and the 2011 Index Festival. Her teaching experience includes introducing avant-garde film to at risk teens at Reel Works and Super 8 workshops for Mono No Aware.

Sean Hanley is a non-fiction filmmaker who's short works have screened at various venues and festivals including, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, FLEXfest, Antimatter, the Aurora Picture Show, UnionDocs, and the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Sean has instructed workshops at Downtown Community Television (DCTV) in Manhattan and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME. He recently joined the adjunct faculty of the Film & Media Department at Hunter College.

Amanda Katz uses film, photography and sound to explore and connect to her surrounding landscapes, paying special attention to the way in which the built environment frames every day life. She works professionally as a film editor and cinematographer. Amanda has been an assistant professor for undergraduate documentary filmmaking and urban arts courses at New York University's New York and Paris locations. Amanda and fellow filmmaker Georg Anthony Svatek recently received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Austrian Cultural Forum to complete their second short film together titled "As You Pass By".

John Klacsmann is Archivist at Anthology Film Archives and oversees the principal audio-visual collections there. This includes inspecting, repairing, and cataloging film originals, prints, and videos; assisting researchers; facilitating film preservation projects; and managing the day-to-day operations of the archive offices and vaults. Klacsmann graduated from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman House in 2008 and worked as a film preservation specialist and optical printing technician at Colorlab, a film laboratory in Maryland, before joining Anthology in 2012.

Tore Knos is a feature film producer, writer, and director.  Most recently he produced “Abel’s Field” starring Kevin Sorbo, which Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released in January.  Prior to this project, Tore co-produced two Steven Seagal films: “The Keeper” and “Against the Dark.”  After graduating from the University of Southern California with a joint degree in Business Administration and Cinema-Television, Tore began his career as an associate producer on Universal Home Entertainment’s release of “Out for Blood” starring Kevin Dillon.  Following production of the film, Tore was accepted into the prestigious agent trainee program at International Creative Management (ICM), one of the world's largest talent agencies.  During his tenure with the company, Tore assisted many of the agency’s most influential writers, directors, and actors.  A member of the Producers Guild of America, Tore lives in New York City and frequently speaks at USC's film school.

Tim Korn is a musician and sound designer based in Brooklyn NY. His client list includes The New York Times, ESPN, The Sundance Channel, Williams Sonoma, AMEX, Comedy Central, PBS and many more. He travels the world recording sound and has his base here in Williamsburg.

Annie Ling is a documentary photographer and artist based in Brooklyn. Select clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fader Magazine, and New York Magazine. Her work has been featured in Frieze Magazine, American Photography, PDN Photo Annual, Tunica Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, among others. She has lectured at Columbia University, CUNY Brooklyn College, International Center of Photography, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Asian American Writers' Workshop, and has appeared on Al Jazeera America and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism's pilot radio show. Annie's debut solo exhibition “A Floating Population” at Museum of Chinese in America in New York City featured over eighty images spanning four years of work. Annie is a recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship for photography, the first Skammdegi AIR Award, and a Director’s Fellowship from The International Center of Photography. Previously, she was a fellow of Reflexions Masterclass, an international laboratory investigating the evolution of the language of visual representation.

Jess Lynch is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her films emphasize an unfolding, contemplative experience reflecting cycles of time, rhythms of life, deconstructions, and abstractions. Many finished works become raw material for live video mixing in collaboration with musicians and other artists. Jess holds a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and has exhibited her work at numerous festivals, galleries, bars, and DIY venues.

Akiko Maruyama is a filmmaker and educator who uses 8mm film, 16mm film, handmade film, stop-motion animation and HD video. Inspired by Jack Smith, Tony Oursler, and George Kuchar, her works are fictional/non-fictional portraits using experimental techniques. Originally from Fukuoka, Japan she holds a BFA in Film/Video from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is currently working at Museum of the Moving Image and as an assist to experimental filmmakers such as Ericka Beckman.

Jorge Mazzini is a photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker exploring in experimental documentary and narrative imagery working primarily on Super 8mm and 16mm film. He studied cinematography and filmmaking in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his stay in Buenos Aires, he filmed various short films and collaborated with other filmmakers in different projects. Currently he works in New York City as an artist assistant to sculptor David Altmejd and also works as a freelance videographer and photographer.

Brandon Rowe is a filmmaker, editor, and photographer with a passion for analog film and film processing. Working with Super 8, 16mm, and 35mm still photos, he has and continues to experiment with various methods of developing: traditional and non-toxic, negative and reversal, black-and-white and color. He has learned both independently and through the likes of Mono No Aware and Negativland Motion Picture Lab. He freelances as an editor and assistant editor, working for companies such as "The Daily Show" and Rota6. In the past, he has also provided assistance to distributors such as The Film-Makers' Coop and Kino Lorber. He is a graduate of New York University for Film/TV Production and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.

Craig Scheihing is a filmmaker, photographer, curator, educator, and the founder of Big Mama’s Cinematheque, a cinema arts organization in Philadelphia. His films have been screened in film festivals, basements, bars, galleries, and garages, both in the U.S. and internationally. Splitting his time between Philadelphia and New York he works freely between diary, essay, and abstract forms. Craig’s films emphasize experience over narrative, sentiment over drama, connection over concept.

Lily Jue Sheng makes moving image art that draws from the traditions of animation, using techniques such as 2D collage, stroboscopic still motion, and traveling mattes. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and is currently based in Queens, NY. Her work has exhibited internationally at cinemas, festivals, galleries, museums, and performance spaces such as Eyebeam, the MoMA PS1 Print Shop, and Microscope Gallery in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts, and Mobius in Boston; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal; Centro Cultural de España in Mexico City; the Bibliorium at Beijing Design Week in Beijing; and the 1933 Slaughterhouse in Shanghai.

Tomasz Werner recently completed an MFA degree in film production at The University of Texas in Austin and also studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Tomasz is a filmmaker, camera professional, and editor living in Brooklyn and currently works in commercial production. He has previously led 16mm filmmaking courses for the University of Texas and workshops for Austin's AGLIFF festival. Specializing in documentary and experimental approaches to narrative storytelling, his personal work has been exhibited at SXSW, The Austin Film Society, and the Minneapolis International Film Festival. With a never-ending penchant for anything analog and photo-chemical, he often incorporates super 8 and 16mm film into his camera work.    One Arm Films

Chloe Zimmerman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and educator whose interest lies in the experimental documentary realm. She is currently a collaborative fellow at UnionDocs, a center for documentary art in Williamsburg, and has screened work at venues including Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Film Festival, and the North of Nowhere Expo. Chloe has worked in documentary production and post-production for Academy Award-winning directors, and teaches film history and practice at various venues in the city. She is a graduate of the Combined Degree Program between Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Steve Cossman is founder and director of Mono No Aware (est. 2007); a non-profit cinema-arts organization whose annual event exhibits the work of contemporary artists that incorporate live film projections and altered light as part of a performance, sculpture or installation. In 2010 he helped the organization establish a series of analog filmmaking workshops that has grown to include an equipment rentals program, a film stock distribution service, an in-person screening series entitled Connectivity Through Cinema and the New York Library of Cinema (NYLoC). Steve’s first major work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Filmmaking award at F.L.E.X. and has screened at many festivals and institutions internationally. In 2013, he completed residencies at MoMA PS1’s Expo 1 and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. In 2014, Brooklyn Magazine named Steve Cossman one of the ‘Top 100 most Influential persons of Brooklyn Culture.’ He has been a visiting artist at Brown University, Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, SAIC, and UPenn. Steve’s recent work on film, W H I T E C A B B A G E (2011-2014), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields of L.I.E.S., had its U.S. premiere at Anthology Film Archives. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn as a director, curator, visual artist, educator and activist.

Workshop Locations

All workshops take place at CPR [unless otherwise noted] only  1.5 blocks from Graham L subway stop or 3 short blocks from Lorimer L/G.

361 Manhattan Ave, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York