Workshops

MONO NO AWARE is proud to offer filmmaking workshops in Brooklyn, NY. Workshops are limited to 12 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, access to 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, and our host spaces THE CENTER FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH and DUNGEON BEACH!

Workshops will resume in the Spring of 2015.
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Workshop Offerings:

  • • Intro to 16mm Filmmaking
  • • Super-8mm Filmmaking
  • • Direct Filmmaking Animation
  • • Recording Sound for Film
  • • Advanced 16mm
  • • 2-D Animation on Film
  • • 3-D Puppet Animation
  • • Film Preservation
  • • Hand-Processing B/W Film
  • • Hand-Processing Color Film
  • • Handmade Emulsion
  • • Expanding the Frame

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 OR Negativland Darkroom - 1717 Troutman Suite #244, Brooklyn, unless otherwise noted.

Instructor Bios

Kenneth Zoran Curwood experiments with hand-processing Super 8 and 16mm films; E-6, Color Reversal, and Black and White. His home experiments also include solarization and optical printing, a process involving re-photographing single frames as a way to illuminate his music videos and short films. He owns and operates a 2-D animation stand which doubles as an optical printer. Kenneth has taught at the Camera Club of New York. He is also a curator of films, most recently presenting the work of many artists at Vaudeville Park, Brooklyn NY.    kenny's vimeo

Christopher Gorski is a Brooklyn­‐based photographer and film artist. Working primarily with physical media (super 8, 16mm motion picture film and large format photography) his filmic works have screened at Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn), The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival (WI), Haverhill Experimental Film Festival (MA) and The Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC). From 2008-2009 Gorski was the director of Eight oh One, a community-centered arts space in Milwaukee, WI.

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 an educator and filmmaker pursing experiments in the documentary genre. His work as a director and/or cinematographer has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Images Festival, the Pacific Film Archive, the Vancouver International Film Festival, FLEXfest, and Anthology Film Archives. He has instructed filmmaking workshops for DCTV in Manhattan, and the Maine Media Workshops in Camden, ME.  He holds a BFA in Film Production from Emerson College.    seanthanley.com

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.

Amanda Katz is a South Florida native who uses film, photography, and sound to explore the documentary genre. She is a recent graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts where she studied film production and assisted undergraduate filmmaking courses in both New York and Paris. Amanda has worked for both the Film-makers’ Cooperative and the Flaherty Film Seminar, and was a sound recordist for Lynne Sachs’ latest film Your Day is My Night. Her first film I Still Live Here screened last summer at Microscope Gallery in Brooklyn. Amanda remains endlessly inspired by the urban environment and this is echoed in her work.

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.    timothykorn.com

Lucas Millard is a cinematographer & filmmaker currently based in New York City. Originally allured into the industry through his passion for film emulsions and the photo-chemical process, Lucas continues to shoot on film whenever possible - though he has adapted his skills to digital mediums. His camera work has been showcased at festivals around the world (including Slamdance, SXSW, Urbanworld, Los Angeles International Shorts, Venice International, Cannes, Thessaliniki, and Tokyo International) and has been aired on HBO, Showtime, Sundance Channel, BET, and PBS. Lucas received his MFA in film production from UT-Austin and was the recipient of the Texas Filmmakers Production Grant for his thesis film (shot on 35mm in west Texas). He has taught filmmaking workshops for Sattya Media Arts Collective in Kathmandu, Mono No Aware in NYC, Austin Film Festival, and Austin School of Film in Texas - and in 2008 he spent 7 weeks in residency at the Cinematheque de Tanger in Morocco. Lucas works in both narrative and documentary forms, and continuously strives to create compelling imagery which serves both the point of view of the story as well as the vision of the people behind project.

Josh Lewis is a filmmaker who has acquired a deep knowledge of the film medium through hundreds of hours experimenting with photographic reactions. His film-based work revolves heavily around chemical experimentation and an unconventional, often derelict approach to darkroom procedures.  This work has screened at various festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives, Uniondocs, Magic Lantern Cinema, Millennium Film Workshop, NYU Commons Gallery, Microscope Gallery, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Aurora Picture Show, Yale University, Black Hole Cinematheque, and Mono No Aware IV. Josh has taught film hand-processing as a visiting artist at New York University in addition to basic and advanced workshops regularly offered through Mono No Aware. He runs a private darkroom out of his studio in Ridgewood, Queens, which is occasionally available for rent and private consultation. Josh is originally from Wyckoff, NJ and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.     joshlewisfilm.com

Uzi Sabah has began working with film in 2001, over the last decade his music videos, documentaries, film work and installations have screened extensively throughout South America and the world. Uzi helped to form and has been an active member of the Cooperative Laboratory of Cinema LIC/MVD FAC since 2007. He also works in collaboration with London based cooperative laboratory No-w-here. In 2008 he was invited to patricipate in a residence program in the experimental cinema laboratory, L`abominable, Paris, France and has taught workshops for adults and children about image and sound integration at Centro Cultural Espan?a, FAC Fundacio?n de Arte Contemporaneo and at Plataforma, a program developed by the National Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC).    fantasmabionico.com

Laura Trager is a recent graduate from the Media Studies program at The New School, NYC. With a background in media and cultural theory Laura's artistic and academic interest is film philosophy. Since moving to NYC in Fall 2011, she works in 16mm and Super 8mm film, as well as in digital video, still photography and sound. Her film "Rising Tide", which she completed in Mono No Aware's 16mm film workshop in August 2012, was selected for the Mono No Aware edition of the New Filmmaker's series at Anthology Film Archives in February 2013.    My Critical Mind

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.

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

Akiko Maruyama is a film maker 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 film makers such as Ericka Beckman.

Steve Cossman is Founder and Director of Mono No Aware. His work on film, TUSSLEMUSCLE, earned him Kodak’s Continued Excellence in Film-making award and has screened at many festivals/ institutions internationally. In 2013, Cossman completed a residency at PS1 MoMA as part of Expo 1 and at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (Canada). He has been a visiting artist at Dartmouth, the New York Academy of Art, Yale, and the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, Texas. His newest work on film WHITE CABBAGE (2011-2013), a collaboration with Jahiliyya Fields, will have its US premiere with a series of new work at Anthology Film Archives December 20th, 2013. Steve Cossman currently lives and works in Brooklyn New York as a director, curator, visual artist, and member of the collective DecayNY creating time-based works on film, video, and paper. stevecossman.com

Workshop Locations

All workshops take place at CPR only  1.5 blocks from Graham L subway stop or 3 short blocks from Lorimer L/G.  Hand processing workshops take place at Negativland Darkroom only 2 short blocks from the Jefferson L subway stop.

THE CENTER FOR PERFORMANCE RESEARCH (CPR)

361 Manhattan Ave, Unit 1, Brooklyn, New York

NEGATIVLAND DARKROOM

1717 Troutman St, Suite #244 Brooklyn, New York