Filmmaker Tasha Waldron uses the Bolex Camera
In the late 1980s, in Ottawa, Canada, 12 filmmakers driven by a passion for, and a dedication to, emulsion-based independent filmmaking began The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Incorporated (IFCO). IFCO is the youngest of nearly 13 film production centers across Canada, but its vigor in promoting and ensuring comprehensive film training for its members is as strong as ever.
“We believe that there are ample resources for digital artists and producers,” says IFCO Executive Director Patrice James, “and so as our mission, vision, and values dictate, we will continue to create opportunities whereby emulsion based filmmaking is proliferated. We’ve only included digital in post and projection, but not in production.”
The time is now! As Pablo Picasso once said, ‘Action is the foundational key to all success.’
At a recent informal symposium – hosted by the passionate, award-winning writer-producer-director Christopher Nolan and artist Tacita Dean, and sponsored by the Getty Research Institute – the importance of taking action to preserve today’s moving images was brought to bear.
Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
Opening Ceremony's designers and co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are celebrating photography with their new collection that debuts at New York Fashion Week. Their collection features the early photography of renowned film director Spike Jonze, capturing the skateboard, BMX, music, and film subcultures of which Jonze was an integral part. It also honors the Kodak brand with a select capsule collection. This capsule embodies Kodak’s classic logo in bold, primary-color graphics on T-shirts and on jersey or fleece separates. Both Carol and Humberto told us why they wanted to honor their friend Spike and collaborate with Kodak:
What were your thoughts on integrating the different elements of Spike Jonze’s photography and the Kodak logo into your new collection? Carol & Humberto: We wanted to celebrate photography with this collection. When we had the opportunity to delve into Spike's archives, we were inspired by the beauty of classic film photography, the painstaking process of capturing moments, and that excitement a picture-taker feels when reviewing proofs to see what the lens caught and selecting that perfect image to print. There is something about that spontaneity and surprise that we love, and the quality of images on film is so unlike anything else. We've always been a fan of the art and looking through Spike's work. Exploring his narrative in and translating that format into a collection was an exciting process that was compounded by our collaboration with Kodak. We have always appreciated Kodak's devotion and longstanding history with photography.
(l-r) Kodak's Lorette Bayle and Stella Kyriakopoulos
Photo by Jonathan Hickerson
Kodak will once again support the independent filmmaking community at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals, which are running concurrently in Park City, Utah.
“These two festivals showcase innovative filmmakers who bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to the screen every year, and Kodak is dedicated to supporting their art,” says Andrew Evenski, President and General Manager for Entertainment & Commercial Films at Kodak. “Motion picture film plays an important role in the indie community, giving these unique storytellers the creative freedom and option to tell their stories as they envisioned.”