PhotoAccess and Bentspoke Brewing Co are delighted to announce Micro-Brewed Micro- Films, a unique project that brings together two of Canberra’s much loved local organisations to explore how to combine film-making and brewing!
Micro-Brewed Micro-Films gives eight film-makers the opportunity to spend three consecutive Sunday mornings learning how to script, shoot, edit and record sound for a three-minute Super8 film. Responding to Bentspoke’s creative naming of its beer varieties, each participant will choose one of the brewery’s tipples – such as Fugg ‘n’ Chino, Cluster 12 or Braddon Bitter – as inspiration for their film.
Working with PhotoAccess film artist, Robert Agostino, the Micro-Brewed Micro-Films makers will use antique Super 8 cameras to shoot a three minute story. In the Bentspoke Brewpub taproom, they’ll use their chosen beer variety mixed with washing soda and Vitamin C to process their film, then edit the footage and add a sound-track to produce a totally unique cinematic work.
“BentSpoke are delighted to be partnering with PhotoAccess for the first time in an exciting and innovative project that combines filmmaking and beer! We love how this workshop will bring together anyone interested in film, regardless of whether they have film-making experience or not.”
“We are proud to support the Canberra arts community in this ground-breaking workshop. We always try to bend the rules of beer-making, so it’s fitting that we would have our beer used in unconventional ways too!” says Bentspoke co-owner Richard Watkins.
PhotoAccess Director Kirsten Wehner says, “PhotoAccess is all about exploring how photography can help us engage with our world. Experimenting with unusual processes and new techniques and ideas is key to this process and we’re thrilled that Bentspoke is up for film-makers hacking their beers to make processing chemicals. Micro-Brewed Micro-Films is a wonderful opportunity for anybody, even if they’ve never made films before, to join a group of like-minded adventurers and let their imaginative juices flow.”
“People usually think of video when they consider film-making today, but Super 8 film is making a comeback worldwide. We created a Super 8 workshop using beer as a film developer because it challenges ideas of a what makes a good film. It’s pretty hard to predict what film developed in different kinds of beer will look like, so the project becomes all about creative experimentation rather than technical standards and cinematic conventions.”
The Micro-Brewed Micro-Films masterpieces will premiere as part of Bentspoke’s annual Start of Spring Carnival in September.
The Micro-Brewed Micro-Film workshop runs on three consecutive Sunday mornings starting on 21 July and concluding on 4 August, from 10am – 1pm. Places are available and details on enrolling can be found at www.photoaccess.org.au/learn. There is a cost, which covers artist fees and all materials.