Workshop: 16 mm / Photography In Movement 


Conducted by: Juan Carlos Alom and Aimara Fernández
Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14, Noon – 4 PM each day

16 mm / Motion Photography is a workshop that promotes the use of 16 mm photographic film for artisanal filmmaking.

This three-day workshop introduces the students to the poetics and mechanics of conceiving and producing short films (no longer than 3 minutes) in 16 mm, black and white film. It will be begin with an introduction to the details of the handling of a 16 mm Bolex camera. The next step would be to conceive a short films working in pairs/duos, understanding the principles of a collaborative work.

The film will be hand processed by the creators themselves. Each student will assume in unison several roles that are part of the traditional cinematographic creation, such as director of photography, camera operator, light measuring and exposure, and composition. A key element of the workshop is to promote the experimenting in each part of these roles played by the students. This will be the foundation of finding or expanding a personal voice, or an individual aesthetic proposal.

The hand processing of the film by the participants themselves enables a direct contact with the film. The use of 16 mm photographic film requires us to put more intention into the project’s execution seeking a result that is faithful to our initial purpose for the projects. The time constraints and collaborative work of the workshop determine our work as creators in an exercise in awareness of our goals and our environment. Thinking about time in seconds is a challenge to perception and creative processes.

Class limited to 9 participants.
5 slots are free of charge but do require a 500 word essay on why you would like to be in this class. Please email your contact information, availability, experience with 16mm film, and 500 word essay to Only applicants available for the entire weekend will be considered. See schedule below.

4 slots are available with a fee.
Tuition: $120/$100 EPFC MEMBERS.

Day 1: Friday, Jan 12. 12 PM- 4 PM
Film Screening (open to the public) 8 PM-10 PM
Day 2: Saturday, Jan 13. 12 PM- 4 PM
Day 3: Sunday, Jan 14. 12 PM – 4 PM
Film Screening (open to the public) 8 PM-10 PM

Juan Carlos Alom was born in Cuba in 1964 and resides between Havana and New York City. He is a filmmaker and photographer who has exhibited throughout Cuba, North and South America, Europe, and South Africa. Starting his career as a photojournalist in 1990s Cuba, Juan Carlos Alom developed an artistic vision that was informed by the need for spontaneity demanded by that period of crisis. Among the films that Alom has directed are Una Harley recorre la Habana (1998, A Harley Travels Around Havana), Habana Solo (2000), Evidencia (2001), Iroko (2004), Diario (2009), and No Limits (2013). Exhibits this year include Without Masks: Contemporary Afro-Cuban Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, and Los elementos (a solo show) at Punctum Gallery in Mexico City. He is currently working on several collaborative projects including the film Finotype with UConn Professor Jacqueline Loss.

“Alom typically works with hand-processed black- and-white 16mm footage, and is perhaps best known for his experimental films, which deploy forms that range from the diaristic essay (Diario, 2009, retracing the route of José Martí’s last visit to Cuba) to the musical city-symphony (Havana solo, 2000). Atypical of his work is Lo más alto que tú vuelas (2001), a short dedicated to Cuban experimental filmmaker Nicolás Guillén Landrián and which recycles segments of Desde la Havana ¡1969! Recordar.” -Luisa Marisy

This workshop is part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s screening series Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina). Ism, Ism, Ism is an unprecedented, five-month film series—the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s through today. Revisiting classic titles and introducing recent works by key figures and emerging artists, Ism, Ism, Ism takes viewers on a journey through a wealth of materials culled from unexpected corners of Latin American film archives. Key historical and contemporary works from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, México, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States will be featured. Many of the works in the series are largely unknown in the United States and most screenings will include national and area premieres, with many including Q&A discussions with filmmakers and scholars following the screening. The film series will continue through January 2018 at multiple venues, organized by Filmforum.

Ism, Ism, Ism is accompanied by a bilingual publication, Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, editors, University of California Press, 2017) placing Latino and Latin American experimental cinema within a broader dialogue that explores different periods, cultural contexts, image-making models, and considerations of these filmmakers within international cinema. Available worldwide,

Ism, Ism, Ism is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Explore more at,, and

Lead support for Ism, Ism, Ism is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Significant additional support comes from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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