Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is a non-profit Artist-Run Centre, supporting independent filmmakers, media artists and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives encompassing production, exhibition, consultation, outreach and advocacy.
Through programs that foster experimentation with motion-picture arts, in dialogue with their historic, current and future cultural contexts, we engage our membership and wider communities in the investigative, expressive and transformative powers of the moving image.
In addition to our main offices, production studio, edit suites and equipment rental store off Howe Street in Vancouver's Downtown core, Cineworks runs an analogue film lab and studio in the city's Downtown East Side. Known as the Annex, this facility features an extensively equipped darkroom and open studio with equipment for machine and hand processing photochemical film, as well as for contact printing, optical printing, stop-frame animation and editing Super 8, 16mm and 35mm film.
Cineworks was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1980, and in 1983 was recognized as a charitable organization by Revenue Canada. We gratefully acknowledge and pay respect to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations on whose unceded traditional territories our organization and our work is based. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver.
Accessibility: Our Annex Analogue studio, darkroom and washroom are wheelchair accessible. Our Howe Street production and exhibition studio is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair accessible washroom in the immediate neighbourhood – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 604 685 3841 with questions or concerns as to how we can meet your needs.
Board of Directors
Jesse AndrewarthaVice President
"Jesse Andrewartha is a 20 year veteran of the motion picture visual effects industry and was introduced to the magic of light and film as a post-graduate in Scientific Photography. His films combine both the digital and analogue domains to explore themes surrounding human interaction with the natural world. Jesse has taught numerous workshops for Cineworks and as volunteer Annex Technical Coordinator has been instrumental in maintaining and developing the analogue film facilities."
Jack Beatty has been an experimental photographer for almost thirty years and has extensive knowledge of analog technology. As the control analyst for Technicolor (formerly Alpha Cine) he has known Cineworks since its early days and assisted many members with their work. A long-time member of the organization, he has served on the board several terms as Vice President. As a Board member and volunteer, Jack has been instrumental in the development of Cineworks Annex analogue film facilities.
Taipei born, Vancouver based interdisciplinary media artist, director, performer, researcher and mentor who works with film, sound art, new media and dance/theatre performance. After working with the pioneer of digital performance group Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin), his work has exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou (Paris) and National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing). Sammy has also been involved in research or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science, technology and spirituality as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, mental health, spiritual healing, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ2+, indigenous, multicultural background and youths. Sammy is the official selected mentor of Isadora (TroikaTronix) and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Chimerik 似不像 collective.
Toni-Lynn Frederick is a filmmaker, writer, and installation artist from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently on-leave from the final year of a practice-based PhD at the University of Reading, England, where her research examines the representation of Holocaust-related landscape and the use of witness re-enactment in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah. In addition to working on her own art practice, Toni-Lynn works as the Video Testimony Project Coordinator for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, where she interviews, records, and edits the video testimonies of Vancouver-based Holocaust Survivors. Since joining the Cineworks Board in 2015, Toni-Lynn served on the Governance Committee. She has been particularly active in board recruitment, issues of By-law compliance, and transitioning to the New Societies Act. This past June, she led an exciting and successful initiative to deliver the magic of the Cineworks Annex to the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
Beau House is a designer and filmmaker based in Vancouver BC. Originally from Washington DC, he moved to Vancouver by way of Seattle in 2004 to study design at The Emily Carr Institute. In 2011 he founded Post Projects, a design studio that works with clients from across Canada. A photochemical process enthusiast, in his free time Beau can typically be found in a darkroom.
Born in Winnipeg, Megan relocated to Vancouver to attend film school. Her work as an editor has been featured at film festivals around the world, including Slamdance, VIFF, Telluride and Cannes. Working as an instructor at VFS off and on for over ten years, she has helped teach the next generation of editors. Now editing full time for one of the largest national advertising agencies in Canada, her work in advertising has helped win awards for campaigns at the Lotos Awards, One Show and Marketing Awards. Megan's volunteer work includes nearly a decade as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Since joining the Cineworks Board in 2014, Megan has been a key organizer of the Oscar Gala, has maintained and updated the Fundraising Strategic Plan and in 2015 assumed the responsibilities and duties of Secretary of the Executive Committee.
After combining his studies in Media Arts and Humanities with his work in the Spanish film industry, in 2006 he received the Caixa-Canada Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies at York University in Toronto, where he became actively involved with the experimental film community due to his work at LIFT. He is currently based in Vancouver, BC, where he teaches film production at Simon Fraser University. His work has been shown in DOK Leipzig, Images Festival, Pravo Ljudski, L'Alternativa Independent Film Festival of Barcelona amongst other international film festivals, and has won several awards including the Pasajes de Cine Award to the Best Spanish Film (Filmadrid 2017) and the Ciudad de Madrid Award to the Best Spanish documentary (DocumentaMadrid 2004).
Christoph Runné is a Vancouver-based experimental film, video, and installation artist. Through his work, he explores the unhidden yet seemingly invisible world around us. He creates visual tone poems with a humanitarian heartbeat whose minimalist and impressionistic methodology contradicts the complex human conditions with which Runné engages.
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