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.
A statement of solidarity is not enough. Organizations that assert their alignment with anti-racism need to start by disclosing their own structures and gaps.
Cineworks currently has a staff of 75% white people.
Cineworks has a predominantly white board of directors.
We can do better.
Solidarity with anti-racism begins by changing the structures that have institutionalized racism on lands colonially known as Canada, and globally. We commit to delivering the following in 2020-21:
- An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion action plan in our strategic plan.
- Ongoing anti-oppression and decolonization training of staff and leadership.
- An internal accessibility audit and publication of our safe space policy.
- An increase in bursary memberships for those who have faced institutional oppression, such as Black people and those of African descent, people of color, women of colour, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and peoples living with disabilities.
We are sharing these commitments in order to be held accountable to the work we have ahead of us in disassembling inequality across our systems. These goals do not reflect the boundaries but rather, the beginnings of our work to end oppression of racialized individuals in our community.
As a team, we assert our intolerance for anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous acts of racism. We acknowledge that racism is pervasive, internalized and can manifest in many forms. Undoing systemic racism is an ongoing responsibility that our staff, particularly those of us who are white, commit to through continued learning, accountability, and radical transformation.
We also wish to use this statement as a call to action to encourage those of our audience and membership who are white, especially filmmakers and artists, to use their skills and gifts of storytelling to shed light on areas in our government and societal structure that turn a blind eye to the injustices in our communities. As artists, many of you are in a unique position to consistently remind viewers of the ongoing issues of racism beyond the current moment of outcry.
The Cineworks Staff
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.
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.
Carole is a Vancouver based designated Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). After graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting, she has been active and working in the accounting field over 10 years. She has full cycle accounting experience and knowledge in the non-profit, retail, restaurant and property management industries.
Josh Marr, cinematographer and IATSE 669 Union Member, is originally from Winnipeg, MB who moved to Vancouver 5 years ago to pursue his passion in film. He has had his work screened at MOMA, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Hot DOCS and Sydney Underground Film Festival. Before coming to Vancouver, Josh was both a former member and employee of the Winnipeg Film Group, worked at William F Whites. During this time, he was recruited to teach film, digital filmmaking , camera and lighting workshops. Josh currently serves as a volunteer at both The Annex and on the Cineworks Fundraising Committee.
Ryan Clough-CarrollFacilities & Equipment Manager
Ryan Clough-Carroll is an independent filmmaker and audio / visual artist based out of Vancouver B.C. Having graduated from Simon Fraser University’s Film Production Program, Ryan has spent the last five years working on independent and studio productions. With a background in experimental and analogue cinema, Ryan has divided his time between on-set camera and sound work, as well as post sound mixing and manipulation.
April ThompsonExecutive Director
April Thompson has a background in curating and is passionate about developing critical platforms for discussion. For the past five years, April has been involved with numerous non-profit organizations in Vancouver, including Access Gallery, The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC, and the Contemporary Art Gallery. She has contributed regularly to Canadian Art Online and SAD Mag, an independent Vancouver publication for arts and culture. Most recently, she worked as Assistant Curator for Walter Phillips Gallery and The Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity.
April is committed to creating opportunities for media artists and filmmakers to flourish in Vancouver, and to collaborating with artist-run organizations throughout Canada and abroad.
Michelle MartinCommunity & Education Liaison
Michelle (she/they) is a facilitator, researcher, and educator born on Treaty Six territory. She has developed and delivered education and learning programs for the Museum of Vancouver, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Craft Council of BC and most recently, the Art Gallery at Evergreen. Her latest research focuses on manifestations of slowness in cinema and, with core collaborators Laura June Albert and Tomoyo Yamada, embodied and somatic understandings of camera operation. She holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Media Arts from SFU with a focus on cinema. Michelle is dedicated to expanding accessibility and honouring under-acknowledged forms of knowing and learning. She understands filmmaking as collective work that holds the potential to build and shape communities. She has contributed to GUTS Feminist Magazine, has served on DOXA Documentary Film Festival’s Screening Committee, is currently part of the Access Team at Healing Justice podcast, and volunteers with the youth program at QMUNITY.
Portia KuiviArts & Communications Manager
Portia is a Psychology major and Commerce minor, completing her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. Aspiring to establish a non-profit organisation herself, Portia is continuously inspired by entities that support and educate their communities. She has developed her marketing skills working with several establishments such as the South African Ideas Festival, Newmont Mining Corporation (Ghana) and UBC Africa Business Club, just to name a few.
Portia is especially interested in the film and theatre industry, having performed in a number of small-scaled drama productions herself. She is honoured to be working with a team that supports and contributes to the success of media artists and filmmakers in Vancouver.
Cineworks gratefully acknowledges the ongoing financial support of our major funders:
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Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is responsible for operating in compliance with the Motion Picture Act and Consumer Protection BC.
To attend a Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society film screening (which may not have been classified by Consumer Protection BC), you must be a Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society member.
Membership is by annual subscription and is limited to persons who are 18 years of age or over.
Only members are permitted to be present at the place where a non-classified film is being exhibited.
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society’s mandate is the encouragement and appreciation of motion pictures as a medium of art, information or education.