ABOUT BASEMENT FILMS
Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Basement Films is a non-profit, volunteer run organization that supports experimental, independent, and under-represented forms of film and videomaking. Our membership is made up of artists, activists, media makers and “film buffs.” Basement Films provides a forum for voices not heard in mainstream media. Since 1991, Basement Films has screened unique, moving-image work by artists from around the world... MORE
CO-FOUNDER OF BASEMENT FILMS PASSES AWAY
Elizabeth House and David Nelson were co-founders of Basement Films in 1991. Sadly, Elizabeth passed away May 18, 2020 due to complications related to breast cancer. Elizabeth earned a degree in Special Education from the University of New Mexico and taught locally at several schools including the Ernie Pyle Middle School. In 2013 she moved to Wharton, Texas with her many dogs, cats and new partner. Elizabeth will be remembered for her passion for teaching and her empathy for students. Donations in her honor can be sent to the Houston Hospice El Campo or Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team.
The term "microcinema" was coined in the early 1990s by Rebecca Barton and David Sherman who founded Total Mobil Home Microcinema in San Francisco, which was in operation from 1993-1997. During the 1990s, “undependent” media artists (a term coined by My House microcinema owner Marc Moscato) discovered a robust circuit of microcinemas that popped up across the United States and around the world. As a result, filmmakers took to the road in much the same way that Punk Rock bands toured in the late 1970s. The venues were large and small—in the case of My House Cinema in Eugene, Oregon the screening room was located in Marc’s basement with the screen hung between his hot water heater and the furnace. A sold-out crowd at My House microcinema was 10 people—no more!
Presently, there is a second wave of microcinemas emerging and more artists are beginning to tour.
Basement Films is proudly one of the few remaining
first-generation micro-cinemas still in existence.
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Our projection equipment and film archive of more than 8,000 industrial, educational and ephemeral 16mm movies, 1000 8mm home movies and countless film strips are available for use by artists, filmmakers, and the community. The archive consists of media produced between the 1950’s and 1970’s which were used to socialize students, train employees and present a particular moral view of the world at community centers. Only recently are these films being saved and recognized for their historic value... MORE