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
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.
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
Basement Films is proudly one of the few remaining
first-generation micro-cinemas still in existence.
MAD LAB – Experiment 2
Wednesday, Sept. 18.
10:30pm - approx. 75 min - FREE!
Ren Adams, Basement Films & crew
A mad-science mix of video art, experimental cinema, works in progress, secret samples, teasers, delicious deep cuts, audio-visual performance and random, electrifying moments.
This month's theme: M/TV Night
M/TV Night celebrates a cabinet of musical curiosities—from music videos and experimental audio to sound, performance and work that pushes the very definition of “music video” itself.
Work by local artists Tom Foe, Celly, Aaron Lollis & King Dikorim, Mary De Los Santos, guest artists (including Kate McCabe; Joshua Tree, CA, Cecilia McKinnon; ABQ and Montreal, Jazmyn Crosby; ABQ and Philadelphia, PA, Anna Spence; Atlanta, GA), Basement films folks, secrets from the vault and more! With Ren Adams and Beth Hansen.
More artists being added to the mix!
Home Movie Day 2019
Saturday, October 19,
11 am-4 pm
Albuquerque Main Public Library501 Copper Ave NW
Open screenings of home movies from the public. Formats: 8mm, Super 8mm, and 16mm film, DVDs
Albuquerque Museum will be screening digital copies of some of the amateur films in their collection.
Presented by Basement Films, Modern Albuquerque LLC, Historic Albuquerque Incorporated, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and Albuquerque Museum
Contact: Ethan Aronson, firstname.lastname@example.org