While working out of my favorite coffee shop, Van Leeuwen, I overheard a customer talking about how they sustainably process film - with coffee and beer! Curious as I am, I inquired further and from that, I managed to organize a private demo in one of our favorite locations, Gowanus Darkroom!Rachel of Gowanus Darkroom was nice enough to accommodate Steve Cossman (founder of Mono No Aware) who hosted a private demo session for me where, Mikhaila Quezada-Freda, a Cooper Union student currently in work-study program with the org would plunge her 16mm footage she shot of her grandmother of 89 years into baths of pure drinkables to develop them into film!Essential Ingredients:Contradicting all that I've ever learned about hardcore chemical film developing, this sustainable process was inspired by the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and Dagie Brundert was an early adopter of caffenol processing. Steve was inspired by both their methodologies and has been developing his own process over the last 9 years that Mono No Aware has been working at and will be teaching very soon at Gowanus Darkroom!Steve explained some interesting properties of both coffee and beer when used in processing:
Enjoying the results of both, Steve developed his own processing using BOTH coffee AND beer which you'll find in here in my photo essay!After mixing the natural ingredients (and offering up a six pack of Brooklyn's finest to the film gods), we head into the darkroom!Lights off - magic happens!And the film was successfully processed. Yes, with coffee and beer!Here's a very first edit of the foootage that we processed together or Mikhaila's grandmother!
And here are two special filmmaking workshops coming up -
MONO NO AWARE FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS AT GOWANUS DARKROOM
OCTOBER 17th - SURFACE TECHNIQUES 11-4pm
I urge you to come to the dark side and take some classes!
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