About this project
“I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility.” - Dziga Vertov
Attention fellow film friends and community members!
You are the motivation behind our mission, the reason for our being… we like you more than movies! And we need your help…
Microcinemas offer a voice to those often not heard, a screen to those not seen. They create a way for diverse populations to take back the screen. In a system perforated with inequality, the microcinema creates a safe haven for those wishing to experiment with the filmmaking medium - bridging the gap between both “amateur” and professional, the fine arts and filmic experiences.
Mechanical Eye Microcinema serves as Asheville’s only public community space for access to the means of film production. What began as a mobile microcinema in 2012, has grown into a non-profit organization providing workshops and resources, in addition to regular (low/no cost) film and video programming.
We all know the depressing statistics about race and gender inequality in cinema. As filmmakers, we are regularly confronted with the ever increasing financial barriers to the means of production (not to mention the economic hurdles to film education). Microcinemas have the power to change that - with equitable access to screenings, media literacy education, and media resources, we can transform the filmmaking faces of our community. By empowering marginalized voices and celebrating experimental/alternative/diy low/no budget forms, the microcinema is a space of creative possibilities, unlimited by the expectations of the status quo.
Microcinemas are community centers for media literacy. Asheville needs this, because every town needs this. We are inundated with media and often lack the tools to decipher and understand it. Media literacy promotes creative thinking. Microcinema promotes creative making. This is a space for filmmakers and artists to explore new techniques, enhance their creative practice, think outside the box. For filmmakers to dialog with audiences and film enthusiasts. Microcinemas are about pushing the boundaries of cinematic and collaborative possibility.
We believe that everyone should be given opportunities, tools, and education to explore their unique creative voices. We believe that you’re never too young or old to learn new technology. We believe that film’s not dead and that microcinemas are catalytic spaces for social change.
We are transitioning from a mobile microcinema to one with a permanent home in Asheville Area Art Council’s “The Refinery Creator Space”. In this creative atmosphere, we will join forces with other interdisciplinary artists in developing community resources for media arts. We need you, community members, fellow filmmakers, and friends of film. Help facilitate our move so that we can better serve our community. Your support in this kickstarter campaign is vital to increasing our community resources, and developing new opportunities for workshops and access. We are at the beginning of an exciting era. The Refinery will get their certificate of occupancy this month. As one of the initial (original) partners in the coop, we will have the opportunity to make film and cinematic arts a vital part of the Asheville arts community - to support and share with artists across multiple platforms. At this critical juncture in the Asheville arts community, we are in a unique position to better serve a multigenerational and multicultural community. We cannot do this without you. Help us close the gaps between story and screen for our community.
We are creating a PERMANENT community filmmaking space and building a resource library, which will include 16mm and super8 cameras, editors, rewinds, splicers, viewers, an animation stand, and an ongoing collection of digital media tools.
Run by a group of interdisciplinary artists and film enthusiasts, our responsibility is to create resources, curate screenings, and connect film lovers with films and makers. We work to continually dispel the myth that film is financially inaccessible, and invite you to be part of Mechanical Eye Microcinema.
Crowdsourced funding makes this YOUR microcinema. Creating a permanent home for Mechanical Eye will allow all of us to develop the community access to cinematic resources so greatly needed in Asheville. You are Mechanical Eye Microcinema, and your support in the development of this space matters.
Mechanical Eye Microcinema - building community one frame at a time.
Risks and challenges
Access is easy - we are opening the doors. Our biggest challenge is in encouraging people to walk through them. By supporting this project, you are helping us say to the community that this is important. Media arts education, film screenings - these things matter. You’re helping us find ways to challenge the myth that filmmaking is financially and physically inaccessible.
What happens if we don’t reach fundraising goal? We load all of our gear back into Charlotte’s truck, and keep showing films.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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