About this project
MONO NO AWARE is a cinema-arts non-profit organization working to promote connectivity through the cinematic experience and preserve the technologies of traditional motion picture filmmaking.
With your contribution, you’ll give a home to a growing community and play a critical part in opening the nation’s first ever non-profit motion picture laboratory in service to filmmakers and artists of the moving image.
WHAT WE DO
Every year, Mono No Aware presents monthly artist-in-person screenings, we organize affordable filmmaking workshops, visit high schools, colleges, festivals, and art spaces. We facilitate equipment rentals, operate a film distribution initiative, manage a reference library, and host an annual exhibition for contemporary artists and international filmmakers.
It all started with the idea for an organization dedicated to the cinema-arts community and ignited in November of 2007 with the inaugural MONO NO AWARE festival, that presented 5 expanded cinema performances to an audience of 70.
Since then we have grown exponentially.
In 2015 MONO NO AWARE
- Organized 38 Local workshops for 420 workshop participants in Brooklyn
- Traveled to lead 40 Classes and lectures at host institutions for 600 participants through outreach programs
- Facilitated 100+ equipment rentals
- Distributed 50,000 feet of film stock for 1,000's of filmmakers
- Presented 20 artist-in person screenings for 1,000 audience members
- Presented the work of 33 international artists at our 9th annual exhibition to an audience of 900 over 2 nights
Each year we engage with thousands of people through our initiatives. As we respond to the public interest, our programming continues to grow.
And, for the last decade we’ve somehow managed to run this entire organization out of our director’s living room.
2006 - Super 8mm workshop
2016 - Optically Printing Titles workshop
We’ve accomplished so much with so little, and your contribution could make an incredible impact on the future of the organization.
Giving to this campaign does more than help MONO-- it supports the work of tens of thousands of artists and filmmakers who will pass through our doors in the years ahead.
Over the last 10 years we’ve received donations from numerous labs, companies, universities, and independent filmmakers. Currently, we can only make a limited amount of that equipment accessible. With your help, we can expand upon our offerings and open the doors to a unique space that offers linear processing, scanning, optical printing, and contact printing. We can organize more screenings, exhibitions, lectures, and provide the community with more amazing cinematic experiences.
2015 - Cooper Union students visiting MONO HQ
MONO NO AWARE is already a hub for education, production, exhibition, and community activity. We need your help to secure the future of the organization and to better serve the community. A home for the organization will allow accessibility to remain our focus; you’ll able to learn how to use the cameras, splicers, projectors, you’ll be able to process, print, and reproduce your own films, you’ll be to shoot film, meet with collaborators, attend screenings and events.
Each year we grow and expand to meet the needs of the increasing interest in traditional filmmaking. At the same time, Mono No Aware is responding to changes in the motion picture industry and the greater landscape for celluloid film.
- Recent years we have seen the closing of more and more commercial laboratories. With less than half a dozen still operating here in the United States, MONO works closely with many of these labs to extend our services and workshop offerings; ColorLab (MD), CineLab (MA), FotoKem (CA), Pro8mm (CA) and our neighbors to the north Niagara Custom Lab (Toronto, ON)
- Artist-run Labs are a also critical part of the landscape. Started by film collectives and small groups of artists to share equipment and further their own work, they provide a space for continued practice. MONO hosts dozens of artists from these labs, providing a platform to teach through our educational initiatives and an audience to present their work to while in New York both through our monthly screenings and annual exhibitions.
- To process small amounts of film all you really need is access to a kitchen sink, and MONO has been a huge proponent of empowering artists to hand process since day one. We are all about accessibility-- we even teach a workshop on how to process using a non-toxic developer made from coffee.
The MONO Lab will be unique because in addition to our strong educational initiative and active screening series, we will be able to offer the services of a commercial lab, affordable facilities for continued practice, and we will increase our ability to host international artists for production of new work and presentation opportunities. With the equipment donations from a major motion picture lab, professional animation studios, and several post-production facilities, we now have the ability to provide so much more--all under one roof. With our space we can become self sustaining in our efforts to engage and play a larger supporting role within that landscape on all levels.
The Mono No Aware Lab is set to open in the Spring of 2018.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER MONO X FESTIVAL AND CAMPAIGN
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - REWARDS SENT TO SUPPORTERS
MARCH - APRIL - SPACE SEARCH CONTINUES / SPRING WORKSHOPS
MAY - JUNE - SPACE SEARCH COMPLETE / FLOOR PLAN IN PLACE
JULY - AUGUST - SIGN LEASE / OBTAIN SPACE / SUMMER WORKSHOPS
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - BUILD OUT BEGINS
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER - BUILD OUT CONTINUES / MONO XI FESTIVAL
JANUARY - FEBRUARY - CALIBRATION / TESTING AND EARLY MEMBER ACCESS
APRIL -MAY - MONO NO AWARE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
The more that we can raise through this campaign the more we can make available to a greater number of people. Increased services and facilities will include:
- SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM LINEAR PROCESSING FOR B/W & COLOR NEGATIVE FILM
- SUPER 16MM CLEANING AND SCANNING SERVICES
- SUPER 16MM & SUPER 8MM CAMERAS / LENSES / PROJECTORS / INCREASED PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT ACCESS & SPACE
- DRY LAB SPACE - OPTICAL PRINTING / CONTACT PRINTING / FLATBED EDITING & VERTICAL EDITING STATIONS
- WET LAB SPACE - WITH 24 - HOUR ACCESS TO FACILITIES
- INCREASED PROGRAMMING / WORKSHOPS / SCREENINGS / RESIDENCIES
This is a critical point in the history of the moving image. With your help, we can make this new space a reality.
Mono No Aware is a 501(c)(3) organization, which means your donation is tax deductable.
Pledge $15 - Mono No Aware Enamel Pin
Pledge $30 - Beyond the Grave Pin Set + Mono No Aware Official Enamel Pin
Pledge $40 - Exclusive 35mm still photography package from our long-time partner and supporter ORWO North America
Pledge $40 - Limited Edition Mono No Aware T-Shirt
Pledge $50 - The complex written transcription of Peggy and Fred in Hell, LESLIE THORNTON's iconic 16mm film/video
Pledge $60 - RARE & Out of print Jonas Mekas poetry book (There is No Ithaca) & Bruce Baillie Postcard
Pledge $60 - Beyond the Grave 3-Pin Set + Mono No Aware T-Shirt
Pledge $100 - Academy Leader hand drawn by ANGELA STEMPEL (shown here) and PETER BURR shot, processed and printed on 16mm film!
Pledge $350 - Rare book bundle by Anthology Film Archives. Jonas Mekas poetry book - There is No Ithaca + Bruce Baillie Postcard + The Legend of Maya Deren Volume 1 Part 1 & 2 + Results You Can't Refuse (BB Optics) + FILM CULTURE Issue 70-71 + Maysles’ THE GATES DVD + THE DARK OF THE SCREEN by Sidney Peterson
Pledge $400 - AP FILM PRINT by Antonio Castles & Lucas Maia Three color separation of "The Circle, the Triangle, the Rectangle and the Crossing" presented at MONO X by artists Antonio Castles & Lucas Maia.
Pledge $350 - Build Your Own Looper Kit by ZACH HART
Pledge $550 - 16mm Adventure Workshop and Hike
Pledge $600 - Andy Warhol Screen Test
Pledge $1000 or more - Founding Patron benefits and recognition
Pledge $2500 - PRIVATE 35MM PROFESSIONAL FILM SHOOT
Risks and challenges
A project of this scale incorporating professional production, exhibition and education all under one roof has never been attempted before by a 501c3 non-profit organization.
MONO NO AWARE has cultivated a vibrant community of filmmakers, artists, skilled technicians and seasoned advisors from all levels of the industry who are invested in our mission. We have the knowledge and support structure in place to execute the next stages.
New York is expensive. As a wise man once said “The rent is too damn high.”
MONO has worked with realtors and visited dozens of spaces to research and understand the costs associated with a space. We’ve got this covered. Increased workshop offerings, screenings, a membership based system will provide affordable access to this equipment and materials and reduced rate services will also help to cover the basic needs to maintain the facility.
New York is a difficult city to survive in, even as a profitable business, but we have a strong community behind us.
And after a decade of hard work, we're ready for the challenges ahead.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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