Printing In A Bolex:
A Conversation with Amanda Thomson
Self-portrait taken on a bolex. Still from Amanda Thomson’s Autumn Equinox. 

We had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Thomson, a filmmaker adept in the art of analogue filmmaking.

Amanda was born, raised and currently lives as a settler on the unneeded territory belonging to the Coast Salish people, commonly known as Vancouver BC. She is drawn to film by its tactile qualities and by its shifting nature in grain and cultural significance. She studied Film Video and Integrated Media at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design receiving a Bachelor of Media Arts in 2009.  In 2014, she helped form the Iris Film Collective, a group of independent artists with the goal of advancing photochemical motion film production.

Our conversation with Amanda spanned her calling into analogue filmmaking, her fervor for the bolex camera and best of all, her expertise in printing film. Through this interview, Amanda enables us to delve into the world of analogue artistry, rethinking the boundaries of experimental filmmaking and celebrating the skilled art of printing film in a bolex. 

 "Film is a light sensitive material.  When you take it for what it is and work with its properties, that's the basis of experimental film for me." - Amanda Thomson
Join in on the conversation and expand your creative endeavours in analogue film. You can read the full interview and also get access to a copy of Amanda's guide to bi-packing film on our website. 
Read the full interview
Cineworks pays respect to the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations on whose unceded territories our organization and our work is based. We are committed to dialogue and collaboration with Indigenous artists and communities, amid ongoing social, cultural and environmental effects of colonialism and globalization, as part of our mandate to engage and support independent filmmakers, media artists and audiences through the transformative powers of the moving image.
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