Mothlight Microcinema is thrilled to host Kevin Rice of Process Reversal who will present a program of films.


Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, 7pm (films will start promptly at 7pm)
Venue: Trinosophes
1464 Gratiot Ave Detroit, MI 48207‎
(313) 737-6606

Colorado-based nonprofit organization, Process Reversal, presents the third installment of its unique traveling film series — Frenkel Defects.

This recurring series aims to explore what it means to work in, and exhibit on, photochemical film today by examining works from artists operating in film-specific practices. Often, this involves getting one’s hands dirty at every stage of the filmmaking process: from optical effects to photo-processing, editing and contact printing, optical sound recording, and even emulsion making itself… As result (and as suggested by the series’ title), creative aberrations make their way into the standard photochemical processes, giving birth to a new, textural aesthetic that plays out at the level of film emulsion. More than ever before, film reminds us of its physicality, giving a new sense to Andrei Tarkovsky’s idea of “sculpting in time.”

Many of the selected works have been produced at independent film-lab collectives based in Europe and dedicated to the continuation of photochemical filmmaking, including LaborBerlin (Berlin), L’Abominable (Paris) and Filmwerkplaats (Rotterdam). While such institutes continue to remain prominent in Europe, the trend is beginning to emerge in North America, with experimental laboratories springing up in Boston, Oakland, Denver, New York, Vancouver, Montreal and elsewhere. Process Reversal, having amassed large number of donations of lab equipment, hopes to continue aiding in the growth of these spaces by providing communities with the necessary tools, knowledge and resources necessary to ensure the viability of the medium for all.

Additionally, in support of the tour, Process Reversal member Kevin Rice will be facilitating workshops on “Emulsion Making & Coating for Motion Picture Film” on October 3rd and 4th. Please see the workshop post for more information on the workshop.

About the Curators

Mariya Nikiforova was born in 1986 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She received a BFA in Visual & Media Arts from the Honors Program at Emerson College in 2009. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cinema studies at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) while continuing to work in 16mm as part of the independent film labs L’Etna and L’Abominable.

Kevin Rice: Originating from Denver, Colorado, Kevin Rice is a ‘film archivist’ whose practice focuses on the study of photochemical theories, the development of lab resources for filmmakers, and the documentation of various darkroom odysseys on motion picture film. He has taught and screened work at film communities all around the world, including no.w.here (London), l’abominable (Paris), Klubvizija (Zagreb), Laborberlin (Berlin), Crater Lab (Barcelona), Black Hole Cinema (Oakland), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), LIFT (Toronto), IRIS (Vancouver) and many more. In 2012, he helped co-found Process Reversal.

Full Program details and press release here.