Hand Cranked: Films by Lee Krist (In Person)

  • The Big Film Series + Workshop
  • Saturday, March 31, 8 pm
  • @ Cinecycle, 129 Spadina Ave.

Part of Winter 2001

Sunday, April 1, 10-6 pm: Advanced Hand Processing Workshop with Lee Krist
@ LIFT, 37 Hanna Ave. #301. Limited to 12 people, phone 416-656-5577 to reserve. Cost $100.

We are thrilled to have Brooklyn-based filmmaker Lee Krist in person to present a screening of his Big Film Series of hand-processed films as well as conducting an all-day workshop the following day. Fiercely committed to “analog” film in a “digital” age, Krist actually chemically mixes his own film emulsion and processing fluids, then projects the mesmerizing and delicately wrought results himself on an antique 35mm hand-cranked projector hauled all the way from Brooklyn! These camera original hand-processed prints combined with the mechanical technique of the projection creates a conceptual framework which challenges assumptions around the role of new media and re-establishes the relationship between filmmaker, film and the audience.

On the following day Pleasure Dome and LIFT are pleased to co-present a one-day workshop with Lee Krist. Over the past five years Lee has concentrated his energy upon hand processing and other photochemical pursuits. In this workshop, Lee will lead a group of twelve through the techniques of creating your own 35mm film emulsion. Call now to reserve 416-656-5577 – $100 per person.


August 1997, Greenpoint, NY (1997, 16mm, b/w, silent, 8:00 min.)
A hand-processed film portrait created in the tradition of city symphonies. The frantic motion of the city has been replaced by the kinetic movement of the film emulsion. This film is a wistful meditation upon the obsolescence of the urban industrial landscape, their decaying and antiquated features are captured with faltering grains of silver nitrate and straying electrolytes.

Twoness (1998, 35mm, b/w, 200 ft)
Twoness is the first film created in the Big Film Series. These early camera tests were experiments in filming continuous motion with a 35mm hand-cranked camera. In addition to exploring the various ways motion can be reproduced when the camera’s recording speed is inconsistent, these films were a good opportunity to get people to dance with each other.

Willa (1998, 35mm, b/w, 100 ft)
A portrait of my friend Willa. Before all my portraits I ask the sitter to keep in mind my camera’s inability to record continuous motion. I suggest that if they should move they should try and do so as subtly as possible. Some people leave after a half an hour, others after twenty minutes. The first of many solo portraits in the Big Film Series which focuses upon the subtlety of movement.

Pea Green (1999, 35mm, colour, 80 ft.)
A color landscape portrait.

Self-Portrait (1999, 35mm, b/w, 50 ft.)
Filming this portrait was like a railroad. Self-propulsion moved by parallel speed.

Susannah (1999, 35mm, b/w, 70 ft.)
Through various photo-chemical manipulations this portrait explores the movement potential in photographic film emulsion.

In Levi’s Corner (2000, 35mm, colour, 60 ft.)
A portrait of a dear friend.

Huh (2000. 35mm, hand painted colour, 80 ft.)
A portrait of a professional figure model, this film just barely makes it into the moving picture category.

Lee Krist has been avidly making films since the age of sixteen. Over the past five years he has concentrated his energy upon hand-processing and other various photo-chemical pursuits. A recent graduate of the people’s film department of Bard College, he is currently enacting his dream of working at a motion picture processing lab and living in Brooklyn.