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"Blackchair Productions Independent Exposure Program"
0000-00-00 until 0000-00-00
Speakeasy Cafe
Seattle, WA, USA United States of America

Seattle video and film artist, Joel S. Bachar founded Blackchair Productions in 1992. Due to the overwhelming lack of independent-oriented screening venues, Blackchair Productions began the Independent Exposure microcinema screening program in 1996. This program, held every month at the Speakeasy Caf╚ in Seattle has presented the short film, video and digital works of over 300 artists from 91 cities in 39 states and 13 countries and has gained an enviable reputation in the network of microcinemas around the country as well as around the world. 2000, the fifth season of the program, is partially funded by the King County Cultural Arts Commission which means the artists whose works are shown will be paid an honorarium, a gesture that is practically unheard of in the independent film, video and digital arts. Independent Exposure is fast reaching a wider audience by being hosted at other microcinemas throughout the world and has been seen hundreds of times in 45 cities, 20 states and 20 countries! Some of the hosting venues have been:

Cinema-Rex (Belgrade, Serbia); OvarVideo Festival (Ovar, Portugal); The Bar (Dublin, Ireland); Cine-Fantom (Moscow, Russia); Project304 (Bangkok, Thailand); Animac International Festival of Animation (Lleida, Spain); The Terminal Bar (Prague, Czech Republic); REVelation Film Festival (Australia); Volcano Film and Video Festival (London, UK); the Vrij Media Cafe (The Netherlands); The Soros Center for Contemporary Art (Skopje, Macedonia); Videomedeja Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia); the Eiga Arts center in Japan; CinemaTexas (Austin, TX); The Video Lounge at the Knitting Factory (New York City); The Mansion Theatre (Baltimore, MD); Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson, AZ); Blue Sky International Film Festival (Las Vegas, NV); No Dance Festival (Park City, UT); Basement Films (Albuquerque, NM); IMAGE Film and Video Center (Atlanta, GA); and ArtistÝs Television Access (San Francisco, CA). Additionally, the program is netcast every month on The Sync (www.thesync.com). Ultimately, Blackchair Productions, through their Independent Exposure screening program and other advocacy efforts, hope to expose, promote and distribute the independent video and film arts to the widest audience possible.

For those interested, here is our Call for Works (which differs from previous years):

Blackchair Productions is accepting short video, film and digital-media submissions of 15 minutes or less on an ongoing basis for their monthly screening program called Independent Exposure. 2000 is the fifth year of the program and we want to include you in the show! Artists will be paid an Honorarium! We are looking for short experimental, narrative, humorous, dramatic, erotic, subversive, animation and underground works, but will review anything for a possible screening. Works selected will, in most cases, continue on to national and international venues for additional screenings. Submit a VHS/or S-VHS (NTSC preferred) clearly labeled with name, title, length, phone-number along with any support materials including photos! Also include a US$5.00 entry fee and an SASE if you wish the work(s) returned. We will get back to you! Send submissions to: Blackchair Productions, 2318 Second Ave., PMB 313-A, Seattle, WA, 98121, USA. Info/details: 206-568-6051, joel@blackchair.com, www.blackchair.com

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