16mm Filmmaking & Eco-Processing Workshops (Oct. 2023) [In-Person Only]

Weekend 1: Oct. 14 & 15 from 11am – 4pm
Intro to 16mm Filmmaking with the Bolex
at NWFF (1515 12th Ave)

Weekend 2: Oct. 28 & 29 from 11am – 4pm
Processing 16mm Film with Coffee
at Pound Gallery (1216 10th Ave)

We humbly request that participants contribute the amount that they are able to from the following tuition options.

$500: I can pay beyond the full cost of the workshops and support this community of learners.
$450: I can pay the full cost of the workshops.
$400: I appreciate being able to join the workshops and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the sponsoring organizations and other participants.

Registration and payment for both workshops is processed at the same link.

A scholarship will be available for this session. To apply for the scholarship, please email Netsanet Tjirongo at netsanet@nwfilmforum.org

Duration: 5h
Instructor: Hogan Seidel

On Film

Join us for a captivating two-weekend workshop series that combines the art of 16mm filmmaking and eco-friendly film processing!
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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at maria@nwfilmforum.org. Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at bit.ly/nwffsocialnarrativepdf, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.

Oct. 14 & 15: Intro to 16mm Filmmaking with the Bolex

at NWFF (1515 12th Ave)
The first weekend of this two-weekend workshop series, you will immerse yourself in the art of filmmaking with our hands-on Bolex workshop, where you can explore the boundless possibilities of black and white 16mm analog. Over the course of two five-hour classes, participants will learn the essential skills and techniques required to operate a 16mm Bolex camera, load and unload 100ft daylight spool film, expose black and white 16mm film using a Sekonic light meter, and master the in-camera techniques specific to the Bolex.

Weekend 1 Objectives:

The first weekend is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to create black and white films with a 16mm Bolex camera. Upon completion, participants will have achieved the following objectives:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the 16mm Bolex camera and its basic operation
  • Learn proper techniques for loading and unloading film
  • Master the principles of film exposure and composition
  • Gain hands-on experience with 16mm filmmaking
  • Film 100 feet of B&W high-con film that will be processed during weekend 2 of the workshop series

Oct. 28 & 29: Processing 16mm Film with Coffee

at Pound Gallery (1216 10th Ave)
In the second workshop weekend you will have the exciting opportunity to learn about a unique, sustainable and eco-friendly way of processing black and white moving image film with your favorite coffee grounds. The course will focus on using coffee as a developing agent to process the b&w 16mm film from the first weekend’s workshop. After the final weekend, the film you developed will be sent to Light Press in Seattle, and you will be given a high-res scan of your work.

Weekend 2 Objectives:

The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to process black and white film using coffee. By the end of the course, participants will have a clear understanding of:

  • The process of eco-processing black and white film using coffee
  • The basics of organic chemistry related to b&w film development
  • 16mm lomo tank & bucket processing techniques
  • The chemicals and equipment required for eco-processing film
  • The importance of sustainability and eco-friendliness in film processing
  • The creative possibilities of using coffee, and other non-toxic materials, as a developing agent

Hogan Seidel

Hogan Seidel


Hogan Seidel (they/them) is a moving image artist living and working in Seattle, WA. They have taught experimental film, photography, interactive media, and art history as affiliated faculty at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As of 2021, they are a co-editor for Analog Cookbook, a UNC press biannual journal about analog film and art.

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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