Blackchair Productions Independent Exposure 1999 Program
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 Cafe has presented the short works of over 300 artists from 78 cities in
33 states and 12 countries and has gained an enviable reputation in the network of microcinemas
around the country as well as around the world. 1999, the fourth 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 and video 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 40 cities,
17 states and 15 countries!
Some of the hosting venues have been:
Cinema-Rex (Belgrade, Serbia); Cine-Fantom (Moscow, Russia); Project304 (Bangkok, Thailand);
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 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 Artist�s Television Access (San Francisco,
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 1999 Call for Works (which differs from previous years):
Blackchair Productions is accepting short video, film and digital-media submissions on an ongoing
basis for their monthly screening program called Independent Exposure. 1999 is the fourth 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., #313-A, Seattle, WA, 98121,
USA. Info/details: 206-568-6051, joel@...