Analogue film technician

Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society has a job opportunity for someone that loves analogue film. The posting is below:


Position Title: Analogue Film Technician

Deadline to apply: Friday, 24 December 2021, Midnight

Start Date: Monday, 17 January 2022

Wage rate: $23 per hour

Status: One-year contract position, 30 hours per week, with possible renewal, contingent on funding (5 days a week @ 6.5 hrs p/day with a half hour unpaid meal break, 2 paid x 15 min coffee breaks, entitlement to group medical benefits plan, and 2 weeks of paid vacation after 1 year of employment).

Schedule: Monday to Friday, 11:30am - 6pm; with some flexibility for outreach and events

The Organization
Established in 1980, in Vancouver, on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society is a non-profit artist-run centre that supports independent filmmakers, media artists, and arts audiences through facilities and initiatives that assist in the production, distribution, and exhibition of independent, non-commercial analogue and digital films. The initiatives of Cineworks provide facilities aimed at maximizing creative human employment potential in the relief of poverty and increasing the awareness of the investigative, expressive, and transformative powers of the moving image.

Applications Welcome
Cineworks is committed to upholding the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. We strongly encourage applications from peoples of underrepresented groups and those who have faced systemic barriers at institutions, including cis, trans, two-spirit and non-binary, and BIPOC. We also recognize that diverse lived experience and knowledge can support a candidate’s eligibility outside of formal education and/or employment classifications.

The Position
Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society seeks an Analogue Film Technician (AFT) who loves film and wants to join our staff crew.

Collective Bargaining Agreement
The AFT position is covered under a collective agreement with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (Local B-778). As such, it will be subject to union dues.

Role of the Analogue Technician
The AFT is a regular part-time staff member responsible for maintaining and developing the Annex, Cineworks’ analogue filmmaking facilities. This staff member will create and implement a wide range of exciting analogue film-related events and educational initiatives for members and the wider public. This role reports to the Cineworks Executive Director.

Key Responsibilities
· Contribute to strategic planning for the Annex and analogue film-related activities at Cineworks

· Take a leadership role in membership engagement around Cineworks’ analogue film lab

· Conduct an internal audit of analogue film equipment and the Annex darkroom

· Create a complete an analogue inventory list that prioritizes and details maintenance needs and methods, as well as the value, rarity, and use of equipment

· Design and execute efficient maintenance and use plans, including checklists, for equipment and facilities

· Provide accurate research and analysis to help steer decisions on the maintenance, usage, and purchase of equipment

· Research other analogue filmmaking facilities and organizations in relation to their operational models and potential application to Cineworks

· Consult industry professionals and Cineworks members to inform ongoing research, analysis, and decision making

· Provide mentorship and support to practicum students and seasonal staff members, creating opportunities for skill-sharing and knowledge transfer

· Lead initiatives aimed at increasing the use of the Annex and exciting people about analogue film and filmmaking

· Facilitate partnerships with educational institutions and community organizations related to the Annex and analogue filmmaking

· Ensure that the Annex and its programs support the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion

· Work with the Facilities and Equipment Manager to promote the rental of analogue filmmaking equipment and Annex facilities

· Work with the Facilities and Equipment Manager to develop affordable rental rates that help promote sustainable low-barrier access to analogue filmmaking equipment

· Create an annual syllabus of analogue-related programs and skill-sharing activities, including learning outcomes

· Promote the Annex through regular open-house events, workshops, screenings, and discussions

· Create an expansive resource list of experts that can lead workshops, screenings, and discussion groups related to analogue equipment and filmmaking

· Deliver engaging and sustainable public programs, screenings, and member activities to promote skill-sharing and historical knowledge of analogue processes and equipment

· Develop protocols and policies for access, use, and maintenance of the Annex which are Covid-19 compliant, accessible, and available to low-threshold community members

· Design and host ongoing Annex member orientation sessions,

· Help shoot and edit an Annex membership orientation film

· Create short, sharp, and fun films and videos related to the Annex and analogue filmmaking aimed at creating enthusiasm for analogue film

· Nurture and document analogue filmmaking knowledge through educational events, including screenings, workshops, and discussion groups

· Develop and help manage a series of artist-in-residence programs

· Provide mentorship and support to artists-in-residence using technical analogue equipment

· Provide content, input, and accurate research to support funding proposals and grants

· Conduct outreach across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland aimed at introducing new audiences to Cineworks and its analogue film resources

· Implement ongoing management of darkroom safety protocols, including Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) procedures and training for participants

Working with the Cineworks Crew
· Collaborate as a member of the staff crew
· Research and share informed recommendations to colleagues
· Create clear lines of communication with the staff crew, board, members, and public
· Promote and participate in an environment for continuous improvement
· Help provide a safe and respectful space for everyone attending Cineworks events, screenings, programs, workshops, and discussion groups
· Manage multiple timelines with regards to events, screenings, programs, workshops, and discussion groups

Professional Skills & Experience
· Strong knowledge of darkrooms, photochemistry, analogue film, and experimental filmmaking
· Knowledge of photochemical mixing and proper storage
· Experience with still and motion picture film processing and development, including use of manual processing tanks and eco-processing techniques
· Able operate and maintain a Steenbeck (eg. change bulbs and fuses, cleaning)
· Keen attention to customer service and membership growth
· Able to manage multiple projects, timelines, and budgets—and produce relevant reporting
· Professional written and oral communication skills
· Familiar with adult learning principles, including various learning modalities
· Knowledge of local and national film artists and organisations
· Comfortable speaking in public to both small and large groups
· Awareness of event planning procedures

Administrative & Financial
· Technically adept regarding current and passed trends in moving image technology
· Excellent written and oral communication, including gathering statistical information around facilities and equipment use and using this data to create qualitative and quantitative reports
· Able to assist with budgets and grant applications
· Proficient in all major social media platforms, as well as Mac OS and Microsoft Office.
· Familiarity with standard digital editing applications an asset

Workplace Ethics
Cineworks promotes an inclusive and respectful working environment in which all staff, members, and the public are entitled to equitable and fair treatment. The AFT is expected to uphold and contribute to this respectful and welcoming environment. The AFT will exercise confidentiality towards sensitive, personal, and private information encountered through professional communications during their employment at Cineworks.

To apply, please submit a CV and detailed cover letter addressing your relevant experience to the responsibilities above to:

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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