2019 Orocyanogram Expedition, September 28, 2019 — Be a part of our celebration of World Cyanotype Day as we take a day hike into the mountains to make a cameraless film on site using this historical process in a new way!

Research Weekends

Coffee Ascorbate Research Weekend, May 18 – 19, 2019 — Join us for the first in a series of focused intensives, as we work oncreating a reliable, replenishable, long-lasting high-contrast coffee developer!


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we find we have no other option than to cancel the June Pacific Northwest Handmade Filmmaking Camp, which was scheduled just a month from now, because there is no realistic prospect that we could offer it safely. We are remaining optimistic that we will be able to safely offer the Rocky Mountain Handmade Filmmaking Camp and the Wilderness Filmmaking Expedition – but we will see. We will reassess whether enough progress has been made in addressing the coronavirus one month before the start of each event, and will make responsive decisions then.

Meanwhile, please feel welcome to sign up for events in case we can offer them. Any money paid as a deposit or tuition will be entirely refunded should we have to cancel. But if we don’t cancel, we will be thrilled to meet you!


For 2020, we will offer three main events: two one-week retreats along with a 10-day immersive adventure, the Wilderness Film Expedition. Each is concerned with handmade filmmaking in a different way. We also offer individual residencies tailored to your goals and schedule – please inquire.

Pacific Northwest Film Camp May 30 – June 7 , 2020 Spend a week at the beach exploring celluloid film in and out of the water and and forests of Orcas Island in Washington State’s beautiful San Juan Islands.

The Handmade Filmmaking Camp June 27 – July 5th, 2020 The Handmade Film Institute’s foundational workshop. A week-long retreat at 8200 feet in the Rocky Mountains engaged in a comprehensive investigation of film as a physical medium.

The Wilderness Film Expedition July 11 – 22, 2020 A backcountry expedition where we shoot, process, edit and premiere in the wilderness, carrying all our gear with us into a high and wild mountain landscape.