Basement Films

CCA Cinema Gallery | July 15–October 15, 2022
On view during regular CCA Cinema operating hours | Free

CCA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of fellow nonprofit, Basement Films, with an exhibition featuring print ephemera, sculpture, and experimental films in the CCA Cinema Gallery, curated by No Name Cinema founder Justin Clifford Rhody. The video component of the exhibition has been curated from Basement Films’ longstanding festival, Experiments in Cinema, and features artists Raven Chacon with Cristobal Martinez, Monique Romero, Marika Borgeson, Wago Kreider, Georg Koszulinski, and M.C. Jonet with L.A. Williams, presented on a single channel monitor with supplied headphones.

Basement Films Event Flyer, laser copy, 8.5×11″
Basement Films’ Film Archive. Photos by Justin Clifford Rhody.

Basement Films is an Albuquerque-based organization that supports experimental, independent, and under-represented forms of film and video making. Founded in 1991, the nonprofit microcinema was part of a first wave of independently operated venues specializing in moving image arts that exist outside of the mainstream theatrical distribution system. CCA recognizes and values Basement Films’ accomplishments as an institution that both facilitates creators and educates audiences in the realm of arts and culture.

Microcinema Panel Discussion & Live Film Projection

with Beth Hansen, Bryan Konefsky, Keif Henley, Justin Clifford Rhody
September 18 | CCA Cinema

Join us for an in-depth discussion on underground cinema culture and the nature of microcinemas—small-scale exhibition venues that provide noncommercial, nontheatrical options for experimental films. The panel will feature Beth Hansen (Basement Films, Vice President), Bryan Konefsky (Basement FIlms, Current Present); Keif Henley (owner/operator of The Guild & former president of Basement Films); and Justin Clifford Rhody (founder & co-operator of No Name Cinema). The conversation will be moderated by CCA’s Head of Cinema Programming, Luke Henley.

After the panel discussion, Beth Hansen will present a unique 45-minute film program of selections from Basement Films archive of 16mm film prints—a cerebral celebration of celluloid, cultural ephemera and orphaned media!