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Those Pinhole Camera Images: Meet photographer Nancy Breslin…

Some people look at art and say,  “Well I could do that!” and the answer back is always, “Yes indeed, and an artist is the person who actually does it”.  So too, photographer Nancy Breslin has shown how the simplest of devices, a pinhole camera, can produce powerful images rich with interpretation. Notable among her extensive work is her project Squaremeals: A Pinhole Diary of Eating Out which consists of thousands of pinhole photographs of her restaurant meals, all shot on film in a Zero 2000 pinhole camera. The tiny aperture of this camera (f/138) requires relatively long exposures (seconds outside, minutes to hours inside). Meals are a perfect subject due to the combination of movement (people, glassware) and stillness (the room itself). 

tmax 400 film, zero 2000 pinhole camera

Pinhole cameras, sometimes called camera obscura, have become popular again because of the astonishing images they capture and because they remind us of how our fascination with the screen all started.  Want to learn more?

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DCIFF pivots from Extensive to Intensive for 2021

DCIFF 2021, February 26 – March 7

Each year, we bring together passionate artists, filmmakers, critics, curators, and film enthusiasts for a celebration of independent filmmaking. The festival has never been a curated film festival, but this year we will pivot. DCIFF 2021 is:


exploring: 1) science fiction/imaginative landscapes/creative presentations of reality and 2) emotionality – films stimulating emotions and reaction. 

We have chosen, for the moment, to not become an online film festival. Our new intensive format is 20-25 films in 10 days, and the high school film competition, in Washington, DC with streaming and live feed options as needed. Robust programming includes discussion, learning, emotion and celebration. Our thoughtful, stimulating programming will be with several iterations of small in-person screenings, breakout conversations with filmmakers, and expert-led discussions of each film’s content and form. 

We welcome submissions from filmmakers of all genres: