What we're about
NOTE: As we are in the midst of looking for a new public space, we are currently meeting/screening in member homes in either Andersonville or Logan Square. If anyone is interested in attending, please message us here and we'll send you the address or visit to Group312.com and sign up for our monthly newsletter. We hope to find a new public space soon.
Group 312 Films is a not-for-profit, artists’ collective of digital video directors. Each director creates one short per month inspired by a group elected theme that she or he is free to interpret however they see fit. We collaborate with one another as well as with friends, actors, editors, writers, musicians, lighting technicians, sound-designers, and graphic artists as much as possible. At each monthly meeting, we screen our projects for each other, drink, get feedback from the group, and launch a new theme or topic for the following month. And every year, we curate the best work of that year for a "Best of" program that gets screened at local theaters and other venues.
Our group’s movies generally have a run-time from as short as 1 minute to as long as 20 minutes in length. Our group explores a variety of themes; narrative, poetic, experimental and music video within the thematic context of the monthly topic. All approaches are welcome. Our members encompass a variety of skill levels. Some work professionally within the video/advertising world, some come from art or music backgrounds, and there are still others who are new to video altogether. The important thing is that we all learn, encourage, and find inspiration with each other through the collective environment.
There is no commitment or obligation for this group and there are no fees or dues. Members are free to participate as their inspiration and time allow. Some members create the full 12 films a year. Others only make one or two. And still there are some who don't make any but just attend to see other people's work.
We welcome and encourage new members, those who are curious about our group, or those who think they might be interested in exploring video in the future!