Under the Strawberry Sun – Organic film processing workshop by Dagie Brundert and Philip Hoffman

A four-day summer workshop by analog experimental film specialists Dagie Brundert and Philip Hoffman about experimental filmmaking, super 8 filming, and ecological film development. Analog filmmaking seems to be experiencing a revival even before it has completely disappeared. Yet the chemicals being used have a great impact on the environment. Exploring organic film processing with environmentally friendly substances is not only a way to build a future for analog film making, it also helps us to understand the material itself.

The fee is 110€ including materials, or 90€ for participants unable to pay in full. Participants should self-supply for meals or can choose to eat at the silent green restaurant MARS for lunch.
The course is open to everyone with a keen interest and passion, no specific knowledge is needed. The course is, however, delivered in English and requires a conversational level of fluency.

The number of participants is limited to 9, please apply via stoffwechsel(at) and let us know a little bit about yourself. What interests you in taking part? Do you have specific physical or access needs?

Please contact us if you have any questions.


31.05.2019, 9.30 pm: Films from the Farm, Open Air Screening with Philip Hoffman at silent green MARS Garten, entrance 6 €
01.06.2019, 8 pm: Super 8 films by Dagie Brundert, introduced by the artist at silent green Kuppelhalle, entrance 6 €

Dagie Brundert about herself

I am a super 8 film maker. For over 20 years I have been developing my films myself. Non-repeatable, unique results are my motivation, coincidence is my friend, chemistry is my helper.
I have been experimenting for some time with alternatives to traditional developers that are harmful to the environment. And I stumbled across Caffenol, a black and white negative developer, consisting of instant coffee, vitamin c powder and washing soda. 
I continued to research. What more is possible? Kitchen stuff like beer, wine, apple juice, spices, fruit and herbal tea. Most plants contain phenols: tannins, acids, which interact with the silver salts embedded in the film layer and convert them into visible silver metal. 
I am like an alchemical witch processing her films and photos in organic brew while deepening the knowledge of the matter and of how to capture time and light.



Philip Hoffman about himself

I am a diary filmmaker, a scotch-tape scavenger of scattershot memories, found on the photographic scrap-heaps of life and time. Meshing a digital present with an acetate-analogue past. How the past lives in the present is my crusade. Collecting spontaneity, and carving those found fragments into the film.

My friends and I take it for a twirl every summer at my Film Farm workshop in Mount Forest, Canada, and also in other 'Process Cinema' gatherings. Now we use flowers to process and play, but it all started in the basement of my Waterloo home, where we set up a darkroom in my youth. That first instance never left, the moment when the film is put into the developer. I just stared wide-eyed in the red light, riding the present moment as the silvery magic appeared.


Come and join and learn all about experimental film making, ecological developer soups, magic phenols, super 8 filming, phytograms, fancy cameras, the power of flowers, summer inspiration and much more!