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Imperfect Cinema: DIY Filmmaking & Visual Storytelling Session #4

  • Wayfinding Academy 8010 NORTH CHARLESTON AVENUE Portland, OR 97203 (map)

with Jonathan Sanford 

The movement of Imperfect Cinema emerged in the late 1960’s from Cuban and Latin American filmmakers seeking a new approach to tell their stories and histories, free from the (dominant) influence of European and American cinema. They envisioned a future where the majority, rather than an elite few, would possess the means of media production and distribution, and “professional mediators” would be anachronistic. Their ideas inspired filmmakers around the world who worked outside traditional film industries.

Inspired by the philosophy of Imperfect Cinema, this lab will introduce students to the techniques and concepts they need to use filmmaking as a means to empower their own unique ways of storytelling. Over the course of the lab, students will create and self-distribute a film (fiction, non-fiction, or hybrid) of their own. They will develop and workshop their ideas within the lab setting, gain experience through observation exercises, as well as practical exercises (camera, sound, editing) and apply the tools of film language to their personal projects.

Lab registrations are non-refundable

Imperfect Cinema: DIY Filmmaking & Visual Storytelling is a 6-part Lab series and meets:

  • Thursday, Sept. 5th 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday, Sept. 12th 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday, Sept. 19th 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday, Sept. 26th 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday, Oct. 3rd 6:30-8:30

  • Thursday, Oct. 17th 6:30-8:30 (note: there will be two weeks between the Oct 3rd session and the final session)

Meet Your Lab Leader


Jonathan Sanford

is a filmmaker, screenwriter and script editor, and has held jobs in practically every capacity of film for over 20 years. His work has screened at Sundance, South by Southwest, Edinburgh, ArtBasel Miami. He founded the production company Night Films and produced the hybrid documentary-fiction feature The Other Kids in 2016. He graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in cinematography and film production. 

Lab registrations are non-refundable

What Does It Cost?

We believe that learning in community should be accessible to everyone. We also want to give folks with a little more cushion the chance to support our work. That’s why we offer a sliding scale fee to attend Labs at Wayfinding. 50% of all registration fees go directly to Lab instructors.

Sliding Scale Tiers:

  • Low End - $90

  • Middle - $120

  • Higher End - $180

Please read more about our sliding scale policy to figure out where on the scale you should pay. If the low end of the scale is still too high for you, please reach out directly to our Labs Program Coordinator at We are committed to making our Labs accessible to anyone who is interested!