Free Film USA


Worthless studios has a mission to provide space, materials, technical assistance and resources for aspiring artists of all backgrounds to realize their artistic visions. Founded in 2016 by Neil Hamamoto, and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2019, worthless studios was conceived as a not-for-profit platform committed to knowledge exchange, manufacturing, and public art. With the purpose (or intention) of serving the art community rather than being driven by profit. In just two years, the studio has begun to showcase work from new artists in a number of different mediums including sculpture, painting, photography and performance.


Worthless studios is a place where aspiring artists come to learn concrete production skills. In addition to studio space, emerging artists need access to equipment and facilities like woodworking and metalworking tools, laser cutters, 3D printers and darkroom facilities. However, these spaces usually charge hefty rental and fabrication fees. Therefore, it can be extremely expensive for an average local resident to make an artistic vision a reality. At worthless studios, we provide an affordable alternative to artists in our area to realize those creative dreams.

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SD: How did Free Film begin?

NH: The original idea came back in October of 2018. It came from my effort to do a public art project being produced under my studio’s name, worthless studios, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit profit organization for artists to share tools, space, and resources. A friend of mine called me with an opening in his space on Canal Street. They asked us to do an install for the space so the three of us came together and decided to center the project around photography and old school darkroom processes. We gave away 100 rolls on Canal Street in less than 10 hours and ended up getting 85 rolls back. A jury made a selection of 100 photographs which were then printed and exhibited for the public to enjoy. We did all the printing ourselves in the darkroom space we built for the project. That’s really how it started, and in taking the positive feedback we got from Canal street and tying it into our personal desires to do a cross-country road trip, the idea for FREE FILM : USA was born.

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SD: What is your goal for this project?

NH: A personal goal is to see a lot of the country. There is a lot out there and I believe as a young artist it’s important to learn about your country, see new places, and meet new people! Down the line these experiences will be sources of inspiration that will help us create. My inspiration comes from personal experiences and that’s what I’m out here doing.

SD: Do you have a number of rolls per stop?

FT: Our budget is 100 rolls per city based on population size, so we will give a little and take a little depending on the city size. 


FT: The essence of what the project is, is very tied in with seeing the country. The people you give a roll to will capture life, areas, cities, and towns that we are in. But when a roll is developed, we get to see what the community captured and say “wow this is right here?” We get the sense of traveling and touring with local artists – so all the artists we meet are on this journey with us.

SD: How are you guys feeling? This is stop one and you have three months to go?

SJ: I feel like the reality sets in when you look at how deep your bag is. Trying to figure out where your jackets for winter will go. Stop one will be one of the most difficult to progress through. We’re still working out the kinks and trying to find our rhythm in the workflow. Now that we’ve starter though we are now on a deadline and timeline so we are just in motion at this point, rolling with the punches.

SD: As a business where do you want this to go?

NH: If you boil it down to a physical product we want to land a publishing deal for a beautiful photo book and produce a short documentary. These would both be huge opportunities for worthless studios, a great way to get our name out there a bit more and a new example of what young conceptual artists can do these days.

SD: FREE FILM : USA, It almost sounds like you guys are anticipating to take this elsewhere, are you?

NH: Possibly, We are hoping to get great feedback and support to where maybe a team in a different country gets inspired and would like to do the same thing in their country.

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SD: What has been the most difficult thing to overcome?

FT: Building this Airstream out in 4 months was its own entire full time task in itself. We gutted and built every piece custom with new plumbing and electric and even a solar panel system that lets us power the darkroom when we are out on the open road.

SD: Why film?

NH: It all comes back to the studio space and the darkroom and working with Sean. Film photography has been a medium I’ve enjoyed my whole life and has always been closely linked to my personal life and travel. But as much as I’ve shot and learned about the darkroom I’m certainly no pro and it’s that imperfection that I’m trying to encapsulate in this project. We don’t care if you’re a National Geographic photographer or a first-timer. FREE FILM : USA is about creative activation, exploration, community and sharing.

FREE FILM : USA team: Neil Hamamoto, Scott Keenan, Sean Jackson, Free Alexander Tripp, and Caroline Doyle.


A.M.

I've always been intrigued by the idea of what goes on behind closed doors in hotels. Geraldine and I met at this boutique hotel in Downtown Toronto and worked on what a model might be doing on her day off.


Photographer/ Creative Director: Matthew Lopez
Model/ Stylist: Geraldine Julia
Wardrobe:
Corset- Bone and Busk
White Blazer- Vero Moda

Location: Toronto, Canada

I want to know why


 

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Keep the light on

Keep_the_light_on is an exploration of my personal appreciation of the human form. The name stems from my love of contrast and the use of shadows and light to draw out certain aspects and features unique to everyone/every body. It's a shame that the nude body is sexualized the way it is, but if you look at it... its just as much a beautiful landscape like the next valley, mountain range, or anything you find out in the world. 

The reason for focusing on bodyscapes is because to me, its a more contained conceptual idea, bridging some elements of sensuality from budoir but not as epic, philosophical or thought provoking like a lot of nude art. 

Essentially, at the end of the day I just want to lessen the stigma and taboo of nudity and also show people that no one is perfect. Every freckle, stretch mark, scar, roll, etc is a beautiful and a unique "texture" in the overall picture.


Photographer: Andre Scheidt

DIVE

David Rodríguez is a Spanish photographer. “Dive” (2019) is formed by a series of photographs of minimalist character, in which the simple compositions stand out. The swimmers show sensual and elegant poses under a backdrop of surrealist air. Water has always been a source of inspiration for David Rodríguez.

The Canary Islands based artist describes the new project as ¨inspired by the work of Horst P. Horst¨ and represents on a summer day in which we can see two bathers enjoying the sun near the sea.


I like to photograph people, I feel very comfortable doing portraits, but I always try to go a little further. That is the reason why I try to look for risky compositions, with a touch of surrealism. Works like those of Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld or Guy Bourdin inspire me immensely.

Each person inspires me a different sensation, so before I do the shooting, I imagine how I would like to portray him or her. Then, I create a concept and imagine a story. I do not like to get attached to reality. Instead, I like to transform it, challenging the model with unusual situations. I play with the model, making each session a culture encounter, but also an enriching and surprising experience for both of us.


Photographer: David Rodríguez

Male Model: Miguel García

Female Model: Virginia Díaz

Make up artist: Virginia Díaz

Wardrobe: Vintage

Psychedelic

Lost

but not gone nor found\

Alive

but not dead nor breathing\

Fear

but not proud nor scared\

Light

failure with hope.

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Psychedelic


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Photographer: Zach Hagy
Model: Lindsey Gins

emptiness

 

The absence space in our minds fill our worry heart.

The feeling when you move into a new dwelling place,

floors hollow and walls are are blank waiting for the canvas to be painted.

Our desolate hearts crying to be repaired, minds pulverized, waiting to catch a break.

Not knowing what to do, we make any excuse to fill our time.

A moment to feel alive, together, just for a moment.

Photographer: Zach Hagy

Model: Sarah Jolz

SLAVELESS


I don’t want perfect and pretty,

I want rough and raw, 

something real.

 

we are delicate. 

but we are wrapped up and chained to an idea that does not really exist. 

 

we endlessly search for ways to break through the chains before the chains break us.

but the wheel of life does not stop turning.

 

sometimes the chains get so tight you find yourself gasping for air.

so breathe in and be still.

separate yourself from all you have known to be real, 

from what you have been told. 

 

you may be broken down, 

but the rebirth is worth it all. 

and once you realize that you control the strength of the chains, 

you may be freed from it all.

Photographer: Zach Hagy

Model: Lindsey Gins

War Twins Tour


“We are War Twins. For the last five years we lived as punk rock pirates in a van and toured the US. This is the American Kids tour, a two month journey across the US to promote our new album produced by Sylvia Massy, the queen of unhinged audio. Welcome to art rock grunge pop. “

 

Life on the road is exhilarating , inspiring, raw, and exhausting. Much like the rock n’ roll lifestyle itself, the road is a doorway to mesmerizing and unparalleled imagery. Each day is a new city and a new opportunity to capture powerful messages through visual moments. Whether it’s the natural beauty of the southwest desert or a single moment of hotel recklessness, each photo is a memory that is not to be forgotten. In this segment, we’ll be updating you about our experiences, findings, and perceptions that are generated throughout this subversion-fueled journey across America. -Z


Santa Fe NM, Houston TX, and Desert Center, Cal

Photographer: Zakk Conner

Artist: War Twins

Soap


Floating On Water had always been a form of relaxation for me. I always felt at peace and as if I was floating above the world itself. I had always wanted to recreate the idea of floating on water through a photo shoot but add a twist. I thought a model in a swimming pool sounded really unflattering but ironically one summer day at a party I had seen a pair of ballons floating above a pool and the idea blossomed from that sight. I had held on to the idea for some time untill I felt I was ready. Months had past and after numerous photoshoots, this concept was finally ready to come to life. I grabbed my go to model, and we went to work. The end result , Floating on Water.

Photographer: Cristian Diaz

Model: Eliza Verderber

I only Dance in 8in Heels


Somewhere between night and day we land in this Detroit high rise apartment, pole in the middle of the room. Somewhere between playful and playboy we decide ‘Why go nude when you can have hearts for nipples? And somewhere, through the art of the dance we learn, that the 7 inch heal is practically a flat, and one should only dance in 8 in heels

Photographer: Miles Marie

Model: Maddy Frechette 

Lighting: Justin Erion

Customer Relations


A photo series that depicts the effects brands may have on their customers. The set is meant to encourage thought and discussion, no formal explanations of each piece exist because with today's media each person has some sense of familiarity from product advertising/branding they can draw from to interpret what is being displayed.

Photographer: Jon Pagan

Valentine's Day


Escapists tend to focus on one thing that takes up their entire world, whether it’s love, money, status, alcohol, or even travel. It can be a good thing or a bad thing. The point is to avoid living in reality and weathering the ups and downs of everyday life. The point is to have a goal and keep pushing for that goal. “This will fix everything,” you say. “This is the answer to all of my prayers.”

— Heather Havrilesky,

Photographer: Zach Hagy

Model: Sarah Jolz

Lingerie: Wolfsbane