Psychotropic Film’s solar-powered Post-Production Studio
made of earth, evolves in Arivaca, Arizona
A studio is a place where ideas are imagined and projects take shape. Typically a studio is laid-out for efficient tasks, ease of equipment use and access to practical resources. However, as the design of my studio has evolved during this building’s construction over the past ten years, I’ve thought very little about practical aspects of this ‘space’. Maybe there was a reason for this. What I realize now as the building has evolved, is that the architecture itself, not necessarily the utility of the space, will provide the environment for deliberation, contemplation and timelessness, required to inspire the creative process for digital film/media projects in development and yet imagined.
The Arivaca Film Exhibition Achieves 13-Year Mark
When you live in an isolated rural town, you need to create your own entertainment. Back in 2006, I wanted to create a film event for the community in order to bring interesting and informative independent films that have relevance to the area, environment and people. I wanted to differentiate the Arivaca Film Exhibition from a typical ‘film festival’ in the sense that I curate the works from what I discover from area filmmakers to provide unique content, not readily available on TV, the theaters and even sometimes the Internet. Held the first weekend each March, the Arivaca Film Exhibition is a hidden gem.
THE DOME Wins ‘Best of Arizona’ at the 2017 AIFF
Director Adam Ray of Taxman Films and Bart Santello of Psychotropic Films teamed-up and collaborated on a doc-u-film project THE DOME which was completed in March of 2017, just in time for the Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson this past April. THE DOME was well-received at the AIFF and claimed the prize for the “Best of Arizona” category, with our film depicting the construction of an earthen studio topped with a cob (straw/clay) dome. The film has not been published online at this time, but the ‘teaser’ is available for now.
After a year-long application and review process, Psychotropic Films was awarded a Trademark designation in October of 2011. The Service Mark is for.. “…FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION IN THE FIELDS OF MUSIC, DIGITAL VIDEO AND MOTION PICTURE FILMS, NAMELY, AUDIO, STILL, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND MOTION PICTURE IMAGES CAPTURED IN DIGITAL OR ANALOG MEDIA FORMATS; AUDIO/VISUALMULTIMEDIA CONSULTING SERVICES IN THE FIELDS OF RECORDING, EDITING, DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, AND POST-PRODUCTION, IN CLASS 4I (U.S. CLS. 1OO, 101AND 107)….”
“Very recent experiences, experiences from the day, immediately preceding sleep, serve as the basic elements of dream construction.” - - David Foulkes
Psychotropic Films has successfully employed AlgoSoft’s digital restoration software VIVA-PRO for the restoration of the 1918-film “The Trail To Yesterday”. VIVA-PRO uses artificial intelligence within complex mathematical algorithms which pinpoint frame to frame; artifacts, scratches, color blotches, emulsion damage, fading and other degraded film anomalies and correct automatically. “I didn’t have the experience or resources for traditional industry restoration software; but found VIVA-PRO a fresh approach to resoration with an AI algorithm approach, with ample customization options. The results were impressive. Importantly, this first-pass in the restoration process gave me the confidence that my preservation effort on the restoration of ‘The Trail To Yesterday’ a 1918 Metro Pictures release, will be professionally accomplished.” - Bart Santello, filmmaker & editor Psychotropic FilmsTM
My growing interest in the restoration and preservation of vintage media, led me to join The Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA). As a digital filmmaker, I’m also interested in fragments of filmic-elements which contain unique imagery for re-utilization in a modern film in order to generate a visual memory of history, events and people.“Many of my films to date use historical media and vintage imaging equipment. Now with the opportunity to restore a studio film from the early feature-length, silent film era, I’m compelled and motived to learn more about the technical and artistic aspects of film restoration.” - Bart Santello Psychotropic FilmsTM
APRIL 2019Adam Ray of Taxman Films and Bart Santello of Psychotropic Films are proud to announce that the ‘collaborative’ version of their film - THE DOME has been selected to screen at the 2019Arcosanti International Film Carnivaleon Saturday the 27th of April 2019Details can be found at their websitehttp://www.arcosantifilmcarnivale.com/arcosanti-films/
is employing the latest software technology that utilizes artificial
intelligence (AI) to assist in the analysis and repair (restoration) of “The Trail to Yesterday” (1918). The
following presentation by Algosoft-Tech (below) discusses the latest advances in AI and how AI is utilized in
software to locate and correct defects in film. You can see in this presentation at 35:45-min, a featured a
scene from The Trial to Yesterday demonstrating the effect of the Algo-Soft software to assist in the
restoration of film scanned to digital from 104 year old 35mm nitrate film stock.
How Recent AI Breakthroughs Are Transforming Moving Image Restoration
I received a call from Guilio Scalinger who
runs the Arizona International Film
Festival in Tucson that he was looking to
screen one of my shorts as part of the
Screening Room’s 30-anniversary event.
Fortunately, I just completed version 2 of
my film “Intangible” which is the updated
and mastered version of the prototype
version of Intangible that I created in the
This version 2 is presented with the film
elements scanned in HD along new
imagery from additional found film that I
have been collecting over the past 10
years. This allowed me to remove any
material that was weaker ‘artistically’ and
replace with superior imagery from an
The music now uses the final release of
the song ‘Intangible’ from the album of the
same name by AProduce & Loren Nerell,
rather than the work-in-progress version
used in the 2009 prototype of Intangible.
INTANGIBLE (2019) shown at the
30th Anniversary of The Screening Room, Tucson, Arizona
Announcement: INTANGIBLE has been accepted into the 2020 ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (AIFF) in Tucson, Arizona. Normally held mid-April each year, but due to the COVID19 virus the event has been moved to October. Psychotropic FilmsTMis looking forward to presenting this work to both a local and international audience. INTANGIBLE is a film about memory and decay utilizing found footage from decades old 8mm film. Information at the AIFF website here: FILMFESTIVALARIZONA.COM