AgX is a newly formed collective of Boston-area moving-image artists with a shared appreciation for photochemical filmmaking as a unique and venerable time-tested medium. Under the auspices of the local non-profit Balagan Films, AgX members have united to share resources, equipment, knowledge, and camaraderie with the aim of creating a sustainable ecosystem for those who wish to work with photosensitive emulsions. By taking the means of production into our own hands, we can not only ensure the continued vitality of emulsion-based practice, but also open up a wide range of artistic possibilities by allowing the filmmaker to experiment in areas that have traditionally been the domain of the commercial lab technician. AgX joins a growing movement of artist-run film labs and collectives around the world, such as L'Abominable and L'Etna in Paris, LIFT in Toronto, LaborBerlin in Germany, and Process Reversal in Colorado.
As a character, Jane is stainless-steel strong when facing the world. Her inflexible dignity and self-knowledge allow her to survive the brutality of boarding school and the indifference of the world. In this novel, love goes through measured, calculated pain in order to be deserved. The book contains one of my favorite scenes in the history of literature, and one that I quote almost verbatim in Crimson Peak: The “cord of communion” speech from Rochester to Jane.