About BB Optics

Bill Brand acquired a JK Optical printer in 1976 to make his own films and he began doing optical printing jobs for friends in the experimental filmmaking community.  He named his company BB Optics and this eventually evolved into an artist-run film lab specializing in the production and preservation of films by artists.  Since then Bill has continued to make his own films but has also worked on hundreds of films by other experimental and documentary filmmakers including Stan Brakhage, Yvonne Rainer, Hollis Frampton, Carolee Schneemann, Paul Sharits, Robert Huot, Todd Haynes, Zoe Beloff, Saul Levine, Bradley Eros, Ericka Beckman, Luther Price, Jeanne Liotta, Peggy Ahwesh, Ross McElwee, Andrea Callard, Alan Berliner, David Wojnarowicz, Pola Rapaport and Helen Hill among many others.  He has worked with individual artists and with major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Tate Modern and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Services: Film preservation and optical printing to 16mm from 8mm, Super-8, 9.5mm and 16mm b/w and color.



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website by Jo Brand | (c) 2015