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Christophe Goulard (1967-2023)

We lost our comrade Christophe Goulard on the morning of July 3rd.
His was suffering from a lung cancer that was diagnosed this winter – too late.
We are devastated.
Christophe and L’Abominable first crossed paths in 1999 and he quickly took on an essential role at the lab. He moved into an apartment above our former space in Asnières, where he became a part of our day-to-day life and put his precision and inexhaustible technical know-how to the service of filmmakers. In 2014, he left a job in the public school system and joined our non-profit as a employee. In parallel, he developed an activity repairing cameras and acquired an extraordinary expertise that vanishes with him.
It is impossible to count all the projects carried out together restoring machines, repairing them day and night, inventing new ones, and imagining others which will doubtlessly never come to fruition.
But above all, he was a true friend to me, one of uncompromising integrity.
With his passing, a period comes to a close.
It is a sad paradox that this has happened at the very moment that we are given the opportunity to give a permanent home to all the work we have accomplished, in large part thanks to Christophe, over the last 25 years.
With each day that goes by, my brother-in-arms will be missed.
Nicolas Rey
A funeral will take place at the crematorium of Rennes Métropole, la Clairière du Plessis 35770 Vern-sur-Seiche, on Tuesday, July 11th at 4:15 PM. It is possible to see the body at the funeral home Cochet-Bretel, 15 Rue du Champs Martin , 35770 Vern-sur-Seiche.

Help us build Navire Argo!

We have made significant progress with the Navire Argo at Éclair project – but we still need to find a large part of the funding before we start the renovation of the building!

After a year of fundraising, we have gathered approximately 2 million euros to renovate the building that will house Navire Argo, primarily through our public sector partners (CNC, Île-de-France region, Seine-Saint-Denis department), the support of the city of Épinay-sur-Seine, and also thanks to the crowdfunding campaign which helped us to get the project off the ground.

We are relaunching this crowdfunding campaign, with a focus on the cinema that we will open.

This soon-to-be cinema, located next to the entrance to the Éclair complex, was once a screening room for clients who came to view films that were being finalized, and was only used by a few people at a time!

After renovations, we will inaugurate a 70-seat cinema with a projection booth specially equipped for screening film prints – right where these prints were (and will continue to be) made! Navire Argo will be a unique venue in France and Europe and will keep the experience of photochemical film projection alive for decades to come, by means of an eclectic mix of historical works shown on their original format and contemporary films made on film.

A second space will be dedicated to pedagogical activities, ranging from youth and school workshops to professional training sessions. This space will also be used for live performances, installations, and exhibitions, most notably during the annual festival that we will organize.

At the entrance, a lobby-bar will be a convivial meeting place where you’ll be able to get a drink before the screening or savor a hot soup while discussing the film you just saw.

Every donation counts! With this campaign, we are seeking to raise €50,000 in France and €50,000 abroad, for a total of €100,000 out of the €700,000 needed to complete funding and start renovations for the entirety of Navire Argo (both our artist-run film lab and the cinema) in the spring.

All our donors will be invited to visit Navire Argo during an open-house day once we open!

We are also offering:

– Donations between €50 and €299: 10 tickets (shareable with friends and family) for your first screenings at Navire Argo!

– Donations between €300 and €2,999: a year-long unlimited pass to attend as many screenings as you like!

– Donations between €3,000 and €9,999: a 5-year unlimited pass to attend as many screenings as you like, and the possibility of screening a film of your choice!

– Over €10,000: a life-long pass to all future screenings at Navire Argo!

If you are a French tax resident, don’t forget that you can receive a tax deduction thanks to our partner Artutti. This means that a €100 donation will cost you only €34, a €1,000 donation only €340, etc., as the difference will be deducted from your taxes.

And, of course, you can also support us by spreading the word about our crowdfunding campaign (facebook post link here) and by signing the call for support at!

Photomec processors for sale

We are selling to the benefit of the Navire Argo project the three Photomec processors that are still present at ÉCLAIR labs in Epinay-sur-Seine, France. These machines are currently set up in the future premises of the Navire Argo. 

Manufactured between 1997 and 2000, two of these machines are designed for color negative ECN-2 and one is a Black & White neg/pos machine.

The ECN-2 machines were used by ÉCLAIR at 100fpm (1800 m/h) and the B&W between 25 and 133 fpm (420 to 2400 m/h) depending on the process. They are complete and in running order even though they haven’t been used since 2015.

Andy and David Wright from Photomec (UK) would be willing to assist with the dismantling of the machines before they can be shipped and reinstalled. These machines are still state-of-the-art and very similar to the machines manufactured by Photomec to this day.

We can also propose an experienced technician ready to relocate these machines to your lab and make sure they work once reconstructed.

If you are interested, please get in touch and make an offer to