January 2020, arsenal cinema

Big Cinema, Small Cinema #33: The Art of Film Projection

WE ALL LIVE IN THE BLUE IMAGE FOREVER, 2007–2018

The work of film projectionists in the cinema usually takes place out of view – in the projection booth behind the audience. This program gives an insight into the art of film projection and what it means to project analogue film prints. The film première séance (Philippe Truffault/Auguste & Louis Lumière, F 1895/1995) about the legendary first cinema screening by the Lumière brothers in Paris in 1895 lays out the historical threads. The colorful, squeaking COLORFILM (Standish Lawder, USA 1972) shows how film strips turn into music when put through a 16mm film projector. After the screenings of the 35-mm Lumière print and the 16-mm film by Standish Lawder, filmmaker James Edmonds will show his collage-esque Super8 WE ALL LIVE IN THE BLUE IMAGE FOREVER (G 2007–2018) in a double screening with two film projectors in the cinema. Then, audience members will be invited to visit the projection booth and try their hand at playing projectionist themselves. (sts) For everyone aged 5 and more (19.1.)