A Film Is A Film Is A Film

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Bending the Light
Old Town Playhouse Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:00 PM
Sponsored by:
Alton & Kathy Smith
From renowned director and TCFF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Michael Apted (“56 Up,” TCFF ’13) comes a revealing and marvelous look at the heart and science of image making. Taking you on a passionate journey, “Bending the Light” explores the divinely harmonious relationship between the artisans who craft camera lenses and the masters who use lenses to reflect humanity’s hopes, fears, and dreams. Whether peering into the infinite vastness of the solar system, freezing a beautiful moment in time, or creating indelible moving images that live within our hearts and minds, they paint with light in an attempt to create transcendent understanding. A must-see for anyone with an interest in the photographic arts, this poetic and soulful film will astound you with its breathtakingly beautiful imagery. In English, Japanese with subtitles
Film Info
Release Year:2013
Runtime:16 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Roger Getzoff
Director:Eva von Schweinitz
Produced by:Eva von Schweinitz
Cinematography:Eva von Schweinitz
Jorge Torres-Torres
Editing By:Eva von Schweinitz
Music By:William Basinski
Ryoichi Kurokawa


Digital projection is taking over the movie screens world wide. As the material of celluloid film slowly disappears from her workplace, the director, who has worked as a movie projectionist for more than 10 years, embarks on an investigation into what makes film special. Is it just nostalgia? Is there a connection between how we watch movies and how we see the world? She starts bleaching, painting and scratching film in order to find answers and accompanies Roger Getzoff who has likely fixed every film projector in New York's movie theaters over the course of the last 40 years on his trips. These days, he is being called by the very same houses to take out those still-functioning machines and replace them with digital equipment. "A Film Is A Film Is A Film" is a personal look into a changing profession and a visceral portrait of a vanishing material.

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Bending the Light
Michael Apted | USA, Japan | 2014 | 60 min.