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Date & Time
Sunday, April 21 at 8:15 pm
Admission
Free and open to the public. More Info
Venue
Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27708 United States
Description

CANCELED — DUE TO LOGISTICAL HURDLES, THIS EVENT WILL NO LONGER TAKE PLACE THIS SEMESTER.

 

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Still Moving, Early Cinema

 

The earliest motion pictures were seen not as a narrative medium but simply as a special subset of photography, a familiar window onto the world but one with a dynamic new development – the images moved. Audiences were familiar with projected images, as magic lantern shows had been presenting projected photographs for decades. But when the pictures started to move everything changed. A new world opened up – the articulated depiction of movement was, paradoxically, made possible by the projection of still images that were shown, very rapidly, in sequence. “Living pictures” they were sometimes called.

 

Still Moving, Early Cinema is a site-specific multi-screen event presenting films from the first decade of cinema, 1895-1905. The images will move, but they will also stop. Still pictures and motion pictures – same thing, only different.

 

Tom Whiteside, an experimental filmmaker and film historian, has been showing films under the Durham Cinematheque flag since 1991. His films have been exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and many other venues. He is joined for “Still Moving, Early Cinema” by current Duke MFA/EDA students Xueyan Han and Alaric Zhou.

 

*The screening begins at sundown (8:15PM) and will be held outside the Rubenstein Arts Center.

Image: Coney Island at Night, 1905, Edwin S. Porter

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