As part of Flatpack’s ongoing ‘Celluloid City’ season, this programme of talks and screenings will explore the changing face of film as we shift from analogue to digital. Throughout the weekend you can also catch Atom Egoyan’s awesome celluloid installation Steenbeckett in the first floor gallery.
SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER
2pm: STEENBECKETT: BEHIND THE SCENES
Running 2000 feet of 35mm film around a gallery, and then keeping it running, is no mean feat. Filmmaker and projection specialist Tom Hood has managed the complex process of installing Atom Egoyan’s Steenbeckett at mac, and today will be talking about the challenges of maintaining celluloid work in a digital world.
3pm: MAKING UP AND BREAKING DOWN: A LIFE IN THE BOX
Phil Fawke’s career as a projectionist began in the late 1930s, and ended here at mac seven years ago, aged 82. During that time he built an outdoor cinema from driftwood for British troops on Christmas Island, handled countless thousands of films, and witnessed the various ups and downs of the UK cinema industry. We’re delighted to welcome him back to reflect on a life in projection.
4pm: THE PROJECTION PROJECT
The University of Warwick’s Film and Television Department is currently engaged in a three-year research project, looking at the changing role of the projectionist. This is an opportunity to hear more about their work, and take a century-spanning dash from fairground showmen to projection mapping.
6pm: OUTER SIGHT
The day closes with a specially selected programme of 16mm material from celluloid flag-wavers Outer Sight, featuring very rare educational, experimental and animated film shorts from the 20s to the 80s.
DIRECT FILM WORKSHOP
If all this celluloid talk has you itching to get your hands on some yourself, seek out artist and archivist Maya Darrell Hewins in the Hex Foyer at mac. Throughout the afternoon she’ll be demonstrating how to draw, scratch or stencil directly onto 16mm strips of film, in order to make your own instant animation.
BRING YOUR OWN REELS
If you’ve been hoarding old films in the attic with no way of screening them, here’s a chance to dust them off. Mac’s resident celluloid wizard Scott Johnston (Film Ficciones, Outer Sight) will be running an array of super 8 and 16mm projectors for the afternoon, and can also give advice on storing and digitising your home-movies.
SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER
KINGS OF THE ROAD (Dir: Wim Wenders, Germany 1976, 176 mins)
This lovely, languid road-movie follows projector repair-man Bruno and hitch-hiker Robert around small-town East Germany. An elegy for a vanishing world of neighbourhood cinemas, Kings of the Road boasts crisp monochrome photography by Robby Muller.