The Moving Image Source Calendar is a selective international guide to retrospectives, screenings, festivals, and exhibitions.
Descriptions are drawn from the calendars of the presenting venues.
Film After Film
August 25–October 28, 2012 at
Museum of the Moving Image
, New York
Is it possible to speak of a 21st-century cinema barely a decade into the millennium? Film critic J. Hoberman's new book, Film After Film: (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) (2012, Verso) is a timely and provocative collection of writings that chronicle how the advent of digital technology has led to the displacement of the medium of film—and the very relationship between movies and reality. Meanwhile, the trauma of 9/11 and the ensuing "war on terror" reshaped movies politically. Film After Film, a screening series and exhibition, guest curated by Hoberman, reflects the ideas in the book and shows how filmmakers have responded to these seismic shifts in the art form.
In conjunction with the series, there will be an exhibition of films shown in installation form in the Amphitheater Gallery. Selected works on view include Pat O'Neill's The Decay of Fiction and Tracing the Decay of Fiction (2002), a video installation and interactive DVD-ROM based on his 35mm film set in the abandoned Ambassador Hotel, an old-time movie-star hangout; Zhang Yimou's dazzling opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with a cast of 15,000 performers and a reported cost of $100 million; and Joe Swanberg's LOL (2006), a Mumblecore film about romance in the social network era, with love stories playing out on laptops, cell phones, and online chat rooms.