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Directed by Alex MacKenzie

British Columbia 2017 55 mins.

Tonight, Vancouver filmmaker Alex MacKenzie will conduct a performance of celluloid wizardry. Inspired by early stereo imaging and the clash and collusion of socioeconomic forces, Apparitions dismantles cinematic codes while foregrounding projector and light as sculpture.  Using color gels, masking, lens interference, and projector movement, this dual projector performance explores the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature, and culture. Founder of the Vancouver Underground Film Festival and Blinding Light!! Cinema, and a founding member of the Iris Film Collective, Mackenzie “is a key player in the revival of expanded cinema forms. . . his projects stretch the possibilities of the analog form, manipulating images to beyond our received expectations.”—Early Monthly Segments, Toronto. Saturday, March 4, MacKenzie will teach a workshop on Expanded Cinema. Registration information can be found here.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.