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Directed by Various

2014 52 mins.

Celluloid-based filmmaking is alive and well in Europe, thanks to a network of film labs dedicated to both the preservation of technology and cinematic experimentation. This two-night program features work from three artist-run cooperatives: L’Abominable in La Courneuve, France; Labor Berlin in Berlin, Germany; and Labo Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium. While the artists associated with these labs produce work in a variety of styles, the films selected for these two evenings are similar in demonstrating extremes of the photographic process.

Tuesday night’s film:

Gradual Speed
Belgium 2013
Director: Els Van Riel

In Els van Riel’s Gradual Speed, the image in each vignette appears through time much like a photograph developing while the hum and crackle of vibrating dust erupts on the optical track. (52 mins.– Labo Bruxelles)

Films in this Program

Gradual Speed

Directed by Els van Riel

In Els van Riel’s Gradual Speed, the image in each vignette appears through time much like a photograph developing while

Genres: Short



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