Short Film Program| A 16mm History of Looking
3:00 PM | Spectacle
Science and cinema have been connected since the origins of the medium, with film technique often developed for the examination, dissection, and documentation of the world around us. In this program of exceptionally beautiful vintage documentaries from the 16mm collection of Brooklyn film archivist Movie Mike, we'll look into the methods and history of exotic imaging that places cinema in the service of science. We'll see high-speed stroboscopic, time-lapse, slow-motion and micrographic imaging, from Doc Edgerton's original micro-second MIT studies to a universe-spanning film written by Asimov to an idiosyncratic glimpse at the microscopic world from a bible institute. And with all films shown in their lavish original 16mm format!
The 16mm selection will be preceded by the newly rediscovered and restored 1974 documentary "Exploratorium", a mind-and-eye-bending observation into the exhibits and workings of the eponymous San Francisco science museum in the 1970s. An early work by filmmaker Jon Boorstin, the film was actually nominated for an Academy Award that year.
Movie Mike will be on-hand to present the 16mm program, and "Exploratorium" will be introduced by the museum's own Samuel Sharkey and Liz Keim!