Re-inventing Mitchell & Kenyon: Local Films for Local People at IFFR 2018

At this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam, as part of the Critics’ Choice IV programme, Dr Peter Walsh & I staged a contemporary cinema-going film experiment.

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Bringing the films of Mitchell & Kenyon to life, with a live cinema event, we showed several of their films on 35mm at Rotterdam’s amazing venue, WORM. We also filmed our very own ‘living pictures’ the day before the screening, with the assistance of camera operator Lichun Tseng, on 16mm. The event was a one-off to raise questions and conversation about scarcity, cinema-going, selfie culture, photochemical film and the execution and authenticity of an historically researched and engaged live event cinema. Peter and I both thoroughly loved deepening our critical and historical engagement with cinema through practice and owe a huge thanks to Dana Linssen and Jan Pieter Ekker who co-ordinated the event as part of Critics Choice IV.

This event has already taken place. To learn more about future events from us, follow @JudahandWalsh on instagram. 

A Million Pictures: Magic Lantern Heritage Workshop

As my interest in early cinema continues to grow, so too does my curiosity. For a while now I’ve wondered: What do those marvellous looking objects in glass cabinets actually do?

Visits in the last two years to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, and to the Lumière! L’invenzione del cinematogafo exhibition in Bologna have all left me with a sense of disappointment. Sure, the apparatuses in the glass cabinets, perfectly preserved and kept on pedestals are beautiful, but weren’t they built for purpose?

Read the rest of my blog post on magic lantern shows on the Film Hub SWWM page.