The Future is Here: 16mm Film Projection in the 21st Century – Friday Night at Cinema Borealis

Friday, September 20 @ 7 PM / Cinema Borealis
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 4th Floor

As a prelude to our 16mm projection workshop, CFS presents a selection of films shot and finished on 16mm within the past five years. “16mm Film Projection in the 21st Century” represents a wide range of workflows and aesthetics and includes films from North America and Europe, showcasing the beauty and possibilities of the medium.

Programmed by artist-run film lab founders Nicolas Rey of L’Abominable and filmprojection21 and Kevin Rice of Process Reversal

Program to be followed by an informal discussion with the programmers on film exhibition in the 21st century.

A Distant Episode (Ben Rivers, 2015) 18 min – 16mm Scope
26 Pulse Wrought  – Vol 1 (Andrew Busti, 2014) 3 min – 16mm
Prima Materia (Charlotte Pryce, 2015) 3 min – 16mm
Travel Stop (Mike Gibisser, 2018) 16 min – 16mm
The Sounding Lines Are Obsolete (John Price, 2009) – 10 min – 16mm
The Masked Monkeys (OJOBOCA, 2015) 30 min – 16mm

Admission is free for workshop attendees, suggested $10 donation for members of the public.


The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, September 25 @ 7:30 PM / NEIU
Directed by Robert Bresson • 1977
In French with English subtitles
“The void around you makes the void within you.” Robert Bresson uttered this characteristically koan-like pronouncement in an interview while in pre-production for The Devil, Probably. This would prove an apt distillation of a film French minors would be barred from seeing upon its release for fear of inspiring mass suicides. Trudging through a Paris fogged with political disillusionment, a group of youths for whom May ’68 only existed as a forsaken generational myth try on various political and intellectual identities, finding all to be spiritually bereft. The chaotic center around which the rest of this clique moves, Charles takes his peers’ disaffection to another level, shrugging off all the belief structures he’s faced with, treating every woman who crosses his path as a potential sexual conquest, and only expressing engagement in the moments he spends planning his own death. A terrifyingly lucid portrait of a world undone by avarice, wanton environmental destruction, and the death of intellectual curiosity, Bresson’s penultimate masterpiece diagnoses the fervor of discontent that pilots his young subjects as the only sane response to a world plagued evermore by a deep, cosmic sickness. Some things never change. (CW)
95 min • Sunchild / G.M.F. Productions •  35mm from The Film Desk
Short: Short: “Whatever Happened to Honesty?” (Alfred Higgins, 1977) – 13 min – 16mm from Chicago Film Archives

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