A Film Is A Film Is A Film

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Eva von Schweinitz | 16 min | USA | 2014

Synopsis
Digital projection takes over the movie screens world wide. As celluloid slowly disappears from her workplace, the director, a movie projectionist herself embarks on an investigation into what makes the material special.

Digital projection is taking over the movie screens world wide. As the material of celluloid film slowly disappears from her workplace, the director, who has worked as a movie projectionist for more than 10 years, embarks on an investigation into what makes film special. Is it just nostalgia? Is there a connection between how we watch movies and how we see the world? She starts bleaching, painting and scratching film in order to find answers and accompanies Roger Getzoff who has likely fixed every film projector in New York’s movie theaters over the course of the last 40 years on his trips. These days, he is being called by the very same houses to take out those still-functioning machines and replace them with digital equipment. A Film Is A Film Is A Film is about time, about fleeting moments, aging, and the turning wheels of history. A personal look into a changing profession and a visceral portrait of a vanishing material.

Screening Schedule
Apertures onto the World
1:00 PM | Sunday, October 16, 2016
The New School, Kellen Auditorium

Production Credits
Featuring | Roger Getzoff
Concept, Director | Eva von Schweinitz
Camera | Jorge Torres-Torres, Eva von Schweinitz
Sound Recording | Kara J Schmidt
Editor | Eva von Schweinitz
Music | William Basinski, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Soundroll

Director’s Bio
Eva von Schweinitz is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker whose work combines performance, media, and storytelling. Her short films have screened across the world, highlights including Tribeca Film Festival where “A Film Is A Film Is A Film” was named one of the Top 5 of the festival on Artinfo, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, and International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. As a movie projectionist, Eva is proud to be working at Film Forum and MoMA. MFA Performance and Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College, BA Film with Major in Screenwriting from International Filmschool Cologne Germany.