Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Julia Marchese's OUT OF PRINT Kickstarter has passed $15,000!

Julia has updated the Kickstarter page for her documentary about The New Beverly Cinema with a new video and an awesome new incentive to donate.  Keep spreading the word!

Follow this link to the post.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cinema Spotlight: Tell me about your favorite theaters

Every Thursday I'm going to spotlight a theater that screens 35mm prints and I'd love to hear from you about your favorites. What makes the theater so special to you? What are some memorable screenings you've attended? These can be theaters anywhere in the world. Email me at and let me know. I will post your personal stories each week, along with the histories of these theaters. Hope to hear from you!

Documentary Short: "This Film Was Shot On Digital"

Check out this cool film directed by Ian Mantgani. "Short documentary on the "tidal wave" of digital cinema replacing traditional celluloid exhibition, featuring thoughts from projectionists and other cinema workers."

Monday, April 30, 2012

Video: "Behind the Projectionist's Glass"

Via Ed Lyon:

Out of Print - A Documentary about the New Beverly Cinema

Julia Marchese is making a documentary about The New Beverly Cinema and she needs your help!  Please visit the Kickstarter page and pledge if you can.

About the project:
"In a time when the multiplex is king, and digital is taking over, this film will accentuate a nearly bygone era of cinema - where moviegoers came not only to watch a film, but also to meet up with other cinephiles and connect. This documentary will highlight the importance of this cultural gem and why the experience of watching a classic film for the first time, on 35mm, with an audience can never be replicated at home. I take this fight for 35mm very seriously -  I started a petition last year asking studios to let their film prints remain available to revival theaters indefinitely. I successfully raised 10,000 signatures from movie lovers in over 60 countries around the world. We here at the New Bev truly care about film, and with the digital conversion happening all around us, the time to make this film is now.
"Your donation will be allowing me to work with - and pay fairly - a crew I know and trust, to use professional equipment, to produce quality promotional materials, to cover taxes, fees and to create a comprehensive archive of New Beverly calendars, photographs, articles and advertisements. I will also be  traveling to other revival cinemas to document their difficulties, successes and their importance." -- Julia Marchese

LA Weekly: "Movie Studios Are Forcing Hollywood to Abandon 35mm Film. But the Consequences of Going Digital Are Vast, and Troubling"

If you to get a better understanding of the current situation of 35mm versus digital exhibition, this is a must read:
Shortly before Christmas, director Edgar Wright received an email inviting him to a private screening of the first six minutes of Christopher Nolan's new Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. Walking into Universal CityWalk's IMAX theater, Wright recognized many of the most prominent filmmakers in America — Michael Bay, Bryan Singer, Jon Favreau, Eli Roth, Duncan Jones, Stephen Daldry. If a bomb had gone off in the building, he thought, it would have taken out half of the Directors Guild of America.

"It was a surreal experience because it felt like we were all going to get whacked," Wright recalls.

As the directors settled into their seats, Nolan addressed them with words ripped from the plot of an old Batman serial.

"I have an ulterior motive for bringing you here," the British director announced.
And then he made a plea for 35mm film.
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